The demand for candidates with tech skills rose by 10% in the UK last year, as the total number of vacancies reached 1.3 million. As Snapchat followed Google and Facebook by announcing expansion plans in the UK that demand – and the competition – will continue to soar. Here are six ways to improve your hiring strategy and recruit more tech talent into your business:-
Focus on cybersecurity : Creating a specific plan to attract cybersecurity professionals is vital to your business. Deloitte’s 2017 Tech Trends Report predicts a further 10 million cyberattacks in 2017 and cybersecurity was ranked the second biggest threat to UK employers in PwC’s 20th Annual CEO Survey. At present, there are an estimated one million vacant cybersecurity jobs worldwide, according to Indeed, a figure expected to rise to 1.5 million by 2019. Globally, the UK has the third highest demand for cybersecurity professionals, behind Israel and Ireland.
Introduce innovation in hiring : Last year we reported on Uber’s ‘Code on the Road’ challenge and Google’s Foo.bar both aimed at sourcing tech talent with specific skills. More recently RBS introduced online simulation into its hiring process in an attempt to lure graduate talent away from the fintech sector which presents a more attractive option for a growing number of tech professionals. For many businesses, gamification plays a central role in engaging with young tech talent and is the first step towards effective innovation. Gamification can be incorporated within online assessments through your recruitment software.