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Redline invests again in Growth

18/06/19 Martin Crapper Managing Director

Redline Group Ltd, the Contract & Permanent technology recruitment specialists, launches its fifth academy to meet growth demands from the high-technology sector.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the UK’s recruitment body, forecast the UK market to grow by 4.5% in 2018/19 (it grew 11% the previous year) to £35.7Bn.

Whilst some sectors have experienced a tempering of the growth, engineering, operations, sales, marketing, purchasing and R&D staff within the electronics and high-technology sector remained the most in demand throughout 2018/19.

Various reports cited candidate shortages in key engineering and specialist manufacturing sectors as factors driving up salaries, with declining candidate availability continuing through the year.

Redline’s 35+ years of sector knowledge and connections were a significant advantage when understanding clients’ requirements, and in identifying, attracting and securing candidates for clients’ roles.  Continued investment in hiring and training of new staff included two new academy intakes and internal promotions to facilitate further growth. 

June 2019 sees the launch of Redline’s fifth Talent Academy, a dedicated 12-week training and development programme for people new to recruitment. Key objectives of the academy are improvements in quality and efficiencies through continued training and process development, whilst expanding headcount and restructuring the teams and responsibilities to meet the expanding demand from the high-technology clients. 

The results of these investments are now being seen through closer workings with clients, efficiency gains and a focus on quality resulting in an 11% increase in offers from a similar number of vacancies (-2%) in 2018/19.

Redline’s 2018/19 summary 

- Newcomer of the year

- Shortlisted for Contract/Temp consultant of the year.

  • Redline won “Best Business” in the local area at the SME Awards.

- Runner up in Best Business in the County (50+ employees) category for the whole region

  • Combined Acceptance ratios increased to 76%.
  • Permanent salaries, contractor rates and average contract length also increased during the year. 

2019-20 Forecast

Q1 (Apr, May, Jun) started very promisingly as a result of the previous year’s investments in Customer Acquisition and headcount growth (principally successful graduates from the Redline Academy).

  • Headcount growth has impacted positively in Q1 -16% increase in consultant headcount

          - Permanent fees up 27% YoY

  - Record Contractors on assignment, up 23% YoY

Redline is hiring

While technology recruitment is incredibly challenging, it is also very rewarding. As a successful and growing recruitment company we offer generous financial incentives, opportunity for travel and room for professional development.

If you are an aspiring or experienced Recruitment Consultant or have demonstrable sales and account management skills, please click here for more information on our latest job opportunities. Alternatively, contact our dedicated Head of Training & Acquisition Greg McHugh on 01582 878853 or email