Matthew Neville

Newcastle tech startup makes recruitment “more accessible” with new initiative

A Newcastle tech startup is shaking up recruitment for emerging tech talent, in order to better support those taking their first steps on the career ladder.

Tech recruitment specialists, Haystack are supporting those who are just starting out on their tech career by making roles with less than one year’s experience required, completely free to post for companies.

Mike Davies, COO and co-founder of Haystack said: “At one stage or another, we’ve all been there. Trying to get your first break in your career - with little or no experience.

“We want to make tech roles more accessible and easier to discover, by allowing companies to post roles that require less than 12 months experience, completely free forever on Haystack.”

Haystack provides a platform for people to make informed decisions on their tech careers, with their careers and insights marketplace focussed on providing opportunities for those in engineering, data, and design.

The platform, which now supports tens of thousands of “techies” in the UK, matches roles with users based on their interests, values, and tech stack to ensure employers aren’t provided with unsuitable candidates, and users aren’t shown unsuitable opportunities.

Chris Bone, CEO and co-founder added: “We’re finding more and more graduates on Haystack struggling to look for a role. Currently, 25 per cent of our user base are graduates and 3% of roles are advertised as graduate level. They’re being massively underserved and struggling to find opportunities.

“Companies don’t often struggle to hire for junior roles, but junior techies often struggle to find genuine entry-level roles to get their first step on the career ladder. That’s why Haystack is putting all the roles in one place for them to discover, completely free of charge.”

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