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Firms must plan ahead to land top IT graduates

Published: Friday, 28 September 2007   Category: Professional & financial services | Science, IT and Engineering

Financial firms hoping to employ high-calibre IT graduates must start their recruitment process as early as possible, new research has revealed.

A survey by the Highams Group has revealed that other sectors, such as retail and distribution, are beating finance companies to the best candidates by getting to them more quickly.

Commenting on the end for forward planning in IT recruitment, Dave Pye, chief executive of the Highams Group, said: "So many projects in the financial services sector are IT driven and are rarely just dropped on an organisation.

"It's therefore surprising that so much recruitment is carried out on an ad hoc basis especially when the sector is also saying that its recruitment needs are largely for permanent rather than short-term interim or contract staff."

He added: "We're finding that the lack of forward planning is sometimes resulting in financial organisations missing out on the best IT candidates. There are good people out there but it can take up to six months to get them on board in permanent roles."

The findings of the survey revealed that only 30 per cent of financial companies planned their IT recruitment a year in advance.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18298091-ADNFCR

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