Make the Switch – 3 Reasons to Manage Recruitment In-house

In the current economic climate, more and more businesses have been forced to scrutinize every cost and outgoing, in order to squeeze as much juice out of their budget as possible. The knock on effect for many, is a straight swap from having their recruitment managed by an agency to handling their employment reigns themselves – in-house.

But far from just benefiting from the reduction in cost from this approach, companies are starting to realize the additional perks that come with taking a hands-on attitude towards recruitment.

So, if you – like many other UK business leaders – are considering taking back the power from an overpriced and overhyped recruitment agency, here’s a few extra incentives to push you in the right direction…

No-one knows the Job like You Do

Think about it, this is your business we’re talking about here. Why would you want to let someone else suggest the type of person who should be working for you? Chances are, they don’t know you’re business from the ground-up like you do – and I’d be willing to take a punt that they never will, either.

It all boils down to how much you want your company to succeed. If you’re after a short-term fix to help sail your company steadily along then by all means, a recruitment agency may be able to find someone to fit that bill. But if you’re on the hunt for that gem of a candidate who can really help to drive your company forward, then you’ll probably want to catch someone who does more than simply tick a few boxes on a recruitment agency’s check-list!

Put simply, you know what talent looks like within your own set-up more than any recruitment expert could!

Brand Motivation Shines Through

You, are a brand ambassador for your business; something you will never get – no matter how much money you pump into it, nor how long you look for it – from a 3rd party agency or recruitment specialist.

By making the switch back to an in-house recruitment management policy, you’ll be able to convey that brand image across much more easily to potential candidates, and offer a much less mechanical experience for the candidate themselves.

Save a Lot of Money

And here’s the clincher, the big-daddy of all reasons to take your recruitment management in-house and out of the greedy hands of an agency – money!

Everyone knows that the main thing on a 3rd-party recruitment expert’s mind is the pay check at the end of the month. And it’s not surprising, given how much money is pumped into recruitment services by companies.

There’s no doubt about it, recruitment fees are big, and there’s much money to be saved by taking control yourself.

And Finally…

If you are considering the jump from agency to in-house, can offer you all the help and tools to get you started – for a much more reasonable price than any agency can! From job advertising services (across over 70 of the UK’s leading job boards), to specialist advice, we’re here to help!


UK Companies Locked in Fierce Battle to Recruit Top Talent

A recent Resourcing and Talent Planning survey suggests that UK companies must battle harder if they want to land top talent.

The study, carried out by CIPD and Hays recruitment experts, states that businesses are finding it increasingly more difficult to attract experienced and adequately qualified candidates to their outfit.

To put it into figures, the study finds a massive 62% of companies struggle to land those much sought-after prized assets that can help drive a business forward during these rocky financial times. That’s a staggering 20% increase in just the last 3 years alone, since 2009.

And The Reason?

It probably won’t come as too much of a shock to most people that employees, as well as businesses, are noticing the effects of the storm at sea during the current economic climate. That much said, it makes perfect sense that most well-qualified workers would rather stay put than chance jumping ship to another company amidst murky waters below.

It seems that people are now less-inclined to make that bold move to a new company – which may not offer the same assurances as the ones they currently work for.

How Can Companies Combat This?

CIPD researcher, Zheltoukhova, believes that business must adapt to the change in the recruitment landscape by “widening the pools from which they recruit and develop talent, as well as creating new and varied career paths driven by a culture of lifelong learning”.

Simply put, companies must seek new ways to attract the people they want in their set-up, and challenge potential candidates with new and exciting opportunities. And with some confidence starting to find its way back into the job market, there’s never been a better time to stay one step ahead of the game.

And Remember… can offer expert advice to help you attract top talent to your company, as well as provide all the great job advertising services and tools you’ll need to raise the sounds of your recruitment war drums and get noticed by those high calibre candidates.

3 Stellar Tips to Unleashing Your Team’s Creativity

A company is only as good as the people that make it up. It’s a saying that’s certainly banded around frequently enough, though probably not examined by business leaders as much as it should be.

A follow-up from the saying could probably read something like …and most people will only be as good as they have to be. In other words, if your employers don’t feel stimulated by their work and surroundings, they will only put in the absolute minimum they must to get through another day – which is hardly the formula for business success!

The thing is, a lot of companies take the saying too literally. They think harvesting the savviest, most technical minds to work for them is alone enough to set them apart from competitors. But there’s more to business longevity and success than simply cherry-picking the ripest candidates and hoping there’s enough juice in them to leverage the company to a new and exciting level.

Companies must not only hire the finest candidates on the block, but also encourage their creativity and desire to consistently shine through whilst on the job. And to help with just that, we’ve put together a few great tips to get you started…

1. Set the Scene

Monet didn’t paint his water lilies whilst sitting in a bleak and lifeless environment; he was inspired by his surroundings. Okay, I know it’s not feasible to turn your office into a replica of an 1800’s watercolour painting, but there are some things you can do that will stimulate your employees’ creativity!

Things like comfy seats, a healthy consideration for the interior design and keeping things looking generally fresh and engaging can work wonders. If you have the budget, you could even try making a ‘creative’ zone in the office, with bean-bags, white-boards, a coffee machine and a few inspirational quotes plastered to the wall.

2. Get Everyone Involved

Sometimes it takes more than one person to conceptualise something brilliant. Good teamwork and communication skills are essential assets for creative work-force to have.

Encourage the whole crew to chip in with their ideas during planned creative sessions, no matter how whacky or outlandish they may seem. Different people view things from alternate angles, so what may seem like a crazy thought to one person, could be the switch that triggers a breakthrough in another.

If your staff feels like their ideas are worth listening to, they’ll undoubtedly dig much deeper within themselves to contribute something special and unleash their creative potential.

3. Allow Time for Ideas to Mature

Rome wasn’t built in a day, as they (all!) say. An idea is very much like a seed, it needs the right conditions and time for it to bloom into a fully-fledged reality. Don’t put a halt to an employee’s creative process if it doesn’t come to fruition straight away, but allow it time to breath and mature.

And Finally…

You need the right staff. Nothing beats having a great, creative and motivated team that can drive your business forward, so it makes sense to bring in the best possible people to help steer your company in the right direction. can provide you with all the tools you need to do just this, including effective job advertising across over 70 of the UK leading job boards.

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Job Market at its Strongest Since 2008

The latest labour market update by the Office for National Statistics has shown a boost in the number of jobs advertised so far in 2013. The figures suggest a much healthier outlook for the employment industry as a whole which, hot on the heels of a 5-year baron spell, has seen companies struggle to stay afloat amidst a turbulent financial climate at best.

In light of the report, the Reed Job Index for May this year also reports a 17% increase in job availability over the last twelve months. What’s more, it also finds a 8% increase in advertised jobs on its website since last month (April 2013) alone.

James Reed, the website’s chair, said of the report that “there are strong signs that the growing health of the jobs market will continue to help drive the economy forward.

So what does this mean for hiring companies?

Most importantly, it means that more UK-based companies are ticking the right boxes when it comes to managing their recruitment policy and business-growth.

If the past few years have taught companies anything, it’s that they must hit the nail on the head when it comes to expanding their workforce. Any slight slip of judgement could potentially be an extremely costly one, so it’s vitally important to get things right the first time around.

In short, companies are becoming more savvy with their whole recruitment process, from posting job advertisements in the correct places and efficiently screening their applicants, right through to their interview techniques and final handshakes.

And the knock-on effect?

Since more and more companies are playing their cards the right way, it brings around more competition in attracting those potentially stellar candidates that every business wants to employ. In other words, there are more fishermen at sea all trying to catch that ‘big fish’, so it’s your responsibility as a hiring company to make your net as wide as possible to land them.

At we lend you all the tools and advice you’ll need to do just that, giving you that edge over competing businesses also on the prowl for new talent. And what’s more, we provide them at a much more palatable price than any ‘professional’ recruitment agency would.

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