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Andrew Careswell of Field Recruitment

IT investment lets recruiter set sights on UK expansion

A Swindon-based recruiter is set to expand nationally thanks to investment in new IT which will enable it to improve services to job-seekers and extend its customer base.

Field Recruitment, this year celebrating 40 years in business, has completed migrating its IT to Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud, which means all its staff can work anywhere, at any time, and access all the company’s systems.

In practice, the move to the cloud will allow Field to have offices and staff throughout the UK, all able to access IT systems without the need to travel to the Commercial Road headquarters.

At the same time, it gives Field scope to have candidates – those seeking employment – and clients based anywhere in the country.

“With Office 365 now rolled out, we have the foundations to support the next phase of Field’s business plan – we are no longer restricted by physical location, we can recruit for any vacancy a client has so will be looking to expand our services into other towns and cities.

“With our flexible set-up we can even be based in the clients’ premises,” said Andrew Careswell, Field Recruitment’s managing director.

“Combined with these mobility benefits, moving to the cloud also gives me peace-of-mind in knowing that all our data is secure and backed-up so in the event of a disaster there would be minimal disruption to our business.”

Office 365 integrates a number of typical functions that employees use in their daily work – such as data access, email and web hosting – allowing staff to access all their office functions remotely, including from PCs, tablets or smartphones.

The move to the cloud was achieved thanks to Field’s IT support partner, Sensata, which planned the project and ensured smooth implementation.

Phil Cater, technical consultant for Sensata, said: “We have been strategic partners with Field Recruitment for nearly ten years, supporting their IT, and were delighted to be able to facilitate their infrastructure upgrade and migration to Microsoft Office 365.

“The cloud is a great solution for many businesses, and Office 365 integrated with Microsoft Windows 2012 Essentials suited Field Recruitment’s future business growth and requirements.”

Andrew added: “Throughout the project scoping, implementation and post-migration, Sensata has provided first class advice and support, ensuring a smooth transition and continuity of service to our clients.”

The move to the cloud is just the start of a programme of IT investment for Field Recruitment. Andrew said: “We are rapidly embracing technology to help us work smarter and bring additional value to the servicing of our clients’ hiring needs and we’re looking to invest in a number of technology implementations in the near future.”

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