Searchability

We’re a multi-award winning recruitment agency, transforming the way that companies hire tech talent in the UK, USA and Europe.
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Searchability's bosses were determined that no member of staff would feel forgotten during lockdown, so much so that managing director Martin Blythe phoned every one of the team to catch up and offer support.

The Chester-based recruitment company provided regular updates to staff who were on furlough and welcomed them back into the office for socially distanced respite with colleagues when lockdown eased.

Searchability has a team of more than 50 hiring across the tech spectrum in the UK, on the Continent and in America. The company was founded by Blythe in 2012 to challenge the traditional approach to recruitment and champion social media as a tool to source and engage job candidates.

An action plan was drawn up during the pandemic, helped by feedback from staff. It includes "feel sound hours", a policy that allocates 40 hours a year to each employee for them to use to help their wellbeing. This can be taken in one-hour slots and does not require any notice.

All employees have flexible working hours and access to the office games suite and bar.

Searchability has clear routes for progression. Discussions about career aspirations were held with all managers during the pandemic. Four of the managers expressed an interest in moving to the next level across different departments of the business. They now have clear goals in place that will lead to each becoming an associate director. Other directors will provide coaching sessions for them.

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Leadership

91% of staff agreed

I am inspired by the person leading this organisation

To maintain a feel of Searchability's buzzing, sociable office culture, weekly team catch-ups on Microsoft Teams were fun and interactive. Directors hosted quizzes with prizes such as cases of wine. A virtual race day raised more than £1,000 for Chester Zoo.

My Company

96% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

The #FirstFriday initiative, launched in 2016, celebrates the team's achievements of the previous month. It is often themed to coincide with events such as Wimbledon, Chinese new year and Employee Appreciation Day. For the latter, the company laid on a pop-up cocktail bar.

Wellbeing

72% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

Searchability provided mindfulness sessions, delivered by a forensic psychologist, once a week via Zoom during the pandemic. These sessions provided a safe platform for colleagues to share any concerns and stresses and informed them about techniques to help manage such feelings during lockdown.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2012
Total number of employees
1
Number of UK locations
29
Employee average age
65% : 35%
Male : Female employee ratio
29%
Employees earning £35k+
6%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

Benefits

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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