Costain goes online to attract top talent

Construction company Costain is using a bespoke online recruitment system in
a bid to attract the world’s best talent. The company hopes to recruit 400 new
staff by the year 2006.

Stephen Hall, group HR director at the firm, said Costain wants to recruit
from both the UK and global labour markets.

"Online recruitment is an essential tool for Costain Group due to its
strategy for growth over the long term, and the need to attract a large number
of key players," he said.

"The message from the website and interlinked recruitment site is
‘Costain is an international group looking for candidates who can ‘add value’
and have a will and commitment to succeed in an exciting and demanding environment’,"
added Hall.

The site will offer a one-stop shop for job applicants using Microsoft
Business Solutions software linked to the Costain website. Job applicants will
be able to view current vacancies, access job profiles, apply online and track their

Hall said some of the best candidates for jobs are already being sourced
online as many are now fully attuned to using technology for applications.

The company believes the system will reduce its dependence on recruitment
companies and save about 50 days a year in data entry.

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