The smart way to fill vacancies – special offer to businesses

A new way of filling vacancies quickly and cost-effectively has been launched by Johnston Press, the parent company of Premier Newspapers and the publishers of this website.

The print and online news company has launched a fixed price recruitment deal through which will allow firms looking for staff for mid-level vacancies to pay a fixed fee for a pre-screened short-list of qualified candidates.

At the moment, firms using traditional advertising methods often find that they receive piles of applications that need to be sorted internally, while recruitment consultancies, which help to eliminate the time spent sifting through CVs, can be costly.

But TheSmartList option offers a great alternative by combining the sort of screening and preliminary selection services offered by agencies with tried and trusted print and online advertising in a one-stop shop with a low fixed cost.

Employers submit details of their vacancy and The SmartList team prepare a recruitment brief against which candidates can be matched.

Promising individuals are screened using a bespoke questionnaire and once The SmartList is finalised, the employer can review the candidates and select the best for interview.

A new B2B focused website to support businesses and to effectively communicate the offering has now gone live at .

The service is also being offered at a special reduced rate during the launch phase which has cut the standard £549 per vacancy to just £349.

Johnston Press digital recruitment exprert Stephen Anderson said: “Since launching The SmartList this week, we’ve already generated a great deal of interest for the service.

“We’re really pleased to be able to offer this recruitment alternative which can help reduce costs and time for employers looking for new staff in a challenging climate. It’s encouraging to see so many businesses getting involved.

“We look forward to working with many more in the coming months.”