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Tuesday, 29 September 2015 17:38

Recruitment in tech getting difficult

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Three quarters of UK software and technology recruiters expect competition in hiring to remain or become more competitive.

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.

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