As three quarters of UK companies predict a damaging skills shortage and UK unemployment falls to its lowest level since April 2008, Meridian Business Support, the award-winning recruitment specialist, has announced the launch of its newly revamped website www.meridianbs.co.uk, which has been specially designed as a candidate-focused site in order to address the shortage.
Recognising the need for a user-centric approach to the candidate journey, Meridian has created an intuitive new website, with personalisation at its core. The new site boasts the ability to learn from the interaction of site users, not only offering candidates personalised content based on their browsing behaviour and profile information.
The website incorporates the latest technologies and software, including the ability to integrate candidate social media profiles to build instant jobseeker profiles, fully cloud-based web development and compatibility without loss of functionality across mobile, tablet and desktop devices. This means candidates and job seekers can access their profiles, apply for jobs and change job alert preferences whenever they want to, from wherever they are – a significant development with a reported 89% of jobseekers using mobile devices to search for new roles (Glassdoor, 2014).
On the launch of the new website, chief executive, Mark Mitchell comments: “When the recession took hold in 2008, there was an abundance of candidates and a shortage of jobs. Today, we have come out the other side of the recession and the UK economy and its businesses are growing. However, it is a reality that this success and growth is being stunted by a shortage of candidates, with a record number of job vacancies available and a shortage of candidates to fill them.
“The job seeking journey is an emotive one for candidates, and as such the experience during the process is of paramount importance, particularly when there is a shortage of candidates. At Meridian we always strive to raise the bar and take a forward-thinking approach when it comes to recruitment. This includes putting the candidate experience first at every stage of the process, as we believe this is the best way to match client and candidate preferences in order to ensure that the best applicants are placed.
“As an extension of this commitment to candidates and achieving our long-term strategy, Vision 20|20, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new progressive Meridian Business Support website. By creating a site that values every interaction we will enable our clients to overcome both the current and future challenges of recruitment. Furthermore, the website will continue to evolve as it learns each day from user behaviour and develops to improve the user experience.”
Recruitment specialist Meridian Business Support has come a long way since opening its first branch at Roberts House in Altrincham in May 1989, where the company’s head office still resides today. The company has grown significantly over the last 26 years, and is now generating revenues of over £120 million, with Altrincham hosting the hub office for 66 branches located across the UK’s major towns and cities.