Spectrum IT Recruitment, a specialist software and technology recruitment company based at the University’s Science Park near Southampton, is well placed to comment on the recruitment activity of technology companies that it has seen over the past couple of years and current trends.
Spectrum IT supports numerous businesses in finding suitable software developers and software engineers, for permanent employee roles and temporary resource for specific projects or other short-term requirements and provides a valuable service to candidates looking for IT roles in the region.
Ian Cruickshank, managing director, says: “Spectrum IT supports businesses of all sizes with specialist software recruitment alongside other core technology recruitment. Based on what we have seen, demand for software developers has been, and continues to be, extremely high.
“This high demand inevitably brings with it improved remuneration packages. Analysis of our placement data suggests that average salaries across the IT sector have increased by around 15% over the past two years.
“Those employers who are committed to the recruitment process and can make timely decisions will improve their success rate in securing new resource in a competitive market, where strong candidates can secure multiple job offers.”
The roles carried out by IT personnel can be well suited to homeworking and this has been proven when employers had to adapt their operating practices during the pandemic.
As geographical location to an office base has become less critical this has provided employers with access to a larger talent pool of candidates which can significantly increase the available options when searching for specialist skill sets.
Likewise, jobs become more attractive to candidates as self-imposed boundaries on travel times and distances become less significant or even disappear.
Cruickshank says: “We have seen many clients move to a hybrid model of working where the ‘in office’ element can be as little as one day per quarter through to two or three days per week.
“Fully remote working roles have become more widely available which are attractive to some; at the opposite end, occasionally we come across candidates who want to work 100% from an office base.
“You should consider offering some flexibility with working patterns as this can make a job opportunity more attractive to potential candidates and may help you secure an ‘in demand’ specialist.”
The pandemic accelerated the use of video conferencing for interviewing. Although restrictions have eased and more face-to-face interaction is possible, Spectrum IT has observed that this has become the preferred method for most early stage and a significant number of final stage interviews. The convenience and flexibility of being able to get interviews set up to take place via video conferencing or telephone often results in a much faster process to appointment stage.
Spectrum IT has also seen how the onboarding processes have evolved over the past few months with many employers being more creative in developing remote onboarding programmes that are more useful and welcoming.
In 2022, Spectrum IT expects to see the demand for software developers to remain strong as companies need specialist skills to continue to develop.
With its good local market knowledge, and a large network of candidates that it can access when sourcing candidates to meet specific client requirements, Spectrum IT is well placed to continue to support businesses through the recruitment process.
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