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Lowering the cost of Hiring

Lowering the cost of Hiring

Macmillan Cancer Support announce recruitment system overhaul

Macmillan Cancer Support has dramatically changed the way staff are recruited, in a pioneering move that could reduce recruitment expenditure by over a quarter.

From March, Macmillan, who employ over 800 staff, will be using just one company, Step Ahead, to source all new candidates making the process slicker and reducing recruitment costs dramatically. In challenging financial times, this move aims to get the best value for money by using just one supplier, and working closely with them, for all vacancy needs.

This innovative step is a first in the charity sector, although such contracts are commonly used in the public sector. Macmillans new Head of Procurement, Dave Sharp, championed outsourcing recruitment in this manner in his previous role, as Head of Procurement at the London Borough of Islington.

Sharp said, I am confident this move will be a success. I have seen it work before. We initially approached a number of potential providers, before choosing Step Ahead from the three that we invited to present to us. I expect the move to reduce recruitment expenditure by 25-30 per cent. It will make the process uniform, streamlined and will lead to better quality appointments.

Step Ahead will cater for all Macmillans recruitment needs, supplying both temporary staff and producing a shortlist of candidates cvs for permanent positions. They provide a flexible service, so that the organisation can be as involved in the selection process as they wish to be.

MD of Step Ahead, Jackie Bedford said In a time where there are more applications than ever for every job vacancy advertised, this is a judicious and pragmatic move by Macmillan that will save the company time and money, without having to cut jobs.


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