Microsoft recruitment partner Curo Talent has appointed Annie Andrews as head of technology.
Curo Talent stands to benefit greatly from Annie’s technology experience and her ability to identify future technologies for Microsoft consultants. She will also be a source of expertise for clients to discuss their talent needs and skills gap.
Annie started her career in Microsoft training and consultancy, covering both programming and systems engineering. From there, she became a technical lead with many other technologies during her later positions at Lloyds Banking Group, where she held the role of chief subject matter expert. Now, Annie is returning to her mothership technology of Microsoft, as head of technology at Curo Talent.
The new appointment comes at a time when hiring organisations are struggling to mitigate the IT industry’s growing skills shortage. Currently, niche IT skillsets are in high demand – such as competency using Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. However, organisations are struggling to identify the correct candidates because the hiring managers lack experience in the technology.
“Seeing the word ‘Azure’ on someone’s CV, for example, can mean many different things on first glance,” explains Annie. “It makes sense that standard recruiters struggle to differentiate the skills of different candidates, resulting in contractors being put forward for jobs that aren’t suited to their skills. It’s important to understand the subtleties on candidates’ CVs, and that’s where I come in.”
It’s unusual for a recruitment organisation to hire a technical evangelist and Curo Talent believes it is the first.
Mark Sewell, chief information officer at Curo Talent, commented: “We are pioneering a new way of resourcing IT talent, bringing IT experts like Annie onboard to identify the next wave of technology for candidates and providing the right talent to clients just-in-time.”
Annie supports Mark’s view. She added: “What is happening in the Curo Talent community is different to the recruitment norm. The specialists in our pool have experience in working with many of these niche skillsets and we understand exactly where their skills can be applied.
“That said, technology is ever changing, and it’s my job to remain vigilant on the changing markets, while communicating these trends and industry demands to our consultants. Ultimately, it’s about delivering a better understanding of what talent is out there, and which skills are in demand.”