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Policies & Practices

As a leading recruiter within the Property, Construction & Engineering and Financial Services & Accounting sectors, Cobalt Consulting recognises its obligations as both an employer and a provider of recruitment services to the wider community.

Our Commitment to Equal Opportunities and Diversity

Cobalt Consulting is committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity, as an employer, a provider of recruitment services, customer and supplier. We make every effort to prevent discrimination against any of our employees, candidates or clients on the basis of gender, race, age, ethnic or national origin, disability, religion or political belief.

We monitor the gender, age and ethnicity of applicants across all roles and levels that we recruit for. These statistics can be provided to clients on request in order to help them achieve their own organisational aims.

Equal opportunity is all about good and fair employment practice and makes sound business sense. Everyone has the right to work and do business in an environment free of discrimination and harassment and we will not tolerate such behaviour under any circumstances.

We are keen to spread this message beyond Cobalt. We sponsor the Estates Gazette Salary & Benefits Survey, which asks questions surrounding diversity and our Managing Director also participated in a debate surrounding diversity in the property industry

Age Discrimination

Following the implementation of the Age Discrimination Law in October 2006, Cobalt has ensured that all current and new consultants are made aware of its implications through training and monitoring of their work. This has included changes to the registration process, a fully compliant database and ensuring that our advertising does not contravene the legislation.

Environment

Whilst this may be perceived as a minor contribution to our local community, we are aware of our corporate expansion plans for the future and what the impact will be on our immediate environment. We are strong believers that for a company the size of Cobalt, it is the minor contributions to our environment that make a difference in the long term. Examples of our contribution to our local community are:

  • It is Cobalt’s policy to return all printer cartridges to the manufacturer for recycling.
  • We outsource our recycling to Paper Round who collect our paper waste.
  • Cobalt has installed a water purifier system so to reduce the purchase of plastic water bottles which are a major landfill issue.
  • We donate all functioning IT hardware (which is obsolete for our business purposes) to local schools.
  • Installation of showers in our central London office to encourage cycling and running to and from work.

Well Being and Health and Safety

Cobalt is a strong advocate of a healthy work/life balance, and accepts its responsibility in ensuring that individuals achieve this. We do this through:

  • Discouraging any additional hours being worked, whether it be before or after the core working day or at weekends, which is communicated at the outset of their careers here and continually reinforced throughout the business.
  • Encouraging employees to run, walk or cycle to work where possible so that individuals can in turn reduce environmental damage by unnecessary use of taxis or private transport. To make this a viable and realistic option, we provide on-site showering facilities.
  • Ensuring that full holiday entitlement is exercised each year, by not carrying forward annual leave.
  • Introducing incentive schemes which centre on taking time off or relaxing trips abroad, often including partners.
  • Encouraging sporting activities, including football, netball, running, cycling and golf weekends.
  • Free flu vaccinations annually for all staff, administered by a qualified health professional at the office.
  • Flexible working and child care vouchers are available to employees with family commitments.

We take the health and safety of our employees very seriously, with our health and safety policy being communicated to all new employees through the employee handbook. We engage an independent health and safety consultant to review our practices annually.

Charitable Giving

Cobalt Recruitment is committed to supporting our communities, the environment and the people who work for and represent our organisation. Due to the nature of our global business, we support a number of local charities accross our business that our 150 employees fundraise for via a number of schemes and events. We also use our company birthday of October 1st to raise funds from all our offices.

In London our local charity partner is Centrepoint, which strives to support homeless youngsters. As well as providing temporary shelter, they offer youngsters access to therapy and educational support to help them get their lives back on track. This year, our aim is to raise £2500 for this worthy cause. 

Equal Opportunities and Diversity Resources

The following links provide a variety of sources of information and advice on the subject of equal opportunities & diversity in the workplace. Cobalt Consulting accepts no responsibility for the content of external sites.

c2e – Committed to Equality
This Website has been developed for the use of all organisations, to enable them to implement the C2E Equality and Diversity programme.

Equality and Human Rights Commission
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a non-departmental public body in Great Britain that was established in 2007 with the aim to challenge discrimination, and to protect and promote human rights.

Modern Slavery Act 2015
As part of our Equal Opportunities Policy and Procedure, Cobalt strives to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to the business.

Cobalt recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking and is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

Quality Management Statement

Cobalt Recruitment is a consultancy specialising in the recruitment of real estate, finance, infrastructure & energy and education professionals established in 2001. We provide the following services:

  • Contingency recruitment consultancy services
  • Temporary and interim recruitment services
  • Advertised selection recruitment services
  • Retained recruitment services
  • Salary surveys and market information
  • Career Management services

We strive to provide our clients and candidates with services which meet and exceed their expectations. We are committed to continuous improvement and have established a Quality Management System which provides a framework for measuring and improving our performance.

Our QMS contains the following elements:

  • Regular gathering and monitoring of client and candidate feedback, including complaints.
  • Training of staff through in-house training programmes and in conjunction with carefully selected external providers.
  • Regular management reviews with all staff, including support staff.
  • Clear internal communication through a streamlined management reporting structure.
  • An annual, thorough internal and external audit programme.
  • Awareness and training as appropriate in relevant changes to employment and emigration legislation which affect our markets.

Our quality policy is included in the staff handbook. We require all employees to read the policy and implement it into their practices.

The Managing Director is ultimately responsible for quality but all employees are encouraged to be responsible for the quality of the service within their direct responsibility. We also have a Quality Assurance Representative based in our London office.

Our policy is reviewed annually.

Website usage terms and conditions

The information contained in this website has been prepared solely for the purpose of providing general information about Cobalt Recruitment, its partners and the services that they offer.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is accurate, it does not constitute any form of advice, recommendation, representation, endorsement or arrangement by Cobalt Recruitment.

The information presented is believed to be reliable but it’s subject to change at any time without notice. Cobalt Recruitment do not guarantee its completeness or accuracy. By accessing this website you agree that Cobalt Recruitment will not be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss arising from the use of the information and material contained in this website or from your access of other material on the internet via web links from this site.

The copyright in the material contained in this website belongs to Cobalt Recruitment. Any person may copy any part of this material, subject to the following conditions:

  • The material may be used only for non-commercial purposes;
  • The copies must retain any copyright or other intellectual property notices contained in the original material;
  • The products described in this website may be the subject of other intellectual property rights reserved by Cobalt Recruitment or other third parties. No licence is granted in respect of those intellectual property rights.
  • Images, pictures, videos, logos and graphics on this site are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced or appropriated in any manner without written permission of their respective owner(s).

Privacy policy

1. Introduction

Cobalt Consulting (UK) Ltd (Cobalt Recruitment) takes the confidentiality of personal data seriously. Please contact us if you have any questions or comments on this privacy policy.

The Company’s privacy policy sets out the ways Cobalt Recruitment processes personal data. This privacy policy only relates to personal data collected by Cobalt Recruitment via Cobalt Recruitment website. Any personal data collected by Cobalt Recruitment is used in accordance with data protection legislation.

This privacy policy does not apply to personal data provided to Cobalt Recruitment by any other means or via any other website. Users should be aware that if they provide personal data to other companies, the privacy polices of those companies determine the uses to which that information is put and Cobalt Recruitment’s privacy policy will no longer apply.

2. The Data Protection Act 1998

Cobalt Recruitment website complies with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.

3. Use Made of Personal Information

Personal information provided to Cobalt Recruitment via Cobalt Recruitment website will be used for the purposes outlined at the time of collection.

In addition, personal information may be used for statistical analysis.

Personal data will be collected and processed by Cobalt Recruitment for the following purposes:
to provide goods and services, including marketing, advertising and promotions, unless a user elects to opt-out of receiving such communications.

Your personal details will not be made available to any third parties.

4. Consent

By providing personal data to Cobalt Recruitment users consent to the processing of such data by Cobalt Recruitment as described in this privacy policy.

5. Use of Data For Direct Marketing Purposes

At each point of data collection users are given the opportunity to opt-out of receiving future direct marketing material from Cobalt Recruitment. Where users do not opt-out of such communications, Cobalt Recruitment may provide information on The company’s products, membership services, events, and training and education programmes. If at any time users want Cobalt Recruitment to stop sending such communications they should write to:

Cobalt Recruitment London
2nd Floor
Manor House
21 Soho Square
London
W1D 3QP

6. Verifying, updating and amending your personal information

If, at any time, a user wants to verify, update or amend their personal data they may simply email their request to info@cobaltrecruitment.com

Verification, updating or amendment of personal data takes place within 40 days of receipt of the request.

7. Cookies

Cookies are used on this website.

8. Links to Third Party Websites

This privacy policy applies solely to the personal data collected by Cobalt Recruitment and does not apply to third party websites users may access from this website.

The Company is not responsible for the privacy policies of third party websites. The Company advises users to read the privacy policies of other websites before registering any personal data.

9. Security

The Company holds your personal data in accordance with the security provisions of the Data Protection legislation.

10. Notification of Changes

The Company will notify all members of any changes it makes to its privacy policy. If Cobalt Recruitment decides to change its privacy policy, it will post such changes on this page so that you are always aware of how Cobalt Recruitment uses your personal data.

Users have the right to ask Cobalt Recruitment for a copy of the personal data held about them and to request that Cobalt Recruitment correct any inaccuracies in that information.

Our global clients

  • ACO
  • Akelius
  • Berkeley
  • BNP
  • BUWOG
  • Capital Real Estate
  • CBRE
  • Cording
  • Cuesko
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • The Crown Estate
  • DBK
  • Deutsche Annington
  • Footasylum
  • Gazeley
  • Generali
  • Grainger
  • Great Portland Estates
  • Grosvenor
  • Hammerson
  • Knight Frank
  • Lands Improvement
  • Newship
  • Optic
  • Peel Outlets
  • Savills
  • William Hill