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Britain's businesses are getting on with driving growth as shown by stronger expansion in permanent placements


The most recent REC Report on Jobs highlights the current drive to recruit.  To read the report in full please click here

UK Employers confidence to hire and invest is increasing and at it's highest for 12 months according to latest REC report


We 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

Candidate Experience is Now More Important Than Ever - New HopkinsLongworth White Paper Available on Request


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."

Candidate Frustrations

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 sarah@hopkinslongworth.com

Jane Longworth on 01276 475 667 or email jane@hopkinslongworth.com  

Congratulations to our client Enotria&Coe who has been announced as Best Gin Wholesaler!


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

HopkinsLongworth represented Recruitment Industry Leaders at re-signing of partnership agreement between the REC and the DWP


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.


Sarah Hopkins was delighted to attend the All Party Parliamentary Group Women and Work at the House of Commons


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.

Excellent Business Networking lunch at Moreton Hall School with guest speaker Xavier Rolet



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.

The event was a great credit to the school, Moreton Hall  and Sponsors Investec Wealth & Investment


Client Headlam Group plc unveils its re-vamped website


Our client, Headlam, is Europe's largest distributor of floorcoverings, having grown significantly via organic growth and acquisition since 1992.

Headlam provides the distribution link between suppliers and customers of floorcoverings, providing suppliers with the greatest coverage and customer penetration for their products across the UK, France, Netherlands and Switzerland; providing customers with teh broadest range of products supported by next day delivery.

With over 60 wholly owned businesses in the UK and continental Europe the group employs over 2,000 people and is based in the Midlands.

To find out more about this exciting successful business, including its recent financial report, Click here to visit its newly re-vamped website www.headlam.com

Research by REC released today shows marked increase in permanent hires but continuing market challenge to secure candidates and salary hikes


REC research released today shows a sharper increase in permanent placement and marked increase in job vacancies.

In addition starting salary inflation is increasing at the highest rate for 31 months.

As Kevin Green, REC Chief Executive says:-

"We are seeing a continued rise in jobs filled via recruiters as it gets more challenging for businesses to find candidates.  The UK has almost full employment and the country is plagued by labour, skills and talent shortages.  This increasing competition for good quality staff is driving up starting salaries with employers willing to pay higher wages to attract the right people."

To read the full report please click here

Notion, our client and strategic partner, have a few remaining spaces at their STAR, blended development programme launch next week


To find out more and book your space please contact Julia - julia@notionltd.com 


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