2016 Winners

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the 2016, First Choice Software In-house Recruitment Awards.

The winner demonstrated the most compelling entry with their use of a competition focusing on an apprenticeship campaign, yielding tangible results.

Recruitment Innovation

Partnered by: Candidate.ID

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Finalists:

Capco
Disclosure & Barring Service
Jaguar Land Rover (supported by Pink Squid)
Nandos (supported by Pink Squid)
SAP
Veolia UK
West London Mental Health NHS Trust
Wiltshire Council

 Winner: Jaguar Land Rover (supported by Pink Squid)

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Best Newcomer

Partnered by: Foresight Forecast

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Finalists:

2 Sisters Food Group (supported by Hudson RPO)
Fleetcor
Grant Thornton
KIMS Hospital
OLIVER Agency
RedEye
Sovereign Housing Association

 Winner: Sovereign Housing Association

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 With a new Manager a modest sized new team, impressive results and an impressive turnaround story this winner was deemed to truly be the “Best Newcomer”

With a focus on cost-saving across the temp market and an emphasis on candidate satisfaction, this team have made significant reductions in a tough market, leading them to be a deserved winner.

Best Contract Recruitment Team

Partnered by: SOLA Group

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Finalists: 

ECS
The Essex Recruitment Team
PET-Xi Training
Qinetiq (supported by Experis)

Winner: The Essex Recruitment Team

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Best Recruitment Advertising Campaign

Partnered by: OnlyMarketingJobs.com

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Finalists:

Anchor Trust (supported by Ality)
Don’t Panic London
Jaguar Land Rover (supported by Pink Squid)
SAP
SilverDoor
Yodel (supported by SMRS)

Winner: Anchor Trust (supported by Ality)

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This worthy victor worked off a “shoestring budget” with great results. Using Social Media in an innovative, targeted manner whilst reducing costs per head.

A tough category with some brilliant stories and strong results. Ultimately the winner instilled a distinctive, effective method of recruitment delivery having also highlighted the significant improvements in delivery and strong evidence of engaging candidate experience

Best Graduate Recruitment Strategy

Partnered by: Milkround

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Finalists:

AIG
BGL Group
Capco
Dstl
EDF Energy
Hilton Worldwide
L’Oreal (supported by Hodes UK)
Taylor Wessing (supported by Hodes UK)
Thames Water (supported by GTI Recruiting Solutions)
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

 Winner: Taylor Wessing (supported by Hodes UK)

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Best On-boarding Strategy

Partnered by: Talent Advocate

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Finalists:

Abellio Greater Anglia
Aviva (supported by CA3)
BGL Group
FitFlop
IGD
Keystone Law
National Express
Riverford Organic Farmers

Winner: Aviva (supported by CA3)

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The introduction of a clearly defined, engaged, candidate-led platform has set this company as a stand-out winner in a tough category.

Showcasing the great feedback received from candidates with a clear focus on values, this company was deemed to truly set the bar high on Candidate Experience

Best Candidate Experience

Partnered by: CV Library

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Finalists:

B&Q
Baringa Partners
Grant Thornton
KIMS Hospital
Ogilvy Group
SAP
Transport for London (supported by Sonru)
WilsonHCG
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

 Winner: Grant Thornton

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Best Employee Referral Strategy

Partnered by: Jobsite

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Finalists:

KIMS Hospital
REPL Group
SOTI Inc

Winner: KIMS Hospital

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The winner of this category displayed a successful, sincere campaign with a strong business case and focus on Diversity and impact yielding an impressive 100% retention rate.

Always a tough category, the winner provided a ‘real’ insight into the company’s people and office environment appealing to their target market. It also showcase the fit into their strategy and measurement of success.

Best Recruitment Video

Partnered by: StemX

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Finalists:

Anchor Trust
Avis Budget Group (supported by CA3)
Comedy Central
Dstl
REPL Group
Secret Escapes
Swinton (supported by SMRS)

 Winner: REPL Group

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Best Use of Social Media

Partnered by: London Job Show

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Finalists:

Anchor Trust (supported by Ality)
Dixons Carphone (supported by Hodes UK)
Dstl
Enterprise Rent-A-Car (supported by Hodes UK)
Jaguar Land Rover (supported by Pink Squid)
Molson Coors (supported by Hudson RPO)
Nandos (supported by Pink Squid)
Ogilvy Group
Thermo Fisher (Supported by Social Media Search)
Wiltshire Council
Yo! Sushi (supported by Pink Squid)

 Winner: Anchor Trust (supported by Ality)

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Traditionally a tough area to provide accurate results, the victor of this category was able to tap into their target audience effectively with a clear, well-planned strategy across various social platforms at a low cost per head with a clear measurement of success.

A strong entry from our winner who after going through a rebrand, understood the need to create a new employer brand from scratch. Utilising extensive research they were able to clearly detail and set-out their new Employer Brand to resonate with candidates through to employees effectively.

Best Employer Brand

Partnered by: The Guardian Jobs

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Finalists:

Costa (supported by Pink Squid)
Dixons Carphone (supported by Hodes UK)
Ernst & Young (EY)
FitFlop
SAP
Swinton (supported by SMRS)
TrustFord (supported by CA3)

 Winner: Trustford (supported by CA3)

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Best RPO

Partnered by: Tazio

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Finalists:

The Essex Recruitment Team
GTI Recruiting Solutions
Hudson RPO
Omni RMS
WilsonHCG

 Winner: Hudson RPO

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Outsourcing for many companies is an essential part of their recruitment process. Our winner was able to provide clear and effective process and briefing guides whilst enlisting Hiring Managers’ help and most effectively a great pipeline of candidates.

In an increasingly online world, the winner has created a simple, personal and effective website that candidates are able to easily navigate on desktop or mobile. The integration of social and videos added to the overall feel of the company’s brand.

Best Career Website

Partnered by: Indeed

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Finalists:

Abcam (supported by Hodes UK)
Cundall
Dixons Carphone (supported by Hodes UK)
Jaguar Land Rover (supported by Pink Squid)
Legal & General (supported by Pink Squid)
Live Nation Entertainment
National Express
River Island (supported by Pink Squid)
Secret Escapes
SOTI Inc
Swinton (supported by SMRS)

 Winner: Abcam (supported by Hodes UK)

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Best Use of Mobile

Partnered by: Reed.co.uk

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Finalists:

Abellio Greater Anglia
Anchor Trust
Jaguar Land Rover (supported by Pink Squid)
Nandos (supported by Pink Squid)

 Winner: Nando’s (supported by Pink Squid)

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 After a wealth of research the winner of this category understood the demands of their candidates and their own restrictions which resulted in the development of a simple, yet innovative and effective solution.

 An extensive and strategic plan which has come to life this year has seen this winner identify many areas with a focus on social mobility and background of candidates. Demonstrative analysis and results that showed a real culture shift this year gone.

Best Diversity & Inclusion Strategy

Partnered by: APM

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Finalists: 

EDF Energy
Enterprise Rent-A-Car (supported by Hodes UK)
Ernst & Young (EY)
FDM Group
McCANN London
Mencap
Nestlé (Supported by Capp & Co)
SAP
Schneider Electric

 Highly Commended: Schneider Electric

Winner: Enterprise Rent-A-Car (supported by Hodes UK)

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Best In-house Recruiter (Individual Award)

Partnered by: Good Recruitment Campaign

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Finalists: 

Adam Phillips, BorgWarner
Carly Brown, Costain Group Plc
Gemma Pye, Hitachi Capital UK
Gemma Skelton, Sovereign Housing Association
Hayley Woosey, Bupa UK
Lavanya Peri, TopCashback
Mae Geshnizjani, Mencap
Martin Fahy, B&Q
Michael Mason, Molson Coors (supported by Hudson RPO)
Robert Stone, McCANN London
Stephen Holmes, SWIFT

 Winner: Gemma Skelton, Sovereign Housing Association

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 A stand-out winner for this category where the Recruiter detailed some highly impressive metrics whilst working as a real partner to the business initiating various programmes. A well deserved winner!
 Having undergone a somewhat complex restructure, this winner displayed key characteristics of what a Recruitment Manager should be and despite the challenges thrown was able to demonstrate their key skills in leadership & strategy. With glowing references from the business there was only one possible winner.

Best In-house Recruitment Manager (Individual award)

Partnered by: eArcu

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Finalists: 

Claire Whiteford, Nationwide Building Society
Don Le, Mobile Fun
Kay McCormick, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays
Kelly Sheridan, Sovereign Housing Association
Sam Jackson, Mencap
Sian Smith, FitFlop
Stacy Winstanley, Bupa UK
Uma Patel, West London Mental Health NHS Trust

 Winner: Claire Whiteford, Nationwide Building Society

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Best Technology Recruitment Team

Partnered by: OnlyDigitalJobs.com

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Finalists: 

ECS
FDM Group
Rentalcars.com
REPL Group
Schneider Electric

 Winner: Schneider Electric

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 A significant shift in mentality has allowed this company to go from being an administrative function to real business partners with a significant reduction in agency use, increased productivity and international collaboration.

 A tough category with some outstanding results in a tough market. This winner has been able to increase hires, reduce costs and also introduce new systems and processes which is a challenge unto itself!

Best Public Sector/ Not-for-profit Team

Partnered by: Hireserve

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Finalists:

Essex County Council in partnership with the Essex Recruitment Team
Mencap
North Yorkshire County Council
Wiltshire Council

 Winner: Mencap

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Best Retail or Consumer Goods Team

Partnered by: Jupiter

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Finalists: 

B&Q
FitFlop
Molson Coors (supported by Hudson RPO)
Unilever (supported by Accenture)

 Winner: Molson Coors (supported by Hudson RPO)

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 An impressive entry highlighting some standout achievements in tough times. The winner for this category has initiated a number of successful projects whilst maintaining their impressive metrics with a clear presence online. An undeniably worthy winner.

A clear front-runner for this category where the company was able to highlight the successes of their newly appointed recruitment team, focusing on the turnaround in their EMEA region. Showcasing impressive savings, reduced time to hire, improving candidate quality and working collaboratively with hiring managers are just some of the key achievements for this commendable winner.

Best International Recruitment Team

Partnered by: Social Talent

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Finalists: 

Bupa UK
Cognizant Technology Solutions Worldwide
Epson
FitFlop
OLIVER Agency
Thermo Fisher
World First

Winner: Thermo Fisher

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Best Financial and Professional Services Team

Partnered by: CareersinAudit.com

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Finalists: 

Baringa Partners
Bibby Financial Services
ECS
Ernst & Young (EY)
Hitachi Capital UK
RSM Group

 Winner: Ernst & Young (EY)

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 The winner of this category has a clear, genuine focus on people being the heart of the organisation. While having to recruit high volumes of candidates as efficiently as possible the team have developed and implemented a clearly defined and well thought out strategy that have enabled such impressive results.
 An outstanding, personal entry where the Candidates really are at the heart of the recruitment process. The recruitment team have been able to function as a real business partner where management surveys, candidate response trackings, referral schemes and employer branding all contribute to their tangible results.

Best Recruitment Team (less than 1,000 staff)

Partnered by: Totaljobs

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Finalists: 

Baringa Partners
Bibby Financial Services
Capco
ECS
OLIVER Agency
SilverDoor
World First

 Winner: Baringa Partners

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Best Recruitment Team (1,000+staff)

Partnered by: First Choice Software

First choice software 150 x 80

Finalists: 

Boots
Bupa UK
Celesio UK
DHL
Ernst & Young (EY)
Live Nation Entertainment
Lyreco
Molson Coors (supported by Hudson RPO)
Nationwide Building Society
Ogilvy Group
Ovo Energy
Unilever (supported by Accenture)
XPO Logistics

Winner: Celesio UK

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An incredibly tough category with a number of great recruitment teams. However, the winner of this category works in a notoriously tough industry yet still been able to produce some impressive deliverables, working as a real partner to the company as a whole. A worthy winner for this prestigious award.

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