Helping employers fill their vacancies the Smart way

Johnston Press, publishers of the Ripley and Heanor News, plans to extend its recruitment offering with its new fixed price recruitment service – – designed to help employers fill vacancies quickly and cost-effectively.

A newly launched pilot allows firms seeking new staff for mid-level vacancies to pay a fixed fee for a pre-screened short-list of qualified candidates.

Currently businesses using traditional advertising methods often find they receive very high volumes of applications that need to be sorted internally, while traditional recruitment consultancies, which help to eliminate the time spent sifting through CVs, can be costly. The SmartList offers a great alternative, by combining recruitment consultancy type services with newspaper and job board advertising for one low fixed cost.

Employers are able to submit details of their vacancy and The SmartList team will then 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 select the best for interview. A new B2B focused website to support businesses has now gone live at

Johnston Press is one of the UK and Ireland’s biggest publishers with access to over 200 newspapers, magazines and online platforms, including and This new service will utilise the strengths of Johnston Press’ recruitment platforms and its national coverage to generate applications and CVs which can be sorted and then filtered by industry professionals to guarantee quality.

Stephen Anderson, Group Digital Recruitment Category Manager at Johnston Press, 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.”