To attract IT talent is becoming harder. With current vacancies in the UK at record levels – 62.5% higher than pre-pandemic – the power is firmly in the hands of the candidates. Coupled with a general supply of candidates, it’s the perfect storm! However, there is some great IT talent out there, it’s just a case of attracting them to your role.
Our team share their top tips to help you to attract IT talent in 2022.
What’s your elevator pitch to attract IT talent?
People are no longer looking for a job. They are looking for a sense of purpose and something that resonates with their own personal values. Therefore, simply writing a job spec that’s a list of requirements simply won’t cut it in today’s jobs market. It’s a medically proven fact that our happiness depends on many things in life, but one in particular is alignment. What we do has to align with our values to make us truly happy in our work. Now, you don’t have to be saving the world, one mouse click at a time! But what values does your company represent? It’s critical to understand what your ‘target market’ are looking for and what appeals to them. With candidates still feeling some trepidation when it comes to moving jobs, you need to give them a reason to move.
Know your market
Are you going to market with the same job, same salary, same location as you were 2 years ago? Times have changed and if you haven’t kept up, then it’s likely you’ll be disappointed when it comes to hiring. Unless you are really able to offer something truly attractive; like the latest technology, flexible working, career development etc. it’s unlikely that you’ll attract IT talent at the level you need to. So, unless your IT role isn’t urgent, we strongly advice that you research the market, or ask an experienced recruiter for their insight. We understand that it’s not always possible to simply offer a higher salary. Although, you always need to know how far off the mark you are. So instead, you may have to drop some of the requirements from the essential list. Speak to our team today to get all the insight you need.
Is your recruitment process right to attract IT talent?
A drawn-out recruitment process is a problem. It’s as simple as that! In a market that is saturated with jobs, time is of the essence if you want to attract the best. There’s a popular phrase in the sales world – ‘time kills all deals’ and the same is true when it comes to recruitment. If your process is longer than 2 weeks, then it’s too long! Candidates will go elsewhere, and it will take you a lot longer to complete the process – sometimes over 3 months! So take a look at your process and decide if it’s still fit for purpose. Work with a recruiter that can work within your timescales, and you’ll soon have that IT role filled.
How we can help
We live and breathe everything IT. We know that market and know what it takes to attract the very best IT talent. Why not work with us on your next IT vacancy and experience the difference of working with a specialist who really does know the market. Get in touch with our expert recruiters today and let’s help you to recruit someone worth recruiting.