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10/04/2013 - 12:17

We are at the forefront of the search for top technical talent in Scotland, and despite the resources and experience at our disposal – getting the best person for the job has never been more challenging.


A new report from ScotlandIS highlights the huge challenge facing Scottish firms who wish to recruit IT staff. Firms are expecting to need 45,000 new recruits over the next five years, and 70% of those surveyed plan to expand in the next 12 months. However, more than half of them say they are unable to find the right people to fill their roles.


The Scottish technology industry is in a great place to help spearhead huge growth enabling a larger scale economic recovery, but only if the right people can be found. This is not an easy problem to fix, as the problems facing the required improvement in technical training run deep – however, in the meantime, talking to a specialist niche supplier can really help. We are best placed to advise on how to approach find the best people in a challenging market. Once we understand what you need and why, we can advise on what’s possible and realistic, and get you in touch with the right people.

20/03/2013 - 14:57

Over three quarters of IT departments are expecting budgets to rise in 2013, including a third who expect them to rise by more than a 5%.  Whilst the recession can’t be said to be “over”, the effects are certainly starting to wear off, with only 8% of departments expecting a reduction in spending, and 16% of respondents claiming their organisations were back up to pre-2008 levels.


Where is the extra money going to be spent? Security issues are paramount, with Data Protection projects being number one on list of priorities, followed by Server Virtualisation and Mobility.  


Read more from the Computer Weekly survey -

19/03/2013 - 11:10

Some say that in the internet age, the traditional recruitment consultancy might become outmoded. However, we’re very keen to stress that as a boutique supplier of Professional Services, we’re here to stay.


We’re very confident that we offer an invaluable and irreplaceable service to our clients in the recruitment process. Yes – in the modern world there it seems easier for recruiting companies to “go it alone” and recruit without the help of Recruitment Consultancies like us.  Social Media, easy access internet based job boards and LinkedIn may seem to offer an easy route for companies to find staff, however, this is making life more complex for recruiting organisations, not easier.


The idea that the recruitment industry can be “disintermediated” by modern technology is a myth. Where we add value is by having an intimate knowledge of the process, the sector and the candidate community, not merely by chucking up an advert and forwarding the response. If that’s your idea of all a recruitment consultancy does, then great, have a go yourselves… good luck!


What Cathcart Associates does is different. We truly understand what you want (as opposed maybe to what you think you want), and we understand what’s possible given the market conditions. We know what makes a “special” candidate – it’s all we do all day every day, so we know where the real valuable people are, and how to get them interested in you. And we understand the process – we know what can and does go wrong in the recruitment process, and we can guide both parties through this minefield so both parties get what they want.


And we do it all no-win-no-fee… so even if you’re not convinced, you can put us to the test for nothing!

12/03/2013 - 15:24

Welcome to the new look Cathcart Associates website! Following our successful migration to Influence CRM, we have updated our website to allow for better integration, as well as to represent the company better as one of the country’s leading suppliers of professional recruitment consultancy.


We hope you like it!

12/03/2013 - 14:54

Cathcart Associates is pleased to announce we have been nominated as Best Small Recruitment Consultancy, for the second year running, in the S1Jobs Awards. This prestigious award is voted for solely by users of S1 jobs, so we are very proud to be considered as one of the best recruitment companies out there by the Scottish IT candidate community.


Please take a moment to follow this link and cast you vote for Cathcart Associates as the Best Small Recruitment Consultancy:


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