“We have a PSL (preferred suppliers list) and are not looking to review this anytime soon.”
This is the way the majority of recruitment approaches come to an abrupt and unsuccessful end – we think it’s wrong. Now you’re most likely thinking “wow a recruiter saying that we shouldn’t have a PSL”, we are not saying that at all.
Frankly, we agree, having a PSL can be an efficient way of going about things – you have fewer voices to deal with, you can devote more of your day to dealing with your day-to-day duties and it’s an easy way to deflect your 34th recruitment approach of the week so far!
What we are trying to say is that if you don’t consider every available avenue when launching a new recruitment campaign, you could be doing yourself an injustice.
The Information Technology sector is currently booming and with that level of prosperity comes a number of issues. Dealing with the demands of a new project leads to the need for new hires – often required on an ASAP basis – and as has been the case for a number of years now, the scarcity of available tech talent soon becomes apparent.
Combating this shortage is difficult and is the traditional motive behind employing the services of an external recruiter. Recruiters are experts at unearthing talent which matches the needs of the business. The price you pay for a recruiter (between £2,000-£15,000) is small in comparison to the multimillion-pound project you may lose out on if you don’t bulk up your engineering team (if you want to get more value from your PSL, follow this link for how). You may not lose the project to a competitor but you will likely miss deadlines, frustrate a few influential people along the way and likely be overlooked the next time important work goes out to tender. Each agency has its own qualities, and some align differently to the company’s values and needs – this is where a PSL comes in.
A handpicked, carefully curated group of niche suppliers who have successfully convinced you of their ability to solve your recruitment headaches through carefully worded correspondence and slick presentations. What could possibly go wrong?
You may think your thoughtfully selected PSL has got the market covered but everyone has access to talent others simply don’t – previous placements, personal acquaintances, long term relationships, unique knowledge of that perfect passive candidate just waiting for the right opportunity to come along before they make their next move. You never know what’s out there until you take a look.
We appreciate the difficulties in having to manage multiple suppliers but if you’re actively recruiting – especially for niche & hard to source skills – where is the downside to keeping an open mind when considering more ways of bringing in candidates?
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“After many years in a HR role, in Stephen and his team at Candour, I have finally found the recruitment agency that is totally attuned to what Phoenix as a company requires. Candour is my one-stop shop for technical candidates!”Trevor Hutchinson, Phoenix Software
“Stephen did a great job of filling a Lead Software Engineer role that was proving very difficult. He submitted a range of quality CV’s quickly and followed our process throughout.”Becky O'Farrell, Covea Insurance
“I’ve worked with Stephen for around a year and we have developed a good working relationship. The Candour team are always available so there is never a gap in communication. This is so important when time is tight and you need to find the best talent as soon as possible.”Abigail Aldred, CNG
“When first speaking to Stephen, he had an honest interest in us as a company, not just what we needed experience and tech-wise, but the culture and the type of person we wanted to join. He gave frank and honest feedback to us and he filled the role in less than 2 weeks!!”Sophie Elms, Arbor Education
“What makes them stand out is that they truly listen to what our requirements for the perfect candidate are. They deliver on what they promise, and I very much feel they are working with Phoenix Software to ensure the right person for the role is recruited.”Clare Metcalfe, Phoenix Software
“I receive numerous pitches from recruitment companies. All promise, very few actually deliver. Stephen and the guys at Candour definitely fall into the latter category. They have become a vital part of our recruitment process and act as an invaluable extension of our business.”Taryn Mitchell-Clegg, IDHL Group
“They have never failed to deliver and always goes the extra mile for their clients and candidates (having been a candidate for Stephen myself too). As a small business, Candour truly understands the importance of finding the right people and help you cut through the noise.”Claire Penswick, CNG
“Stephen of Candour have managed to fill 3 QA Test Analyst roles for my team in Manchester. I was impressed by the quality of candidates they supplied.”Isha Soni, Push Doctor
“Stephen and the team found a selection of good candidates in very short timescales, this gave my team good options and ultimately providing the person we were looking for.”David Topley, TSYS
“Stephen has helped us to find very skilled resources for our open vacancies. I presented him with some challenges and he delivered extremely good candidates that we were struggling to find.”Mauricio Farache, Piksel
“Stephen is laser-focused in understanding a requirement and then proactively identifying ‘best in class’ candidates. It’s clear that he puts in the extra effort to find only the best – whatever it takes – and this makes for a very effective partnership in any recruitment.”Joel Albyn, Cap HPI
“Stephen consistently finds quality candidates that others seemingly cannot. This has been no more apparent than in the last few months where I have given him two very difficult technical requirements that he has filled in less than a week.”Jonathan Hill, GameSparks
“If you are looking to partner with a recruiter who will actually add value to your business and do what they commit to doing, I strongly recommend Stephen.”Gabriel Page, Amazon
“Stephen is simply one of the best recruiters in the business. He understands my needs as an employer and how to get results with the minimum of fuss. He gets you what you need, when you need it on time and on budget.”Samantha Allen, SSP
“Over nearly 10 years I have been lucky enough to take on many Engineers that have been supplied through Stephen and his company. Many have been the most talented individuals that I have had the privilege to work with, and all have enhanced our business positively.”Bruce Cass, Piksel