UK-based Tech recruitment platform Hackajob launches in the U.S as demand for tech talent soars
The ongoing pandemic has made it difficult for employers to fill open positions as a record 4.3 million Americans voluntarily quit their jobs to maintain a work-life balance. The number of job openings hit a record-high of 11.55 million in March, according to the Labor Department’s JOLTS report. The situation is even worse in the tech sector. Tech employment is set to reach 8.9 million in 2022.
As employers face the challenge of hiring qualified workers and the demand for tech talent soars in the U.S, one UK-based tech recruitment platform has decided to offer some help to alleviate the worker shortage.
Today, hackajob, a tech market recruitment platform that hires based solely on skills, made its debut in the United States to support U.S companies as demand for specialist tech talent continues to surge. The launch comes as the rise of remote working sees 67% of tech talent widen their job search beyond their locality.
The launch responds to the growing tech talent gap which has become even more urgent in the U.S following the pandemic. According to research from CompTIA there are 178,0002 new tech jobs projected for 2022 in the US alone.
However, more than two thirds (69%) of U.S digital leaders are unable to keep up with demand due to lack of talent. hackajob’s transformative approach to tech recruitment is a welcome tool for U.S companies; including global organizations that already work with hackajob’s pool of over 100,000 engaged tech candidates in the UK, from LexisNexis legal and Professional to Roku, Informa and BAE Systems. Candidates on the hackajob platform range from software engineers to cloud specialists and data scientists.
Founded as a tech careers marketplace, hackajob puts the power back in the hands of those working in tech. Their aim is simple, eliminate the bias associated with traditional recruitment techniques to help find tech talent based on their skills rather than backgrounds by using AI and intelligent custom-built tech challenges to understand candidates’ overall competency.
Commenting on the launch, hackajob Co-founder and CEO Mark Chaffey said: “We’re incredibly excited to expand our platform to the U.S market, tech talent has never been in greater demand in what is now an increasingly fluid tech ecosystem.
“As we continue to grow, our mission is the same: we want to banish bias from the hiring process. The U.S is home of the world’s biggest tech giants and as the tech talent gap continues to widen, we aim to help companies meet demand by matching them to the right candidates with the best skills, our custom-built AI-powered platform does this with ease, ensuring that the experience for both employees and employers is as smooth as possible,” he added.
hackajob’s US launch comes as the tech talent pool becomes increasingly globalized. The ability to work remotely has seen 67% of tech talent surveyed by hackajob widen their job search beyond their local area; at the same U.S tech firms are increasing hires abroad as the need for talent shows no signs of slowing.
hackajob’s recent report – ‘The great Disconnect,’ revealed there is still a big divide between employer and employee sentiments which is further hampering the recruitment process. Most of the 50+ tech enterprises surveyed believed teams should be in the office three times a week, however, the shift to hybrid working has meant that work-life balance is no longer seen as a perk but as a right. The report found that 73% of tech employees would like to work completely remotely, while 39% of tech talent want either remote or remote working to be part of a new job package.
To help hiring teams re-connect and align with prospective talent priorities and needs, hackajob’s Brand service supports businesses to develop their employer brand to attract the best candidates as competition for tech talent intensifies. Since launching in 2015 hackajob now has two offices in London and in Romania with 105 employees that are split across both sites.