UK companies often complain there is too little engineering prowess in the UK. Recruiting firm Hired says the talent is there - if you know where to look.

With an exclusive sneak peek of a top recruitment agency’s data on employer trends, salaries and share, Techworld advises you on how to hire the best in the business.

Companies like Airbnb have little issue hiring talent due to its well-known brand ©Airbnb
Companies like Airbnb have little issue hiring talent due to its well-known brand ©Airbnb

Hired helps over 300 London tech startups, including Funding Circle, Deliveroo, Just Par, Lyst and Hassle source tech talent. Here are some tips based on their insight into the recruitment world.

Lack of talent?

There isn’t a lack of quality tech candidates across the UK but there is a growing demand, which creates more recruiting competition amongst companies.

The problem lies in visibility. You need to make sure you gauge candidate intent so you put out the perfect job advert and make the most attractive offer.

Sell yourself

Developing a strong employer brand is key. Take Google, for example. You need a name that resonates in the developer community. This can be achieved through hackathons or developing interesting projects. Typically open-source projects win intelligent engineers over due to their altruistic and problem solving nature.

Fair pay

Keep in mind that it’s is not all about money and many engineers want to work on something they are excited about. Bear in mind that 70 percent of Hired’s candidates don’t end up taking the highest paying offer. However, spreading the word that you pay fairly is always going to work in your favour when it comes to hiring.

Should I offer shares?

Equity generally isn’t something that attracts UK engineering talent, according to Hired, which has asked hundreds of developers what they are looking for in a job role and offer. But it could change in the future. For now, focus on creating an interesting role with career progression.

Salary: How much should I pay a software developer?

Take a UX designer, for example, a role that pays between £35k and £88k. The average salary is £40,245 for a junior UX specialist (0-2 years) and £54,250 for more senior roles (7-10 years), though they can earn more.

Software engineers take home a similar pay packet. A junior takes on average £44,000 (0-1 years' experience) £48,000 (2-3 years) £55,000 (4-5 years), £60,000 (5-7 years), £77,000 (10-15 years) and £88,000 (over 15 years), according to Hired's figures.

Relocate, relocate, relocate?

Great candidates are willing to relocate from Europe and elsewhere - don’t limit your search to the UK. Speed is of the essence! Moving candidates quickly through your process increases the likelihood of placement. Top candidates find jobs within three weeks of expressing intent.

Time is of the essence

The average time to hire tech talent in the UK is around 22 days compared to 19 days in the US, Hired finds. The shortest time to hire in the UK is one week, so be prepared to take some time to find the right person. However, you should be wary of the ticking clock, as the best developers on the recruiter’s books find jobs within three weeks of signing up. Moving candidates quickly through your process increases the likelihood of hiring.

Which skills are most in demand?

Within London, Javascript developers are most in demand. In contrast, Java is well supplied in the city, followed by UX (user experience), HTML/CSS and mobile.