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I’m often asked by recruiters: “What experience do you have in the staffing industry?” Well, the honest answer is…none.

But after some thought, it occurred that we all have some recruiting experience. Whether it’s choosing a driving instructor, a builder, or someone to look after your children, we’ve all needed to put a recruiting hat one-time-or-another.

Take me and my wife. When we were looking for a an au pair, my wife and I advertised online. Despite our ad being detailed, most of the responses were not suitable. It took a lot of time to sift through them to find the three we decided to interview. When we met the first applicant, we knew straight away on meeting her that she wasn’t right for us, but still had to proceed with the interview.

After interviewing the other two, who had the same qualifications and experience, we made a decision based on personality, which we of course knew nothing of until we had met them.

Unfortunately, the au pair we employed was not quite as experienced with children or as good a driver as we expected. We let her go, and started our search…again.

SilkRoad Named a Major Player in IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Social Technology in Integrated Talent Management Vendor Assessment

SilkRoad Recognised for Its Integrated Social Talent Management Capabilities

London, August 2012 - SilkRoad Technology, Inc. has been ranked a major player in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Social Technology in Integrated Talent Management Vendor Assessment, IDC #236025, July 2012, for its ability to enable companies to attract, develop and engage top talent through innovative social talent management solutions. IDC recognised SilkRoad for its social recruiting capabilities and employee-centric solutions designed to cover all facets of talent management.   

"We're watching the integration of social technology into talent management very closely as the market remains nascent," said Lisa Rowan, program director, HR, Talent, and Learning Strategies and Services for IDC. "SilkRoad is innovating in this space, providing social talent management solutions that deliver a competitive advantage by improving the employee experience."

The hunt is online

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Social media is full of potential candidates. While most recruiters have been on the social media wagon for several years now and continue to use job boards with varying levels of success, the sheer volume of candidates across multiple networks means that a lot of leg work and management is required to keep on top of it all. The right tools are required to source quality candidates ahead of the competition.


The Bullhorn 2012 Recruitment Trends Report, compiled from survey responses from recruiters using Bullhorn across EMEA, indicated a high demand for new technology and tools that cast a wider search net.


Recruiters are out-stepping their competitors by pre-emptively seeking out people who aren’t actively searching for a new role. Seventy-four per cent of those surveyed identified the ability to find these ‘passive candidates’ as the main benefit of social media (although personally I do not believe in the term ‘passive candidates’ or ‘active candidates’ as anybody in the workplace should be treated as a potential candidate).


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- Bond International Software extends its global reach with the opening of Singapore office -


23rd August 2012: Bond International Software, the global provider of recruitment & human capital management software & services, today announces the opening of its Singapore office – the latest in its growing network of global offices to expand Bond’s reach throughout the Asia Pacific region.


Bond has experienced at first-hand the recent rapid expansion of the Asia Pacific recruitment industry and has steadily expanded throughout the region since opening its Hong Kong office in 2006. Further offices were opened in Japan and Shanghai in 2009 and 2011. Increasing numbers of current customers are beginning to widen their activities into Singapore, and as a growing number of new agencies are establishing themselves there, Bond has opened the Singapore office to improve its service  to new and current customers by providing local sales and support resources.

Colleague Software - recruitment database provider - is pleased to be supporting #TechRec12, Technology and the Modern Day Recruiter, on 25th September in central London.

Hosted by TheJobPost, this popular event will focus on the latest technologies and tools in recruitment and is perfect for owners, directors and senior professionals researching recruitment software solutions for their business.

Two hundred delegates will hear a variety of speakers share insights on using technology to engage candidates and build new client relationships more effectively. Key presentations include using LinkedIn to recruit, recruitment models and social networking from a legal perspective, candidate engagement, the power of recruitment crowdsourcing, and effective use of intelligence.

Delegates also have the opportunity to access numerous special offers from technology providers including an exclusive ‘try before you buy’ free trial offer from Colleague.

John Paul Caffery, Chief Executive Officer of TheJobPost, said:

“This event is a great opportunity for recruitment owners of all sizes to hear exactly what’s happening in the market and understand the latest technologies that are making the sector more effective. With over 200 delegates attending it’s also a great chance to mingle with like minded and talented recruiters.”

- Commercial Group enlists Bond Teamspirit’s HR software with confidence that it can match the ambition for further growth -

Commercial Group, the office services company, has chosen Bond Teamspirit, the provider of modular, yet fully integrated, HR, Payroll and Time & Attendance software, to provide a HR software solution that will support its plans to expand the business by a third by 2015 – a predicted growth worth £10 million.

Commercial Group is the largest independently owned office services company in the UK and supplies office stationary and solutions to businesses nationwide. The group comprises of four divisions – Office Supplies, IT Services, Interiors and Print – and employs 170 personnel. Prior to the implementation of Bond Teamspirit, the Commercial Group recorded employee details in spreadsheets – a manual process that was immensely time consuming and restrictive.

Commercial Group therefore required a system to support its expansion plans by creating time and cost efficiencies, adding value to the HR function and being user friendly to employees by providing a self-service functionality. After thorough research into the market to evaluate the HR systems available, Commercial Group concluded that Bond Teamspirit met all of the functionalities for the purposes required.


The GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, has purchased performance management software - Vaado Performance - from Vaado Software, the specialist provider of online human resources (HR) and performance management software and services, to monitor and analyse the individual performance of its global employee population.

As the GSMA has an international workforce, they were seeking an automated system that was logical, intuitive to use and accessible remotely, so that staff could log on from any location and easily navigate the software without the need for extensive training. After a thorough review of the market, the GSMA selected Vaado Performance, primarily due to the user-friendly interface of the software and the manner in which data was readily collated and easy to subsequently analyse. The system's real-time data collection will streamline and automate performance management processes, providing significant time savings for both employees and the HR team. This will allow HR business partners to focus their time on helping staff to get the most from their performance development reviews and on-going assessment, instead of spending time on basic data entry.

Lizzie Chilton, Senior HR Partner at the GSMA, comments, "We view employee development as key to workforce engagement and being able to put in place the processes and underlying technology that allow us to improve this was our ultimate objective. Through the implementation of Vaado Performance, we now have an online system where people can readily input in real time their personnel data and development needs, no matter where the employee is located. Our HR team can then use the data to formulate succinct and relevant learning and development plans, without needing to manually manage the data directly beforehand."

Bullhorn Reach Hits 100,000 Users

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Over 100,000 recruiters in 139 countries are now using Bullhorn's market-leading social media recruitment platform, Bullhorn Reach, and nine per cent of these recruiters are based in the UK. We attribute this record-breaking growth rate to the increasing use of social media in recruitment and Bullhorn's patented algorithms that let recruiters intelligently share content and source passive candidates.

Bullhorn streamlines workflows between social media and the rest of the recruitment process, meaning that users can now share jobs through Bullhorn Reach from within the Bullhorn CRM system. It automatically tracks placements to accurately measure the ROI of recruiters' social efforts.   

The Bullhorn Reach adoption rate has been astounding. The website now attracts 1.1 million unique visitors each month and traffic from job seekers is up by 700 per cent. Recruiters from 40,000 companies in over 50 industries have woken up to the fact that social media is an excellent way to connect with both job seekers and prospective clients.

This milestone announcement coincides with the release of a number of updates to the Bullhorn recruitment CRM, including new business intelligence capabilities that enable recruitment firms to improve management and decision-making by better using their business data. Graphical, interactive reports and configurable role-based dashboards make it easy for managers and users to unlock the benefits of their business metrics.

The new updates to Bullhorn are designed to allow agencies to pull more business information out of the platform for analysis than ever before. Everyone knows that if you get the numbers right then the revenue will follow - this is the very reason ‘big data' is the latest buzzword.

- Deployment of Bond Adapt software improves recruitment agency’s efficiency and accuracy and reduces administrative expenditure -


7th August 2012: Ball and Hoolahan, a specialist marketing services recruitment company, has made significant annual savings since signing an ongoing contract with Bond International Software (www.bondinternationalsoftware.com), the global provider of recruitment & human capital management software & services, to deploy its specialist portfolio of recruitment software applications – Bond Adapt.


Furthermore, Ball and Hoolahan has streamlined its recruitment processes and increased visibility across the business, avoiding duplication of data entry and also reducing the amount of manual administration being carried out by its team

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.

New Website for Sonovate

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01 August 2012, London - Sonovate, the company that gives you everything you need for your own recruitment business, has launched a new company website. Whether you are already established or considering launching your own agency, Sonovate provides the technology, the team and the finance to ensure you can focus on maximising your profits.

Through the site, recruiters can request a full demonstration of the Sonovate package, and calculate their potential earnings using a simple online calculator, before committing to the full service.


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 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.

The UK recruiting industry is ready for a change. That’s the message given by recruiters in response to brand new recruitment model, Sonovate. Launched last month, the site is already providing recruiters with all the tools necessary to start up on their own, and has received positive responses to its unique offering from as far afield as Australia.     

After two months of trading Sonovate has attracted a host of high-level recruiters to subscribe to its services, with current early adopters ranging from contract to permanent recruiters, from top-billing managers to part-time mothers and spanning across five different sectors.

“Our pioneering Associate Businesses are successfully and regularly recruiting and closing deals already. If these recruiters had chosen to found their business single-handedly they might still be bogged down in admin and paperwork rather than bringing in commissions as they are now,” comments Richard Prime, managing director of Sonovate.

One of the first recruiters to subscribe to Sonovate was Andrew Longfellow, now owner of Samuel Frank Associates. Andrew left his former agency, where he had worked for more than a decade before starting his business with Sonovate in March.

Longfellow comments: “Through Sonovate I realised that I could have the autonomy of running my own business without any of its unattractive aspects. My lifestyle since subscribing to Sonovate has been fantastic. I have been building a successful and consistent business while enjoying amazing flexibility and a better work life balance than I have experienced in years. I don’t know if I could have achieved this so quickly without the backing of Sonovate.


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."

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