The brief

Due to a skills shortage in the UK, a leading rail maintenance company wanted to identify international talent within planning, contracts & procurement and engineering disciplines for permanent roles based in London.

What we did

Resourcing Solutions carried out an international market mapping exercise to find the appropriate skill sets. After extensive research, India was identified as the location where the candidate market fitted the client’s requirements.

We chose to work unbranded, using the strength of the hiring company brand to attract and maintain the interest of candidates. In addition to web advertising, a hard copy advert was placed in the Times of India and the targeted reader coverage included the cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Throughout the process, candidates appeared to be dealing directly with the hiring company using a dedicated telephone number and email address, to promote a consistent employer approach and gain increased buy-in and commitment.

The Resourcing Solutions project team sifted applications, contacted shortlisted candidates for an in-depth discussion about the roles and carried out competency based telephone screening, which included gauging their commitment to make a permanent move to the UK. The candidate screening methods used were low cost and ensured those candidates invited to attend the in country recruitment centre, were of the highest quality.

Over 100 shortlisted candidates were invited to a recruitment centre in Mumbai which consisted of a corporate presentation, an introduction to the project team, an interview with the appropriate functional manager and a medical, where required.

Resourcing Solutions assisted in obtaining references for the successful candidates along with verifying certification where required. Pastoral care documents were also provided which informed candidates of UK tax rules along with an information guide about working and living in the UK.

The result

Resourcing Solutions was successful in helping our client recruit a team of ten relevant qualified engineers and help them settle in the UK. These engineers had the necessary experience and skills to help deliver a range of £multi-billlion underground projects.

If you would like to discuss your international recruitment needs, please call either Mick Schruyers on 0118 932 0100 or email