Contract Workers

In recent years, contract work has grown to be a massively popular option for workers and employers alike. Contracting allows individuals to feel more in control and achieve a better work/life balance while tackling a variety of rewarding new challenges; it also benefits businesses to be able to take on a person with a specific skill set for a short period of time. This is a relatively low-risk option, and contractors can be instrumental in helping an organisation to move forward.

The benefits of hiring a contractor

  • Flexibility - This is probably the primary reason to hire a contractor rather than a permanent employee. A contract worker may be hired on a short-term basis and can move on easily if, for instance, the project is completed early or your budget is cut short. Contractors are ideal for seasonal businesses that peak and trough over the course of a year, and contractors who aren't quite right for your organisation are easier to replace than full-time employees.

  • Efficiency - Sometimes, a looming deadline or pressing assignment may necessitate an influx of new staff to help get the job done on time. Contracting is a great option in such situations; contract workers can be brought in as needed to assist overstretched departments until the workload eases off.

  • Specialised skills - Some projects require a specific/unusual skill set that you don't usually keep on your payroll. Many contractors possess an abundance of experience in niche areas, meaning that businesses don't have to waste time training them - they can hit the ground running from day one. Contractors are likely to be fully licensed and up-to-date with current legislation and market trends, and they tend to be experienced in a number of different areas, enabling them to bring new ideas to the table and give an outsider's perspective on your business.

  • Cutting costs - It may well cost less to hire a highly-qualified contractor for a short period of time than to train up a permanent employee yourself and keep them on the books indefinitely.

Contracting through HRS

The above is a mere sample of the many advantages that come with hiring contractors. Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we help both contractors and businesses to find the right fit quickly and with minimal fuss. Our contractors enjoy a number of benefits, such as quality representation, competitive rates, assistance with finding the best possible roles, and a wide choice of clients ranging from large pharmaceutical companies to small scientific start-ups.

As companies all over the UK (and beyond) continue to realise the benefits of taking on contractors, more and more contracting opportunities will arise.

Whether you are a business looking to offer contract work or a contract worker looking for a new challenge, please contact HRS today for expert assistance.

See our Contracting at HRS page for more information!

Life Changing Jobs

When it comes to picking a job, we all want to do something that will make a real difference. A worthy career path is something that many people look far but far fewer actually find. So how can you land a life-changing job that will make a real, positive difference in the world?

At Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we are dedicated to connecting passionate, talented candidates with fulfilling jobs for which they are well-suited.

There are many life-changing jobs within the science and technology industries. We connect people with jobs that help to create life-saving drugs and life-changing technologies that benefit the whole population. We have a huge range of opportunities within the science industry - browse our latest science jobs here.

Become a Life Changer with HRS

We also consider our own job to be life-changing - after all, we connect people with careers that make them feel rewarded and fulfilled!

We currently have a range of life changer job opportunities available here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions. By helping us to find the right people for the right jobs, you can take satisfaction in knowing that you are helping to make a difference in other people's lives.

Available roles include:

  • Recruitment Manager
  • Principal Recruitment Consultant
  • Senior Recruitment Consultant
  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant
  • Recruitment Apprentice

At HRS, we combine traditional recruitment practices with modern recruitment techniques. We enable our recruitment employees to not only change the lives of others but also live more rewarding lives themselves. We offer structured development in individual careers and allow the opportunity for everyone to grow in their roles.

If you're interested in becoming an HRS life changer, you can learn more about our life-changing job opportunities here.

Candidate Journey

‘Candidate experience’ isn’t just some distant buzzword that your science organisation can safely ignore – because, let’s face it, the candidates for your vacancies certainly don’t, and nor do your competitors. According to a survey on the UK candidate experience cited by online recruitment resource Onrec, 94% of the UK recruitment and HR professionals quizzed considered a positive candidate experience a priority.

However, that doesn’t mean it’s exactly an easy or quick process to cultivate a great candidate experience at your company. It’s a task that will require constant effort at every touchpoint, so here are some of the things you can do to optimise the candidate journey to the benefit of both the jobseeker and your own firm.

Try out your own organisation's application process

Past research has indicated a huge disconnect between candidates and employers as far as their perceptions of the candidate experience is concerned, with many candidates finding themselves taking hours over an application process that the given company may think only requires 30 minutes’ of time investment.

So, this particular advice is simple: go through your own organisation’s application process to ascertain the reality of the situation. You may well immediately spot issues with the process that you never expected to see, and it’s fair to say that there’s no such thing as an ‘over-optimised’ job application process – there’s always room to improve.

Place the emphasis on relationships rather than CVs

Even in the marketing world that for so long seemed to treat customers in a somewhat impersonal manner, it is becoming widely accepted that people need to be treated like people, rather than numbers. This has led so many firms to invest heavily in creating a customised experience for those who wish to purchase from them – so why isn’t the same happening with employers for candidates?

As articles like this one from CNBC indicate, “ghosting” – the phenomenon of an employer suddenly ceasing to communicate with a candidate in whom they previously seemed interest – appears to be becoming an ever-greater problem.

With statistics continuing to suggest a frighteningly large percentage of candidates who never hear back from a prospective employer after their last interview or even simply the initial job application, it’s fair to say that there’s huge scope for your company to stand out when it really works hard on the candidate journey.

Consider what the ideal candidate journey may look like

This is the kind of thing for which a team meeting and a load of A3 paper could come in very useful. Planning out the process that you would like to unfold for people applying for a job with you – from the initial point of contact, right through to onboarding – could throw up many obvious optimisation opportunities.

If that sounds a bit intimidating, ask yourself some teasing questions first, such as “What does the ideal candidate look like?” and “What is the kind of communication from a prospective employer to which that ideal candidate is most likely to respond?”

You should also consider how you can make that candidate feel welcome at every stage of the application process, and if all of that sounds like too much effort, you might think about how communication of a more automated nature could be used at various stages.

Would you like to strengthen your own organisation’s chances of filling its open science jobs? A linkup with the science recruitment experts at Hyper Recruitment Solutions might turn out to be the perfect first step.

How to Write a Job Description

The most recent Labour Market Outlook report issued by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) stated that the number of vacancies in the UK economy remains well above historical average levels, and this news should lead many science employers to consider whether they really are doing everything they can to inspire and attract candidates.

Your company’s approach to writing job descriptions is one key aspect that you may wish to examine. Writing a good job description is a very important part of any attempt to fill a vacancy, so how does one write a job description that the very best candidates will feel compelled to respond to?

Here are five top tips from the experts here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions:


1. Be clear and realistic about the role's responsibilities.

The most important part of a job description is the list of day-to-day tasks for which the successful candidate will assume responsibility. Don’t be vague when writing this list, but don’t try to cram too many duties in, either. A good rule of thumb is to aim for 8-12 key areas of responsibility.


2. Use an engaging tone.

Remember that the whole point of a job description - besides outlining the most basic details about the job - is to persuade someone to come and work for your organisation.

A dry and impersonal tone will cause candidates to lose interest before they have even finished reading the description. By placing the emphasis on where your company is going and what you can do for the candidate, you will make your description much more compelling.


3. Avoid discriminatory language.

Even when you don’t specifically intend to discriminate against anyone, the use of certain words and phrases in your job description can have that effect anyway, and this may restrict the range of candidates that apply for your vacancies. Bad news if you're trying to diversify your workforce!

As the GOV.UK website details, employers discriminate against candidates in a number of different ways, so you should take every measure to ensure that your job descriptions don’t prevent suitable candidates from applying for your vacancy.


4. Use terminology that candidates will understand.

Of course, if you’re advertising for a senior role in pharmacology, engineering, another specialised science sector like those that we serve here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, using certain industry-specific terms may be a good way to ensure that you only hear from qualified candidates.

However, if certain technologies or practices within your organisation are known by names that outsiders are unlikely to recognise, you could find yourself inadvertently deterring perfectly suitable candidates. Read your job description carefully and do your best to eliminate any confusing or ambiguous jargon.


5. Play it straight with the job title.

Required skills and day-to-day responsibilities should make up the ‘meat’ of your job description, but there are certain other basic elements that all job descriptions need if they are to be truly effective - and you need to get those elements right.

Consider the job title, for example. This definitely isn’t a part of your job description where you should be using any confusing or obscure terms. The job title should be something that all candidates will immediately understand; this will attract more interest, more, and of course more applications.


Are you an employer looking to bolster your science recruitment efforts? If so, visit the Hyper Recruitment Solutions website to find out how we can help you.

 

I am pleased to confirm I will be speaking at BioWales 2014 in March. The conference will focus on growth and delivery within the Life Sciences sector and on the opportunities and support available to new investors and established companies in Wales.  

I graduated as a Biochemist at Cardiff University in 2006, this subsequently fuelled my passion for a career in the Life Science sector. Since then I spent over 7 years working in the recruitment sector on behalf of the science community. I thoroughly enjoyed working in the recruitment industry talking to clients and candidates from the science field suporting science jobs / science careers, so I felt I had the relevant qualifications and experience to set up my own recruitment agency to really help enhance and drive support careers in the science industry.

Science is a subject I am very passionate about which I live and breath every day. My ambition is to develop the landscape of science recruitment and make a positive impact to the Science & Life Sciences industries. Hyper Recruitment Solutions remain dedicated and committed to supporting essential scientific research to assist in the improvement and quality of life for all. As a specialist recruitment consultancy, forming valuable relationships with like minded companies and organisations provide HRS with an excellent business network. This enables us to provide science jobs and life science jobs to industry experts who are passionate about working in this field. We support science jobs at all levels and from any discipline.

A fantastic line up of speakers will be discussing advances in Regenerative Medicine and Diagnostics which provides so many promising options for the future treatment of some major diseases, such as cancer, nervous system diseases, damaged organs and degenerative diseases. Speaking at the BioWales conference will be a great opportunity for me to celebrate life sciences in the same town I began my career in all those years ago.  To be amongst like minded commercially orientated scientific professionals will be a great celebration for life sciences in South Wales.

The BioWales Conference will take place 6th - 7th March at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff


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