Johnston Press launch recruitment service with STV

Stephen Anderson praised the hard work of his team. Picture: ContributedStephen Anderson praised the hard work of his team. Picture: Contributed
Stephen Anderson praised the hard work of his team. Picture: Contributed
JOHNSTON Press, owner of The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and Edinburgh Evening News, has launched a recruitment service in conjunction with broadcaster STV.

The SmartList Scotland provides recruiters with a shortlist of pre-screened candidates for one fixed fee and aims to bridge the gap between traditional advertising and recruitment consultancies.

STV will provide media and promotional support and a television advert promoting the benefits of using The SmartList first airs on Thursday, repeated throughout the month. The multi-media campaign will reach more than four million viewers per month and will be accompanied by a newspaper and online advertising campaign in all Johnston Press Scottish titles.

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The service has already enjoyed success in England after its launch in September by filling a large number of roles for clients in a variety of industries.

Businesses can submit their job details to The SmartList team of recruitment professionals for one fixed fee.

The team will draw on national resources, including local newspapers, jobs boards and social media, to produce a “SmartList” of quality, local candidates. This is then submitted to the employer who will review and interview the most promising candidates. Stephen Anderson, general manager of The SmartList, said: “We are incredibly excited about the new opportunities that this joint venture offers. The SmartList team has worked incredibly hard over the past nine months and we are now perfectly positioned to offer the service to a larger audience.

“Currently, Scottish employers have to choose between traditional advertising and recruitment consultancies with no alternative. The success that we’ve enjoyed proves that there is a real need for this type of solution in the recruitment market place and we’re looking forward to bringing the service to Scottish businesses at a time when they need it most.”

To view the TV advert, go to

Businesses can find out more about the service by visiting