Buteman publishers launch new fixed-price recruitment service

Johnston Press, the publishers of The Buteman, has extended its recruitment offering with a new fixed price recruitment service – TheSmartList.co.uk – designed to help employers fill vacancies quickly and cost-effectively.

A pilot, launched this week, allows businesses seeking new staff for mid-level vacancies to pay a fixed fee for a pre-screened short-list of qualified candidates.

Currently, businesses using traditional advertising methods often find that they receive very high volumes of applications that need to be sorted internally, whilst traditional recruitment consultancies, which help to eliminate the time spent sifting through CVs, can be costly.

TheSmartList offers a great alternative by combining recruitment consultancy type services with newspaper and job board advertising for one low, fixed cost.

Employers are able to submit details of their vacancy, and the team from TheSmartList will then prepare a recruitment brief against which candidates can be matched.

Promising individuals are screened using a bespoke questionnaire and once The SmartList is finalised, the employer can review the candidates and select the best for interview.

A new B2B focused website to support businesses and to effectively communicate the offering has now gone live at TheSmartList.co.uk.

The SmartList service is also being offered at a special reduced rate during the launch phase - nstead of the standard £549 per vacancy, businesses can take advantage of filling their job roles for just £349.

Stephen Anderson, group digital recruitment category manager at Johnston Press, said: “Since launching The SmartList this week, we’ve already generated a great deal of interest for the service.

“We’re really pleased to be able to offer this recruitment alternative which can help reduce costs and time for employers looking for new staff in a challenging climate. It’s encouraging to see so many businesses getting involved.”