Advice to clients

Great people and opportunities make the research, analysis and insight industries exciting and dynamic places to be. We’re here to help you in the long term, so get in touch if you need advice. Meanwhile, here are our top tips for clients looking to recruit.

Selecting your recruitment consultancy

With the right recruitment consultancy as your partner, getting great people for your roles in market research or analysis can be easy. When deciding who to represent you, take recommendations, and check out the online profiles of those you’re considering. Meet them in person so you can be sure they:

  • Understand your sector – competent consultancies should be able to provide you with salary benchmarking and up-to-date market information
  • Speak your language and know your company’s values
  • Have suitable references and can be trusted to represent you well

Securing the right talent

Here are our top tips for finding and securing the best people to fill your openings:

  • Prepare a job brief – keep it brief, and separate the ‘essential’ experience and skills you require from the ‘desirable’.
  • Ensure your interviewer is prepared and has read the candidate’s CV. For consistency, you may want the same person to do all first interviews.
  • On interview day, make sure everyone knows a candidate is coming. First impressions matter and involving others can produce sharp insights. For example, your receptionist is likely to be able to spot ‘people like you’.
  • Give and take feedback to and from your recruitment consultancy – it helps all parties.
  • Don’t leave it too long between first and second interview.
  • Where possible, get potential recruits to meet their would-be colleagues.
  • Make the offer you feel is fair to both the candidate and you. Give a deadline by which you need a decision, so you can plan ahead.
  • When a new recruit starts, make them welcome, perhaps with an induction.
  • Use your recruitment consultancy to check in with your new member of the team and make sure they’re setting in happily.

Recruiting graduates

We offer specialist recruitment service to small and medium sized businesses seeking suitable graduates for jobs in market research and analysis. For details, please contact Sinead Hasson.

Recruiting from overseas

Changes to the immigration system mean if you’re recruiting someone from abroad who’s without a UK or EU passport, they’ll need to hold enough qualifying ‘points’ – gained through their qualifications, earnings etc – to gain entry. The new points-based system has five tiers:

  • Tier 1: Highly skilled individuals to contribute to growth and productivity
  • Tier 2: Medium and high skilled workers (most of our candidates are in this category)
  • Tier 3: Low-skilled migrants
  • Tier 4: Students
  • Tier 5: Youth mobility and temporary workers

For a candidate to gain Tier-2 status they’ll need a confirmed job offer from a UK-based employer, registered with the Home Office as an approved sponsor.

Within this process, you’ll need to issue an assurance that the migrating person can do the job and intends to.

This also applies to intra-company transfers, where you bring non-EU citizens or other internationals to work in your UK offices. To be considered for such a move, the person must have worked at your company for at least six months.
Please note: we aren’t visa or permit specialists; for full details of the new system, and answers to any questions you may have, we recommend you visit Home Office services and guidance.