Attracting talent to digital and tech

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November’s KPMG and REC report on jobs in the UK shows little change in a labour market that is at odds with itself. Supply and demand continue oppose each other despite permanent jobs placements growing.

According to the report, candidate jobs shortages are the fifth highest since records began in 1997 with factors such as high demand for staff, a reduction in foreign workers, and lessened career switch behaviour identified as causes

As staff demand grows across the board, one area in particular gasps for fresh talent – digital and tech.

Learning and Work Institute, Enginuity and Worldskills UK recently found that 92% of businesses believe having a basic level of digital skills is important for employees and 76% believe a lack of these skills will now impact profitability.

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills put this into context by saying more than 500,000 additional workers will be needed in the three highest-skilled groups in the digital sector by the end of 2022. That’s triple the amount of computer science degree students that have graduated in the UK over the last 10 years.

Many organisations already understand the need for digital skills. Data from our own has identified an 870% increase in roles like Cyber Security and IT in 2021 already, compared to 2019. The issue, however, is candidate interests don’t represent the same growth in demand.

Young people’s interest in digital and tech roles have declined since 2019. IT and Creative & Digital Media, previously 3rd and 9th in the top 10 industries by candidate interest are no longer in the top 10. The trades and high touch industries such as childcare have improved their position.

It is clear that the need for digital and tech skills will persist. The question is in how organisations will attract new talent to the roles incorporate them.


To apply for a role simply fill out your details below and a member of our team will be in touch.

Talent Manager – Educator Team

Reporting to:
Head of Education Managed Services
Chloe Hutchins

Work Location:
Home Based with occasional travel to team meetings.

£21,000 per annum, with the potential to earn a discretionary commission based on achieving recruitment

Who we are?
We challenge industry stereotypes, we broaden horizons and we help young people to make informed decisions at the beginning of their working life. We believe every young person in the UK should have the access to the information they really need when taking that first step into employment.

We look at things a bit differently, helping young people understand what really interests them not just what’s available in the here and now. As a result, we’re proud to say we’ve helped over 2 million people through this process, but we want to help many more!

As a result of continued success, we are expanding our team and recruiting a Talent Manager.

What will you do?
As a Talent Manager at GetMyFirstJob, you’ll work in a consultative, coaching approach with our candidates, guiding them through the application process and forging strong relationships and bonds of trust in one of the most important times in their lives.

Acting as their recruitment advisor, you’ll be there with them throughout the whole process, from initial role exploration and CV submission, right through to interview preparation and onboarding.

Alongside your responsibilities to candidates, you will also act as point of contact for external stakeholders, reporting back on your campaign findings, making strategic decisions and offering advice of best practice with a view of constant improvement.

Other responsibilities will include:

  • Prepare and post opportunities across a range of platforms in line with employer and business requirements.
  • Support candidates from minority diversities with the application process via personal contact and events.
  • Receive and review applications, manage telephone/video interviews and online tests to create a shortlist of young people for the employer.
  • Check the suitability and eligibility of applicants before submitting their details to the employer.
  • Create talent pools on GMFJ system to support reverse marketing of candidates.
  • Prepare CVs and correspondence to forward to employers in respect of suitable applicants.
  • Organise interviews for young people as requested by the employer, conducting mock interviews if appropriate.
  • Support campaign managers with strategic decisions and providing relevant updates and answering questions on stakeholder calls.
  • Ensure the regular daily and accurate input of all activity in GMFJ systems.
  • Provide regular reports of business activity volumes, recruitment success and vacancies.
  • Being led by the data, driving your pipeline and activity from the Marketing team to fulfil campaign objectives.

What do you need?
To succeed in this role you’ll need to be passionate about making a difference in young peoples lives and have excellent communication skills. Other skills required include:

  • Driven with a proven track record at meeting recruitment objectives
  • Sound understanding of recruitment in a commercial environment
  • Self-motivation and ability to organise own time effectively
  • Maintain a current knowledge of UK apprenticeship requirements and policies
  • High level of literacy

If your experience matches our requirements, and you have a passion to help in the lives of our young people, then please click apply.

Please note due to a high volume of applicants we may not be able to respond to all applications. All successful candidates will be notified within 72 hours of application.