2018 has seen a real uplift in demand for our professional Outplacement & Career Transitioning Service, supporting senior individuals as they transition from organisations or roles, or make key career decisions.
Our Practice Group draws upon the Coaching credentials and Career Management skills of our highly experienced Consultants, and leverages our insight into the executive jobs market. Blending the specific needs of the Outplacement client with some tried and tested methodologies, we create a unique Programme for each Executive or Manager.
The very bespoke and personal nature of our Programme can provide much needed practical support and confidence building for Executives and Managers. We've kept the offer very flexible, recognising the requirement to tailor it to fit clients individual needs and in-house requirements.
At the launch of its third annual review last week, the Hampton Alexander report revealed that there are only 12 female chief executives among Britain's 350 leading listed companies and almost one in four of these firms still have only one woman on their board.
The original target of 33% female representation on FTSE Boards by 2020 looks to be being achieved; although the fact that the number of female chief executives is reducing and the number of companies with 'one and done' (one female on the board with little effort being made to increase numbers) plus the fact that there are still companies with all male boards made for concerning reading.
There was an animated discussion with some high profile female leaders contributing their thoughts and ideas which were stimulating and exciting for the future, particularly Miriam Gonzalez-Durantez who called for more to be done and "a revolution"!
"I was most proud to be at the Hampton Alexander Review Launch and it was an impressive event hosted by KPMG in Canary Wharf. There was a real buzz in the room showing this critical topic is still front of mind and has a sea of support for it."
"However the results left me thinking of my old school reports and the comment 'could do better'! The panellists were supportive of a stronger more proactive approach which I would agree with although I think there needs to be a middle ground between evolution and revolution to ensure long term success"
"We must congratulate those who have made such great strides forward and support the work to develop the future pipelines of candidates into these important high profile roles."
"The critical role we, as recruitment consultants, play in supporting clients in finding and managing female candidates to create more balanced boards was once again highlighted," commented Sarah Hopkins, Director, HopkinsLongworth Executive Search
For the second year running Sarah Hopkins, Director of HopkinsLongworth, was delighted to join students of Moreton Hall at their recent 'Directors Table'.
Students from the sixth form, who run the successful Moreton Enterprises business, host the evening event and the focus was on how to prepare and equip themselves for their future careers.
In her role as a Future of Jobs ambassador for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation Sarah was able to share current data and trends whilst also giving advice and support to the girls on the important areas of interview and CV preparation.
'It gives me such pride to see our session featured in the recent issue of Moreton E-News. I love working with young talent and this group of girls are certainly that. Mentoring and supporting them is so rewarding and if I can help in a small way at a pivotal point in their future careers then I am very happy. I look forward to following their progress and am sure they will be successful' Sarah commented after the session.
Photographed below is Sarah with some of the students and Clare Downes, owner of The Circle Communication and Monkhouse Food & Drink, who manages the Directors Table sessions.
The most recent REC Report on Jobs highlights the current drive to recruit. To read the report in full please click here
25/7/18We are delighted to share the latest Report on Jobs from REC which shows increasing confidence in employers - please click through here to read the full report
Research into Candidate Experience by HopkinsLongworth has revealed that slow recruitment processes, poor communication with candidates and an over dependence on technology are alienating candidates.
Jane Longworth, Director, HopkinsLongworth comments, "We canvassed the opinions of our candidates about their experiences of job hunting and were surprised to find the extent to which candidates' experience and expectations are not at the forefront of recruitment processes".
"Too often there's such a strong focus from recruiters on technology and automated systems that, in many cases, candidate engagement is often overlooked. In today's market, where employers are competing for scarce talent, it can be highly frustrating for organisations to miss out on the candidates they really want. In our experience, proactively creating a positive candidate experience is key to securing the best talent for your business."
The top two candidate frustrations, as highlighted by HopkinsLongworth's research, were the slow speed of recruitment processes and a lack of feedback - aka 'The Candidate Black Hole.' Processes seem to be taking longer, with lots of repetitive meetings and little forward planning, and candidates reported rarely getting an acknowledgement or response to their applications and having to chase for meaningful feedback following the selection processes.
In addition, technology such as applicant tracking systems and sophisticated AI algorithms - designed to aid efficiency and reduce bias for recruiters - is leading to routine and de-personalised contact with candidates. The rise of chat-bots on careers websites and the use of video interviewing are pushing the point of human contact even further down the recruitment process.
Focus on the Candidate Experience
Sarah Hopkins, Director, HopkinsLongworth adds, "Candidate Experience is one of our core values at HopkinsLongworth; we aim to treat candidates with the same courtesy and good service as our clients. We have always believed that communication is key; keeping candidates updated through a process, coaching and advising them and ensuring they get good feedback at the end. We conducted the research as a 'temperature check' to ensure we remain aware of candidate requirements in order to continue to deliver an exemplary service to both clients and candidates."
HopkinsLongworth has produced a White Paper 'Candidate Experience is Now More Important Than Ever' which details their key findings and offers top tips for improving the Candidate Experience. To request a copy, please contact:
Sarah Hopkins on 01952 771 121 or email email@example.com
Jane Longworth on 01276 475 667 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted for our client Enotria&Coe who has been recently announced as the 'Best Gin Wholesaler' by Think Gin at their annual awards ceremony.
Enotria&Coe has one of UK's most comprehensive and exclusive range of premium wine and spirits supplying to Hotels & Restaurants in London and across the UK. To find out more please visit their website www.enotriacoe.com
Nick Richards, Spirits Buyer for Enotria&Coe was delighted to pick up the prestigious award recently. To read the full report from Harpers please click through here
Originally established in 2012 the partnership agreement between the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) - the agreement sets out practical ways to share knowledge between the public and private sectors, to benefit employers and job seekers throughout the UK, to stamp out discrimination, help people to access and progress in work and to lead the debate on the future of jobs and good work.
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Rt Hon Esther McVey MP signed the agreement with Chris Moore, Chair of REC at a breakfast round table with recruitment industry leaders in London last week.
'It was great to be part of this important initiative particularly as the recent low unemployment figures help focus the mind on being more open minded to attract talent from an ever decreasing pool. With a personal passion around supporting and recruiting more women it was great to have the opportunity to have a voice at the table' said Sarah Hopkins, Director of HopkinsLongworth seen below at the signing.
Co-Chairs Gillian Keegan MP and Jess Phillips MP led the meeting and ensured a constructive session focused on this important area.
The meeting looked at the role of women in building the female talent pipeline, maximising women's success in their own job searches and improving progression. The presentations and discussions examined topics such as key skills, confidence, education and advice and coaching and mentoring. This was the second meeting of the 2018 programme, How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century, sponsored by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) to examine the recruitment process from start to finish.
The speaker panel was made up of:
Carole Easton, CEO, Young Women's Trust
Priscilla Casey, The Young Women's Trust Advisory Panel
Juliet Dowley, Advocate, Girlguiding UK
Karl Simpson, Founder and CEO, Liftstream
"There was a broad and lively debate ranging from the importance of work for women to improving confidence and providing strong senior leadership role models for women to relate and aspire to. It was a fabulous sharing of expert opinion and the excellent presentations from Priscilla, of Young Women's Trust and Juliet of Girlguiding were inspirational and wonderful examples of our young female talent pipeline."
"It was great to be part of this dynamic group and hear first-hand the work that is being done positively at all levels to encourage women to take up jobs and fulfil their career potential. Whilst there is more to be done this was a great initiative which deserves credit and support. As this is something I am passionate about I'm already looking forward to the next session" commented Sarah Hopkins, Director HopkinsLongworth Executive Search.
Moreton Hall opened its doors to host its annual Business Lunch yesterday which proved an interesting and informative event as always.
However a real highlight was hearing the girls from Moreton Enterprises update on their work which "left no doubt it is safely in the 'hands of tomorrow's business women."
"These inspiring young entrepreneurs were a great example of a real talent pipeline being nurtured and developed" said Sarah Hopkins, Director, HopkinsLongworth Executive Search Ltd who had been delighted to speak at the inaugural Directors Table Event last year.
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