Posts Categorised: Oasis HR

The 2018 Annual Oasis Recruitment Awards: Winners Reveal

Over the past 12 months we have had the privilege of working with some amazing HR candidates and clients; and what a year it’s been! As we move into our new financial year, we are delighted to share some of the major team achievements we have enjoyed. The Oasis Recruitment Awards (ORAs), now in their second… Read more »

6 Key Actions to Tick off your GDPR Checklist

The GDPR deadline might have passed, but HR and Recruitment professionals responsible for processing candidate and employee data still need to consider whether their adapted processes ensure they’re GDPR compliant. A few months ago you couldn’t open your inbox, visit LinkedIn or read an industry publication without seeing the GDPR acronym. And whilst we’re now… Read more »

GDPR at a Glance

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25th May 2018, with strict new rules and large penalties – up to €20 million (!) – for businesses who fail to comply… Our HR Think Tank Series partner, Hollaroo, have produced a  number of resources to help summarise the relevant elements of GDPR… Read more »

The Inaugural Oasis Recruitment Awards – Winners Revealed!


We are very pleased to announce the winners from the inaugural Oasis Recruitment Awards. These awards mark the end of a brilliant 12 months with much success to be celebrated. A huge well done to all this year’s well-deserving winners: Rob Bascombe – Billing Champion & Best Client service Franki Crosse – Lifetime Billings Award… Read more »

Franki goes to… China!

Senior Consultant, Franki Crosse, has just returned from a six month sabbatical from Oasis HR. In this blog series titled ‘Franki goes to…’ we document her travels around the world and keep up to speed with what she’s been doing on her adventure! So the time has flown and I’m now sitting on our office… Read more »

Franki goes to… Borneo

Senior Consultant, Franki Crosse, is currently on a five month sabbatical from Oasis HR. In this blog series titled ‘Franki goes to…’ we follow her travels around the world and keep up to speed with what she’s been up to on her adventure! And so I’m sitting down to reflect on Borneo in another slightly… Read more »

Mental Health & Wellbeing – We do ‘wellness’… But do we?

This blog is a contribution to Rachel Hodgson’s (HR Consultant) ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing‘ series which documents the reality of mental health conditions and how we should ALL be focusing on prevention to provide a lasting change: My focus this month is on inclusion of mental health in overall wellness programmes to support the effort on… Read more »

Everything you need to know about the Apprenticeship Levy

Following a recent Resourcing Think Tank titled ‘Responding to the Apprenticeship Levy’, we wanted to provide a simple resource to answer all your questions around what the Levy actually means. Kate Temple-Brown, Apprenticeship Levy consultant and enthusiast, addresses the key headlines of the Levy below: Apprenticeship Levy – the background From April 2017 a new tax is being… Read more »

Franki goes to… Myanmar

Senior Consultant, Franki Crosse, is currently on a five month sabbatical from Oasis HR. In this blog series titled ‘Franki goes to…’ we follow her travels around the world and keep up to speed with what she’s been up to on her adventure! As is becoming the pattern for my blog writing, I’m now sitting… Read more »

The Oasis of Recruitment – 5 Reasons I LOVE my Job

I’ve been putting off writing this blog for awhile now. Not because I don’t enjoy writing, or that I don’t believe in what I’m writing about. I do. However, I was worried that the words I jotted down would come across cheesy, overly promotional and a bit too ‘gushy’… The reason I’m writing this blog… Read more »

Mental Health in Schools: What should we be doing to help?

This blog is a contribution to Rachel Hodgson’s (HR Consultant) ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing‘ series which documents the reality of mental health conditions and how we should ALL be focusing on prevention to provide a lasting change: Mental Health in Schools Last month I introduced Mental Health – Workplace, at home and beyond – WHY should… Read more »

Franki goes to… Bollywood!

Senior Consultant, Franki Crosse, is currently on a five month sabbatical from Oasis HR. In this blog series titled ‘Franki goes to…’ we follow her travels around the world and keep up to speed with what she’s been up to on her adventure! It’s Monday morning UK time, I’ve just seen my team group WhatsApp starting our… Read more »

Mental Health & Wellbeing: Workplace, Home and Beyond – WHY should I care?

This blog is a contribution to Rachel Hodgson’s (HR Consultant) ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing‘ series which documents the reality of mental health conditions and how we should ALL be focusing on prevention to provide a lasting change: Introducing Mental Health and Wellbeing This blog aims to introduce Mental Health for the workplace, at home and… Read more »

School is in Session: 5 Lessons on Better Graduate Engagement


When it comes to successful graduate recruitment, engagement is everything. Tomorrow’s talent wants to connect with real people, experience the authenticity of a brand, and delve into company culture — all before they even consider applying. But what is the best way to facilitate that? Graduate recruitment remains one of the most cost-effective ways to make… Read more »

HLRTT – What is the Purpose of HR

These are the thoughts and takeaways from the latest Leadership Think Tank (HRLTT) held on Tuesday 26th April, hosted by Workday’s Mandy Jeffery (Senior Director, People, EMEA/APAC), and titled ‘What is the purpose of HR?’. The following summary has been prepared to reflect a segment of the discussion held amongst senior HR professionals from leading… Read more »

What is Semantic Search?

“Semantic Search” is the new trend in CV search technology. The promise of this technology is very alluring: No longer do you need to be an expert in crafting complex and arcane Boolean queries, now you can just write down roughly what you mean and get the computer to work out what you really want… Read more »

Helping the ‘SME’ generation

At a recent networking event in Bristol, I was challenged by several people about how useful consultants are for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).  The challengers owned or worked for such businesses and felt that few professional advisors catered for their specific needs, especially in issues around engagement and ‘softer’ skills.  They either didn’t… Read more »

Can Predictive Analytics really be better than a human recruiter

Predictive analytics

“Who are all these geeks, propeller heads, mathematicians and former rocket scientists and what do they want with us?” This is a question increasingly asked by HR professionals as data algorithms begin to challenge human judgment in the world of recruitment. The history of Predictive Analytics Predictive Analytics is not a new concept. On the… Read more »

Stop trying to ‘fix the women’

Last Friday I had lunch with a long standing client, a senior (female) manager from a large multi-national professional services firm. As with many businesses today, this particular firm has a diversity strategy which includes increasing the number of women to senior leadership positions. They are making slow progress. This was to be expected, my… Read more »

How to develop a reusable maternity cover plan

Maternity Process

Having a maternity cover plan in place makes good business sense for all employers. I’m going to take you through the things that you need to consider when arranging maternity cover. Once you’ve written your plan you can easily edit it to suit for each member of staff as you will have a template to… Read more »

Employee Performance Reviews: Productive or Destructive?

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Why do employees overwhelmingly dread their annual performance review with the boss? Quite often, this discussion is tied to the decision of whether an employee will receive a pay raise. What’s more, many of the points a manager makes about an employee can feel personal, even subjective, and not reflective of his or her true… Read more »

Diversity without Inclusion is not Enough

Inclusive Culture

The title of this blog was a key theme of a recent talk I was asked to give at the London Business School. The audience on the Executive education programme were a group of about 30 aspiring leaders from a number of global businesses. I started in the usual place, by framing the concept of… Read more »

What Your Business Can Learn From Talent Management In Sport

Talent management in sport and business

With only a few games left in the football league season, thoughts of supporters begin turning to the summer transfer window, during which hundreds of millions of pounds will be spent, as players are traded, based on the talent they have and the demand for their specific skills. However, look past the eye-watering sums of… Read more »

Candidate Experience and the Path to Enlightenment……

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It seems that you can’t read a recruiting blog these days without a well-meaning individual bashing you over the head with the phrase ‘candidate experience’ and foretelling your impending doom if you don’t get it right. In my opinion, what most commentators fail to do for Talent Acquisition is to clearly shine a light on… Read more »

Diversity and disability: Could we do more to increase inclusion?

the clear company logo

When we think of diversity, gender, race and sexual orientation often spring to mind. However, from an HR perspective, disabled professionals are often overlooked as a source of talent. This may be because of a gap in knowledge surrounding the definition of ‘disability’, or even the reluctance of disabled professionals to disclose their condition when… Read more »

The Top Trends in HR Change Management – 2015

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After more than 10 years recruiting across the HR market, we’ve worked very closely with organisations undergoing transformational change. It’s clear that over the past two decades, the discipline of change management has been molded and evolved to align with now commercially driven HR functions. In order to see just quite how things have progressed… Read more »

For the Sake of the Integrity of the Recruitment Profession, Please Stop!

Win win

Having worked in the Recruitment industry for seven years I’ve seen a huge amount of great work, both agency side and in-house. There is, however, something in particular that still happens frequently which I believe creates significant damage to an industry I feel extremely proud to be a part of. I’m talking about agencies and… Read more »

The Contributing Factors behind Employee Engagement


Employee engagement can be difficult to define or describe and people have different views and opinions. If I had to use one word to define employee engagement it would be “CARING”. Caring about performance and results, about company goals and objectives, about clients, about colleagues and caring about the success of the business. Engagement is “A… Read more »

Oasis HR’s Employee Engagement Strategy Scoops Top Prize at the first EE Awards

Wednesday night’s inaugural Employee Engagement (EE) Awards (28th Jan) saw Oasis HR take first prize for their ‘Three-Pronged’ employee engagement strategy and it’s impact on sales performance, staff retention and overall workforce engagement levels. The London based ceremony, hosted by George Lamb, celebrated industry ‘game changers’ and brought together a selection of SMEs and blue-chip organisations… Read more »

Oasis HR does the Movember Awards

Movember Logo

This November Oasis HR is going a step further than just having team members take part in Movember. We have also extended an invite to all our candidates and clients to send in pictures of their Movember moustaches and have promised to donate £5 to the Movember charities for each picture we receive. We will… Read more »

Oasis HR Shortlisted for an Employee Engagement Award

EE Award Logo

We are delighted to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for an Employee Engagement Award within the category of ‘Engagement Project of the Year (Private Sector: 0-50 employees)’. Results of the inaugural EE Awards will be revealed on 28th January 2015 at a ceremony being held at the Brewery, London. The nomination follows the implementation of our… Read more »

Oasis HR wins 7th Recruitment Industry Award


Oasis HR has been honoured with our 3rd consecutive win at the Recruitment Business Awards, which took place on Thursday 25th September 2014 at the Manchester Mercure Piccadilly Hotel. The prestigious, annual awards pride themselves on recognising and rewarding the elite of the UK Recruitment Industry. Oasis HR managed to ‘pip competition to the post’… Read more »

Oasis HR Team Members Complete Gruelling Tough Mudder Event

Tough Mudder

We are very proud to announce that two of the team at Oasis HR completed, the extremely challenging, Tough Mudder at the weekend (and are definitely feeling it today). Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test all-around strength, stamina, teamwork, and mental grit. Tough Mudder proclaims itself to be one of… Read more »

Five Reasons you should NEVER Work with Oasis HR


1. We’re rather one dimensional. We only specialise in the HR market as it’s what we do best, so if you’re looking for a magician, matador or mechanic, sorry we cant help (nor do we have a sister company that can). 2. We never just do what we’re told, we’re consultative – we only do… Read more »

Oasis HR are Finalists at the Recruitment Business Awards for the 3rd Year Running!

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We are delighted to announce our nomination for ‘Best Item of Self Promotion’ at the 2014 Recruitment Business Awards. The awards, taking place on Thursday 25th September at the Manchester Mercure Piccadilly Hotel, celebrate the achievements of the best Recruitment Consultancies and Advertising Agencies in the UK. Finalists were selected by an expert panel of… Read more »

A Complete Guide to DBS Checks for HR Managers

If you’re in HR then it is vital that you know about DBS Checks (previously CRB checks) and how you can use them to ensure that you hire the right individuals and maintain a safe workplace. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know, from what disclosure is to how much it… Read more »

Andy Waterhouse Completes Incredible 500 Mile Charity Bike Ride

Andy Waterhouse Charity Cycle 2

The team at Oasis HR would like to send massive CONGRATULATIONS to one of our colleagues, Andy Waterhouse, who cycled a seriously impressive 500 miles with a group, raising an absolutely amazing £10,000 for the charity Challengeaid. The cycle ride was a 500 mile sportive across Europe which involved passing through 5 countries in 4 days…. Read more »

Oasis HR Scoops Supplier Prize for ‘Most Progress’ at the 2014 Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative Awards


The inaugural Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) Awards, held last night (14th May) at Evershed’s prestigious St. Paul’s offices, left Oasis HR elated after receiving the award for ‘Most Progress’ in the suppliers category. The accolade, presented for evidenced progress and commitment to the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) agenda, follows Oasis HR’s concerted effort to… Read more »

How to use Pinterest to Assist your Job Search


Pinterest for finding a job? Surely not you might be thinking. You will probably be thinking isn’t Pinterest the site that is great for looking up recipes, crafts and fashion for personal use or for marketing a business? How are you going to find a job through it? Whilst it’s true that you are unlikely… Read more »

Supporting Work-life Balance is not about Managing Emails

Anna Meller

A coherent strategy to support work-life balance requires more than email management. In recent days the media has had a field day reporting on alleged French legislation banning employees from checking work emails after 6pm – along with inevitable discussions about whether this is a) sensible b) feasible and c) the right way to go… Read more »

Oasis HR announced as a Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) Award Finalist!

Oasis HR RIDI award logo 2014

The judges of the 2014 RIDI Awards have concluded the judging section of this year’s awards and are pleased to announce the finalist organisations. Oasis HR were among a number of shortlisted businesses, including the likes of Sainsbury’s, Barclays, the BBC, E.ON and HMRC. Winners will be announced at an evening event being held on… Read more »

Oasis HR Market Snapshot – February 2014

Welcome  to our February 2014 Market Snapshot. After an incredibly busy January, we thought it would be interesting to compare and contrast our experience of the market over the past month in comparison to the same time last year. Read on to take a look at where we have seen the most growth and which… Read more »

The Pros and Cons of Interview Mediums: Telephone, Video & Face-to-Face

Hannah Waters

Having worked in recruitment for a number of years now, I’ve seen all kinds of interview feedback from the brilliant to the downright amusing (a particularly memorable one is a video interview where the interviewer could just see the candidate’s forehead…) I therefore wanted to share my thoughts and tips on the most common types… Read more »

The How, What and When of Asking Questions in Interviews

Mark Barnicoat

Interview. Panic. (Some) preparation. More panic. Cross fingers. Sound familiar? Whilst that errant ‘chimp’ inside you may conjure up all types of crazy interview ‘worst case’ scenarios – the reality is that your interviewer is very unlikely to shine a spotlight in your eyes and bombard you with hundreds of impossible to answer questions. Of… Read more »

Oasis HR Market Snapshot – January 2014

Welcome to our January Market Snapshot. Seeing as we’re embarking on a new year, we wanted to share with you some of our predictions with regards to what we think is in store over the next few months. As ever we also look at general HR job posting trends in addition to the top advertised… Read more »

How to put Talent Management in its place

As an interim, I have worked within or alongside talent teams in a variety of organisations. Each company has its own definition of talent, from people with high potential and scarce knowledge/skills to pretty much anyone. So, not surprisingly, their talent management teams also vary in scope. However, once talent management starts to creep across… Read more »

Answering Competency Questions with Confidence

Robert Faldo

Last month my colleagues Rob and Marc wrote a blog offering advice around Ways to Improve your Interview Style. There’s some great advice for interviewing and the article is well worth the read. They picked up on one of the biggest challenges that a lot of candidates face in securing their dream job during the… Read more »

Fun and Games

When it comes to serious business, there is a tendency to be wary of anything that might seem fun. Indeed even in most creative agencies, where fun is apparently part of the DNA, such frippery is quickly tossed aside when trouble comes to call. But there is a lot to be learned from fun and,… Read more »

Engagement – the Difference between ‘Saying’ and ‘Doing’

Engagement. Bored yet? It’s a term that has become over-used, flung around by everyone from politicians to teachers to business leaders. How often do you truly see the engagement promise followed through? It doesn’t just happen. You don’t spring out of bed on a cold November morning and shout “Hoorah! Today I feel engaged!” Something… Read more »

Six Quick Ways to Improve your Interview Style

Robert Holdstock

‘Who here has had formal training on how to interview?’  A simple question, but one that left an entire group of recruitment professionals sat in silence with arms awkwardly pinned by their sides. In actual fact, only a small percentage of all those who interview as part of their job have ever had any form… Read more »

Oasis HR Welcomes Investment from Benula Capital as it enjoys continued Double Digit Growth

Oasis HR, the multi-award winning HR Recruitment Consultancy, is delighted to announce two new exciting additions to its board, Miles Hunt as Chairman and Simon Lawton as Non Executive Finance Director. The two of them bring a wealth of experience to help Oasis HR continue the strong double digit growth it has enjoyed over the last… Read more »

9 Tips Guaranteed to help you get MORE from your Recruitment Agency

Katie Barr

Candidate experience… currently an infamous topic in the realms of HR and recruitment. And according to much of the reporting in the press, recruitment agencies seem to be taking a hit for offering poor candidate experience, breaking promises and lacking competence. Whilst we’re not denying that there are some ‘bad apples’, it’s a shame that… Read more »

One Year On from the Paralympic Games

It’s just over a year since we waved goodbye to the London Paralympic Games so we thought it particularly pertinent to reflect upon some of the changes we’ve experienced from an employment perspective over the last 12 months. Working with our networking group, the Diversity Think Tank, we’ve tapped into the thoughts of senior Diversity… Read more »

Employee Relations – Whatever happened to the heroes?

Barry Flack

No more heroes any more… No more heroes any more… (the Stranglers, 1977) As a mere pup back in the nineties, as I traversed through the normal big Co HR career ladder there was only one destination that fixated me and that was Employee Relations. For those who let it pass them by (and too many… Read more »

13 Top Tips for Delivering a Winning Presentation

Katie Barr

Public speaking is considered one of the most common fears amongst people, and according to some psychologists it can be more distressing than the prospect of death! That might seem a little extravagant but this state of vulnerability IS incredibly daunting, and for many of us there comes a point in our careers when we… Read more »

Oasis HR Nominated for TWO Recruitment Business Awards

The 2013 Recruitment Business Award’s shortlist has been announced and Oasis HR is delighted to have been nominated within two categories, Best Niche / Specialist Agency and Best Candidate Experience. The Award Ceremony, taking place on 3rd October at the Mercure Hotel in Manchester, will celebrate the success of the best Recruitment Consultancies and Advertising Agencies… Read more »

Could you make it as an Interim?

Amber Holdsworth

5 key qualities that high impact interims demonstrate With interim roles on the increase, more candidates are considering taking the day rate route. The gains of working through your own limited company coupled with the flexibility and variety appeal to many. However, the best interim candidates are a different breed from a good perm or… Read more »

5 Tips for Getting the Best out of your Virtual Team

Pressure to cut costs and an increased emphasis on flexible working has led to a rise in the number of employees working remotely. Many managers, however, still have a tendency to see virtual working as ‘second best’ and struggle to manage the performance of people they rarely see. Part of the problem is that those… Read more »

Trends Set to Shape the Future of Recruitment

The sun’s shining, festivals are in their plenty and mumbles of failed air-conditioning systems are haunting the corridors of businesses everywhere. There’s no doubt about it, summer’s finally here. But before we crack open the champagne, for Recruitment teams (both Agency and In-house) the summer period can prove very challenging. It’s the holiday season, which… Read more »

Oasis HR Globally Recognised as Best Specialist Recruitment Business

Oasis HR has been crowned ‘Best Specialist Recruitment Business’ by the Global Recruiter, following a ceremony last Thursday (27th June) at Café de Paris. The awards, one of the most prestigious of their kind, celebrate the best of recruitment and bring together the most influential professionals within the industry. The accolade marks Oasis HR’s involvement… Read more »

The Employment Market and its Impact on HR and Recruitment

Unlike the highs and lows we’ve been experiencing with the weather, HR job posting continues to increase and reports an 8% uplift since the previous month. Furthermore, a global survey reveals that 13% of HR functions in Western Europe are expecting to hire over the coming quarter; results are indicative of over 9,900 companies… Read more »

Making the Move from Agency to In-house Recruitment

Marc Douch

So you want to move from agency to in-house? Here’s seven things you may not have previously thought about… During my career at Oasis HR, I have spent a lot of time building my network within the internal recruitment space. I like to think I have a pretty solid understanding of the make-up of these… Read more »

Recruiting for Cultural Fit

How do you define your ‘Company Culture’? Most hiring managers say that ‘cultural fit’ is an important consideration when making candidate selection decisions. While companies often cite certain generic statements about their culture, the truth is that company culture is made up of the sub-cultures of the teams within the company. For example, an engineering… Read more »

Building a Class Leading Recruitment Function

Oasis HR catches up with the Global COO Resourcing at RBS, David Mason and speaks specifically about building a class leading Recruitment Function. In particular we cover: 1. What do you see as the core pillars a multi-national business’s Recruitment Function needs in place to deliver a class leading recruitment service? And, how have you… Read more »

A Snapshot of the Recruitment and HR Market

Reflecting on 2013’s Quarter 1 With the first quarter of the year done and dusted, we feel it important to reflect on the current state of the market and the potential projections for months ahead. Whilst it’s fair to say we experienced a relatively slow start to the year, we’re pleased to see that HR… Read more »

Is High Employee Engagement Really the Holy Grail?

Blog author – Gary Cattermole, Director at The Survey Initiative  There is no doubt that organisations are pushing to increase their employee engagement scores. Worryingly many organisations don’t appear to be looking at the wider picture when considering engagement. You’ll be well aware by now that organisations with high engagement (top quartile) purport to have twice… Read more »

7 Reasons why it’s better to use a Recruitment Consultancy to secure your next role

Andrew White

As Internal Recruitment teams become better at driving direct attraction, it does beg the question ‘what are the benefits of using an external Recruitment Consultancy?’. More so, you may even question whether a Consultancy is going to have access to the roles you want if the company are hiring directly… Ultimately, there are some roles… Read more »

Oasis HR Shortlisted for Two Recruiter Awards for Excellence 2013

After flicking through the latest edition of the Recruiter magazine, we were delighted to learn that we have been shortlisted for two entries at this year’s Recruiter Awards for Excellence – Best Client Service and Best Recruitment Marketing Team. Judges were specifically looking for agencies who add outstanding value to their business partnerships and relationships,… Read more »

30 Minutes Social Networking Could Secure Your Next Job

Blog author – Richard McMunn, Founder and CEO at How2become Unless you are unbelievably happy with your current job, the odds are high that you will eventually be looking to make a career move. In the current down economy connecting with the right people who can help you land that dream job is absolutely essential…. Read more »

Is it ‘reasonable’ to provide some candidates with adjustments during a recruitment process?

Blog author – Kate Headley, Director at the Clear Company The fact is, it’s reasonable, it’s good practice and, of course, it is the law. In my experience all employers want to give candidates applying for jobs the best opportunity to display their true potential. The biggest challenge employers face is getting candidates to share… Read more »