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SilkRoad recognised in Learning, Performance Management, Compensation and Recruiting

SilkRoad Technology, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based social talent management solutions, has been ranked as a major player in four separate MarketScape reports published by the International Data Corporation (IDC).  SilkRoad's Life Suite was recognised for its Learning, Performance Management, Compensation and Recruiting solutions. 

SilkRoad provides a full suite of talent management solutions, including HRMS, that streamlines time-intensive HR functions from recruiting and onboarding through learning and career development; encompassing all employee milestones from pre-hire to retire.  The employee centric software helps companies around the world build a self-motivating culture by empowering employees with the tools needed to drive their own careers and relationships with co-workers.   

"The talent management market is one of the hottest applications markets with double-digit growth, market consolidation, and stiff competition," said Lisa Rowan, program director, HR, Talent, and Learning Strategies and Services for IDC. "SilkRoad distinguishes itself in the crowded field with high marks in customer service and cost-effectiveness from its clients."


- Bond International Software achieves ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001 accreditation, further supporting commitments to customer service

and environmental responsibility -

Bond International Software , the global provider of recruitment and capital management software & services, announces its accreditation with internationally recognised quality management systems and environmental management standards – ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001 respectively.

 

The ISO 9001:2008 standard is only awarded to companies who can evidence effective and documented processes for communicating with customers regarding product information, enquiries, contracts, orders, feedback and complaints and have in place a framework for the regular review of such processes.


SEES BOND AS KEY TO ONGOING GROWTH

Academic Work goes live with Bond Adapt in Sweden, bringing the total number of Academic Work employees using Bond Adapt up to 350, with further substantial growth expected in the next three years.

Academic Work, a temping agency specialising in Young Professionals in the Nordics, has successfully gone live with specialist Bond Adaptportfolio of recruitment software applications, Bond Adapt, in Sweden – the third of Academic Work’s countries of activity to have deployed Bond Adapt since 2009 – and will be relying on Bond Adapt in two further territories, Norway and Denmark, before the end of 2012. Indeed, Academic Work is projecting an overall increase in growth of users of over 200% over the coming three years.

Academic Work helps companies reach university students and young professionals for short time assignments, as well as full time employment. Established in Sweden in 1998, the company now boasts an impressive €120 million annual turnover, places over 16,000 candidates per year and is predicting doubling in turnover and headcount over the next two years with the addition of new geographical locations.

As Academic Work continued to add new territories to its network over the last two years, each had initially set up its own processes and IT infrastructure, with little or no overall integration with the other geographies. With further expansion set for 2012, Academic Work decided now was the time to deploy a centralised recruitment system that could be rolled out readily internationally, operate multi-lingually and function from a single database so as to allow improved reporting, increased sharing of information and overall faster working practices.

Impressed by Bond’s experience in providing for large, multi-national corporates, such as Hays and Manpower, its financial stability and its software’s flexibility and scalability, the latest version of Bond Adapt was selected after a thorough review of the market.

Daniel Wrangsjö Daniel Wrangsjö, Project Manager, Academic Work, comments, “Rapid expansion, especially when international, often brings with it a certain level of fragmentation. We were keen to prevent this occurring by bringing in a system that was first of all flexible enough to accommodate and streamline our own individual workflows, but also sufficiently robust to be used as a single system in all countries. Finally, it of course had to be sufficiently scalable to allow us to continue our growth without fear of outgrowing our systems.”

Wrangsjö concludes, “The deployment of Bond Adapt throughout our organisation will be instrumental in supporting our aggressive business expansion plans. Indeed, had we selected a recruitment system that did not offer such flexibility and scalability, I believe that we would struggle to continue our transition into a large, seamless, multi-national business. The centralised database that Bond Adapt provides us with is fantastic. Through the introduction of software, we are able to seamlessly draw on candidate records from our other countries of operation and use these for placements in other countries. We have high ambitions for the future and with such a strong infrastructure supporting us, we are able to realistically aim to grow the user count by 300% within the next three years.”


Bond Achieves Company Wide ISO Accreditation

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BOND SETS THE BAR FOR DATA PROTECTION WITH COMPANY-WIDE ISO ACCREDITATION


Bond Software Logo- Extending ISO 27001:2005 accreditation throughout the entire business, Bond International Software demonstrates its commitment to Information Security Compliance -


2012: Bond International Software, the global provider of recruitment & human capital management software & services, has been accredited with the internationally recognised Information Security standard – ISO 27001:2005.

The quality management accreditation was first given to Bond Payroll Services – the division of Bond International Software that provides expert payroll outsourcing services – in 2011 and has now been awarded to the entire Bond business. This endorsement recognises Bond’s ongoing commitment to improving its services and policy of guaranteed security for all of its products as well as taking into account data protection legislation.

The international standard is only given to companies that fulfil and maintain specific best practice requirements for their Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) and associated processes. The IT systems and processes are subject to an auditing process, after which they are awarded certification provided they have met the stipulated standards. The new accreditation will apply to Bond’s entire range of services ensuring that the products and data held within them is now certified as being fully secure, as well as any sensitive client information that Bond handles.

Les Jones, Lead Auditor and Director of IQS UK, who oversaw the auditing process, comments, “After a detailed and thorough review of Bond’s software and systems, along with its organisation-wide procedures and policies for information security, I was pleased to conclude that Bond’s information security readily met the standards and quality to achieve full certification of ISO 27001:2005. The company was able to easily demonstrate that the necessary systems and procedures were in place to minimise security risks. These included high levels of secure integration between internal departments and external bodies, securing physical business premises and access to computer systems and also suitable protection of sensitive data and documents.”

Tim RichardsTim Richards, Managing Director, Bond International Software (UK), comments, “Our company policy is to be market leaders and promote excellence in the field of recruitment, HR and payroll software and services. An inherent part of these activities is a compulsion to treat our customer data with the utmost sensitivity. We see this as a natural component of providing the very best in customer service – something that we are particularly proud to consistently achieve.”

Richards concludes, “Large recruiters, especially those with international or public sector activities, often stipulate that their suppliers must hold a formal information security certification, typically the ISO 27001:2005 certification.. Having now achieved exactly this certification, we are therefore sufficiently equipped to guarantee the levels of reassurance required by such organisations and we look forward to the extra opportunity such an award will afford us.”


GradWeb is exhibiting their award winning recruitment system, GradWeb 2.0, and outsourcing services at this year’s Recruitment Exhibition (RECEX), taking place on 20-21 June 2012 at Olympia in London

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the largest HR network in Europe. The free CIPD Recruitment Exhibition held at Olympia in London on 20-21 June is the ideal place to discover new ways of finding and keeping the right people by meeting leading technology, software and service suppliers.

Exhibition delegates who visit GradWeb at stand R80 will be able to benefit from a demonstration of the advanced recruitment platform, GradWeb 2.0, which has recently been acknowledged as providing the best online candidate experience for graduate recruitment. In topping Potentialpark’s APOLLO (APplying OnLine & LOving it) rankings for our client BP, GradWeb 2.0 triumphed over 100 systems used by graduate employers to win the award for the best system in the UK and Europe. To appreciate the importance of candidate experience and to understand how it can positively affect the success of your recruitment campaign as well as enriching the appeal of your employer brand, visit GradWeb for a demonstration.

Visitors to the stand can also understand in greater detail the recruitment outsourcing services GradWeb provide and see how technology can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of these processes for both clients and candidates. This theme will also be prominent in GradWeb’s showcase presentation on the 20th June at 11.30am. Entitled “Network Rail and GlaxoSmithKline - winning the race for future talent” the session will look at the processes and best practices these employers use to ensure they get the right talent every time. 

Cynthia Bostock, Managing Director of GradWeb, said:

“We are once again exited to be exhibiting at this year’s Recruitment Exhibition that provides visitors with the opportunity to network with leading technology, software and service suppliers”


Are you social?

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Social media has more of an impact on our lives than ever before and the most famous associated brand has to be Facebook. With its own film and recent IPO, there are not many who haven’t heard of Mr. Zuckerberg and his wonderful social network. However, while Facebook was originally designed for university undergrads in the States, the audience using it, as well as various other networks, has now grown massively and is broken down by need as opposed to age.

Is the Career for Life Dead

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According to a report carried out at the beginning of the year by nationwide recruitment agency Office Angels, a ‘job for life' may be a less than likely scenario for the general public over the next 25 years.

For years, career progression has often been assumed as the number one working ambition amongst young professionals. However, with more and more school leavers ditching further education altogether and a record number of self-employed individuals in the UK, could Office Angels' study be accurate?

If so, by 2036, the UK could well and truly be embracing the ‘odd jobbers' among us.

Following the study, David Clubb, managing director of Office Angels stated: "experience and loyalty were the core attributes in the ‘jobs for life' era, what's emerging from our research is that flexibility and adaptability are going to be valued increasingly highly over the next few decades, as the idea of a career takes on an entirely new shape."

But is everyone ready for a flexible nation? The problem in defining this most probably stems from the meaning of ‘flexible', meaning there are so many different meanings! UK contract jobs are usually turned to during times of economic downfall to improve headcount and save on expenditure. However, if the term ‘flexible' is referring to individuals who choose to follow sporadic career paths, then employers may need to start changing their expectations.


 

SilkRoad Welcomes Nearly 120 New Customers Including Aruba Networks,
Provant Health Solutions and NSTAR Global Services


London (May 16, 2012) - SilkRoad Technology, Inc., a leading provider of social talent management solutions, continues to gain significant momentum for its Life Suite® product line with accelerated customer growth in the first quarter, including Channel Four Television Corp.  in the UK and US companies G-TECH, Presidio Network Solutions, Aruba Networks, Provant Health Solutions and NSTAR Global Services.  In addition, the quarter saw an increase in the number of international customers, including Nippon Insurance Information Technology for Skill development (Japan), Rainforest Education (Singapore) and Mazars (France).  SilkRoad's Life Suite solutions provide companies worldwide with an intuitive design, scalability and localisation to effectively engage develop and enable top talent. 

"We've witnessed a sensitisation to human capital management around the world as more organisations look to HR to drive business performance," said Flip Filipowski, executive chairman and CEO of SilkRoad.  "SilkRoad stands out as the leader in innovative talent management technology with our employee-centric HR solutions that empower people to drive their own careers.   Unlike other talent management providers, SilkRoad has an entire suite of human capital management solutions, including a HRMS and unique social capabilities for companies of all sizes and industries."    


 

Funding will Accelerate Worldwide Expansion and Product Innovation

SilkRoad, a leading provider of social talent management solutions, has completed a $35 million Series C financing round. New investors include Keating Capital (Nasdaq: KIPO) and NTT Finance (NYSE: NTT).  Existing investors including Intel Capital, Crosslink Capital, Foundation Capital, Azure Capital and Tenaya Capital, amongst others, invested in the oversubscribed round. This new funding will support worldwide expansion and product innovation in preparation for a potential 2012-2013 initial public offering.

"SilkRoad has earned a reputation for product innovations that solve top talent management challenges," said Timothy J. Keating, CEO of Keating Capital.  "With business performance and employee engagement top of mind for many businesses, SilkRoad is poised for continued growth with the efficiencies its cloud-based, social talent management solutions deliver.  In addition, we were impressed by the Company's management team, which has retained its founding visionary and includes industry veterans seasoned in bringing companies to public market."


 

In 2011, Andrew Longfellow made the decision to leave the recruitment agency he had worked with for more than a decade and launch his own business. Three months later, and with the help of Sonovate , he is now running a flourishing start-up recruitment agency.

At the end of 2011 Andrew Longfellow was a business manager at a leading international recruitment agency. Having joined the company as a fresh faced trainee in 2001, he had risen quickly through the ranks, running four sales teams and the business's Leeds office for more than three years. His list of accolades was extensive: he led an award winning team, had developed multiple top billers, won awards for Team of the Year and Manager of the Year and had built a permanent team which billed more than £1 million per year.

With his great recruitment track record behind him, in November 2011 he decided that the moment had come to move on.


A huge challenge for recruitment managers is that they not only have to lead a team but continue to bill as before. Here are our 5 recommendations for billing managers. What you can be doing, on a day to day basis, to succeed in this demanding role:

  1. Manage your teams expectations – they will expect you to have all the answers no matter how new you are to the role. Try not to give them all the answers, tempting though it may be. Get them thinking too and create an environment that allows them to ‘have a go’ and coach them to help them learn from their failures, as well as their successes.
  2. Encourage them to take responsibility – as well as training your team in the right skills and knowledge, encourage them to be accountable and gradually take responsibility for their own actions.  If you don’t, they will be too reliant on you and this can cause bottle necks and stunt their [professional] growth. 
  3. Manage your boss's expectations - talk to your boss, offer regular progress updates and don’t hesitate to ask for their help as and when you need it – it's their job to support you. Try to work their way but willingly contribute your ideas.
  4. Organise yourself - contrary to popular belief, great leaders are not available 24/7.  Make sure you protect some time in the morning and afternoon each day, when your priority is client and candidate tasks on your own desk. Interruptions shoudl only be for an emergency – and don’t forget to agree what constitutes an emergency up front, as what's business critical to them may be different to what's business critical to you!
  5. Lead by example - don’t forget your team will begin to emulate your best practices [and your worst] so make sure that you are setting the right example.

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Recruiters across EMEA are optimistic about the year ahead and had a good 2011 according to the latest annual Bullhorn staffing and recruiting trends report, released today.

Key findings include 61 per cent reporting that their firms either met or exceeded their 2011 revenue goals; 88 per cent believing their firm's revenue will increase in 2012; and more than four out of five respondents (89 per cent) planning to increase their headcount in 2012.

Social media stole the spotlight this year with every agency in the EMEA region reporting some use. Almost every respondent claimed to use LinkedIn (98 per cent), with around half using Twitter (52 per cent) and Facebook (43 per cent), a fifth claiming they use Google+ for business and 11 per cent actively blogging.

While an expectedly high proportion (91 per cent) claim LinkedIn as the most effective tool for generating candidates, half of businesses also claimed social media was crucial for building an agency's brand.

Peter Linas, Bullhorn's EMEA MD says: "Given all the doom and gloom about the global economy, the recruitment sector seems to be ably bucking the trend. Around half of those surveyed actually received a salary rise last year and most of them see their compensation increasing in 2012 as well.


Protests left right and centre could instantly suggest that the lack of jobs readily available in the UK is due to economic havoc. Undoubtedly, this is true to a certain extent. However, recent research may suggest that jobseekers are missing the mark because of fairly simple mistakes.  

A study, carried out by Nicoll Curtin Recruitment looked into the current problems surrounding recruitment from both the perspective of the job seeker and employer. Managing Director from Nicoll Curtin, Lawrence Hargreaves stated : “The research demonstrates that candidates are falling short of getting a job on simple things such as poor communication or failing to recognise the importance of technical skills and qualifications.”

Many frustrated UK job seekers may dismiss the belief that their situation in down to lack of recruitment understanding or simple mistakes. Either way the research does show some surprising faux pas, including:

-Many participating managers stated that ‘poor communication skills’ was the main reason for not hiring a candidate.

-Only 17% of job seekers appropriately tailored their CV to the role they were applying for.


Micro Focus strengthens recruitment programmes with SilkRoad technologies

 

10 April 2012, London - Leading global software company, Micro Focus, has invested in SilkRoad technology's recruitment solution, OpenHire. Following a successful installation in the company's Belfast office, where the software has facilitated the employment of 15 new staff, OpenHire will now be deployed across the company's offices worldwide.

 


SilkRoad Recruiting and
Onboarding Solutions Selected by Milestone Technologies, Inc.

SilkRoad's Solutions
Eliminate Overhead and Streamline the Talent Acquisition Process


LONDON, UK (March 26, 2012) - Milestone Technologies, Inc. (MILESTONE) has selected leading provider of social talent management
solutions
, SilkRoad technology, inc., to streamline its talent management processes.  MILESTONE will be implementing SilkRoad's OpenHire for recruiting anagement and applicant tracking as well as RedCarpet for onboarding anagement.  Upon implementing SilkRoad's OpenHire and RedCarpet, MILESTONE expects to realize a more than five percent return on investment in just the first year.

MILESTONE is an IT consulting business with a workforce operating in 30 countries around the globe.  With many employees working remotely, the Company recognized that its previous talent management system was unable to scale to meet the needs of the growing business.  To address this, MILESTONE selected SilkRoad's intuitive, cloud-based offerings, which can be easily accessed by employees across the globe, anywhere, at any time. 

"It was important to us to find not just a vendor with a good suite of software providing a superior and innovative experience, but also a business partner that supported our overall virtualization strategy.  We found that partner in SilkRoad," said Kasey Konkright, director, recruiting for MILESTONE. 




High profile organisations boost employee performance and engagement with SilkRoad's employee-centric Life Suite

21 March 2012, London - SilkRoad technology, a global provider of social
talent management solutions
, is celebrating its first year in the UK with impressive growth figures.

Among SilkRoad's first UK customers is Britvic. The soft drinks giant has implemented SilkRoad's applicant tracking solution, OpenHire. Britvic chose to work with SilkRoad following a lengthy testing process in which OpenHire outperformed its existing applicant tracking software.

"SilkRoad's solution offers much more than our previous system," comments James Tucker, GB Recruitment Manager, Britvic. "Not only does it save us money by enabling us to post on job boards directly without the need to pay an advertising agency, but it also allows us to find the best candidates by increasing our ability to pipeline effectively. The software is extremely user-friendly and successfully integrates with social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, providing us with a modern, relevant solution."

SilkRoad was launched in the US in 2005 and entered the UK market in early 2011 with its Life Suite, a comprehensive range of social talent management solutions. SilkRoad's UK suite offering includes OpenHire - a direct recruitment tool, RedCarpet for onboarding and life events (transfers, promotions, relocations, maternity, etc.), WingSpan - to assess and handle
performance management and GreenLight - for training and learning
management.



Bullhorn announces record-breaking year

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 Bullhorn, the global leader in online recruitment software, today reports on its results for 2011.

Leading entry-level recruitment outsourcing provider GradWeb, has been selected to provide branding and creative design plus recruitment services including recruitment advertising, online recruitment system, candidate management and application screening for the ‘Track and Train’ internship scheme.

The Track & Train scheme is designed to give up to 100 graduates employment experience and training to help further their careers. It’s a nationwide scheme funded by Network Rail and supported by 28 companies across the rail sector and aimed at people who have graduated from university in the last 2 years. The entire programme lasts for 18 months, and is structured to give graduates an insight into each of the main elements of the rail industry. Successful candidates will start their first placement in April 2012.

 

Effective Recruitment Advertising

The branding and recruitment advertising campaign designed to promote Track & Train and to attract candidates to enrol for the scheme has been devised and created by GradWeb’s Intelligent Attraction team. The first part of this process was to develop the Track & Train brand. As an entirely new entity that represents 27 companies across the rail sector, GradWeb developed the creative concept for the Track & Train name, logo, and branding for the campaign to be used across all marketing vehicles.


Selby, North Yorkshire - For many hirers the prospect of purchasing new Plant in 2012 could seem near impossible. If you think you simply can't afford to do this, think again. The money could be right in front of you - in the form of your next employee.

Hire People Recruitment has released a report ‘Hire People To Buy Plant' designed to help Plant & Tool Hirers better understand the savings available to them if they are smart about their next recruitment drive. Recruiting new employees can be expensive, when shopping around a little potential
savings can run into thousands of pounds and enough to significantly contribute to the purchase of new plant for your hire business. Details of the report can be seen at Hirepeople.co.uk or requested.

Hire Peoples research highlights that with an average industry wage of £27,000 and recruitment fees commonly in excess of 15% of salaries, Hirers can make savings of approximately 45% when recruiting for their next candidate. Director Graham Hewitt explains "To the best of our knowledge we are the only specialist Plant & Tool Hire recruiters with a flat-fee model, with the savings made we can help our clients buy new Plant & Tools for their businesses". 

Amid continuing Euro Zone uncertainly and a recovering Construction sector positive findings such as this are well received. Spirits and enthusiasm was up on last year at The Executive Hire Show (Feb 8th - 9th) which is always a great barometer for the industry in general. Graham added "Despite the positive attitudes seen at EHS the industry is still uncertain about the future, hirers need to consider all angles to save money and we are very happy to help." 

Hire People are the specialist recruiters in the Plant & Tool Hire and Construction Supply sectors, providing businesses with staff at all levels across every discipline and candidates with access to exclusive vacancies throughout the UK, Europe & the Middle East.


Bullhorn secures new APSCo accreditation

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08 February 2012, London - Bullhorn, the global leader in online recruitment software, is the first recruitment industry supplier to gain full APSCo Recruitment Practice Standard (RPS) Level 1 accreditation. APSCo recently introduced the accreditation to raise the standards of UK recruiters, ensuring they meet an acceptable level of qualification and training.

Although the RPS was created with recruitment practitioners in mind, Bullhorn requested entry to the course in order to ensure it is meeting and exceeding the recruitment industry's best practice standards.

Peter Linas, Bullhorn's EMEA MD comments: "We are in full support of the APSCo accreditation. While it is vital that recruiters meet a defined criterion, it is equally important that suppliers to the industry have up-to-date knowledge and training."

Mike Restivo, Bullhorn's EMEA sales director continues: "Our group knowledge and understanding of the challenges a recruiter faces is critical to providing the exceptional service levels we strive to deliver. Every Bullhorn department from sales to account management to technical support passed the RPS. We anticipate a growing expectation for suppliers providing business-critical services to secure this level of accreditation."

Following approval from APSCo, 20 staff at Bullhorn UK were taken through scenario-based training, culminating in a one hour exam which every team member passed.


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