Careers website Monster to stage pitch for UK work

Monster.co.uk, the UK arm of the world's largest online careers

site, is set to hold a pitch for agency support to beef up its

operations in the UK.



An invitation to pitch has been circulated to a number of firms, as the

site seeks to raise its UK profile.



According to the brief, the firm is seeking assistance with consumer and

B2B communications.



The document says Monster is 'undecided' as to whether one agency should

be hired to span both sectors, or whether specialist firms should be

taken on for two separate accounts.



The company currently retains Weber Shandwick Worldwide (WSW) on a

global brief for Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Canada.



WSW (then Shandwick International) won the international account for the

brand in July 2000 (PRWeek, 4 August 2000), scooping fees believed to be

in the region of pounds 1.5m.



The Miller/Shandwick Technologies division handles the work, including

communications for the UK division.



The 12-month contract is up for renewal at the end of the month,

although Miller /Shandwick deputy MD Michelle McLaughlan said she was

unaware that any pitch was taking place.



The Monster network targets both employers and candidates. Those seeking

work are offered a variety of tools and advice to assist in their

search, including CV management and automatic checking of the latest

jobs against the individual's credentials.



Employers are able to advertise vacancies and have access to the

candidate database with the ability to screen stored CVs for suitable

candidates.



A spokesperson for Monster.co.uk refused to confirm or deny that a new

agency was being sought.



The request for proposals indicated that initial presentations would be

taking place in the coming week, with a shortlist and full pitch process

likely to follow in the month after that.



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