Our core focus is on the East Midlands; however we also have the flexibility to recruit across the UK should we need to.
I believe the IT world has come a long way in the last decade. IT is now the force that drives a lot of core business decisions and as the industry has evolved, so have the roles. BI is now Data Science, software development is now software engineering, and information security is the number one thing that keeps IT Directors up at night!
Over the past couple of years, we have built up a good base of local clients and started making a name for ourselves in the local tech community. We sponsor and attend local tech events, including my recent partnership with DDD East Midlands; and have become a trusted recruitment partner to local blue chips, SME’s and start-ups alike.
I have specialised in contract recruitment locally for the majority of my career, meaning my network of IT contractors across the East Midlands is unmatched and I only work with fully referenced local contractors that you can rely on. With more and more roles coming our way, I can foresee the Distinct IT & Tech team growing significantly over the next few years to keep up with demand!
Senior IT Recruiter
I had worked for large, corporate organisations for over ten years and I realised that I wanted the opportunity to shape my own career and try out new ideas. Working at Distinct offers me that and so much more. Their ethos and values mirror mine which is very important to me, and the trust and belief that they have in their employees is unlike anything I’ve experienced before. When Distinct offered me an opportunity to set up an IT contract desk in my own way with their full support, I jumped at it and haven’t looked back.
Nowadays, every recruitment agency is trying to get away from the salesy and untrustworthy image that our industry is tarred with. So when I joined Distinct on a promise that they “really are different” I was sceptical. Within a few months of joining I was blown away because they actually lived up to that promise. We are open & honest, treat people as we hope to be treated and are all working towards the same goal of delivering great service in our respective markets.
After spending a year setting up the contract desk, I was asked to take on more responsibility and start recruiting the permanent roles as well. It’s a fresh & exciting challenge for me and I love being able to consult with both clients and candidates & service all of their needs.
This year I was honoured to be invited to join the DDD East Midlands organisation team. DDD East Midlands is the regions largest not-for-profit technology conference who celebrate the unique tech, talent & companies that the East Midlands has to offer. My role as one of 3 co-organisers is to secure sponsorship for the event from local tech companies.
Rachel has been a standout superstar recruiter from day one. In the dull, impersonal world of recruitment, she’s the vibrant happy and caring personality you hoped recruiters were like! In my early days of starting out as a contract developer, she always had ample time for answering questions and really getting to know me as a developer to find roles which were a better fit for me. – And the end client, not just fulfil a role as quickly as possible to earn a commission and move onto the next faceless candidate.
I can’t thank her enough for all her hard work and attention, and I have no doubt she’ll continue to be exceptional in her career and help many more candidates find their perfect roles with those lucky clients managed by Rachel!
I have known and worked with Rach for over 10 years on a business and personal level. She is an exceptionally talented professional, who is very supportive and professional in her approach and committed to learning about her clients requirements. Her enthusiasm and passion is clear to see and her industry knowledge ensures that she can be trusted find the right level of candidates.
Having maintained this relationship with great professionalism over the years, there was no doubt that when I required a new role I would come to Rachel. She actively listened to my needs and wishes and worked tirelessly to ensure that my skills and requirements matched to the right company. She certainly went the extra mile! I would have no hesitation in using Rachel to assist me as a candidate or from a client perspective in the future and I thank her for the continued support.
We deal with careers every day and know that changing jobs is one of the most stressful and important life stages for anyone. So, when you’re thinking about your next career move, our approach is to get to know you through an informal chat over a coffee or using our video-chat platform, Distinct Live. This way we can truly understand your background, career aims, and what’s important to you.
We also offer other free services including CV & LinkedIn profile workshops, career development and networking events. We will share our market knowledge and work with you to improve your chances of securing your next job. Ultimately, we want to help you in your job search.
We’re not ran by KPI’s, so we will never put a candidate forward for a role that isn’t right for them, even if that means a small shortlist of 1 or 2 people – they will be the right people.
We get to know our clients’ culture and people within so that when you’re looking for someone to join your team, we can represent and promote your brand effectively.
If you decide to work with us exclusively, we will dedicate ourselves to fill your job with the best candidate on the market and with minimal disruption to your day job. In other words, we’ll take your “recruitment headache” away from you and prioritise the position to ensure a speedy resolution.