Illuminet post lockdown, a view from inside recruitment

I think It’s safe to say nobody could have predicted in February/early March the impact COVID19 would have despite the fact it was already rearing its ugly head in China, before making its way to Europe in Italy and Spain in the early days. It seems an age since the team at Illuminet left our offices to start a new journey for many working from home, where the norm has been children running in and interrupting teams/video calls, to dodgy internet and many more distractions in the new daily norm for business.

An optimistic yet cautious relaxing of lockdown has seen conversations with candidates and clients become more frequent with less of a focus on listening to the tales of lockdown UK and more structured on finding the right role once again. Candidates have started to ask about clients we represent whose brands have acted in the right way towards their staff/customers and done the right thing in COVID as they start to think about new positions/roles and getting their careers back on track post lockdown.

Illuminet has seen a steady increase in the number of requirements across Permanent, Interim and Consulting in the last 4-6 weeks, encouraging signs for the coming weeks/month ahead as companies start to release the purse strings and engage in conversations about their plans short/medium and long term. The typical roles we are seeing movement in span across change, where clients are trying to get internal projects off the ground again and need an injection of a skilled resource.  Business Analysis, Programme and Project Management are the top 3 we are seeing more and more calls for.

Candidate searches for IT roles have increased by 4.5% in lockdown across the UK with numerous bodies reporting it as the 9th most searched departmental positions in the UK, with Project Management also being the 9th per job title searched, up 24.5% based on the same 3 month period from before we went into Lockdown. It won’t be a surprise to see the majority of searches and roles are currently home-based/remote while the pandemic is still here.

Illuminet is far more than just a consultancy, we have a top-class Recruitment Division too, which can utilise our 1200+ known and trusted global Virtual Bench with expertise in finding specialist talent from the market, without the need to compromise on quality.

We get it, we believe the success of every Illuminet engagement rests on the expertise and experience of the people. Our four founders have all held C-Suite level IT roles with major global brands. Our Client Directors have had a similar path which enables them to not only fully understand a requirement but have real credibility with clients and a dedicated delivery team on hand to manage every stage of the candidate attraction/journey. We understand the importance of people. So, we take the pain away from finding and connecting with the very best, hard-to-source senior IT leadership, Programme Managers, and technical specialists. Our experience and heritage make us uniquely qualified to deliver the quality consultants your business needs.

If you require assistance we can help with recruiting processes including creating job descriptions and role profiles, assessing and benchmarking expected salary ranges, market mapping and identification of candidates, selection processes, and interviews, we can help. We can also provide you with people that have an extensive selection and interviewing history with experience hiring roles at all levels in the organisation, who can sit alongside your team to provide you with independent feedback to help you avoid poor hires.

We also have the great advantage of being able to leverage the Illuminet Team’s technical and business experience, to fully understand requirements and to find the right people, both technically and culturally for each client’s business.

Stephen Wynne, Recruitment Director

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