Drax Power Purchases Applicant Tracking Software Bond Talent to Reduce Recruitment Advertising Costs By 40%

By Bond International Software Plc, PRNE
Monday, January 25, 2010

Bond Talent Purchased to Provide Applicant Tracking Software, Online Recruitment Portal and Talent Pool Functionality to Reduce Time and Cost per Hire

WORTHING, England, January 26 - Drax Power Limited, which owns the largest coal-fired power plant in the
UK, has purchased Bond Talent (
www.bondtalent.com/index.asp?showussite=0) - the online recruitment &
talent management software solution - from stock market-listed Bond
International Software www.bondinternationalsoftware.com The solution
will provide an online recruitment web portal, applicant tracking software
(www.bondtalent.com/section.asp?catid=722&docid=858&showussite=0) and
also talent pool functionality ahead of the proposed construction of Drax's
new biomass-fired power plants. The use of Bond Talent is also anticipated to
reduce recruitment advertising costs (
www.bondtalent.com/section.asp?catid=206&docid=57&showussite=0) by as
much as 40%.

The Drax Group includes Drax Power Station, near Selby in North
, which currently provides 7% of the UK's electricity needs and
employs around 750 people, and also Haven Power based in East Anglia - an
electricity supply company serving the needs of business customers, that has
grown from a few hundred customers to around 23,000 in the last two to three
years. The Bond software will be deployed across both of these divisions.

Richard Neville, Head of HR at Drax Power, explains, "We are intending to
develop three biomass-fired power plants from 2011 onwards, each of which
will employ a substantial number of contractors during the three and a half
year construction phase and a direct operational workforce after that. In
order to ensure that we are sufficiently resourced, we are planning to set up
a talent pool through Bond Talent that will enable us to store details of
suitable applicants who contact us in the meantime. The resulting
self-sufficiency the talent pool will afford us will allow us to reduce our
dependency on recruitment advertising, and thereby reduce our costs by as
much as 40%."

Neville continues, "In addition, Haven Power, which has enjoyed
phenomenal growth over the last years, has a very high recruitment need-
employing as many as five to ten new staff each week. We are currently
managing this recruitment process through paper-based processes - CVs are
received in hardcopy, photocopied and forwarded to the relevant line manager
for review. As we receive lots of applications across both Haven Power and
Drax Power, this is a time-consuming and particularly
un-environmentally-friendly process. Through Bond, we will be able to receive
applications via a new Drax-branded, user-friendly web portal on our website,
track and manage the application process electronically and then replicate
the recruitment data from successful candidates into our HR system. This will
significantly reduce both our target time per hire, which is currently 70
days from vacancy opening to job offer, and our overall costs."

Bond Talent is a specialist application for the global recruitment and
talent management markets which has been designed to greatly reduce
recruitment advertising costs and hiring costs and to enhance the strategic
capability of in-house resourcing teams. The system is user-friendly and
flexible allowing for reduced paperwork and improved efficiency. This gives
key recruitment staff more time to concentrate on development rather than
administrative tasks.

Tim Richards, Managing Director of Bond UK, comments, "Richard previously
worked at Yorkshire Water - one of our longest-standing customers - and as a
result of seeing the power and functionality of Bond Talent there, has very
quickly brought us into Drax Power to provide the same level of service and
support. The cumbersome and expensive recruitment processes at Drax Power
typify the situations for which the applicant tracking software was designed,
so we are confident in our ability to help reduce costs and times per hire
once again."

About Bond International Software and Bond Talent

London stock market-listed Bond International Software plc is a global
provider of recruitment and human capital management (HCM) software and

Bond is the largest provider of specialist staffing software for
recruitment agencies worldwide. Is a rapidly growing provider of web-based
e-recruitment and talent management software to the corporate market and
provides HR, recruitment, payroll software and bureau services directly to
both the public and private sectors.

Established in 1973 and quoted on the AIM market of the London Stock
Exchange since 1997, the company has consistently achieved financial growth
and maximised investment in the development of technology and service
provided to its international client base.

It has over 35 years experience in the development and creation of
products and services that have become industry standards. Headquartered in
the United Kingdom, the Group also has offices in the United States,
Australia, Canada, South Africa, Japan and Hong Kong with a global team of
over 500 employees and 3500 customers.

Bond Talent is a powerful and versatile web-based application
specifically developed for corporations who wish to streamline their in-house
recruitment processes and save costs. It offers seamless online interfaces to
deliver sophisticated workflow and accessibility for all stakeholders
involved in the Resourcing and HR Processes, with multi-lingual and character
set capability. Talent has been designed to complement rather than replace,
important HR processes. It reduces paperwork and improves efficiency which
frees up staff to concentrate on strategic development rather than
administrative tasks. The solution is ideal for multi-site global offices
where training, language and day-to-day business practices can benefit from
both Bond's experienced support teams and the complete configurability and
scalability of the product.

Bond Talent customers include some of the best known corporations and a
large number of private sector organisations, including: HBOS, Habitat, The
Co-operative Group and easyJet.

    For further information, please contact:

    Will Gardiner

For further information, please contact: Will Gardiner, itpr, +44-(0)1932-578-800

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