Norrie Johnston Recruitment Expands Technology Practice

November 18, 2015 – U.K.-headquartered Norrie Johnston Recruitment (NJR), a specialist in global executive search and interim management, has bolstered its technology division with the additions of Mark Gillham as a recruitment director and Richard Rogerson as an associate.

Mr. Gillham will focus on technology and business transformation. He has over 20 years of experience in senior level permanent and interim recruitment, working with some of the biggest firms in the recruitment field, establishing and running their IT divisions. During this time he also operated his own recruitment business, MDR LTD, for over 10 years. Mr. Gillham also gained search experience at Rapid Search & Interim as well as in Morgan McKinley’s IT recruitment division.

Mr. Rogerson has over 20 years of experience in the management consultancy and IT industries; he was most recently with Hitachi Solutions. As a consultant he has delivered on multi million dollar IT-based business change projects and worked with organizations such as GAME, ITE, Rapidrop, BSkyB, Xennia, BBC and Pearson.

“CIOs are very focused on recruitment at the moment. They can’t afford to have skills shortages hold their companies back. Big data and of course security are just two of the topics high on their agendas,” said Graham Oates, Norrie Johnston CEO. “We’re assembling a team which absolutely understands these pressures. True to our philosophy, we’re offering clients recruitment consultants who have not simply worked in recruitment but have worked within companies in senior IT roles. So they absolutely understand the pressures, the issues, the skills and of course the speed of response CIO’s are looking for.”

According to survey results from Robert Half’s ‘IT Hiring Forecast Trend Report,’ recruiting remains a challenge: 59 percent of CIOs said it is ‘somewhat’ or ‘very challenging’ to find skilled IT professionals. Sixty-nine percent of respondents said they are taking action to address recruiting challenges for IT staff. Some steps they are taking include increasing networking activities (48 percent); using recruiters or staffing firms (37 percent); offering referral bonuses (36 percent); and hiring consultants to augment current staff (36 percent).

Norrie Johnston Recruitment is focused on filling senior permanent and interim executive roles, using a mix of technology plus traditional search methods, employing recruiters who have real world business experience.

Earlier this year, the firm appointed Jackie Edwards as a non-executive director. Ms. Edwards has led major change programs for financial services brands and high profile regulatory bodies including Barclays Group companies, Cap Gemini Ernst Young and the Financial Services Authority (now the FCA).

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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