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Search Consultancy launches drive to find multilingual talent

The need for multilingual staff is on the increase in areas including retail, finance, telecoms, oil and gas, manufacturing, technology, software and IT.

Such is the demand that Search has been looking beyond the UK to bring talented staff in to help meet requirements for difficult-to-source languages.

The company recently held a recruitment event in Sweden in a bid to recruit call centre staff to work in Scotland.  Scores of candidates were interviewed on the day with further Skype interviews scheduled and subsequent job offers made.

The process was so successful that it will now be rolled out to include other countries, with plans in place to replicate the event initially in Holland, Germany and Finland.

Julie Calisir, director ofcall and contact centre and office services for Search, said: “The demand for languages is very varied and is definitely on the up, with jobs requiring people who are fluent in a range of languages - Dutch, German, Turkish, Polish, Danish, Greek and more – so we are using our expertise to ensure we can meet this spike in demand.

“It extends beyond Europe too as we’ve been tasked with finding staff further afield – everyone from Japanese video games testers and Russian PAs  to multi-lingual staff for sales and banking roles.

“By taking a creative approach, and using a tried and tested system of bespoke assessments and computer-based testing, we can find the right people to fill these skills gaps. Thanks to the success of the Sweden trip our next step is to tap into talent pools in even more countries to identify more skilled candidates.”

 Around 80 per cent of the people placed by Search are UK residents, with the remainder being sourced from abroad to meet demand.

As well as hosting European recruitment events the company is continues to ensure a presence at international, online careers fairs.

Furthermore Search works with The European Job Mobility Portal (EURES), which provides information on jobs and learning opportunities throughout Europe and reaches out to multilingual candidates through various language cafes and University societies.

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