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Case Study

The Challenge

  • Our client is a global company and high street brand that specialises in technology, consumer electronics, phones and software.

  • The hiring manager we support heads up a team that’s responsible for providing accessibility consultancy services to development teams across the business. 

  • PCR was tasked with providing accessibility consultants within the development team after the spec for these roles had been given to a number of recruitment agencies, who’d been unsuccessful in their searches.


The Solution

  • As demand continued for these skills, it was obvious we needed to broaden our network. There were no obvious networking groups for us to join where people had such niche skills, so we set up our own, the London Accessibility Meetup Group. 

  • It worked. Since 2013, we’ve provided 15 Accessibility Engineers to the team and we continue to network and develop relationships with potential candidates. 
  • We’ve also been able to help the broader engineering team with finding JavaScript, Java, Grails, PHP, iOS and iOS Engineers when they haven’t had the calibre of candidates coming through from their normal suppliers. 

How We Worked

  • Working closely with the hiring manager initially and the team, we had to understand what skills were needed and why.

  • We initially took a headhunting approach to our searches, finding out which businesses and consultancies had these skills, and building lists of potential candidates as these types of skills and candidates are few and far between.

 

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Due to the nature of the teams they’re dealing with, the candidates we put forward had to be strong engineers in their own right, but also be able to guide people through projects, rather than being hands-on. They had to have strong knowledge and experience around accessibility.

Jane Abbott - Managing Director, PCR Digital