Move fast if you want that 'IT' candidate...

polkadotfrog are advising companies to move quickly to secure the best IT candidates as the economy continues to flourish.

Nick Hunter, Divisional Manager of IT Recruitment at polkadotfrog explains: “The number of suitably qualified candidates coming through is not keeping pace with the expansion of high-tech businesses in Norfolk and the skills required are constantly changing as the world of IT rapidly evolves.”

The IT skills shortage is part of the bigger economic picture which saw the unemployment rate fall to six percent in the three months to October*, the lowest for six years.  It is expected to continue falling as more jobs are created as forecast.

Nick advises that candidates are often getting multiple job offers and will move fast if an offer is on the table: “If you see a CV that you like, act fast and get them in for an interview.  Good IT candidates don’t stay on the market for long.  If you sit on CVs and delay interviews you will lose fantastic people.”

“We are now out of the recession and seeing a steady growth in IT jobs. This means that permanent job applicants can pick and choose and often don’t need to wait for a response from a prospective employer. It’s likely they will have submitted their CV to a few companies and will take a position from a company that comes across professionally and acts fast, so it’s important to communicate quickly and offer feedback. “

“The tables have turned,” he continues. “During the recession employers had an oversupply of applicants for jobs but now they’re finding it harder to fill their vacancies with high calibre candidates who are moving fast when they’re offered a good opportunity.  The early bird catches the worm!”.

*Source: Office for National Statistics

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