Scantec celebrates first successful IoR certificate cohort


  • Five recruitment specialists achieve Certificate in Professional Agency Recruitment.
  • Celebration marks one year as Centre of Excellence

Leading technical and engineering recruitment agency Scantec held a ceremony this month to celebrate the first colleagues to achieve the Certificate in Professional Agency Recruitment from the Institute of Recruiters (IoR).

The celebration saw five members of staff presented with the qualification from the IOR after Scantec became trailblazers for a new learning experience. The event also coincides with a year since the Wirral-based recruiters  became the UK’s first IoR Centre of Excellence after a rigorous assessment process.

Commenting on this milestone, Peter Bates, Managing Director of Scantec, said: “The qualifications are a demonstration of the commitment to learning and development that exists within our organisation and builds on the solid pledge we made last year to continue to offer the best opportunities for our staff. Each member of staff here today has worked really hard, and we are very proud to be raising the bar in recruitment.”

The new British qualification is the result of three and half years of industry research and forms part of an extensive programme of training and learning from the IOR to increase standards in the sector. The certificate focuses on all aspects of the recruitment process with seven key stages: from the management of client expectations through to sales and follow –up.

Azmat Mohammed, Director General, IOR explains: “The certificate is formal yet highly practical and has been designed to create immediate impact and a real difference to the working environment. As our inaugural centre partners, we worked very closely with Scantec to develop the content of the modules to ensure they were firmly focused on return on investment. The IOR hopes to achieve Chartered status in the future and expects Chartered status only to be extended to its members that embrace higher standards such as Scantec. We are looking forward to continuing our learning,and working relationship and congratulate the learners who have achieved a qualification.”

Tradewind Recruitment and SANZA Teaching Agency appoints new CEO

Nick MurphyAustralian born, Nick Murphy officially took over the reins from Jeremy Waters in October and will oversee the firm’s ambitious expansion plans.

The 36 year old, who lives in Surbiton, was previously Regional Director for Hays Australia and before that National Operations Director for Capita Education Resourcing in the UK.

Nick returned to the UK after three years working in Sydney to take up this new post.  He said, “It is our goal to open two new offices per year. We will open in any location where we have a talented individual or team of individuals who, with a bit of backing, want to take their career and earnings to new heights.

“Without exception the most talented people in the industry work for Tradewind and SANZA. The company has an excellent culture where team work, success and exceptional service are valued above all else.

“There’s a real spirit of entrepreneurialism in the business, in fact one of the values is that each team member treat their part of the business like it was their own. This allows all staff to be commercial and not be restricted or tied down by unnecessary bureaucracy. The company has a real energy that’s inspired and driven by all staff at every level.”

The company opened new offices in St Albans and Chelmsford in 2014 and in Birmingham and Manchester in 2013.  It has recently refurbished its London headquarters and launched a new brand refresh and website.

Tradewind Recruitment has established itself as a leader in education recruitment, specialising in the placement of teachers and support staff in schools throughout London, Birmingham, Manchester, Chelmsford and St Albans.

SANZA Teaching Agency recruits Primary, Secondary and Special Needs Teachers plus Support Staff from around the globe to work in schools and nurseries throughout the UK.

For more information about Tradewind Recruitment visit and for SANZA Teaching Agency visit

Webinar Marketing for recruiters

I find it strange how things just turn up at the right moment, as I have been looking at running a series of webinars myself. Not related to recruitment I have to admit, so when I received an email on “How to use online strategies to get clients and candidates and use inbound strategies rather than chase on the phone and email” I took a look not realising it would be about webinars, but because I am always interested to see what other ideas people have.

What did surprise me is that Andy Whithead should want to give away 4 videos on how he uses webinars to generate more business, OK the plan is for him to win more clients, but none the less the videos were very in depth and you could pick up enough from the videos to do it yourself. Which are here:

I do not know if it is because I am now over 50, but my only critisism is that Andy does come over a bit too much like a young inexperienced recruiter, just too much jargon considering he doesnt have any recruitment background. None the less he is correct in saying that it is about being the expert in your Niche, something I have always said. So using webinars is a great way to be different, but like everything it needs to be backed up with consultants who actually know what they are talking about. So if you can over come his pronunciation of niche then I am sure you will get some great ideas.

Certainly worth watching



Advertised vacancies outstrip jobseekers for first time since the recession



  • Total advertised vacancies shoot up to 936,596 in October 2014, growing 3.4% month-on-month and rising by 25.1% compared to October 2013

  • Advertised vacancies outnumber jobseekers for the first-time since the recession, with 936,596 vacancies and 887,771 jobseekers in October 2014

  • Salary packets rise above the rate of inflation in October, as average advertised salaries grow by 4.3% year-on-year eclipsing CPI inflation of 1.3%

  • Average advertised Graduate salaries increase 15.7% year-on-year, followed by increases in Manufacturing (10.4%) and IT (10.2%) sectors

  • But advertised Energy, Oil and Gas sector salaries drop by 3.1% year-on-year

  • All regions of UK experience year-on-year wage increases – except Scotland

The number of job vacancies has overtaken the number of job seekers for the first time since the recession, according to the latest UK Job Market Report from

Competition for jobs passed a milestone in October 2014 as the number of jobseekers finally fell below the number of advertised vacancies – with 887,771 jobseekers compared to 936,596 advertised vacancies. This equals a ratio of just 0.95 jobseekers per vacancy, down from 1.02 in September. Year-on-year, competition for jobs has fallen from a ratio of 1.69.

Total advertised vacancies increased 25.1% year-on-year in October, hitting 936,596 available positions. This comprehensively beat the previous post-recession high of 906,191 set in September, representing a monthly increase of 3.4%.

Advertised salaries increased 4.3% year-on-year in October to £34,670, outstripping a low Consumer Prices Index inflation rate (1.3%) to provide the UK with its first taste of respectable real wage growth since before the recession. This is the third consecutive month in which annual salary growth has kept its leading margin on CPI; in real terms, advertised salaries have gone up by £997 over the year to October.

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