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Digital & technology


  • Recruiter on demand


  • Filled one point two million pounds worth of roles, reducing a backlog of vacancies

  • Saved our client £100,000 in recruitment agency and contractor resource cost

  • Provided added value with CV workshops, IT graduate assessments and social media campaigns

The challenge:

Our client, a major UK media production and broadcasting company was experiencing challenges across its resourcing function – specifically in relation to a large number of engineering technology requirements across their online and on-demand division.

The roles were deemed hard to fill due to the market-wide skills shortage of candidates and the high demand for these roles from competitor organisations.

Our client’s talent advisory team did not have the necessary level of expertise or capacity to successfully recruit these roles. The result was these critical roles had remained open and unfilled for an extended period, with expensive contractor resource being utilised until permanent employees could be recruited and on-boarded.

As an expert provider of specialist technology recruitment services, Reed Talent Solutions was engaged to deliver an initial requirement of 20 engineering hires into their online and on-demand division.

The solution:

It was important for the client that our service could be mobilised quickly, to avoid any further delay in recruitment for these critical roles.

On top of this, embedding the service into the client’s structure was also vital, utilising their recruitment technology platforms, processes, and communication channels, with reporting lines into both their talent advisory (TA) manager and key stakeholders within the engineering team.

The best fit solution was to provide the services via our recruiter on-demand model. We aligned one of our senior IT talent partners to the client for an initial six-month project, operating as an extension of the client’s talent acquisition function to headhunt candidates against the in-scope engineering roles, manage the recruitment process, and support candidates and managers through onboarding.

In addition to the specialist expertise of our senior IT talent partner, our client also benefited from:

  • The wider expertise of the leadership team within our recruitment process outsourcing technology practice, which maintained line management of our embedded consultant throughout the contract

  • Access to an extensive talent database of niche engineering candidates via our senior talent partner’s established network, and new candidates identified through Linkedin Recruiter and the Reed Talent Solutions database of over 200,000 engineering candidates

The results:

From a standing start, our recruiter filled roles worth over £1.2m in salaries over a period of six months.

Filling not just the original brief but several roles outside of this, the recruiter received exceptional client feedback.

Roles filled included:

  • PMO lead

  • Front-end engineering manager

  • Four front-end engineers

  • Lead technical product manager

  • Lead product manager

  • Junior technical product manager

  • Online services operations manager

  • Two BI administrators (Hyperion Planning and FCCS)

  • Junior technical product manager

In addition to successfully recruiting against our client’s critical, hard to fill roles, our solution resulted in over £100,000 of savings against recruitment agency costs and the continued use of contractor resource.

During project delivery and working closely with the client’s TA team, Reed Talent Solutions identified additional areas where our expertise could support the client’s wider talent attraction and development strategy, which resulted in us supporting delivery of the following projects:

  • Hiring manager CV workshops

  • IT graduate assessments

  • Social media campaigns for technology hires

  • Sponsorship and attendance at technology networking events

  • Developing partnerships to deliver coding challenge events

Find out more about our recruiter on-demand solution, or get in touch with one of our experts to talk through your needs.