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Badger Associates Ltd

Pottergate Street
NR15 2JU

Tel: 01508 536013 / Norwich Office: 01603 283475

Welcome to Badger Associates Recruitment Consultants for Norwich, Norfolk and East Anglia. We provide you with the most comprehensive site for Executive & Specialist Jobs in Norfolk, Jobs in Suffolk and Jobs in Cambridge. Badger Associates is a boutique HR Consultancy and Recruitment company covering East Anglia & catering for the most discerning employers and working with the best senior and specialist candidates. Rated the best Senior and Specialist Head Hunter in the region for the past four years. Great services for employers - see the employers area.

All this from one company based right in the heart of East Anglia

  • New for 2016. Watch recorded interviews prior to first round invitation. Watch as the candidate answers YOUR questions before you decide to invite them for interview. 
  • Psychometric Testing.
  • Aptitude Testing for Verbal and Numeric skills - online!
  • Management Audits.
  • Individual Ability and Aptitude Measurement.
  • Job Hunting e-Book.
  • Assessment Centre Management.
  • Appraisal Scheme Management.
  • HR Consultancy and Advice.
  • Organisation Development.
  • Training Services.

Employers Area 

Badger Associates Ltd was founded in 2000 and was designed as an HR and Recruitment Partner for discerning employers who wanted more than a job shop who would supply them with a mountain of irrelevant CVs to wade through pushed their way by a sale person driven by commission and with hardly a thought for what was best for their client. Today, the company remains true to its traditions and still treats each recruitment assignment as a separate project requiring applications from candidates attracted by the advertising. No cupboard full of CVs and no commissions – ever. So, please don’t begin any discussion with "...have you got any 'whatevers' on your books".

There remain a myriad of generalist recruiters prepared to underbid each other in a race to put a "bum on a seat" and take the money. Equally there are employers who still believe that the recruitment process can be managed by the lowest bidder. Neither concept interests us. Badger Associates Ltd remains an executive and specialist recruiter best suited for the occasions when cheap recruitment, with its potential consequences, simply isn’t an option.

If you are still reading then it can be assumed that you are with a company that takes recruitment as seriously as we do…..or you could be a competitor looking for a good idea!

In addition to executive and specialist recruitment across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and beyond, we also offer a range of services that you many not find in one place elsewhere.

  • Occupational Psychology
  • Psychometric Testing
  • New for 2016 - Recorded video interviewing prior to first round interviews. You ask the questions and watch the candidate answer before deciding to call them for interview. Only available when clients working exclusively with Badger Associates.
  • Salary/benefits analysis and research
  • Management Audits
  • Individual Ability and Aptitude testing
  • Training in a number of unique disciplines such as public speaking and use of the telephone
  • HR Audit
  • Assessment Centre Management
  • Appraisal Scheme Management
  • HR Consultancy

So much more than just a recruitment company – an HR and Recruitment partner fit for purpose and ready to apply our commitment to your organisation.

If you have a role to fill that needs the attention of a company who is more interested in your interests than their commission - we are ready to talk.

See more about the new Pre-interview screening video service. Click here

HR Consultancy Services.

Since inception Badger Associates has been known as the ”go-to” place for independent, practical advice on any people related issues. Sometimes there is a need for legal advice and often there is simply a need for practical, down to earth suggestions for resolving what can seem intractable issues.

The HR Consultancy Division of Badger Associates is headed up by David Hill. David is a Fellow of the CIPD and has years of practical experience of managing complex HR issues as well as seeing the wood for the trees when all the rest of us can see is a dense forest.

Fake References and CVs.

A recent survey by the Federation of Small Businesses and the BBC “Fake Britain” programme has indicated an alarming rise in the number of fake references being provided as well as the number of web sites offering a full, and entirely bogus, work history. We’ve been aware of this for some time and employ a professional company to check details supplied by candidates. It takes a little while and often puts us at a disadvantage against recruitment companies who simply bang CVs in and wait for their commission cheque – but it’s worth it.

17% of all references provided are fake. Almost 2/3rd of that number are from males. 80% are for entry level or mid-level positions but that means that that 20% are from senior managers and directors. Now that is a big worry and yet another good reason for using Badger Associates. Sorry, had to get that in there….

We don’t put too much stock in written references. They are too easily manipulated and therefore almost always positive. Why name a referee who hates you or knows you are rubbish at your job? We check that previous employers have a registered address and verify details with Experian. We ask for additional contacts at current employers at interview stage even if we don’t intend to follow them up. You’d be surprised how often that alone leads to a withdrawn application. We check that their career dates match their LinkedIn profile. We have an Executive Membership at LinkedIn which gives us a whole load more information. We don’t accept mobile phone numbers for referees. Well, we do, then we call the company switchboard and check that the person really works there by asking to be put through. Sneaky, but necessary to protect your interests.

So, if you are a candidate reading this you’d better be good at your cover up because we will catch you out. If you are an employer choosing a recruitment company – ask yourself if your cheap option will give you this level of peace of mind. If you are already using Badger Associates – relax (but stay on your guard)!

Access to a Global Marketplace.

Badger Associates can now offer clients access to a professional and effective global recruitment service.

We offer:

  • Access to 190m active jobseekers across the globe.
  • Coverage in 135 countries.
  • Coverage in the emerging economies.
  • Covering 95% of G20 countries, 100% of BRIC countries, !00% of EU countries and 100% of CIVETS countries
  • We have access to 47m European CVs across 35 countries.
  • 135 countries across the world and access to 263m CVs
  • You get one access person, one currency, one invoice but with local, on the ground support when needed.
  • We can brand your campaigns.
  • We have visibility products driving traffic to your roles.

Training Programmes from Badger Associates

There are a myriad of companies offering standard training programmes in what are referred to as “soft skills”. Many are really good at what they do. In line with our policy of only going into areas where we believe we can offer a service that is better than that which is already available we tend to steer clear of standard training products. Instead we keep our eyes and ears open for the very best and most interesting training available locally and nationally. Having fully evaluated the products available we then invite the providers to produce their training under the Badger Banner and to our exacting standards. This guarantees our clients the level of service and product quality they have come to expect from Badger Associates over the years. It also allows us to mix and match suppliers and content to your exact needs rather than providing you with a one size fits all training product.

Our latest skills product offering provides a really excellent opportunity to improve the presentational skills of your team. This can range from a one-to-one situation or address how to speak and present to an audience of thousands. Our exceptional presenter has been offering tailored courses in speaking and storytelling to many of the UKs largest and most successful organisations. Having effective presentation skills is absolutely vital in today’s highly competitive world. If you are confident, dynamic and proficient in public speaking, you have a far greater chance of being successful in life. The best leaders, the best managers, the best motivators, the best sales people, the best at promoting their businesses are those who can speak and present powerfully in public. That’s not forgetting those who speak at conferences and events and who have that amazing ability to wow and dazzle an audience.

Another of our really popular products is a one-to-one telephone training session. We believe this is unique to us and those companies who have used the service are as amazed as we are that no one else does it. Essentially we offer a half day programme where our trainer sits with an individual whose main role involves the use of the telephone. We observe and comment through the session often simply reminder the recipient of the training of basic principles that they have forgotten over the years. For just £350 for the half day session this often proves to be the best money that a client ever invests in training as the results are instant.

We are very excited about our portfolio and there is so much more available from a host of exciting presenters. Why not have the discussion with your Badger contact today –if we can’t produce exactly what you want we will find someone who can.

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