The Jobvite UK Social Recruitment Survey has found there’s an increasing problem with recruiting skilled employees in the software and IT fields. Almost two in five (38%) of software/technology recruiters say that it takes as much as 31-60 days to on-board a candidate. A doubling in time compared to a Glassdoor survey from earlier this year that found that the average time to hire across the UK had risen from 14 to 28 days.
The majority (67%) of software/technology recruiters also said that finding skilled/qualified talent is their biggest challenge when it comes to hiring, compared to a market average of 58%. A lack of budget (33%) was the second most challenging problem stopping recruiters finding staff, followed by a quarter who found location (25%) as their third biggest challenge.
However recruiters are finding ways around the problem of attracting good staff by being more flexible with their offerings. Nearly three quarters (71%) of software/technology recruiters said the offer of working from home and or flexible working was an important tool to attract candidates, while others found an open floor office design (33%) and free snacks/meals (25%) were also attractive perks for prospective tech employees.