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Vocative in the public sector....

Vocative in the public sector....

We are delighted to announce that Vocative have been accepted onto the UK Government’s Digital Outcomes & Specialists (DOS) 5 framework, to provide people for digital projects in the UK Public Sector.

We are looking forward to welcoming new public sector customers, and helping them secure the technical people they need to drive change and improvement in their organisations.

Customers can buy services quickly and cost effectively from Vocative, secure in the knowledge that they are complying with UK procurement regulations.

Please contact us to find out more.

Welcome to Vocative

Welcome to Vocative

We help organisations find and secure the technical people they need to drive change and improvement in their business.

Every role we work on is different; every customer unique; every candidate an individual. That’s why we say that recruitment is an art, not a science.

We help our customers improve quality and speed of hiring, reduce the opportunity cost of unfilled vacancies, and find and secure excellent candidates in difficult and complex markets.

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What we do

What we do

We take the pain out of finding technology leaders.

We can reduce the cost and time needed to find the right person: we help you to clarify your requirement, and secure the candidate you need.

And we offer a range of interesting and challenging opportunities to the candidates in our network.

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Technology Leaders

Organisations are increasingly relying on technology to create market advantage. But that creates a challenge – how to find the people who can drive that forward?

Technical skills are half the battle at best – particularly in a leader. To give your business an edge you need a candidate with a range of other capabilities – that’s where Vocative come in.

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Data & Analytics

Data is at the heart of your business. Managing and exploiting it well is vital.

We work with candidates ranging from Data Scientists driving product innovation in software vendors through to Data Governance specialists manage huge data challenges for global corporates. Read more here.

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Infrastructure

Underpinning every organisation is its IT infrastructure.

For 25 years we’ve helped companies find the people to implement, manage and transform their core IT infrastructure – from networking to on premise servers to large scale data centres and public cloud infrastructure. Read on here.

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Change & Transformation

It doesn’t matter what you do with technology in your organisation if you don’t take people with you.

Managing that change is tough, but essential. And the combination of skills required to influence, convince, train, communicate and transform can be hard to find. We work closely with numerous IT change specialists, both interim and permanent. Read more here.

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What our Clients & Candidates Say

  • Interim CTO

    Alastair has been easy to work with, professional in what he does and very much on the ball when it comes to placements. I would recommend working with Alastair and look forward to doing so again myself in the not to distant future.

    - Interim CTO

  • HR Director

    Alastair was introduced to us as we had a senior recruitment need. I was really impressed with the time Alastair spent getting to know our business and our culture so that he understood the uniqueness of what we do. This was a new role to us and it was important to get it right. Alastair was able to balance ours and the candidates needs and worked with us not for us which is where other recruiters, I think, go wrong. I felt in control of the process from beginning to end and nothing was too much trouble. I would recommend without hesitation.

    - HR Director

  • VP People

    Justin and I have worked very closely on a number of particularly challenging and complex campaigns. As a business woman I appreciate the work he puts into the twin perils of senior level recruitment - 1. sourcing quality candidates and 2. ensuring he keeps them interested in our opportunity through what is nearly always a 'long and winding road'! As a person I appreciate Justin's candour, sharp observations and his sense of humour. Through what are often fairly knotty propositions, we have fun and get the job done.

    - VP People

  • Candidate – Placed as Senior Java Developer – Investment Banking, Zurich

    Justin was far more professional than any other headhunter I've worked with.

    - Candidate – Placed as Senior Java Developer – Investment Banking, Zurich

  • Client (Head of Recruitment)

    I first engaged Justin when I was recruiting manager for Microsoft Australia. Because of the quality of his work, he became a preferred vendor and we used him repeatedly to source technical people for product support, technical evangelism and consulting. Justin is a straight shooter, builds and effectively leverages an impressive network and operates with integrity. I would have liked to have hired him to be an employee but he prefers to be an independent agent. I would work with Justin any time, either as a client or as a candidate.

    - Client (Head of Recruitment)

  • CIO/CTO

    Alastair has successfully supported a number of opportunities that I have had, orchestrating his teams and aligning them to the needs of his client. This is born from his customer focus and desire to fully understand the environment, culture and team dynamic, all essential requirements needed to ensure that the short lists presented not only match the skills and experience required, but also the organisational fit. His proactive, professional and diligent approach has eased what can be a time consuming and difficult process when building high performing teams.

    - CIO/CTO

  • Candidate – Placed as IT Manager

    Justin is an extremely enthusiastic and dedicated professional. He has a unique knowledge and in-depth experience of the IT sector and candidate market. He provides a credible and commercial resourcing service to the business. Rather than throwing CV’s my way he absolutely gets our vision. Justin has a real knack for understanding the needs of the business and sourcing quality candidates to match those needs. His approach is refreshing and he is an absolute pleasure to work with.

    - Candidate – Placed as IT Manager

  • Client (CIO)

    Having worked with Justin on a number of assignments both at my current organisation and a number of those that I have worked at over the past few years I am please to recommend him and his organisation as an excellent provider of quality candidates to fulfil your entire IT sourcing needs. Justin becomes an extension to your organisation when seeking new talent on both a contract and permanent basis as takes the time to understand your organisations workings before searching for and matching the skills you need. Justin balances the technical, cultural and interpersonal skills of each candidates so the fit your requirements very closely and prepares each candidate before they even walk through your door so they have the best possible chance when faced with attending an interview. Justin fast tracks the process of hiring new staff by only putting forward the right sort of candidates first time so you don’t need to go through hundreds of interviews before finding a shortlist of possible candidates that fit.

    - Client (CIO)

  • Recruitment Director

    Alastair is extremely client focused and always looking for the win-win in every situation. He has considerable experience delivering complex Exec Search, MSP and recruitment campaigns in both the private and public sector. He has exceptional stakeholder management skills, and is an all-round good bloke!

    - Recruitment Director

  • Client (Head of IT)

    I can't say that I enjoy dealing with Recruiters but Justin changed my opinion - honest, follows the client's lead, does the hard work and not a pressure merchant. Will use him again when I need to recruit.

    - Client (Head of IT)