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Update from s1 Sales Director, Gavin Mochan

I’m amazed at how quickly 2015 vanished, it was a very eventful year which saw s1jobs enjoy a stellar period of growth, and the success story continues! I’m delighted to tell you that we have had a fantastic start to the New Year already. In January we saw a record number of 748,371 unique job seekers visit s1jobs, that’s a notable 8% increase on our previous record in January 2013.

Gavin_picNot only that, we are now exceeding over 200,000 applications every month. Its great news for Scottish jobs and job seekers alike to see such volume. We expected the beginning of the New Year to be busy with job seekers as normal, but we’ve been blown away with the high volume of activity. We also continue to receive much more Scottish traffic than any other job board, almost 600,000 visits more than our closest competitor. But the stand out fact for me is, we have more direct employer vacancies in Scotland than any other job board.

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Why video interviewing should be part of your recruitment strategy

Video interviewing is rapidly becoming part of the recruitment process for both employers and job seekers.
Video_Interview_Email_HeaderResearch shows that issues well known in the recruitment process such as time, cost, skill shortages and quality of hire are what’s driving companies to look for new technologies, like video interviewing, to overcome these challenges.

Here are some of the key challenges that video interviewing can help with:

  1. Time to Hire
    A major annoyance in the recruitment process is the time it takes to hire.  Video interviews can streamline the interview process eliminating the hours wasted arranging and conducting first interviews. Video interviews can be completed within days of compiling your CV shortlist and you can share the clips with colleagues, allowing faster decision making.
  1. Recruitment Cost
    Hiring managers and recruiters are always looking to deliver more for less and video interviews can help do this. It reduces the costs involved with interview scheduling, interview preparation and even basic items such as hiring manager travel costs and any costs related to interview room hiring. Not to mention the costs associated in making the wrong hire!
  1. Interview More Candidates
    Video interviewing offers a solution that allows you to access candidates which you may otherwise not have been able to. Due to its nature, it’s possible to interview candidates across continents and time zones and there’s  no need to spend ‘courtesy time’ on candidates who are not right for the job. Therefore, freeing up time to interview more candidates – and increasing the chance to identify those ‘hidden gems’ that would not normally make it to the short list
  1. Quality of Hire
    Team cultural fit is of high importance when considering candidates for a post. And can often be the hardest to judge at the early stages of the recruitment process. Video interviews allow you to see the personality behind the CV. And, if you ensure that all candidates are asked the same questions and have the same amount of time to answer them, they are all competing on the same terms, with a consistent environment.  Allowing you to make a more informed decision.

Video interviewing solves many problems for employers and addresses the challenges of recruitment today. Shortcut your time to hire and add s1jobs video interviews to your next vacancy. Call 0800 9545 383 or find out more.

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Top 10 tracks to motivate your staff

For full effectiveness all songs must be played as loud as technically possible.


1) Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
A personal favourite of the s1jobs Sales Director. This one never fails to get a positive reaction from the troops. After listening to this your team will be ready to take on the most difficult of clients or mind numbing spread sheet. Little ‘air punches’ are optional – but effective.


2) The Proclaimers – 500 Miles
A Scottish classic that’s sure to motivate even the most lacklustre of teams. Stomping around the office is compulsory.

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September update from Sales Director, Gavin Mochan

According to national statistics, unemployment in Scotland increased by 3,000 reaching 155,000 between April and June.  This takes the working population of Scotland to 2.6 million, up 1%, or 29,000 in real terms, from the same period last year.

The Scottish unemployment rate is now 5.6%, on par with England.  Interestingly the split is not even across genders.  It appears that women are performing better in the jobs market than men – with unemployment for women in Scotland at 4.9%, compared to 6.3% for men.

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Movers and Shakers in Corporate Scotland


Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) has expanded its infrastructure team by appointing Adam Delaney as director of finance and Romain Keyen as associate.

Mr Delaney, who is based in SEP’s new Edinburgh office, is responsible for infrastructure fund accounting and assume the role of finance director for its utility infrastructure business, Indigo Pipelines.

He previously worked with both Grant Thornton and Baker Tilly before moving into finance management across infrastructure projects in the healthcare, education and defence sectors.

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