What is our connection to you and what is our role in your recruitment process?
Maybe you have signed up to a recruitment agency to find temporary work or you are a bank worker. Perhaps you have heard of our old name de Poel or our new name GRI. You may even be paid via our payroll provider Paraplus. So, who are we?
In the UK, GRI (formally known as de Poel) is a workforce management expert that sits between hiring organisations and recruitment agencies to ensure that workers are paid a fair market rate and that the recruitment process runs smoothly and efficiently through the latest technology. We also help organisations connect with their bank workers.
You might wonder why hiring organisations don’t deal directly with their recruitment agencies when they are looking for temporary workers. Some do, but an increasing number outsource their recruitment, opting instead for the advice and expertise of an independent, neutral expert. This is particularly the case if an organisation has a number of sites nationwide and need hundreds, or sometimes thousands, of temporary workers. In these situations, we help organisations run a better, more efficient recruitment process, helping them manage the admin, complexities and costs of working with so many recruitment agencies.
Our service is also intended to benefit agency workers. We work closely with clients to understand and forecast their regular recruitment needs. This in turn means the client can then offer longer-term contracts to temporary workers, rather than lots of smaller temporary assignments. We also employ an expert team who check pay rates to ensure they are fair for the sector, role, location and even the time of year.
We have long been concerned about unethical practices amongst payroll providers – the medium by which many agency workers are typically paid. There have been a number of investigations into payroll providers over the years with disreputable working practices exposed in programmes such as Panorama. It doesn’t help it’s an unregulated sector, and there have been many instances of confusing payslips hiding unfair deductions from agency workers’ rightful take-home pay.
We were so concerned about these practices that when we first started off as as de Poel we set up Paraplus - our own friendly and efficient payroll provider. You may therefore find that if you temp with a GRI UK client you could also be paid through Paraplus.
Finally, if you are googling us, you will discover that we are not just operational in the UK. We are part of a much bigger organisation called Geometric Results, Inc with clients across the globe. You can read more about this here.