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The recruitment column sponsored by neoci

darrol-stevens-and-ollie-benn.jpg2022 has been very candidate driven in the world of recruitment.

We have seen candidates with more options than ever before, with salary expectations increasing dramatically. It seems like there has never been a tougher time to hire the talent needed within the ICT sector.

In the main, despite the challenges everyone has faced when hiring, companies haven’t changed their expectations by much. Most have accepted the fact that if you want the best talent, you need to pay more for it. But the expectations around qualification, experience, culture fit etc haven’t changed. Maybe they shouldn’t.

However, it has to be said that there is a real opportunity to engage and attract the best talent for your business, but only if you are willing to be somewhat flexible during the hiring process.

Some of our clients have hired candidates with less experience based on their personality or culture fit with their businesses. Others have changed their expectations around the requirement for certain qualifications & certifications. Businesses have needed to adapt to the demands of the candidate, whereas in the past it’s been the opposite. If anything, the recruitment of new blood has perhaps changed and is now more considered. Companies are thinking about the value add of a candidate, their personality fit, drive and ambitions, rather than whether they just tick the boxes on the job spec.

This approach is all about hiring the right person over the most qualified. It makes more sense to hire the right personality fit and train them than to hire the wrong fit just because of their experience or qualifications. This flexibility has worked well for those who embrace being agile in a tough candidate market. Not all companies are showing such innovation around hiring.

Many are just getting used to paying higher salaries and are not willing to change their candidate expectations. Sadly, they are usually the companies that are struggling the most to hire.

Neoci are specialists in recruiting into tech and telco, for further details visit www.neoci.co.uk

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