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Onboarding crucial for employers to avoid costs

Hays IT, the leading recruitment expert, is working in partnership with Nov8 the specialist people, team and cultural development consultancy, to ensure that newly appointed senior IT professionals are successfully embedded within a business. In a recent survey eighty five per cent of IT professionals said they thought that onboarding services, such as coaching and mentoring, are crucial for the cultural assimilation of new hires. Despite this, less than a third of respondents (29%) felt that the coaching and mentoring offered was very effective.

From the initial stages, the candidate's cultural fit is identified, as are the skills gaps and aspirations of the team. Of the IT professionals surveyed, an overwhelming ninety one per cent cited cultural fit as important or very important when recruiting staff. Cultural assessment tools are used to profile the candidates and support the company in exploring cultural fit at interview stage. This continues after the appointment as they help the candidate identify the desired values, behaviours and a leadership style that will complement the existing team and business. Candidates undertake one to one transformational coaching sessions that continue through their initial period of employment.

James Lloyd-Townshend, Managing Director at Hays IT, comments: "Recruiting leaders involves considerable investment and the cost implications of senior hires that don't stay long in a new role are significant. Senior IT professionals entering a new working environment for the first time face difficult challenges and aren't always given the insight and support they need - it is crucial that this is addressed. By working with Nov8 we are able to profile organisations from the offset and ensure that new hires are successfully embedded within the business."

John Hemingway, experienced CIO and transformational coach at Nov 8, comments: "Recruitment often involves the instinct of both the organisation and the candidate in assessing how someone will "fit in". This innovative new approach reduces risk and enables success through exploring the values, beliefs and behaviours that are the difference that makes the difference when recruiting senior staff."

Notes to editor

Hays Information Technology is part of Hays plc (the "Group") the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Australia and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe. It operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

The Group employs 6,933 staff operating from 345 offices in 28 countries across 17 specialisms.

For the year ended 30 June 2009:

  • The Group had revenues of £2.4 billion, net fees of £670.8 million and operating profit of £158 million.
  • The Group placed around 50,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 270,000 people into temporary assignments.
  • The temporary placement business represented 56% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 44% of net fees.

For more information please contact:

Alexandra Tucker
T: 020 7630 4282