Nicoll Curtin research reveals current perceptions within the IT industry
Released on: February 01, 2012, 8:02 pm
IT recruitment agency Nicoll Curtin has conducted a study into the current
perceptions, expectations and experiences of hiring managers and
jobseekers, with some surprising results.
Around 70 per cent of those involved in the study had never worked with Nicoll
Curtin, which allowed the results to represent the general industry.
One of the most shocking results was that only 17 per cent of jobseekers tailor
their CV to a role they are applying for, despite the fact that 68 per cent of them
admitted to knowing that not doing so could affect their chances of being offered
From a hiring manager’s point of view, the study showed that 62 per cent thought
that better communication skills would help jobseekers, as a poor understanding of
communication was considered a common reason for not hiring candidates.
As well as this, hiring managers rated the importance of a candidate having the
proper technical skills and knowledge at 36 per cent, whereas jobseekers put it at
just 22 per cent. Similarly, jobseekers believed that having a history of similar
job roles was worth 62 per cent, but managers only considered it at 55 per cent,
meaning it is less important than many think.
Many jobseekers worry that having gaps on their CV will affect their employability,
but the managers surveyed said they believed it did not factor into their decisions
and so rated it at an astonishing 0 per cent.
Having industry knowledge is a must though, as hiring managers revealed when marking
it at 85 per cent importance. However, only 18 per cent was given to the expectation
that candidates have an understanding of the company’s financial performance.
When it came to recruitment consultants, jobseekers said they were good at providing
information on the job at hand, giving 76 per cent, but that consultants did not
give enough coaching for interviews, with just 2 per cent awarded.
The Managing Director of Nicoll Curtin, Lawrence Hargreaves, said: “The research
demonstrates that candidates are falling short of getting a job on simple things
such as poor communication or failing to recognise the importance of technical
skills and qualifications.
“The best advice is to build a relationship with a good recruitment agency that can
highlight the relevant aspects of your CV for the role, prepare you thoroughly and
coach you for your interview to communicate effectively.”
Mr Hargreaves also pointed out that, when applying for a job, candidates need to be
properly qualified, find a suitable recruitment agency, make their CV as succinct
and attention-grabbing as possible and consult with the agency as much as possible
to ensure their consultant keeps on top of things.
About Nicoll Curtin:
Nicoll Curtin is a specialist in IT recruitment consultancy, IT banking jobs and banking analyst jobs placing contract and permanent IT experts on a contingency basis in the UK, Europe
and Asia Pacific. It works with a portfolio of high profile multinational clients in
the banking and finance, commercial and public sectors. After only six years in
business, it now works with 85 per cent of the world’s global banks and financial
More than just a supplier, Nicoll Curtin builds long term partnerships with its
clients, acting as an extension of its teams. Its ability to source the best
available talent has a significant impact on business performance for its clients,
as well as boosting the careers of candidates.
Accolades include; ranking in the Fast Track 100 in 2010 and a 2nd place rating in
the Best Small Companies to work for in 2008, with a 3 star rating. Treating
employees as clients has seen the company excel in its growth, and has also helped
to maintain outstanding staff retention and length of service.
For more information contact:
t: +44 (0) 207 397 0154
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