Recruiting over 100 contractors in under 2 years with Sage

  • Client
  • Industry
  • Location
  • Projects
    Managed Service Agreement
  • 100 Contract Hires

    We have helped Sage source over 100 skilled digital contractors in less than two years.
  • IR35 Legislation

    Helping remove the stress associated with IR35 processes
  • 4 : 1 CV to placement

    For every four CVs submitted one candidate will be placed.

How we became Sage’s Managed Service Partner…

Sage is a multi-national software company that provides accounting, payroll and payment systems solutions to businesses of all sizes.

Sage had a few recruitment challenges to overcome. They needed a partner that would be an extension of their own talent attraction function, somebody with the ability to unearth local talent with highly sought-after skills. Their HQ is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK – a challenging place to be when it comes to finding and attracting tech and digital talent.

They needed someone who could provide a payroll solution and support the management of contractor care.

In addition, with the UK’s IR35 legislative changes looming, Sage needed a recruitment partner with expert knowledge to help them navigate the changes and implement a robust determination process.

Here’s how we helped them…
  • Cost Savings

    For contract resource, we developed a cost reduction schedule that incrementally reduces fees as the volume of hires increases. Cost reduction isn’t just about money saving – it is also about planning. We help Sage with strategic workforce planning and capacity management to ensure resources are utilised effectively.

  • Talent Attraction

    Sage are an excellent company to work for, but the market is competitive and local talent is hard to find. We needed to ensure our approach to candidate attraction was broad and inclusive. Through a mix of creative online campaigns, events, community building and social media branding we were able increase application rates and reduce the overall time to hire.

  • Service Reviews

    To ensure that Sage get the best from us, we hold regular service reviews to analyse progress, discuss ideas, share knowledge, tackle risks and issues, review SLAs, KPIs and hold performance reviews. This shapes our approach to continuous improvement for the Sage account and our wider business.

Payroll Solution

Sage wanted a partner who could manage the end-to-end process from initial sourcing and attracting candidates, through to onboarding and payroll. They needed a payroll solution that would save a large degree of administrative time for their busy team and reduce compliance risk.

Talent designed an onboarding solution that would provide a seamless experience for Sage, candidates and our team throughout the hiring process and beyond.

Included in the service:

  • IR35 determination management
  • Contract management (via DocuSign)
  • Contractor onboarding
  • Contractor payroll
  • Umbrella company PSL management
  • Contractor Care Charter

IR35 Consulting

The introduction of IR35 regulations presented a major challenge to businesses across the UK. On top of the extra administrative effort required to manage determinations, the regulation presents a large degree of risk when it comes to hiring non-permanent resource.

Sage wanted to find a recruitment partner who could help them navigate the complexities of the new regulations and help explore a solution that would minimise the time and risk impact of IR35 on their business.

We started the process with a knowledge share project to help Sage understand the legislation, what their responsibilities were and how to go live with IR35.

We became a sounding board for their concerns and helped them explore different options for the management of IR35 determinations. With our support, they designed a process that integrates seamlessly with the contract management and payroll service that Talent run for all Sage contractors.