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Our Application Process

August 31, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone had a great bank holiday weekend! Did anyone get up to anything fun over the long weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

This week for the blog we will be looking at our application process and will explain what happens at each stage of the process from the very beginning to looking for new roles through to offer stage. By the end of the blog, you should have an idea on what to expect from each stage.

Where to Find the Roles

When we receive a new role we advertise it in a number of places to give those looking the greatest potential to see the new roles. First and foremost you can find all the roles on our website here. The website lists the basic details for you, so you can decide whether or not this is a role of interest. Our latest roles are also advertised on our LinkedIn company page, so don’t forget to give us a follow so you don’t miss out on role updates. We also send out daily mail campaigns with the new roles that have come in that day, so if you want to receive emails about new roles, just let us know and we will add you to our Mailing list.

Enquiring about a Role

So you have seen a role advertised that you may be interested in and now you want to find out a little bit more information? Whether you follow the link from LinkedIn or an email campaign, it will take you to the job posting on our website where it will give all the necessary job information, along with a job spec and application form attached. If you have any further questions, just drop the assigned recruiter an email or a call and they will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Going forward for a Role

If the role checks all the boxes and you want to be considered, the next step is to fill out the application form and suitability statement. If you have spoken to one of our recruiters at this point, they will have supplied you this via email or you can download the form from our website. Along with the application form it is important for you to send over a CV that you have tailored to the role. Tailoring your CV increases your chances of being shortlisted.

Application Submitted

Once the application form has been completed and sent back to the assigned recruiter along with your tailored CV, the recruiter will confirm we have received your application and let you know if we need anything else. The recruiter will then narrow down the best candidates and let you know if your application has been submitted to the client. Once submitted it usually takes 48 hours to be informed which candidates have been shortlisted. In the unfortunate event that you are unsuccessful, the recruiter will be in touch to provide you with feedback.

You have been Shortlisted

If your application has been shortlisted, it means that it has made its way to the Hiring Manager where they will pick which candidates they would like to invite to interview. Once again, if in the unfortunate event that you are unsuccessful, our recruiter will contact you to provide the feedback from the Hiring Manager.

Invited for Interview

Once the application has been shortlisted, the hiring manager has on average 5 working days (could be shorter/longer depending on the department) to choose which candidates they would like to interview. If the Hiring Manager likes what they see, we will receive an interview invitation and we will be in touch straight away to let you know of your success and pass on the details such as Date, Time and Location. It is important when completing the application form that you put down any dates that you can’t attend an interview as the majority of the time we are only given one date and time for interviews and are not given the option to re-arrange, so you don’t want to miss out. The day before your interview, your recruiter will give you a call just to ensure you have got everything you need to have a great interview and wish you the best of luck.

After the Interview

After the interview your recruiter will give you a call to see how you got on. The time frame to receive feedback after an interview can vary depending on how urgent the role is or depending on who the department is. Whether the news is good or bad, the recruiter will give you a call to let you know and give you the feedback we’ve received from the hiring manager. When good news is received you will move onto the final step of the process which is completing the on-boarding process and you will then be ready to start your new contract.


There are a number of forms and scans of documents required to completed the on-boarding process. Once you get to this stage your recruiter will run through it with you in more detail. Once the candidate has been made compliant, a start date is confirmed with the hiring manager and start day details are sent through.


We hope that this blog helps you from the start to the very end of the application process and answers any questions you may have on the process. If you have any further questions, we will be happy to answer them.

Have a great weekend!

Warm Regards,



FAQ – Applying for a Role

September 8, 2017 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon, Friday has come around again already, which means it is time for another blog. Also as it is Friday, it means planning what to do this weekend, does anyone have anything exciting planned? Most of us in the office are going to have a relaxing weekend catching up on a bit of tv, having get togethers with family/friends, and a bit of shopping.

Onto the blog, we regularly get asked the same questions by candidates when they are applying for roles, so for this week we thought it would be helpful to put together some frequently asked questions for everyone applying for roles through us.


Do I need to hold the relevant security clearance to apply?

BPSS and Disclosure Scotland – You do not need to hold these clearances to apply, you will go through these clearances during the on-boarding stage. If you are successful, we recommend applying for Disclosure Scotland at interview stage to avoid any delays during the on-boarding process.

CTC & SC – It depends on the client as some will put you through the clearance once you have been offered the position, others would prefer you to hold the clearance at application stage.

DV – It is preferred that you hold this clearance at application stage.

If you would like any further information on Security Clearances, click here.


Is there any movement on the rate?

Unfortunately, there is no movement on the max rate that is advertised. The rate will be decided by the client depending on the budget that is available in the department.


Would they consider an alternative location?

We will advertise the locations that are available for a role. The majority of roles are only offered at one location, although some do offer a choice. If a role has a choice of multiple locations, please state on the application form or inform the recruiter which is your preferred choice.


The closing date has passed, can I still submit an application?

Unfortunately, we cannot submit applications once a closing date has passed. Our online portal closes the role and will not allow us to submit any more applications.


How do I know if this role is Inside or Outside IR35?

The IR35 status will be displayed on the job posting on our website and within the job specification.


Can I use my Limited Company if the role is Inside IR35?

Unfortunately, since the IR35 legislation was updated for contractors working in the public sector back in April 2017, you can no longer use your own Limited Company. If the role you are applying for is Inside IR35, the 2 operating methods you can use are Umbrella or PAYE. For more information on what Operating Method to use, please click here.


Do you offer a referral scheme?

Yes, we do offer a referral scheme. If you are sent a role but it is not quite right for you but you know someone who may be interested, either send an introductory email to us and your referral, or send us their CV or contact details and we will do the rest. To find out more about the referral scheme, click here.


We hope the answers above have been helpful and if you have any other questions, please feel free to comment below, drop us an email, or give us a call and one of the team will be able to help.

Remember all of our roles are advertised on our website and on our LinkedIn page, so don’t forget to follow us so you don’t miss out on any updates.

Enjoy your weekend.