Choosing recruitment software for an uncertain future

May 9th, 2017 | Industry News

The announcement of the UK snap election has taken almost everyone by surprise – and the recruitment industry has been rapid to respond. The claim that the election is designed to reduce uncertainty and instability is one that recruiters will take to heart. As Brexit negotiations continue, the focus on goods rather than services and service provision can’t be ignored. The UK labour market is a major contributor to the national economy to the tune of £35 billion and its role can’t be underestimated.

Recruitment software is crucial to the effective management of employment services and to a large extent the scope and sophistication of the chosen recruiting platform will impact the success of any recruitment strategy, whether an in-house process or a recruitment agency one.

When choosing a recruitment software system, a key question must be to ensure that it will meet the needs of the organisation now, and in the future. Staffing software cannot stand still, any more than society can and yet the counterbalancing consideration has to be the certainty that any chosen system can be easily introduced and utilised by any team member without requiring complex and time-consuming training.

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LinkedIn fatigue and AI – the future of recruitment?

April 25th, 2017 | Industry News

Effective recruitment – how not to waste anybody’s time

According to Recruiter, there’s an increasing weariness in excellent candidates who are sick of being ‘targeted’ by recruiters who bombard them with ill-thought-out and often time-wasting pitches. It’s not just those who are on LinkedIn who find themselves on the wrong end of a badly focused communication from a recruiter whose employment software hasn’t kept up with the candidate’s current situation. ‘LinkedIn fatigue’ as it’s known is causing many top candidates to try to hide themselves from inept recruiters and one measure of the sophistication and application of recruitment software in the future will be the way that it uses the applicant tracking system to contact candidates only when a truly interesting opportunity arises.

Is AI the future of recruitment software?

Start-ups around the world are claiming that they are heralding a new future for recruitment platforms by incorporating large amounts of AI (artificial intelligence) into each newly-launched recruitment system.

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The latest from Global Recruiter UK Summit

April 11th, 2017 | Industry News

Shake up in recruitment in 2017

The recent Global Recruiter UK Summit opened with a headline talk about how technology is changing the workplace, and therefore how the operation and focus of many recruitment businesses will need to change too: the ‘human cloud’ and increasing workplace automation are both expected to lead to different ways of packaging recruitment; uncertain economic situations will lead to shorter lead times for recruitment; and talent platforms like Recruit so Simple are likely to be delivering $2.7 trillion to the global economy by 2025 according to one speaker. Where ‘human cloud’ resourcing operates, online recruitment software is an essential component of a realtime recruiting policy and cloud-based Software As A Service will be vital to managing complex workflows in real time, often at a geographic distance.

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Brexit, budget and building… three key areas for March recruitment

March 17th, 2017 | Industry News

2017 budget and recruitment

In a week where a budget U-turn created a lot of heat in the recruitment industry, we thought it would be a good time to bring some light to the Chancellor’s budget decisions, and how they affect recruitment, both permanent and temporary.

The U-turn was on NICs, of course and was welcomed by many lobbyists for the self-employed, but increasing National Insurance wasn’t the only impact that the 2017 budget had on recruitment, and a couple of less headline-worthy issues may definitely change the way the UK recruitment industry operates.

The Chancellor announced that the dividend tax allowance of £5,000 per annum will be cut to £2,000 from April 2018 and this applies to every taxpayer, not just single directors of shareholder companies. This was the only firm conclusion from the government’s announcement that the 2017 budget would include consultations on employee expenses and the taxation of benefits in kind. While these consultations are still up in the air, it’s certain that recruitment agency software will need to demonstrate high transparency to ensure that problems do not arise with HMRC in future.

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Recruiting Trends in 2017

March 7th, 2017 | Industry News

Technology is projected to be the big trend in recruitment in 2017 and recruiting volumes in this area are predicted to rise. In 2017 the UK alone is looking at a 58% increase in hiring.

Industries experiencing recruitment pressures

Wireless technology markets are experiencing a degree of change – while industry regulation in the USA is still allowing operators to charge higher prices that permit capital to be raised for network upgrades and innovation, in other markets commodification is well advanced, changing the nature of the offering and requiring a different approach to basic delivery. Increased pressure as telecoms operators fight for subscribers means that focus is moving steadily from brand identity to delivery metrics with broadband speeds, customer service responses and reliability changing the nature of recruitment in the industry and reducing out top end positions such as marketing and strategy whilst increasing demand for temp and fixed contract professionals working in the infrastructure, engineering and customer service areas.

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Applicant Tracking Software – questions we wish our clients would ask

May 5th, 2015 | Industry News

When we sell applicant tracking software (ATS) to customers we spend a lot of time making sure they get exactly what they need – our combined decades in software development give us a lot of insight into what clients need from applicant tracking.

They always have questions about how our applicant tracking software will speed things up and the answer is twofold – first it’s an efficient system for finding evaluating and interviewing talent, second it improves the experience for candidates, making you a popular company to apply to. In the long term, ATS gives you a better profile as an organisation as well as a better chance of sourcing and bringing on board the best talent.

Then there are the questions we need to ask them:

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Why some recruitment agencies fail – and others thrive

April 16th, 2015 | Industry News

We spend a lot of time designing software for recruitment agencies – and as a result, we know a lot about why some recruitment consultancies thrive and others barely make a living, or even fail, and that’s why we design our software to ensure that we’re contributing to the success of our clients.

Multi-tasking

Recruitment is a challenging industry and the demand to multi-task is one of the most complex challenges of all. Moving from candidate to candidate, handling phone calls and social media, getting out on the road to understand what your clients want, billing, checking contracts, searching resumes, managing payroll … when you write it down, it’s pretty daunting! Software should make this kind of challenge easy, by being available on the move, on mobiles and online, so that your consultants can find the right balance between candidates and clients, billing and interviewing, responding and initiating. We’re proud to say we’ve got a handle on multitasking that rival recruitment agency software systems can’t begin to match.

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Why do you need recruitment software?

March 9th, 2015 | Industry News

Why recruitment software plus personal experience, delivers the best candidates

Here’s a question we get asked a lot. ‘Why does my agency/my department need specialist recruitment software?’ There are a dozen different answers, and these are just the top three:

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