Nearly One in Three Tech Workers Use Recruiters to Find Jobs

  28th April 2017       Charmaine Padfield
 Employment, Company News, IT & Software Solutions, Recruitment

According to a new report from Stack Overflow, nearly one in three workers in the tech industry in the UK and Ireland find new jobs through a recruiter, the data showed that personal contacts is the second largest source (18%) of new roles for developers:

Job-seeking method Percentage
An external recruiter or headhunter 30.9%
A friend, family member, or former colleague 18%
A general purpose job board 13.4%
I was contacted directly by someone at the company (e.g. internal recruiter) 11.5%
Some other way 8.8%
Company website 6.7%
A career fair or on-campus recruiting event 6.1%
A tech-specific job board 4.6%

Stack Overflow data also revealed that tech workers tend to change jobs quicker than the national average. While most workers in the UK switch roles every five years on average, over half of developers that took part in the survey by Stack Overflow reported they had changed job in the past two years:

Last new job Percentage
Less than a year ago 32.5%
Between 1 and 2 years ago 20.4%
Between 2 and 4 years ago 20.9%
More than 4 years ago 23.8%
Not applicable / never 2.6%

Kevin Troy, Director of Insights at Stack Overflow, comments:

“This data underlines the importance of recruiters to the job hunting process for tech workers. What’s really important is that recruiters and HR managers understand what matters the most to tech workers in the UK and Ireland, and adapt their processes to reflect that.

In many ways developers are no different from other specialist workers: they find jobs through their professional network and value personalised, one-to-one communication. Most of them would rather have a decent amount of paid holiday rather than gimmicks like bean-bags or ping-pong tables.”

Charmaine Padfield, Senior IT Recruitment Consultant at Bond Williams IT adds:

“We are delighted that many workers in the IT industry are successfully working with recruitment agencies such as Bond Williams IT to secure their next tech role. What’s important for IT professionals is making sure you work with a specialist recruiter who has the industry knowledge and passion to provide a consultative service and offer honest, open advice throughout the whole process.”

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Charmaine Padfield

Managing Consultant

Charmaine’s extensive recruitment career started in 2001. Heading up our IT Recruitment Division, Charmaine has an uncanny knack of sourcing uniquely skilled talent for our clients and this is coupled with a tenacity and a great work ethic resulting in many recruitment success stories. Her ability to stay calm when …

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