IT Contractors can be more cost effective

If you are considering a new project and taking on a short term contractor to support the day to day issues, or are being pressured to let the vendor carry out the installation themselves, please consider this …
Getting an expert IT Contractor to undertake the actual project can be much more cost effective than undertaking it yourself and using a short term contractor to support the day to day issues.

Projects aren’t undertaken on a whim and very often have both time and cost restraints and getting it right first time and within budget is vital to its success.  Even if you re-assign someone within your existing team to carry out your new project, entrusting something so important to someone who may not necessarily have all of the skills or specific experience will be delving into the unknown.  They will most likely be learning on the job which will ultimately work out more costly in the long term, not even taking into account the extra stress experienced by both parties.  And that’s before you think about the additional time taken to bring in an IT Support Contractor and get them up to speed to fulfill the role they will be covering.

Forget all that! You’ve made enough sacrifices and carried too much stress for far too long. For once, reap the benefit for yourself and really take advantage of the IT Contract market.

Get an expert Contractor in!  Not just an IT Contractor who has the skills, but a specialist IT Contractor who will have already completed these projects numerous times, with references to prove it.

We are proud to say that we have saved one client several thousands of pounds by doing just this.  Instead of using a software vendor to carry out the installation, complete with their own phenomenal costs, we enabled the client to keep full control of the installation by supplying specialist, expert Contractors.  Due to the complexity of the project, we supplied 3 Contractors engaged at intervals, each one with a different skill for each stage of the project.  The project was completed on time and well within budget without any other area of the business suffering as a result.

We can supply you with an expert IT Contractor, within budget, to carry out your project to a strict timeframe, giving you peace of mind by knowing the exact cost of the project from the outset and allowing day to day IT Operations to carry on as seamlessly as possible.

Let us find you an expert IT Contractor who not only has the T Shirt but is going back to remake the film.  Now is a great time to get on with those projects that have been hanging around and getting specialist contractors has never been cheaper than it is now. You can buy in an expert who can turn a project around to a set schedule and budget.

We have been recruiting IT Contractors and permanent IT staff for over 19 years, we have an extensive network of experienced contractors, so let us know all about the project  – not just the skills needed  –  and we will find you an expert contractor who has the experience of undertaking that specific project.

5 Tips to Attract Great Candidates to Your Company

When it comes to recruiting, it is essential to make the right choice and this means being able to attract talented individuals. Attracting talent is not just about instructing a number of agencies.  The right agency will be able to not only attract candidates from a multitude of different areas and networks in the right places, but also represent your company in a way that will ensure they want to join, especially in competitive times such as these. Highly qualified and experienced individuals now have their pick when it comes to joining a company, so it is important to choose the right recruitment partner for you.

Clear Job Description
Job descriptions are often thrown together quickly and without a lot of thought, but this can be a major error to make.  Often, job descriptions are simply an exhaustive list of duties and expectations whereas the focus really needs to also be on what you can offer the candidate.  Don’t forget the WIIFM – What’s In It For Me.  Make sure you are clear about any incentives you can offer, including salary increments, bonuses and flexible working.  This is the first thing a candidate sees from your company and it’s a really important first impression.  Don’t lose the best people with a poor spec – we are happy to offer advice and guidance.

Quick Response
Don’t wait for weeks after the closing date of your application to get back to the agency regarding the candidates as this is the sure-fire way to lose good people. You should endeavour to respond to applications within 24 hours and get interviews set up within a day or two. With the market as it is at the moment, talented candidates looking for new roles are having back to back interviews and choosing from up to 5 offers within a week!  They have a lot of choice, so the quicker you act, the more professional you will look and the more likely you will secure your next superstar.

Positive Interviewers
Choose your interview panel wisely. If you have two positive, energetic interviewers, they will instantly make the company appealing.  Remember that an interview should be a 2 way conversation and is as much about the candidate asking questions as it is the interviewer.  It’s a fine line between really selling the role and delving into the technical requirements – getting the balance right is the challenge.  You may want to read more in our Taboo Interview Questions blog.

The last thing you want is to go through the whole hiring process, only for the candidate to leave after the first few days. This is frustrating and it can also be damaging to the reputation of your company. The first few days are imperative for helping to ensure people join your business and stay, so introduce a strong and engaging induction process. Make sure candidates know their way around and the departments they will be involved with. Introduce them to people and don’t leave them wandering around aimlessly. Simple steps like making sure they have someone to spend lunch with can go a long way to getting the best out of them and to help ensure high retention levels and a strong reputation.

For these and other advice to attract the best people to your company in this highly competitive market, why not give us a call on 0207 788 6600 and find out why so many companies chose Langley James as their trusted recruitment partner.