• Listen to your Recruiter Ancestors!

    If you are in recruitment did you ever stop to think about the origins of your industry? Recruiters today have a lot to thank the original recruitment pioneers for. It’s easy to forget that the Recruitment industry has been around for a long time but most recruiters I would say do not want a history lesson and they know everything! Well, that’s OK. I knew everything too!

    One of the oldest references to a public employment agency was in 1650 and the first private employment agency was opened in the US in 1893, an Engineering Agency and you will find a few dotted around the UK such as London domestic Agency ‘Masseys’ established in 1845. For specialist technical recruitment businesses and consultancies we are probably looking at the 60²s for the first ones to appear. The company I started out at was established in 1961 in Stockport by Alan OBrien – Manchester Design Services and latterly MDS Consultants plc. [Read More…]

  • GDPR – The clock is ticking – Are You Ready?

    GDPR is fast approaching and enforceable from 25th May 2018. As of today (in October 2017), that is only circa 150 working days – unless you are planning on working  Christmas holidays and the weekends!

    Many organisations and recruitment businesses are in full flow working towards the changes but there are still many that are so far, not fully aware or just simply ignoring the regulations, thinking they are just another guidance for best practice or even, an estimated 15% think that post Brexit GDPR will not apply.

    GDPR is law in the UK from 25th May 2018 –  then it will be enforceable and will remain in place beyond Brexit. At the same time, the ICO will have at least another 100+ enforcement staff from May 2018 to process & investigate reported beaches.

    I’ve had a gander at what organisations are up to and looked to find out the what’s what of GDPR in recruiting terms and I can say that so far, it is on the one hand straightforward but on the other, a minefield of processes and systems to implement and the recruitment fraternity is still trying to grasp and clarify requirements of the new legislation including the REC and APSCO seek the same.

    For good or bad, GDPR does not, however, define any specific data protection controls that an organisation must follow. Each organisation is allowed to determine, for itself, the necessary security controls for the collected data, confidentiality and risk.What?!! [Read More…]

  • Retro Recruiter – It’s back to the future

    IT Operations in Recruitment
    Some younger recruiters may not remember the welcome sight of a phone box in the middle of nowhere. Normally they were on the rainy side of the street and required a lot of u-turns. Invariably they didn’t work or indeed had someone in it who was in no hurry whatsoever – and when they did step out, would do so amid a puff of smoke.

    If not remembering phone boxes, then certainly most recruiters will remember their first placement. I certainly remember mine.

    My first placement was actually done on my second day in recruitment and that candidate, an Instrumentation Design Engineer, was called from a phone box. [Read More…]