Could Your Agency Save Over £1,000,000 On Administrative Costs?

daxtraAt Bond, our passion is centred on developing technologies that ensure your recruitment processes are as streamlined and efficient as possible. In an age where business growth and survival is based on working harder and smarter while reducing costs, the software you choose to underpin your business processes is a key critical success factor.
With over 37 years experience of servicing the recruitment industry with our own market leading technologies, we are also the professionals when it comes to partnering with complementary cutting edge technology providers – who can ensure you get even MORE out of your investment with Adapt.

But proof, as they say, is in the pudding  and in an age where minimising costs while increasing productivity is vital to your business’s survival, we have to put our money where our mouth is and prove to you that we can deliver these savings and efficiencies:

In May 2011, Orion Group reported a saving of over £1,000,000 on administrative costs alone with the integration of Daxtra Technologies into their Adapt system.

The integration increases the speed with which candidates’ CVs can be processed and seamlessly added to their recruitment agency software, Adapt, thus reducing the amount of necessary manual administration. This has resulted in annual global cost savings of over £1,000,000 for Orion Group, via a significant reduction in administrative overheads.

Orion Group is using a second technology from Daxtra which allows consultants to search through CVs within Adapt’s system 60% faster than if they were to carry out a manual search at the same time as searching all their online candidate sources, such as job boards and social networks. Whereas previously, consultants may have been spending up to three hours a day searching for candidates on various job boards, they can now perform the search from Adapt using Daxtra in less than a third of the time with this improved recruitment system.

Derek Warrander, IT Service Manager at Orion Group, explains“The decision to integrate Bond’s recruitment agency software with Daxtra has not only resulted in substantial cost savings across the business but has also saved hundreds of man-hours per week. Previously we had a substantial administrative team across our offices whose dedicated job it was to process CVs and enter them into the Adapt recruitment system. With the integration of staffing agency software Adapt and Daxtra however, the time previously taken to complete this task can now be put to better use elsewhere, allowing our recruitment consultants to focus their energy on core recruitment competencies, such as placing candidates. The integration of the recruitment agency software itself was flawless, and having this ease of use from the outset immediately confirmed to us that we had made the right choice with our selection of software provider.”

CRM Systems in Recruitment: a Supplier and Recruiter Point of View

CRMsystemsChoosing the right CRM system for your agency is critical to your business. It is a long term investment requiring careful consideration – but with so many options available, how do you find the right system for your company and implement it effectively?

From researching suppliers to seeking out recommendations from your industry colleagues, researching deployment options, integrations with 3rd party supplier options and finally exploring price & cost levels – if you consider all of these options and do your sums right,  the benefits of selecting the right CRM system for your business will outweigh the cost of the investment.

In a recent feature by Recruitment International magazine, CRM systems are looked at from both the supplier and the recruiters point of view. A range of CRM system providers gave their advice, including James Lawson, Business Development Manager – Bond International Software:

“Over the past few years, the recruitment industry has often questioned the level of customer service being offered by recruiters. Indeed, it seems the economic crisis has taken recruiters’ minds temporarily off their clients and candidates whilst they have been concentrating on maintaining business stability.” 

With the Institute of Recruiters (I.O.R) making it their mission to transform the recruitment industry so that an improved service can be offered, it is time for the humble CRM system to take centre stage:

CRM systems are simple tools which allow even the most mediocre of recruiters to offer first class customer service, become more organised and savvy to work priorities, and remove much of the administrative burden to make more time for them to focus on their core recruitment competencies. 

When implementing new CRM systems, recruiters need to ensure that both employees and clients will benefit from the change. This will guarantee the initiative is both as cost effective and pain free as possible. And how can recruiters be certain that implementing a new CRM system will be worthy of the investment, time and effort required of such a feat, at a time when budgets remain tight? 

Products and services must be as flexible as possible so that they can be adapted to meet the business requirements of many different recruitment agencies. To guarantee the flexibility of products, providers of recruitment software must listen to their clients to ensure that technology is being used appropriately. There is no point developing technology that will only deliver short term ‘gimmicks’ that satisfy a temporary perceived need or unsupported desire. Instead, efforts should be directed towards delivering quantifiable, readily identifiable ROI and competitive advantage. 

Applying a “best fit” approach, recruitment software providers can ensure that the right applications are used to meet the needs of each recruitment consultant. The recession has had a damaging impact on the standard of customer service within the recruitment industry, and in order to combat these failings, recruiters need to ensure they are maintaining close engagement with their target audience. This will allow issues to be identified and solved via innovative, flexible CRM systems …’

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Further Information about Adapt:

• Bond International Software’s CRM system is completely configurable, with an engine that can accommodate any changes in future platforms and technologies. With over 37 years of experience, the system is based upon user requirements and research. This means that Bond proactively listens to existing clients and prospects to collaboratively enhance their CRM system with functionality that is continually on demand.

• Adapt is used all over the world and is also used to run Bond International Software’s business internally; clear testament to its success.

• Bond International Software offers full training on their system, and also 24 hour support for any level and user.

Simplifying Recruitment Through Software

EasyRegardless of the size of your recruitment business, your software is one of your most important assets and a key investment which needs careful consideration.

In challenging economic times, you need to ensure that your software is reliable, will see you into the future, support you as you develop in good times – and help you maintain survival in tough times. 

In a special feature recently published in Recruitment Consultant Magazine, we take a look at what the industry software suppliers have been up to – and how you can future proof your investment.

Tim Richards, MD, Bond International Software was interviewed as part of the feature, and this is what he had to say about Bonds view on what you need to look for to ‘future proof’ your investment in software :

‘….simplifying solutions often boils down to automation, so certainly in terms of parsing and search-based software, we are going to see shifts in how much human intervention is required for such processes. For instance, there will likely be a shift toward automating many administrative tasks, such as sorting CVs, allowing simplification where necessary and appropriate. Human intervention is still of course crucial to completing certain tasks successfully, and as such, recruiters still need to maintain involvement in the actual recruiting processes, but let technology take the burden of the administrative side. 

Recruitment systems need to be accommodating enough to automate as many or as few of the processes as the recruiter requires. As such, recruitment software developers must offer more flexible services, delivering products which can cater for a number of different personal preferences and be customised to meet client expectations. This allows the recruiter to pick and choose the tools from the supplier which match their business requirements.

Sourcing reliable solutions means the recruiter should be seeking a trustworthy, ideally ISO-compliant, supplier with stability, a good perception within the recruitment industry, and also a good perception within the IT industry. It is one thing to be renowned for providing reliable recruitment software, but another thing entirely to demonstrate knowledge of the whole IT sector, and recruiters should therefore be looking for suppliers with a wealth of experience across both these areas so that all their requirements can be catered for. [Tim Richards, MD, Bond International Software].

To Read the feature in full, please CLICK HERE and go straight to page 33!

APSCo Legal Update: The Year Ahead for Recruitment

APSCO 200x200A new year and a new set of rules, regulations and legislations to put on our radar.

As APSCo members, we thought it was imperative to share this with our recruitment audience:

This helpful article entitled ‘Legal Update: The Year Ahead’ published by APSCo yesterday makes a sensible read for anyone connected to the recruitment industry. In the article, Kevin Barrow Partner at Osbourne Clarke (also an APSCo member), looks at seven legal issues for staffing companies and other recruiters in 2011

2011 looks set to be a particularly challenging year – so swot up on your legislative knowledge .. because you never know when you will need to rely on it!

Executive Search Optimistic for 2011

SearchingAs January picks up its pace, it is both refreshing and reassuring to continue to hear positive industry outlook news to kick of the new business year:
Today, Recruiter magazine published a news article based on positive stats issued by the AESC (Association of Executive Search Consultants):
Executive search consultants are optimistic for the year ahead, according to a new survey by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).
The 2011 Search Industry Outlook Report reveals that 68% of search consultants are positive and 30% neutral for 2011, denoting a peak in industry confidence since its low point at the end of 2008…..’ [ Read the full article at: ] 
In the article, Peter Felix AESC president, commented: “The New Year outlook by our members is most encouraging and confirms the renewed demand for executive search services that we witnessed in 2010…
…Our members are more confident about their pipeline of assignments and although not all markets around the world are recovering at the same pace, the underlying trend is strong. This creates more positive planning support for the expansion of resources that in many cases were severely depleted in 2009.”
What is equally of interest, is the AESC Third Quarter Industry Report 2010  which accompanies the stats highlighted in the article.
Bond Vantage: Of course it’s who you know. But it’s how you manage that knowledge that really counts.
Taking into account today’s news, the timing of the launch of Bond’s executive search software ‘Bond Vantage’ in Q4 last year, has been well placed to respond to the increasing demands that executive search professionals will start to place on their software, in order for them to make the most of this positive shift in trend.
Bond Vantage supports the executive search professional by delivering a sophisticated CRM functionality combined with a suite of executive search utilities, to enable executive search professionals to optimise their processes and manage their relationships effectively.
If you would like to find out more about how Bonds revolutionary executive search software can help your business prosper, call us today on +44 (0)1903 707070 or email

Recruitment Technology Outlook 2011 – Heading Back to the Future?

rec_tech_suppFollowing an economically turbulent 2009 and 2010, we can breathe a sigh of relief that a new year has arrived and hopefully we can all look towards a positive 2011.

However, the start of a new year is a time for businesses to define new objectives for the year ahead and find out what new technologies are available to support their business processes throughout the year.

Front office software is no exception to this rule – and in the latest edition of Recruiter Magazine, an insightful technology supplement has been written looking at technology trends in 2011 for recruiters.

Making the best of technology to help and improve the recruiting process should always be the aim, rather than technology for technology’s sake: Recruiter magazine editor Sue Weekes, has asked a few experts in their field to highlight what they think the opportunities may be for the coming year.

James Lawson, Business Development Manager at Bond International Software was interviewed and gave his opinion:

‘We can expect a rise in the number of products and technology-based services which reflect the widespread shift in emphasis towards enhancing the levels of service recruiters are able to offer clients, beyond simply placing more candidates into more roles. Dashboards, for instance, are overtaking traditional databases in the real-time monitoring of activity and progress. Most notably, however, is the degree to which expectations have risen when it comes to mobile functionality….

…The growing trend of i-Desking – the use of iPads and similar tablets to access the back office software system – will cause technology providers to accelerate their development of mobile applications that are compatible with leading hardware releases….’

Innovate CV Discussion on the Future of Recruitment Technology

CVA post by James Lawson, Business Development Manager – Bond International Software (UK) Ltd.

This week I had great pleasure in attending a dinner hosted by our industry colleagues – Innovate CV. The theme of the main discussion that evening was the future of recruitment technology.

Following the economic turmoil of last year, we all had our own perceptions of what the future could hold for the recruitment industry. The following is my summary of the general consensus of opinion:

The last 12 months has been one of economic uncertainty for many organisations in the recruitment industry. It has forced recruiters to examine their recruitment processes and question how they can reduce costs but still attract a high calibre of candidate. Technology has played a prominent part in facilitating this, and for those who have acted decisively, they have not only survived these turbulent times, but have in fact flourished and are now in a much stronger position as we move forward into 2011. One opinion is that the recession has served to re-shape the way the recruitment industry operates. So what can we expect for the future?

Streamlining your recruitment processes is something many of us will be anticipating: In a highly competitive marketplace, recruiters need to exceed candidate expectations and differentiate their business by delivering a superior candidate experience. Technology is instrumental in making this possible, and allows companies to offer enhanced recruitment services, which also serve to strengthen communications and promote transparency. These include candidate portals, which allow candidates an element of self service, giving them visibility and input into the recruitment process. By automating the communication system, candidates will benefit, by being kept informed throughout the application process, be alerted to new opportunities and even share these opportunities among their peers. They can also log into your career portal to keep their contact information and skills / CV up to date and confirm or rearrange interviews. By utilising these tools recruiters can continue to improve the candidate’s experience and lower administration costs.

The real consensus of opinion fell between the boundaries of ‘People buy off People’ and ‘Phone Technology’ which is still in regarded as one of the most ‘under-used’ technologies available. Whilst technology can significantly streamline and improve recruitment processes, it is NOT a substitute for the experience and knowledge of a professional recruiter: Recruitment skills are essential in order to identify, assess and nurture suitable candidates; the software will provide the support mechanism, but it cannot replace the experience, skill and judgement of a recruiter.

Above all, recruiters must make their technology solutions work hard. They are a fantastic business management information tool that can be used to constantly monitor the success of your campaigns, consultants and placements. By automating all reporting systems through the software to analyse KPI’s, training needs, bottlenecks, cost per hire, time to hire etc,  managers can make informed decisions that will help to shape the future effectiveness of your recruitment…

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Bond’s CTO, Daniel Richardson, on Creating Mobile Recruiting Solutions

Blog have taken an healthy, active, interest in following Bond’s progression with our development of mobile apps for the recruiter. Bond’s latest developments complements the findings in MoRecNews’ latest whitepaper research entitled ‘The Future of Mobile Recruitment‘:
Following last weeks press release coverage, this week MoRecNews caught up with our very own CTO Daniel Richardson to find out what he has to say about the recruiting world going mobile-
‘Last week Bond International Software announced the launch of a series of iPhone/iPad applications for recruiters. The apps are a series of dedicated iDesking applications that can be tailored to a recruiter’s specific needs. We caught up with the Chief Technology Officer at Bond, Daniel Richardson. Daniel shares his experiences and successes in creating mobile recruiting solutions’ take a look at the interview by clicking on the link below…
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Solutions for Recruiters on the Move – Mobile Recruitment

07 July 2010

Mobile recruitment software may be in its infancy but, as Sue Weekes at Recruiter discovers, recruiters and resourcers need to be up with developments. Despite mobile devices being a perfect fit for discreet jobseeking at any time and any place, mobile recruitment has been the subject of many a false dawn. As a report from the recent Future of Mobile Recruitment (FOMR) roundtable, co-hosted by and neatly summed up, mobile devices and jobseeking have a synergy because of the “privacy, convenience and immediacy” offered by handsets but consumer behaviour remains ahead of the industry.

The tide is starting to turn, however, and with a major acknowledgment to the Apple iPhone ’for kick-starting things’, those who attended FOMR from major companies such as Google, Microsoft and the Internet Advertising Bureau, declared that 2010 could finally be “the year of mobile”….