Tiger Recruitment Newsletter

Welcome... >

…to the September edition of Tiger Eye, our Client newsletter designed to bring you up-to-date with what is happening in the secretarial/administrative market and how this might affect your hiring in terms of Candidate flow, salary levels etc.


It is also an opportunity for us to update you on the latest news at Tiger. What are we doing to make sure we are attracting the very best Candidates on to our books? How are we improving the way we work so that we can continue to offer the highest level of service to our Clients?

Hiring support staff post Brexit >

The first 8 months of this year were dominated by Brexit. The referendum was announced in late February and this immediately had an effect on hiring as many Clients put their plans on hold until the result of the referendum in June.


It was expected that the permanent secretarial/administrative jobs market would continue to flourish in 2016 on the back of a strong finish to 2015 but the reality was very different. The first 6 months of 2016 saw exactly the same number of new permanent jobs called in to the West End as the corresponding months in 2015. In contrast, our West End Temporary Division saw a 33% increase in requirements. Over the first 6 months, Candidate flow was patchy as those in stable jobs also put any plans to move on hold.


Interestingly, we saw a significant increase in permanent requirements across the business after the referendum. In the last week of July, we broke our record at Tiger for the number of new permanent pieces of business called through in a week. This led to record billings in August and a strong start to September in terms of business flow.


As we would expect, the flow of good quality Candidates has started picking up markedly this week as Candidates have returned from holidays and September being one of the prime months of the year to find a new job. It is interesting to note that new requirements are coming from all market sectors and, broadly speaking, the attitude of our Clients is “let’s get on with business”.


Going forward >

Clearly, the long-term implications of Brexit on the secretarial/administrative jobs market are not known, but based on what we have seen since the referendum, there is a steadfast attitude amongst our Clients (who are mainly London based) to take a “glass half full attitude” and continue with where they left off at the end of 2015 in terms of hiring.


Of course there is a slight sense of caution and an acute awareness of the political situation surrounding Brexit, but there is also optimism that agreements on free-trade versus the free movement of people can be reached in such a way that businesses will want to continue to be based in London, European workers will be able to continue working in the UK and UK workers will continue to work in Europe.


So a rocky road ahead that will be navigated by cautious optimism and quiet confidence is my prediction!

Implications on salary levels and flow of good quality Candidates >

Salary levels have not experienced the further increase we were expecting at the start of the year because of Brexit. However, they have not dropped as some might have expected after the referendum result.

In fact, with current high levels of activity in the secretarial/administrative market, good quality Candidates are in high demand and short supply. Whilst we are not experiencing strong Candidate market conditions, which would necessitate widespread increasing of salaries at offer stage, we are seeing Clients lose out on their chosen Candidate because their recruitment process from start to finish is not fast enough.

The higher volume of high quality Candidates coming on to the market has been matched by the increase in requirements, so Clients will still need to expedite their recruitment process, where possible, to secure their chosen Candidate. I expect the flow of good quality Candidates to be reasonably strong until the end of November and then drop off before increasing again from the second week of January 2017.

David Morel
Managing Director

City office flying high >

The City office have come a long way since our launch in July last year. Our main focus when starting the office was to identify the very best Clients in the City to present to our Candidates. We started on day one with a list of ‘dream Clients’ and I am delighted to say that list is now our reality.



We have worked tirelessly to develop relationships within the market and are now preferred suppliers to two Tier 1 Investment Banks, a number of boutique finance firms, world leading management consultancies, global property firms and more niche professional services Clients too.


That is not to say our work is done, we are constantly looking to expand our Client base with the companies in London that are renowned for giving Candidates the best working environment, development opportunities and overall engagement.


The team in the City office have grown to 8 Consultants and are all ambitious and professional individuals who work seamlessly together. Most of the team have actually worked together for a number of years before joining Tiger Recruitment and we are so proud to be part of this exciting journey, together.


Year one has surpassed all expectations (and wildest dreams!) and we have had a lot of fun at the same time. Here’s to the next year, we can hardly wait!


Kat Martyn
Head of Tiger City Office


News on the block >

It has been a very busy 8 months for the Tiger team. We continue to work very hard to improve as a business to make sure we retain our position as one of the leading providers of high quality support staff in London, nationally and internationally.


We have already worked on more briefs abroad in 2016 than in previous years and our Candidate base in London and further afield is as good as it has ever been. We have implemented a number of new systems (as you’ll see below) to assist both Client and Candidates. Our enhanced marketing team is writing regular and thought provoking blogs and articles to help Candidates in their job search and Clients in their recruitment.


The management team have worked hard to re-structure the training we give to new Consultants to make sure our staff are up there with the very best in the market.

David Morel, Managing Director, has become a featured writer for UNDERCOVER RECRUITER advising other recruitment companies on best recruitment practice and continues to be quoted in the wider press.


In 2017, we will be undertaking a complete rebrand to ensure our product is as current as it can be and to ensure we continue to attract the very best Candidates on to our books.


In the Summer of 2016, we created BREAKFAST TEMPS. Tiger Recruitment have responded to our Client’s increased demand for temporary staff with the creation of our BREAKFAST TEMPS initiative. We select top Candidates who are based in Tiger’s offices assisting us with support, ready to head straight out to our Clients when a temp requirement is called through. Not only does this allow us to see exactly how they work, it allows you to have a temp at your office in record time. Don’t forget to call us when that last minute requirement crops up.

Chef's tables >

The beginning of June saw the first of our exclusive Candidate and Client dining experiences. 'Tiger's Indian Summer Night', in partnership with Benares Restaurant, took place on 1st June with a select group of London based EA's. 



Candidates were given the chance to sample the delights of Benares, a Michelin star Indian restaurant, as well as network with other EA's and the directors of Tiger Recruitment.


Our next exciting event is open to both Clients and Candidates and will see us joining forces with DUKES LONDON, a sophisticated, luxury hotel nestled in the heart of St. James. Join us on Thursday 22nd September for champagne and canapés with an exclusive tour of the venue including the legendary DUKES bar. Please register your interest with David Morel.


Tiger Charity Fundraising >

Throughout 2016, we have been fundraising for The Rob George Foundation and The Headcase Cancer Trust. Using different platforms from organising events to competitions through our social networking sites and the website, we have been able to contribute to these worthwhile causes:


Easter Egg Hunt
In March we ran the 2016 Easter Egg Hunt and hid five Tiger Easter eggs in various locations around the website. Participants had to follow each clue leading to the next egg, eventually ending up at the golden egg! The 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners received Selfridges vouchers, lunch for two in Franco's London restaurant and a bottle of Fortnum and Mason champagne. For each entry we received, Tiger donated £1 to our charities totalling a donation of £175 to each.

Tiger Summer Olympics
To celebrate the beginning of the 2016 Rio Olympics, we hosted our very own Tiger Olympics in Hyde Park. The event was a huge success with over 50 competitors. With multiple events such as egg and spoon race, team relay and sack race, the evening was an excellent opportunity to get together, network and raise a total of £250 for each of our charities.

We hope you can join us again soon to continue to raise money for The Rob George Foundation and The Headcase Cancer Trust. We will be running a number of fundraising activities throughout the rest of 2016, so look out for events that you will be able to participate in. On 1st October 2016, Tiger Recruitment will be celebrating its 15th birthday. Please keep an eye on our website for further details. It will certainly be an occasion to remember!

Breaking down boundaries >

At Tiger we believe in embracing technology and using it to enhance our service to Clients and Candidates alike. In 2016, we are delighted to bring to market two brand new innovations which we hope will add value to supporters of Tiger Recruitment. 



Online Timesheets

On 6th June, our Online Timesheets System went live, allowing our temps to digitally submit their timesheets. The need for a modernised timesheet system came about as a result of Tiger’s temporary division experiencing substantial growth over the past couple of years. The new system comes with greater benefits over that of a traditional manual timesheet system:

1. Track timesheets in real time: temps are able to see the status of everything from outstanding timesheets that need to be completed through to timesheets that have been fully processed and are awaiting payment.
2. Submitted hours are entered directly onto our payroll system: this has minimised the risk of double handling data entry errors.
3. Timesheets are available to be completed throughout the week: temps in ongoing placements can enter their hours on any computer with internet access.

We have received great feedback on the system from both our Clients and Candidates so far. We will always continue to look at ways we can offer the most efficient and effective service possible so if you have any suggestions, please email David Morel.

Candidate Availability App
At the start of the year we enhanced our App to make it more user friendly for Android and Apple devices. This September we are launching the new 'Candidate Availability' feature within the Tiger App. This is something new to the market and will help further aid our Candidates in their job search.

The App will allow Candidates to create and log in to their profile and easily update their current and future availability in real time. This will alert our Consultants to make them aware who is available in real time and is especially useful for Clients who need last minute bookings filled as quickly as possible.


Autumn promotion  >

10% discount when you brief Tiger on a new permanent or temporary position between 8th September and 31st October 2016 inclusive. *



*This promotion doesn’t cover business we have already been instructed on.

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