With a worldwide IT skills shortage, particularly in the western countries, competition for tech talent is fierce. According to research by Open University, the skills gap is costing UK businesses more than £2bn a year in higher salaries, recruitment costs, and temporary staffing bills.
Nowhere is the effect of skills shortage more significantly felt than in the tech industry. From 750,000 skilled digital workers needed in 2017, the deficit has now jumped to 2.3 million workers by 2020 according to O2 Survey. And now with the shadow of Brexit looming over UK's future as Europe's top tech hub, the competition for talent is going to get more fierce, making tech recruitment harder for UK businesses.
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It's not surprising that many companies are looking afield for their IT staffing needs and one of the easiest ways is to offshore. According to the 2017 UK IT Outsourcing Study by Whitelane and PA Consulting, 65% of over 250 top IT spending organisations across the UK state that they will continue to outsource at the same rate or more.
Here at Cloud Employee we are familiar with the risks that go with IT outsourcing. One of the biggest concerns when it comes to outsourcing your development team is the quality of developers you get through general IT outsourcing. Cloud Employee's hybrid offshoring model lets you hire the best developers you need with a process that leaves you in full control from recruitment to management. In this post, we'll walk you through that process.
Tell us what you need
Our clients are an integral part of the hiring process. We take your job specifications (essential skills, programming languages, years of experience, etc) and customise a local search for candidates that best fit your requirements. We then provide you with a shortlist of candidate CVs and portfolios to review.
Interview the best developers
Given the shortlist of candidates, you select who you want to interview. Should you require it, we also offer full technical testing via our testing platform. You will be the one to evaluate their technical skills, and ultimately make the decision on hiring. This ensures that the person who will be part of your team has the skills and attitude the role requires.
Hire your ideal candidate
Based on your interviews and technical testing results, you select the best candidate to join your team. The typical turnaround time for our clients to find their dedicated developer is within 2 - 4 weeks. If you don't find what you're looking for, there's no obligation to move forward.
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Once you hire your dedicated Cloud Employee developer, they become a full-time member of your team. They report directly to you 8 hours a day, 5 days a week - working on your timezone just like your in-house team. You manage your developers directly, using your preferred tools and according to your processes and standards. No third parties involved.
After Care Team Support
As part of Cloud Employee service, we give full After Care support. We deal with all of the HR issues, IT setup, and payroll concerns so that you can focus on your business. After Care support includes a full-time dedicated Community Manager who will enable harmonious working relationship between you and your developer. This includes monitoring your developers timekeeping, leave requests, and regular performance appraisals.
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Hiring skilled quality developers through IT outsourcing is challenging. Cloud Employee's custom recruitment process and hybrid offshoring model ensures that you get the best of offshoring without the risks.