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Recruitment Process

We have been successfully partnering with companies for over 25 years to make this as smooth and positive a process as possible. We pride ourselves on an award-winning service where quality is never compromised. Each candidate and client is treated with respect. Confidentiality is in many instances paramount. No CV is ever issued on behalf of a candidate without their permission.

Role briefing – where possible we will set up an onsite meeting which gives us an opportunity to see your offices and familiarise ourselves with factors such as access by road/public transport; culture and environment. Alternatively we will look to arrange a conference call to discuss the role, key challenges, fit within team/wider organisation, longer-term opportunity as well as the type of skills you are seeking both technical and personal.

We will agree a realistic timeframe to ensure that we are working in line with your expectations.

We will provide feedback on the market in terms of candidate availability, expectations and salary benchmarking as well as similar roles that may have arisen recently

Candidate Attraction – we can draw on a range of approaches depending on the level of the position including database search; targeted advertising; client and candidate recommendation; headhunting

  • Database Search – our database has been established over 25 years and is being continually updated on a daily basis as we proactively talent-pool individuals across the industry. This approach ensures we are not just speaking with actively looking candidates, but are also approaching passive candidates or those who are not necessarily looking for a career move at this time. We are able to target candidates in your specific location as well as those willing to relocate. We approach potentially relevant candidates to brief them fully on the position, providing detailed information packs as appropriate.

  • Targeted Advertising – we are able to utilise a number of channels to target potential individuals, both specific pensions-related jobsites and more generic; in the printed press; via social media such as LinkedIn individual consultant posts and our own specific group - click here.  We are able to work with you to produce company branded adverts for your approval and sign off. The cost of setting and running any adverts in the agreed pensions industry press is undertaken by Sammons Pensions, and no additional charges for contingency based recruitment will be incurred by the Client whenever they retain Sammons Pensions on a sole agency basis.

  • Recommendations - Sammons Pensions' established presence in the pensions arena means we are constantly in contact with industry professionals, across in-house pensions teams to third party administration providers and consultancies.  Our rapport with clients and candidates means we can contact relevant pensions professionals at any time for advice and guidance.  Senior contacts are able to provide us with recommendations of other top industry professionals.  Junior contacts are able to suggest peers or former colleagues.

  • Executive Search & Selection, Head-Hunting - Sammons Pensions has a comprehensive database containing information on every company pension scheme and pensions provider in the United Kingdom. Sammons Pensions consultants will contact all companies with potential candidates for the role who are within commuting distance.  Sammons Pensions will also contact organisations across the United Kingdom, with potentially similar individuals who may be willing to relocate.

CV Submission – we present a shortlist for your review. Each CV includes current and expected remuneration, locations and notice period, as well as a detailed consultant summary, based on a thorough interview undertaken with the candidate to encompass skills, experience, achievements, aspirations and suitability.

Client Interviewswe coordinate these and undertake interview prebriefs with the candidates to ensure that they are as fully prepared as possible for their meetings.

Feedbackwe proactively seek and share this at each stage of the recruitment process, whether there are factors in the job profile that are hindering candidates from applying or at CV submission through to interview stage. We ensure that relevant feedback is shared with candidates as this is typically a frustration for unsuccessful candidates who are keen to still receive feedback to help them in future applications.

Offer Stageour fully trained consultants draw on extensive experience in well-structured offer management to proactively help each party to reach a successful outcome. By ensuring a thorough initial role briefing with you, and comprehensive interview with the prospective candidate we are able to accurately match job opportunity with candidate career aspirations and minimises potential risk of counter –offer acceptance

We will continue to keep in contact with all parties until your new star hire has successfully completed their initial months with you.  

Feesunless specifically agreed we will never charge a fee until our candidate has successfully commenced employment with you.

Testimonials


I have been with Sammons for nearly a year as a temp and during that time I have rarely been out of work. They look after their team well and are always ready to sort any problems. I would not hesitate to recommend them.

Frank

I have worked with Sammons for around three years now and have no interest in taking my skills elsewhere, it is the most supportive team I have yet to come across. The organisation really does care about putting peoples skills in the appropriate setting and ensuring that their staff get the work they are looking for. All the best guys and keep the hardwork up.

Frith L

I can't rate the Hastings team highly enough. They found the perfect role for me and I was lucky enough to be made permanent. A friendly team who place people where they are best suited, not just what benefits them. If I'm ever looking for a job again I would definitely choose Sammons.

Linda E

Brilliant service - so efficient and quick with getting you set up and looking for jobs. I was contacted within a day of applying and brought in to fill in and sign documents. All the staff are lovely and friendly. I would highly recommend Sammons, especially in Hastings! I was in a job within a week of signing up! Couldn't ask for more.

Becci D

I have no hesitation in giving The Sammons Group a 5 star rating due to the helpfulness and desire in them trying to find me employment. Their tenacity paid off and they set me up with a job interview of which on the very same day, indeed a few hours after the interview, I was given a job. So well done to all at Sammons who ensured that I was fully briefed with all I needed to know. Very happy indeed.

Malcolm R

The courteous and prompt follow-up of all actions was one of the best features. Sarah B-M handled all concerns and queries thrown her way with a professional approach and ensured satisfactory follow up through her regular correspondence. At all points through the process I knew exactly where we were and what was coming up next.

Nicola C

Sarah was very professional and listened and responded to our needs and expectations.

Phillippa L

Natalie was really fantastic, she ensured that I didn't waste time with roles that weren't for me or that I wasn't suited for. Natalie was understanding and supportive throughout, even when I was indecisive. I couldn't believe how quickly I had a new role and one that I am so chuffed with. Many thanks to the whole team but primarily Natalie.

Larissa A

I approached Sarah about a vacancy I'd seen in PMI News. From the first point of contact until after I'd started my new job I found Sarah totally professional and very approachable. She kept me informed and acted as a great conduit for my questions.  I would not hesitate to recommend Sarah to any candidates looking for roles within the pensions industry.

Judith C

The service provided by Sammons to  me has always been efficient and timely.  I currently manage two temp administrators supplied by Sammons.  Both have precisely met our requirements.  One has vast experience and brings real added value to the role.  The second has worked in all three of our bases and is industrious and flexible.

Patrick M

I have been registered with Sammons twice over a number of years and on both occasions they have managed to secure me a good placement for long term employment with jobs suited to my particular skills. Both placements have been with good employers.

David J

Very good recruitment agency - they never let me down

Petr K

Staff are very friendly and very helpful in finding me a job and supported me with any questions along the way. Would recommend Sammons for others seeking employment. 

Ruth I

The Sammons recruitment agency is great! Lovely bunch of people doing their best to find the right job for you. I would definitely recommend this agency and would use them again (but I hope I won't have to ) as they found me the perfect job I have been searching for!

Lucy C

This is the first time that I have applied for a job via a recruitment agency, ordinarily all the positions I have applied for, interviewed for and offered position to have been direct applications to the relevant organisations. Sarah was very positive and gave good advice and was very motivational. I would definitely continue to use Sammons based on my positive experience and would recommend you to my colleagues current and past for any future recruitment requirements.

Deborah P

Jo has placed me in a number of positions over the years, including jobs at prominent companies such as The Daily Mail, National Grid and Swiss Reinsurance. I would only ever use Sammons when looking to further my career. I cannot recommend Jo highly enough!

Spencer V

Amazing Staff.  I worked for Sammons Hastings for just over a year.  I always had work and they never sent me anywhere I was not qualified to do.  Always very informative.

Elizabeth C

I have been working with Sammons for over a year.  As well as keeping me in regular work, I have found them to be friendly and professional.  Unlike some of the other agencies I have worked with they have always paid me on time and correctly.  The staff in the office are incredibly helpful and are always willing to help with any problems that I have had.

Henry F

Great Agency.  Always willing to help.  Found fast temp employment through them which led to a permanent position.

Steve W

Sammons have found me a very suitable job and been friendly and supportive at all times.

Jon S

I have used Sammons Group in both Hastings and Eastbourne.  Had some brilliant jobs from them.  Whenever I have called or emailed they are all professional and polite.  Great agency to work with and fully recommend them.

Shirley P

For me, it's quite simple: the consultant I dealt with (Ben Christensen) was the best I've encountered in recruitment. As a candidate, there was really not much more I could have asked for!

Martin O

Faye was lovely to speak to, updated me with all updates I needed and sent a welcome package out with a card to my new place of work which I thought was a really thoughtful touch.

William D

Natalie dealt with me while Ben was away and I thought she was superb. She was polite, friendly, had knowledge of me and the vacancy I was going for and responded to my queries quickly.

Roger G

Quick to respond, knowledgeable, easy to talk to.

Colin B

This is the first time that I have applied for a job via a recruitment agency, ordinarily all the positions I have applied for, interviewed for and offered position to have been direct applications to the relevant organisations. Sarah was very positive and gave good advice and was very motivational. I would definitely continue to use Sammons based on my positive experience and would recommend you to my colleagues current and past for any future recruitment requirements.

Deborah P

Sarah was fantastic. She kept me updated regularly and was very supportive. She provided me with excellent information which really helped at interview. I felt she wanted me to succeed which gave me confidence in my abilities.

I think the team at Sammons are great so it would be difficult to suggest improvements.

Sarah W

An excellent specialist knowledge of the market and candidates.

Hannah C

Sarah was fantastic. She was incredibly knowledgeable in her space, and made the hiring process very easy. She really listened to our requirements and understood what we were looking for.

Lindsey H

I was called by this company on a Tuesday, and on Thursday I was working.  This came at such a great time for me and Sammons did everything they could to make my experience as simple and carefree as possible.  I would like to personally thank the Hastings office who made sure everything was running smoothly and for all the hard work they put in for me to get me working quickly.

Avenger Penguin

My experience of working with the Sammons group was exceptional.  I would like to thank particularly the Senior Recruitment Consultant in Hastings.  She was attentive, helpful and patient from  initial contact until she successfully placed me into a perfect role.  I am very grateful for her perseverance and expertise and to everyone at The Sammons Group Recruitment.  Highly recommended to everyone. 

PS Can I just say thank you very much for the card, which was waiting for me at my new work place on my first day.  You are by far the best recruitment company I have ever met.  It has been a pleasure to work with you all.

Zsolt R

I had a really positive experience with Sammons.  I was very happy to find a temp job quickly just when I needed it.  Thank you!

Ellie V

I just wanted to say thank you so much for my time with Sammons, you have been absolutely brilliant.  I have really enjoyed my time working with Sammons so thank you for making the assignment run smoothly.  I have no complaints and my pay was always in the bank early!  Thank you again and all the best for the future.

Carolyn O

Great Service!  I was kept properly informed throughout the process.  now I start my new job in lesss than a week!  Fantastic!

Gr M

I had been in Hastings for about 5 months before I finally made my way over to Sammons to seek help in finding a job.  I had graduated 5 months prior to that, moved countries for the third time, and was anxious to enter the workforce, but was unable to get anywhere no matter how hard I tried.  Sammons instantly took charge of finding me a job, and luckily, there happened to be a job just right for me straight away.  Sammons helped me prepare all the necessary documentation and were the perfect 'mediator' between myself and my employer.  More importantly, they offered me excellent support and guidance even after I was secure in my position at work.  I am extremely grateful to everyone at Sammons for their hard work and dedication and the excellent support.

Alexandra R

They found work for me so quickly - very pleased with the service!

Katie W

Sammons did a great job in finding me a temporary position that was suited to my skills and experience, and lasted a significant time whilst I was looking for permanent work in the NHS.  They listened to my needs and preferences and kept up great communication throughout my temporary contract.  The whole process was very easy from beginning to end, and I'm very happy with the friendly and professional service Eastbourne office provided.  Would highly recommend!

Graeme B



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