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Desk in Focus: Technology Manchester

22 February 2019

by Megan Walsh

In today's world, the secret to business success lies in your technology department. Having access to the best talent will be crucial to the continued development of your business. And that’s where we come in. We have unrivalled access to the best talent in the technology market and are here to help you find the perfect candidates for hard-to-fill positions. Let’s meet the team…

Ben Baillie-Lane, Managing Consultant, +44 203 861 9159,

Ben joined OJ in 2017 and has played an instrumental part in the development of the technology desk. The knowledge he has acquired during his six years’ experience placing Heads of Risk, Heads of Security and Directors of Information Governance has massively helped the growth of the security sector. Ben takes a consultative approach to the fast-paced nature of his job and places candidates from mid to c-suite level.

Ben’s top trend: “Data is the new oil, so anything that can help a business maximise their analytics will boom this year.”

Alex Bloomer, Managing Consultant, +44 203 861 9125,

Alex joined OJ in 2018 with six years’ experience in technology recruitment. He has placed many candidates at varying levels but has spent the past three years focussing on senior management roles. He now works with candidates at all levels – from junior developers through to seniors, Heads of and CTOs.

Alex’s top trend: “There is a growing need for cyber security candidates to fill roles such as security by design, secure coding and application security. I also believe voice search optimization and modular design will see exponential growth.”

Nicholas Imiolek, Managing Consultant, +161 694 0769,

Nick covers Server/Cloud Infrastructure, DevOps and system architecture, placing candidates from junior to c-suite level. He joined the business in 2018 and has used his extensive technology experience to help expand OJ’s presence within the technology sector.

Nick’s top trend: “Containerization is going to be at the forefront of my particular market. Over the last 12 months the demand for candidates with Docker skills has also been increasing.”

Jade White, Senior Contract Consultant, +161 694 0803,

Jade’s core market is the Microsoft Tech Stack, making her responsible for placing Software Engineers and Heads of Software on a contractual basis. She has three years’ experience as a consultant and has placed over 75 contractors during her career. She often runs development meet-ups for industry professionals, so give her a call if you’d like to find out when the next one will be taking place.

Jade’s top trend: “With Brexit looming, it seems the technology market is beginning to become reliant on a flexible workforce, which is good news for contractors operating in the tech industry!”

Jonathan Lord, Consultant, +44 203 861 9150,

Jonathan joined OJ in May 2018. He has two years’ experience specializing in interim recruitment for IT professionals, but now focusses on placing candidates in the testing market all over the UK. Jonathan places candidates at all levels, from junior to senior positions.

Jonathan’s top trend: “We are starting to see huge investment from businesses in both Artificial Intelligence and Data & Analytics, so the demand for candidates in these areas is hugely competitive.”

Emma Campbell, Consultant, +44 203 861 9258,

Emma joined OJ as an Associate Consultant after graduating from the University of Manchester with a degree in English Literature. Her continued success quickly earned her a promotion to Delivery Consultant on the Infrastructure and Security desk. Emma focusses on cloud infrastructure, DevOps and information security roles for mid-senior-level candidates working in the contract market.

Emma’s top trend: “I have noticed an increased demand for Supplier Assurance professionals in the cyber security space. There is also a strong focus on containerization in the DevOps space.”

Listowel Appiah, Delivery Consultant, +44 161 694 0733,

Listowel joined OJ in April seeking a career change and within three days managed to place a Senior Java Developer for a top client. He places mid-senior-level candidates in IT Development roles across the North West. Listowel puts a huge focus on understanding the technology market to gain as much commercial information possible about this ever-evolving sector.

Listowel’s top trend: “I am currently witnessing a lot of front-end developers opting to develop within a cloud base over embedded alternatives.”

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