'The Blog'

How to maximise value from the non-traditional workforce 

January 16, 2020 11:38 am It’s no secret that the composition of the traditional workplace has changed. Not so long ago, almost the entire workforce were permanent, full-time employees. ‘Work’ used to mean 40-hour weeks, nine to five, Monday to Friday, in the office. Businesses did hire contractors, freelancers and temps – but only reluctantly, to plug an urgent gap…. Read more

Why we don’t offer a free trial

January 8, 2020 2:00 pm We don’t offer a free trial for our ATS. Here’s why. In the SaaS world, offering a free product trial is gospel. Many applicant tracking systems come with a ‘try before you buy’ option.  The theory is, customers do tonnes of research about potential solutions, so you’re approaching SaaS vendors as a better educated, more… Read more

Modify your management strategy for freelancers, contractors and locum staff

December 17, 2019 11:51 am There are 4.8 million self-employed people working in the UK, IPSE reported in 2017.  The number of solo self-employed people – that is, freelancers, contractors or locum staff who are in business alone without employing other people – has grown by 34% since 2008.    These solo self-employed people contributed £271Bn to the UK economy in… Read more

The WHAT, WHY and HOW of recruitment marketing

December 9, 2019 10:21 am Whether you’re in-house or agency, recruiters today are more like marketers than salespeople. (Well. The effective ones are, anyway…) Whether you’re a recruiter yourself or you’re looking for ways to make your team more effective, recruitment marketing is a strategy you can’t ignore. So in this guide, we’ll talk about the what, why and how… Read more

The great debate: All-in-one HR software versus applicant tracking systems (ATS)

November 18, 2019 10:59 am Let’s have the all-in-one HR software versus pure-play HR and recruiting software debate. That is, the generalist versus specialist, Swiss army knife versus toolbox, one-ring-to-rule-them-all versus… well. You get the picture. That debate. Because there are strong opinions on both sides of the coin. And both have advantages and disadvantages. And making the right choice… Read more

Brexit for Recruiters: Practical actions to make sure you survive

November 4, 2019 3:31 pm Whichever side of the vote you’re on, you’re probably sick of thinking, hearing and talking about Brexit.  You’re almost certainly sick of watching politicians uhm and aah about the issues. Brexit Day has been extended yet again– as of 4th November – we have no solid idea exactly what it’ll look like.  But sick and… Read more

The three biggest barriers to video interview adoption

October 14, 2019 1:51 pm Video interviewing is a mature solution that’s delivering proven returns for businesses of every shape and size in every industry. Adoption has snowballed. Which brings us to an interesting question: what’s everyone else doing? What’s holding some businesses back? It’s not a facetious question. It’s an honest one. One we’re going to answer, if you… Read more

Join us at The Firm’s Manchester Autumn Conference 2019

September 22, 2019 2:20 pm This year The FIRM’s Manchester Autumn Conference takes place on 25th September. We’ll be presenting alongside Tom Beale, Recruitment Advisor at Medical Protection Society, one of our fantastic customers. There’s still time to bag your ticket directly from The FIRM’s website, we’d love to see you there.  About The FIRM The FIRM started as a… Read more

Why workplaces have a moral responsibility to invest in mental health

September 17, 2019 10:00 am Let’s talk about mental health. Because here are some home truths. Mind says some one in four people in the UK experience a mental health issue each year. One in six people in England report common mental health problems – think anxiety or depression – in any given week. There are 56 million people in England…. Read more