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Skills shortage forces North Wales recruiter to find workers from London

Skills shortage forces North Wales recruiter to find workers from London 

A RECRUITMENT agency is searching as far away as London to find suitably qualified IT workers for vacancies in North West Wales.

Employers and recruiters in the area are finding it increasingly difficult to find skilled labour locally, despite a desire to create jobs for local people.

Even with thousands of candidates on its books, independent agency Supertemps has a number of IT vacancies it is seeking suitable people to fill.

Sian Williams, manager of the agency’s Bangor branch, said the problem was particularly acute in Gwynedd and Anglesey, where web and Java programming developers sought by private firms are in short supply.

She said: “I think & lsquo;Skills Shortage’ would sum up the job market for Bangor. Companies are certainly hiring, some more proactively than others.

“One of the reasons may be that, especially for senior positions, people already in a job are keeping their heads down, rather than looking for new work.

“To attract talent we’ve advertised on websites and social media, worked with Bangor University to find graduates, spoken to other agencies, and offered rewards for recommending colleagues or friends we place in certain roles.

“We’ve even advertised in London for people to return or relocate to North Wales. In an ideal world we wouldn’t need to do this.”

One solution is for employees and employers to be more flexible, marrying willingness from employees to learn and greater patience, understanding and encouragement from employers.

Ian Beard, originally from Llangefni on Anglesey, has recently returned to the island following a lengthy IT career in London.

A change in lifestyle prompted the move, rather than being headhunted, but he was realistic about his chances of finding the ideal job.

Nevertheless, Supertemps found him a permanent position at ETL Solutions, a data management software company in Parc Menai, Bangor.

The arrangement requires Ian to train himself in a specific computer language and the employer has given him a three-month trial to “grow” into the position.

“This is a great opportunity for me,” Ian said.

“There are a lot of similarities between the products and services ETL Solutions offer and the financial markets data I’ve worked on in London over the last 20 years.”

Supertemps also reports a shortage of qualified accounts personnel, business development managers and youth sector management.

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