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Case Study: Software & Services Consultancy

Case Study – Software & Services Consultancy

Client Brief / Objectives

The Recruitment of a specialist Agile team to work on a large digital programme for a public sector client. The key skills required included:

  • Scrum Masters
  • Product Managers
  • Test Specialists (including functional / automation)
  • Software Developers / Engineers
  • Business Analysts

Strategy

Built a specialist internal team to be solely responsible for the delivery of this specific project.

Challenges Faced

Our greatest challenge on this project was the shortage of candidates with the required skills in the local area. Therefore, sourcing the large volume of candidates required within the tight deadline proved challenging. What is more, we were working with below market rates, which made sourcing candidates from further afield more difficult.

Our Solution

Due to the challenges described above, we quickly identified that we would have to find candidates that were not actively on the market. Therefore we employed a variety of recruitment tools, aside from general advertising and job board searching. We used LinkedIn to search relevant profiles of people who were not actively looking for new roles. We also utilized LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to increase online presence, joining relevant online groups for different skill sets. Finally, we used our internal database and candidate network for candidate referrals.

Successful / Innovative

What we found most successful was our ability to identify candidates through our effective networking skills. Due to our strong candidate relationships, we were able to get referrals of passive candidates, who were not active in the market. In addition, we were able to grow our market knowledge of the local area. We identified companies who employed candidates with the required skills for the above roles, as well as finding out when companies were releasing contractors. We also found social media very beneficial for increasing awareness of the positions, and reaching a wider audience.

Results

Using the above techniques, we were able to hone in on local, untapped candidates, who were not always actively looking for work. This included a selection of candidates who were permanently employed but joined the team on a contract basis due to our pro-active approach.

We successfully built a team of 26 contract specialists on time and within budget. To this date, the majority of the team are still on site, and some have progressed into more senior positions.

‘I have been overwhelmingly impressed with Netsource’s service and professionalism over the last 18 months we have worked together. Their understanding and attention to detail make a real difference in a crowded market. We have built a relationship that I will use again and again.’

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