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Southampton IT recruitment consultancy bucks trend

Southampton IT recruitment consultancy bucks trend through major expansion in its first year
Southampton IT Recruitment consultancy, Spectrum IT, is defying the current recession having doubled in size since it was established last year.
Following a successful first years trading, supplying permanent and contract staff to businesses across the South East & South West, Spectrum IT has now swapped its London Road office for a new base at Southampton Science Park in Chilworth.
The company was created by Sales Director Ian Cruickshank from Winchester and two ex-employees of a major corporate recruitment agency, their aim being to bring an educated, consultative and service-driven approach to IT recruitment.
With a client base ranging from SMEs to FTSE 100 companies, Spectrum ITs expansion has also resulted in the launch of sister company, Spectrum People, which specialises in sales, administration and marketing staff.
Ian Cruickshank said: The current climate is proving challenging but for very different reasons to 18 months ago. There are fewer career opportunities for an increased number of job seekers making it, theoretically, a good time to be hiring. However, there is a significant shift in employers expectations, and rightly so.
We build long term, open partnerships with our customers to ensure we understand both technical and cultural requirements. The result is a far more accurate and long term recruitment solution that helps our customers push forward.
Eighteen months ago, the demand for C# / C Software Developers and Software Engineers was stronger than ever however there was a distinct lack of candidates looking for new opportunities.  The demand for these types of candidates has decreased to a certain extent, however good candidates are still being secured quickly and at competitive salaries. 
The more hands-on technical IT positions seem to be made priority at present with the softer skilled positions such as Project Management and Business Analysts more likely to be put on hold until further budget approval.
Ian added: The market is definitely showing signs of turning with this month (May) being our biggest month to date since Spectrum IT started.  We are currently working with a number of companies who have significant expansion plans for this year.  We see the recession as an opportunity to demonstrate our ability and win business from our competitors. It will also ensure we are in the right position to maximize our delivery capabilities when the market recovers.
A corporate member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the professional body representing the UKs private recruitment industry, Spectrum ITs move to Southampton Science Park is because of its focal point as a centre for technological excellence in the region.


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