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PG Global

PG Global are an international recruitment company who specialise in the oil, gas, energy and marine industries with global offices in London, Glasgow, Bergen, Singapore, California, Luanda and Valletta.

Their existing website failed to represent the growth of the business and with technology advancements they were looking to create a new multi-lingual user experience for both client and candidate.

PG Global Responsive Wordpress Website Design with Idibu Integration

Project Background

The main brief was to plan and create a responsive recruitment portal that integrated with PG’s third party job platform. This would allow candidates to search and apply for available positions, whilst also being a professional presence to welcome prospects to review the company services and provide an easy to way to contact their relevant office.

Feature Requests

PG were clear in their request to have the following delivered:

  1. Enable the website to function on Desktop, Mobile and tablet devices
  2. Staff to be able to update page content & upload electronic documents such as PDF’s
  3. Integrate with back office system to display latest available roles
  4.  Allow candidates to submit CV’s online
  5.  Integrate LinkedIn, Google Plus, Facebook & Twitter social media links
  6.  Provide multi-ligual support for Chinese, Norweigan, Portuguese, and Spanish.
  7. Display regular industry news

Delivering An Experience For 2 Different Users

Targeting 2 types of user is always a challenge as we need to engage each of the users in the first few seconds of hitting the homepage of the site. So our early homepage visuals represented a hero that displayed both a client serving info box with call to action within the hero area alongside a job search feature for candidates job hunting.

PG Global Responsive Wordpress Website Design with Idibu Integration

To build the CMS for the team, we implemented Wordpress and focused on how the multi-lingual features would function whilst most importantly liaised with Idibu (PG’s recruitment portal), this enabled us to implement XML feeds to ensure greater creative control over the look and feel or the visual results on the website as to implementing an iFrame. This ensured automatic posting from the Idibu system direct to the website without any manual processing. Building the CMS on Wordpress also benefited the staff as the interface was quick to train and easy to use.

Email data capture and social integration was a key focus as many of the job listed were short-term contracts and staff would move around so keeping in touch socially or via email would ensure that had the first pick of the opportunities when available.

PG Global Responsive Wordpress Website Design with Idibu Integration
A collection of elements seen across the PG Global site. Including dropdowns, job search, social intergration and multilingual options.

Creating a design that was understood in 5 different languages

Most of the PG site contains heavy visuals that represent those positions that are on offer. A photo can mean many things, but being able to visually see something is the same in any language. With the site providing multi-lingual features for 5 different languages along with various icons, we enabled the site easy to navigate to their desired language.

The homepage layout once again geared towards both client and candidates, we pulled in latest available positions, hot spots to a candidates specialist sector and also an industry driven news RSS feed, which kept the site up-to-date whilst minimising administration or maintenance from the PG team. To meet another requirement form the brief, we implemented a quick CV dropoff for candidates within the footer of every page – we also integrated the brochure to be downloaded from the footer too, to serve the clients

The responsive site had 3 main breakpoints implemented for mobile, tablet and the desktop views. The navigation was optimised on mobile to implement a click to call, on tablet this feature presented a click to email.

We also integrated a multi-level mobile off-canvas mobile navigation, trying to ensure a consistent experience on mobile as it is on desktop.

PG Global Responsive Wordpress Website Design with Idibu Integration
A side-by-side comparison of the Desktop, Tablet and Mobile versions of the PG Global homepage.

Finding The Right Job Fast

We wanted to display a variety of core information that from the listings page that users want to quickly see. Using the search or filter function, users can find jobs by country, industry or contract / permanent employment.

A prominent CV drop off area was implemented alongside a hot spot to encourage candidates to sign up to receive job updates which was integrated into Idibu, to allow automatic emails to be sent to once again reduce time and admin from the PG team.

PG Global Responsive Wordpress Website Design with Idibu Integration

All the content displayed on the individual job post page is pulled directly from Idibu’s XML feed, the data is then styled to coincide with the PG branding. Implementing social sharing was an important way to broadcast the positions by other candidates or staff.

We simplified the application process with a single click apply carrying the job id through to a short form which also enabled you to upload your C.V.

PG Global Responsive Wordpress Website Design with Idibu Integration

Finalising The Look & Feel

Along with the vacancy area our other goal was to showcase the services to potential clients, in creating various content page layouts we were able to present testimonials, services overview, office locations and service in detail page all of which were created responsive for the alternate devices.

PG Global Responsive Wordpress Website Design with Idibu Integration
PG Global Responsive Wordpress Website Design with Idibu Integration

Measuring Effectiveness

Using Google Analytics Impact were able to record user activity for the new site as well as benchmarking upon some of the following dimensions:

Device Usage Stats, Top Page Content & Top Geographical areas of interest

Social Following

From the use of integrating single click social follow features this has attributed to a significant rise in the overall social reach.

Data Capture

With this website redevelopment project Impact helped create multiple data capture areas on the site. Some of these included general contact enquiry leads through to candidate CV submissions alongside the introduction of Impact’s email marketing solution Impact Mailer.


Since going live the website has undergone split testing, creating additional content pages and providing an alternate homepage design. After initially creating the company brochure we’ve also now translated the English brochure into 8 different versions and these are now available to download from the website.

PG Global Responsive Wordpress Website Design with Idibu Integration

“The guys at Impact are really flexible, most of our meetings took place over video conference with our Malta or US office, and always worked around best accommodating our different time zones. They listen to what we want and deliver a solution that ticks our boxes whilst also works towards delivering a greater user experience for our clients and candidates.

Martin was always able to advise on any feature request that our team had and liaised on our behalf with Idibu when integrating our job system, which saved us lots of legwork.

Overall we’re all really pleased with the website and design work that Impact do and are looking forward to further developing the website together in the future.”


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