Managing Director of PSD Technology and Media, looks at the fluctuating
changes the Technology sector experienced in 2016, along with his
outlook on recruitment trends for 2017.
Change is the norm in Technology
was a year characterised by uncertainty in so many ways. The rate of
technology change and it's proliferation into our lives and business
processes means that 2017 may not be any different. One element that we can be
sure of is that change is the norm.
tell us they need to do more with less expenditure to survive in markets that
are becoming more competitive every day”
Companies need to invest cautiously
Technology is often the answer to overcoming many
business obstacles but it comes with its own challenges. Companies that invest
in technology do this at a financial cost, and often have to deal with
outcomes that are unpredictable.
We see the market being driven by
companies and people selling technologies or driving their implementation. Our
blue chip clients need to give their shareholders a reliable return and so
need to be “ahead of the curve”. This means investing cautiously in
Interim contracts are on the rise
are being made in favour of a person's track record and limited commitment.
Our clients are therefore increasingly hiring interims and/or agile consulting
and outsourcing solutions, choosing to use resources that have a proven record
of results, but don't require too much money and time commitment.
Benefits for both parties
Hiring an interim is a cost-effective
way to channelling someone's experience and turn it towards the company's
needs. There are also benefits for the employee - very experienced senior
candidates are looking to take on interim engagements rather than committing
to a longer term agreement with a new employer. Some are concerned that a new
employer may not give them job satisfaction, and so working on an interim
basis allows them to assess the career prospects at a new company, but with
Alongside this, consulting firms can offer
opportunities for individuals with particular experience - candidates that they
will continue to utilise over and over again, but are allied to a particular
technology, or the capability of a group of people. These candidates can be
developed and refined to a level that a larger organisation cannot easily
achieve alone - one that would prefer to buy-in.
Our clients tell us
they need to do more with less expenditure to survive in markets that are
becoming more competitive every day. They are either looking for key staff to
help drive their business plans, or agile solutions that can solve a set of
problems in a very cost effective and predictable way.
“Our clients are either looking for key staff to help
drive their business plans, or agile solutions.”