IT recruitment agencies play a key role in helping businesses hire the best talent for work across the organisation. As demand for fast-evolving capabilities remains high, recruitment companies across tech need to stay abreast of the latest trends and challenges facing firms. And with the traditional tech sector as we knew it now infiltrating every vertical, variety of deep business insight is paramount. Also vital to success is addressing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) values, which ascend the corporate the agenda of agencies’ customers.
The global IT recruitment space is projected to surge from revenue totalling $148bn in 2021 to $230bn in 2028. Here are five agencies helping to underpin growth in the space.
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Office locations: Various across the UK and Ireland
Founded in 1957 from a merger of two European recruitment firms, Adecco aims to help people achieve employability across their careers, and help businesses to optimise hired staff. The firm itself employs around 38,000 colleagues across 60 countries (1,700 members of staff being UK and Ireland-based), and claims to place over 700,000 people per day in work worldwide. Services within its HR value chain cover permanent, temporary, managed, and outsourced recruitment.
While operating as a general job listing firm in terms of industries focused on, it is this breadth of knowledge and experience that allows Adecco to lend itself well to the aforementioned rapid and growing presence of tech roles across sectors. With services open to job sectors ranging from banking, financial services and legal to traditional IT, engineering and manufacturing, Adecco caters for tech talent-seeking firms and candidates based across the UK and Ireland.
Frontline Source Group
Office locations: Various across the US
Frontline Source Group, established in 2004, looks to personalised services to organisations in the tech industry and beyond. Its services cater for IT, engineering, oil & gas, and accounting and finance among other industries. In IT specifically, this agency oversees business and security analyst, software development, infrastructure and systems administration and external support vacancies.
In-house specialists specific to the evolving software and hardware space are on hand to help customers find the right talent for their workforce, projects and goals. IT staffing services include temporary or contract staff being made available on-demand, as well as a trialling capability named ‘Contract-to-Hire’ which allows for capability assessment against skills gaps to be filled, and culture fit.
Additionally, the agency offers company clients a five-year placement warranty program for talent retention and promotion, looking to go beyond the average 90 days provided by other companies in the recruitment space. This means that businesses are financially covered when an employee is promoted or leaves in that time period, under a promotion protection plan. According to Frontline, 98.8 per cent of hires placed by the firm are retained or promoted in the first year.
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Office locations: Various globally
Serving all industries including IT since its establishment as a start-up in 2001, Insight Global states a purpose to “to develop our people personally, professionally, and financially”. Its services cover staffing, executive recruiting, and culture consulting, with the staffing side in particular handling short-term, long-term and permanent contracts and hiring.
Listed tech-specific areas in which Insight Global operates consist of general IT, customer service, marketing, sales and the semiconductor space. The agency achieved filling of over 25,000 IT roles in 2022, ranging from AI and cybersecurity, to DevOps, service desk and project, program & product management. Additionally, its Evergreen Managed Services arm is dedicated to design of processes, building of IT teams from scratch, and managing said teams day-to-day.
According to Insight Global, over 800 Fortune 1000 companies are part of its current customer base.
Office locations: Various globally
A stalwart of the UK recruitment space, Robert Walters offers staffing and talent management services across 31 countries, and within sectors including tech, accountancy & finance, financial services, sales & marketing, and supply chain & procurement. The London-headquartered firm employs 4,200 people, and operates through three main brands: recruitment consultancy nucleus Robert Walters; Walters People for finance and business support staffing; and Resource Solutions for recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and managed service provider (MSP) solutions.
At Robert Walters UK, services span permanent, temporary & contract recruitment, as well as marketing campaign creation, market intelligence services, and career and CV advice for candidates. In tech specifically, expertise covers areas such as architecture and infrastructure, software development & engineering, and data science.
As for Walters People, this subsidiary is a candidate-focused job matcher located across the UK, much of western Europe and Chile. Along with a salary guide, Walters People offers recruitment solutions spanning business support, HR, PQ & transactional finance, and temporary and contract roles. Meanwhile, Resource Solutions provides outsourced recruitment and consultancy solutions globally.
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Headquarters: London and New York City
Office locations: London and New York City
Unlike the other agencies on this list, Via Resource zones in on specific areas of tech, namely information security and cybersecurity. Specific areas covered range from cloud and application security, to DevSecOps and penetration testing roles. Founded in 2010, this agency puts extensive, yet focused, expertise to good use by facilitating filling of permanent and contract roles, as well as executive search and consultant & managed services offerings.
To properly cater to bespoke needs of clients, the firm invests in training and development tools to help close security skills gaps. Job-seeking individuals, meanwhile, can take advantage of CV reviews and offer management before applying for open jobs. Via Resource also facilitates a Cyber Launchpad LinkedIn social media group, intended to help tech talent kickstart a career in cyber and information security.
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