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13 North West local authorities and related services appoint recruitment tech platform inploi to ‘six-figure’ contract


A consortium of 13 local authorities and key services in Greater Manchester and Blackpool has selected inploi’s platform to enhance their talent acquisition programmes, increase hiring efficiencies, and streamline the application process for potential employees.

The four-year contract to overhaul is worth a six-figure sum and was won in a competitive pitch against several rivals.

The partnership with fast-growth UK software scaleup inploi sees a major upgrade to talent attraction technology and a significant enhancement of the candidate experience.

Contracted by Wigan Borough Council under the banner ‘the Collaboration’, the council’s and key services adopting inploi’s platform are Bolton, Bury, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, Transport for Greater Manchester and Blackpool.

inploi’s technology has upgraded and optimised the candidate experience to provide a more seamless, personalised online experience that the existing and future workforce desires. inploi has deployed multiple branded, intuitive careers pages for each of the employers. The platform also provides their people teams with real-time application insights and ROI intelligence through comprehensive analytics and data visualisation.

A number of factors are behind the collaboration upgrading its talent acquisition process. Pressure on councils is high for well reported reasons, so providing efficiencies in talent acquisition is at the top of the agenda.

Additionally, with the UK’s labour shortage at almost 1m vacancies, competition for talent is fierce, and organisations need to adapt their processes to remain competitive. Gen Z also comes with an entirely new set of expectations and access requirements via new channels, and with one in seven employees neurodiverse, inploi’s platform has been developed specifically for these evolving trends and demands.

Alison Herbert, project lead, said: “There are a number of reasons why we chose inploi, including its creative and analytical response to our requirements, as well as the personal and responsive nature of the company. Our partnership will significantly enhance our candidate experience, easing access for applicants to the hundreds of vacancies across the region. It’s an incredibly exciting transformation and will hugely strengthen our ability to compete for talent in today’s market.”

inploi co-founder and CTPO, Alex Hanson-Smith, added: “This partnership exemplifies how our technology can be used to help organisations future-proof their candidate experience in an increasingly competitive labour market. Our utilisation of AI, vast amounts of data, and robust integrations is already driving efficiencies for some of the UK’s largest employers. We hope this will set a new standard for public sector organisations seeking to upgrade from legacy systems.”

While inploi’s technology works with any system, this project’s implementation involved integrating with Jobtrain, Eploy and Pentagull, which between them provide the backend Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) for the local authorities.

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