Investors in People - We're Gold!

We are delighted to announce that we've been awarded a Gold Accreditation from We Invest in People!

Achieving gold accreditation means that everyone working for HRS, whether it's our managing director CEO or the newest member of staff, work together to bring our policies and place of work to life.

Only 17% of organisations that work with We Invest in People achieve Gold standard - so this is really exciting news for us!

Paul Devoy, CEO of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate Hyper Recruitment Solutions. Gold accreditation on We invest in people is a fantastic effort for any organisation, and places Hyper Recruitment Solutions in fine company with a host of organisations that understand the value of people.

HRS staff at the annual HRS awards ceremony

 

What is the We Invest in People accreditation?

The We Invest in People accreditation is a three-year program that assesses all kinds of workplaces using a special 'people' framework.

This accreditation all about understanding how workers feel when they come to work. Do they feel looked after? Are they happy? Are they rewarded properly for their hard work?

Investors in People use nine different indicators to determine how well we look after our staff. These are:

  • How well we lead and inspire our people
  • How we incorporate our company values into our behaviours
  • How we empower and involve people to do their best in the company
  • How well we manage performance, track progress and provide feedback
  • How good we are at recognising and rewarding high performance
  • How roles are clearly defined so everyone works towards a common objective
  • How well we build capability, hiring people at the right time for the right roles
  • How we deliver continuous improvement within the company
  • How we create sustainable success to stay ahead in our industry

 

Our results!

The Investors in People team gave the HRS workforce a survey to find out how they really feel about their working life. After getting to know our staff for a number of months, it's amazing to see that...

  • 97% of people think they're encouraged to use their initiative in their roles at HRS
  • 94% of people agree that they are encouraged to improve the way they do things

Alongside these encouraging statistics, we've also had some really lovely feedback from our wonderful HRS teams such as...

"I feel it's a very transparent place to work. We all know how the business is performing against the objective and Ricky won't hide things when things aren't going to plan".

"My manager helps me work out what my objectives should be, but they are not all dictated. I like the fact that I'm supported when things are going well, but also not shot down if I have had a bad month".

"I love the fact that we are a forward-thinking company. We are expected to work hard, but this is well recognised and I can see a future with HRS".

The overwhelmingly positive feedback that our staff members gave contributed to us achieving our Gold accreditation. We're so pleased that our workers feel that they're challenged but cared for when they come to work here at HRS.

 

Who are Investors in People?

The average person spends 80,000 hours at work during their lifetime, and investors in people help to make working environments better worldwide!

So far, they've helped more than 11 million people across 75 different countries make their working-lives more rewarding.

They're a community interest company, which means they put their purpose before their profits. Everything that they do works towards making work better for everyone!

If you'd like to become part of the HRS family, we have a number of exciting vacancies on offer. Click the button below to find out more!

Jobs at HRS >

2019 HRS Networking Event Q&A

Last night - the 23rd of October, 2019 - we held our annual HRS Networking Event at the Royal Society of Chemistry in Burlington House, London. As in previous years, the event was a great success, with many industry scientists in attendance and some fantastic speeches from a variety of influential figures.

The date for this event wasn't chosen idly: 23rd October 2019 was also Hyper Recruitment Solutions' 7th anniversary, and it was wonderful to spend the evening in the same room where Ricky Martin and Lord Sugar officially launched the company 7 years ago to the day.

Ricky Martin and Lord Sugar launch HRS in 2012

Pictured above: Ricky Martin and Lord Sugar launch HRS on 23rd October 2012.

 

Who spoke at last night's networking event?

HRS Networking Event - Guest Speakers

Our guest speakers were:

 

Ian Birch, Quality Director and Consultant QP

  • Focus: Quality Assurance

 

Dr Sharon Brownlow, Head of Collaborations at Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

  • Focus: Cell and Gene Therapy

 

Elizabeth Madichie, TOPRA Board Director and Global Regulatory Affairs Consultant

  • Focus: Regulatory Affairs

 

Dr Tony Jones, CEO of One Nucleus

  • Focus: Life Sciences

 

All speeches were very well received, and the ensuing Q&A segment bore some interesting questions and sparked lively debate. The topic for this event was 2020 Considerations for Pharma / Biotech - here are some of the key takeaways from the evening's discussion:

  • A common thread concerned how technology is evolving at a rate we've never seen before. All of the functions within a successful pharma / biotech organisation need to adapt their approaches to data, automation and machine learning.

  • Overlaying the message about the future of tech in pharma / biotech, another clear theme was how to attract and retain talent in this sector.

  • HRS founder Ricky Martin closed the above conversation with a clear message to the room: that every person within a business should be clear on their 'why'. Why do they work there? If this question can be answered, it well help organisations to support existing talent and identify why new talent should want to be there too.

HRS donated £10 to the Alzheimer's Society on behalf of each and every delegate in attendance - the Alzheimer's Society is one of our dedicated charities, and it's especially close to the heart of our Managing Director Ricky Martin.

As ever, we went all out with the decor and refreshments at this event - we even had a whole periodic table of colourful chemistry-themed cupcakes!

Periodic table cupcakes and HRS balloon

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Have you been meaning to get your little ones more involved and interested in science? Great – British Science Week is the perfect time to do so! 


British Science Week

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. This incredible week is run by the British Science Association, who are encouraging people of all ages to participate in STEM events and activities.

They are hosting a number of events across the country if you’d like to take your child to one, but you can also get involved with British Science Week at home with the help of their free activity packs. You can view and download the activity packs here:

British Science Week Activity Packs >

If you have your own idea for a STEM event or activity, you can use the British Science Association’s networking platform Science Live to get other people in your area involved. The aim of this week is to get as many people involved in science as possible, so don’t be shy to engage with your community!

We think that this is a great way to get people of all ages involved in science. Hopefully, this celebration will spark an interest that leads to them pursuing careers in science industries too! Will you be doing anything to celebrate British Science Week this year? Why not take our quiz to find out what type of scientist you are?

Take Our Science Quiz >

On the 8th March every year we celebrate International Women’s Day, a day that promotes gender equality & celebrates the achievements of women worldwide. 

Female Scientist

As specialists in science recruitment, we wanted to celebrate women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries this International Women’s Day. It is widely acknowledged that pretty much all STEM careers are saturated with male workers, but in recent years more women have been studying STEM subjects and pursuing STEM careers. Let’s take a look at some of the interesting statistics provided by The STEM Women Organisation:


Number of Women Graduating in STEM Subjects

These figures show that in 2016/17 more women graduated with STEM degrees than they did in the previous year across all core subjects! It truly is amazing to see an increase in the number of women taking an interest in science.

Women & Science in the Media:

One way that women are often inspired to pursue a particular degree or a career is through aspiring to be like other women they see on TV. There are a number of women in the media who, through their work as scientific TV presenters, are really inspiring other women to pursue science careers.

Liz Bonnin

For those of you who haven’t heard of Liz Bonnin, she is a TV presenter who has worked on a number of successful science and nature programmes. She studied biochemistry at university and later completed a masters in Wild Animal biology. In her TV career, Liz has presented over 50 primetime science and nature programmes including the incredibly popular BBC 1 documentary Drowning in Plastic. Liz has travelled the length and breadth of the Earth to pursue her career, and is a true inspiration to women.

Professor Alice Roberts

As an anatomist, biological anthropologist, author, broadcaster and Professor of Public Engagement in Science and the University of Birmingham, it’s safe to say that Professor Alice Roberts is an amazing role model for women who are interested in science. She has presented a range of science and archaeology TV shows and regularly tours the country to give lectures on her books and television programmes.

Miranda Krestovnikoff

Miranda is not only a biologist, but she is a specialist in natural history and archaeology and she’s a trained diver! This amazingly talented woman has presented a range of television programmes that showcase her extensive knowledge of these subjects, and she has authored two books. She enjoys motivating young people to love and care for nature in the way that she does, and she often visits schools and universities to share her message.

Aren’t these women truly inspirational! We think it’s great that women can use the media to not only promote science and conservation but also to show younger women that science is an increasingly gender inclusive industry. If you’re a woman on the hunt for a science-based job, take a look at the science jobs we have to offer by clicking the button below:

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The New Year is inevitably a time when so many of those on the hunt for science jobs declare that this will be year that they land the 'big one' - the year when they make the switch from what may be a stifling or insufficiently challenging current job into the role that truly advances their career.

Of course, they could also be a graduate or last-year student preparing as much as possible to make their 2016 job search a successful one.

Whatever science jobs field you may have your eye on - clinical, engineering, pharmaceutical, FMCG/food or perhaps something altogether different - there are so many great reasons to make Hyper Recruitment Solutions your partner.

We are a science recruitment agency that does it all

Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are a highly compliant recruitment company that specialises in the science and technology sectors - from the biotechnology, medical and clinical fields to environmental, energy, telecommunications and so many more.

We were founded by a winner of BBC's The Apprentice, Ricky Martin, and to this day continue to be run in partnership with Lord Alan Sugar. However, our great people aren't restricted to our board members, the entire company being populated with the highest calibre science recruitment and business experts who are devoted to providing you with the most efficient, hassle-free and effective service.

Above all else, we have an exceptional record of getting ambitious and talented jobseekers into the most desirable and suitable science jobs, drawing upon a mix of the latest technology and the most time-honoured principles of good practice in science recruitment.

Make us your first port of call for New Year job hunting

There are many science recruitment agencies out there, so we recognise that we may not be your automatic choice even if you are contemplating a major search for science jobs in the New Year. However, we are convinced that we have the best credentials for those wishing to initiate the most proactive hunt for science opportunities.

That is in part due to the genuinely comprehensive nature of our service, our assistance for candidates extending to cover CV and interview advice, specialist guidance related to the candidate's specific target industry and - of course - access to the best opportunities across an incredibly broad range of client employers, including both short-term and temporary/contract roles.

However, here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we also take seriously our objective of providing the best candidate experience of any recruitment agency, treating you as an individual, presenting you with the very best job options and not charging you for any of our services.

If you are looking for the best science recruitment agency with which to really land that dream role in 2016, you simply couldn't do any better than Hyper Recruitment Solutions.