• 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…]

  • 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…]

  • Cyber Security – Defend, Deter and Develop.. oh.. and Skills Shortages

    Back in November, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced the governments National Cyber Security Strategy for the next 5 years in which he said “The new strategy is built on three core pillars: defend, deter and develop, underpinned by £1.9 billion of transformational investment…”

    The vision for 2021 is that the UK is secure and resilient to cyber threats, prosperous and confident in the digital world.

    This follows on from earlier in the year where the UK government confirmed that the UK’s new national cyber centre will open in London – so called the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

    The UK faces a growing threat of cyber-attacks from states, serious crime gangs, hacking groups as well as terrorists. The NCSC will help ensure that the people, public and private sector organisations and the critical national infrastructure of the UK are safer online.

    I will be taking a look at look at global Cyber Security in general and also taking a look at CISSP qualification shortages and what it means for the world and Recruiters alike as we face cyber wars. Yes cyber wars!

    In recognition of the risk cyber attacks pose, the government’s 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review classified cyber as a Tier One threat to the UK – that’s the same level as terrorism, or international military conflict.

    Ahead of Brexit, Britain could be set to become the world’s cyber talent powerhouse ahead of other nations.

    The UK cyber-security industry which has grown rapidly in recent years and is now worth £17.6bn – up 70 percent since 2013 – and employs over 100,000 people.

    More soon for 2017. I’ll be looking at top talent needs and what the UK has to offer as a world leader in cyber.

    For a current Cyber Security Roundup click here