Morson recruitment tech, Vencuro, shortlisted in the MEN Tech Awards

Morson recruitment tech, Vencuro, shortlisted in the MEN Tech Awards

Vencuro remains the only system of its kind and is leading the way for others to follow.

Morson Group has been shortlisted in the Manchester Evening News (MEN) Tech Awards for our one-stop recruitment technology solution Vencuro.

Technology continues to change the way businesses communicate, develop, deliver, report and more. The judges in the MEN Tech Awards were looking for businesses that have used technology brilliantly, seizing opportunities, driving the business forward and leading the way for other companies in the region.

Shortlisted in the category of Best Use of TechnologyVencuro underpins the entire recruitment process for our clients, and for the recruitment industry as a whole.

Manual, paper-based tracking of the hiring process continues to be one of the biggest issues in the recruitment industry. This archaic process internalises a poor audit trail, a lack of visibility, minimal control over recruitment costs and slow approvals. Manual recruitment processes are time-consuming, rarely streamlined, expensive and lead to rogue spend within a company’s supply chain.

For businesses to get true value from their recruitment solution, data that offers complete visibility of an entire workforce must be placed central to strategy. To help clients achieve this, we designed business intelligence tool Vencuro. Vencuro was developed out of our commitment to make our clients’ lives easier by eliminating common recruitment issues, based on our in-depth understanding of the intricate challenges they face in gaining full control over their recruitment spend and contract performance.

Technology and recruitment are inseparable and Vencuro provides vigour, visibility and control at every stage. Through investment and innovation, we have created market-leading technology that supports ongoing service excellence in the industry. It is a demonstration of how technology can be utilised to not only improve client experience by driving forward their businesses, but to also transform the future of an industry; Vencuro remains the only system of its kind and is leading the way for others to follow.

It has four key modules, which were designed specifically around the challenges our client’s encounter.

‘Talent’ seamlessly manages the end-to-end recruitment process, allowing the user to monitor the approval of requisitions, giving them control over costs as jobs are added to the system. Suppliers can access a secure area of the system to upload CVs, and clients are able to assign attributes to candidates.

‘Comply’ makes managing compliance obligations easier and quicker, using a fully auditable, scalable, end-to-end compliance solution. The system provides comprehensive checks, flexible referencing, and full control of the compliance process in a completely auditable solution, all managed from one simple dashboard.

‘Time’ captures hours worked against live assignments and pre-approved rates, transforming it into real-time information for end-users, providing accuracy and eliminating errors. Providing full visibility of the contractors a business is responsible for, they can keep track of who and what they’re approving, and query time submitted.

‘Dashboards’ offers clients up to the minute data across all elements of the contractor workforce, including spend, tenure, equality, diversity and inclusion statistics, time to hire, and much more. It provides hiring managers with daily simplicity, whilst also supporting director level reporting requirements by enabling access to current data at the touch of a button.

Vencuro is up against Juicy Media Ltd and Xpllore for the award. The winners of each category will be presented on 20th May at a virtual awards ceremony.

Vencuro is a leader in recruitment technology. To find out more about our bespoke, single sign-on system gives you full visibility and control over your end-to-end recruitment process contact, Morson Head of Technology, Charlotte Lewis charlotte.lewis@morson.com

Statement of Work (SOW) and IR35: A Private Sector Solution

Statement of Work (SOW) and IR35: A Private Sector Solution

While the clock continues ticking towards the looming HMRC IR35 tax reforms, many private sector organisations who engage contractor populations are now turning their attention to the potential solutions, and any alternative models, which can form part of their compliance strategy.

When discussing the upcoming legislative changes, few hiring managers, procurement heads and HR professionals consider an outcome-led statement of work (SOW) as an IR35 solution, when in fact, such a flexible and effective route can altogether remove the off-payroll headache from an organisation.

Here at Morson Projects, we have been delivering SOWs in accordance with our clients long before IR35 legislation was even introduced. Morson Projects is not a new entity by any stretch, and for more than 40 years, we have constructed and delivered fixed price work packages. In doing so, we will soon become responsible for determining the IR35 status of any Personal Service Contractors (PSCs) we engage, as well as managing these teams to deliver against strict KPIs and outcomes – something which makes a statement of work a highly effective solution for removing the burden of employment status.

Whilst SOWs are incredibly commonplace in the engineering, IT and tech sectors, many industries can, in fact, benefit from making the leap to this new way of working.

What is a true SOW?

Over recent years, we have seen several operators enter the market, claiming to deliver ‘true’ SOW solutions. Whilst there is no prescribed format, a robust statement of work would comprise a ‘contract for services’ – something which governs the relationship and outputs agreed between the business and Morson Projects. Alongside pre-agreed T&Cs, each party would define the scope of work and commercial arrangements, including fees, timescales and outputs.

A true statement of work must be genuinely outsourced and is not a way to mask the provision of labour as a consultancy agreement. Within Morson Projects, we manage the contract for services and assume complete responsibility for a project’s successful delivery by utilising a pool of talented workers. Such a model means we are responsible for deploying reasonable care and correctly assessing the tax status of any PSCs we engage, which is an appealing proposition for our clients.

What are the advantages of a SOW?

To create a robust SOW solution, we seek to immerse ourselves in an organisation and project to collaboratively understand which bodies of work lend themselves to a fixed price statement of work.

An outcome-based SOW provides solutions to several issues, including project misalignment, variable costs, lack of control, poor efficiency and inconsistent quality.

Our clients can rest assured knowing we have expert oversight of the whole package of work. It is delivered to pre-agreed, fixed timeframes and a defined set of milestones, with the team at Morson Projects ensuring optimal delivery at every stage.

By recognising these factors, it’s easy to understand why performance-based work packages make good business sense.

Morson Projects also becomes the end client and is accountable for IR35 compliance and the associated risks. We take on the responsibility of a project by establishing guaranteed deliverables – on time and to strict budgets – which helps to provide significant project cost savings by removing any inefficient working or the costs for rework.

SOWs provide a powerful solution for businesses to benefit from optimal deliverables and access to the best talent, without unnecessary overheads and the added headache of IR35 compliance.

It’s in our DNA

Since the introduction of IR35 legislation in 2000, we have successfully delivered more than 12,000 projects under SOWs, with a value in excess of £750m.

Delivery of engineered solutions to defined SOWs remain an attractive alternative to conventional recruitment models, and the value we can provide through a true statement of work goes beyond IR35 compliance to ensure we can solve our clients’ pain points to add revenue-boosting solutions.

To find out more, contact Andy.Hassall@Morson-Projects.co.uk. Visit our IR35 Hub to see how we’re supporting clients and contractors through the changes.