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UAL IT Services use the London Universities Procurement Consortium (LUPC) for IT recruitment. Our main supplier through this framework is Certes. We have an excellent relationship with Certes, and value the services they provide. We have been working with them since 2015 and have filled a variety of roles. Project Managers, Business Analysts (various types, let me know if you want more specifics), Infrastructure Support, Platforms Support, SharePoint Consultants, Web Developers, Field Services Engineers, Service Desk Analysts.
Helen Davies, University of the Arts London
As a preferred Supplier, Certes have given a professional, efficient service over a long period of time. They have constantly delivered high calibre contractors and forged an excellent working relationship with ourselves.
PROCUREMENT MANAGER, ESIS
We have a single source recruitment agreement with Certes which we have been operating for the past three years, and in that time we have recruited all of our new employees through Certes. We have agreed favourable and flexible payment arrangements that have been constructed to suit our needs. But more importantly Certes have been able to produce a short-list of candidates from which we have always been able to make a selection from. This has saved many days of senior staff time that used to be wasted on fruitless interviews. The developers that we have recruited through Certes have completely met and exceeded our expectations. I can fully recommend a single source recruitment agreement with them.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, GLOBAL MOBILE SOLUTIONS SOFTWARE HOUSE
Certes found me my current role and dealing with them was a pleasure. Certes were very professional and courteous yet friendly and were always happy to help or answer questions. James kept me updated throughout the process and paid a real interest in every step. I would recommend James and Certes both for my personal future career needs and those related to current positions within my own teams.
MARK BROWN MCIPS, DIRECTOR STRATEGIC SOURCING, IT HARDWARE & SOFTWARE EMEA & APAC, FIRST DATA CORPORATION
Certes have helped me greatly with assisting me look for my next role. Certes contacted me with a position that they felt I would be perfect for. They thoroughly explained to me the role of the job and what skills the employer are looking for. Gemma arranged an interview quickly and I am please to say that after the interview I was successful in getting the role as 1st/2nd line IT support at Hachette which has a 6 month initial contract with the possibility of becoming permanent. Certes played a huge part in me getting the position and I would recommend Certes to anyone looking for vacancies in IT.
KHURSHID ALAM, 1ST/2ND LINE IT SUPPORT, HACHETTE
I’ve been working with James O’Driscoll and Certes Computing since joining Peabody where I’ve started a significant transformation programme. As part of this programme, I’ve required and entirely new management team to assist me on this journey. James has been instrumental in identifying this talent. He took the time to fully understand each assignment, within the required parameters. I would highly recommend James and would be more than happy to work with him and Certes again.
STEVE ROSE, DIRECTOR OF IT, PEABODY
Over the past seven years, Certes have consistently supplied us with strong candidates for hard to fill roles. They have delivered highly skilled, effective contractors to fulfil our requirements, and maintained support and communications after placement.
TONY, FCO SERVICES
Always helpful, very polite and non-intrusive. Although I have not been contracting for long, I have worked as a customer of many agencies in my previous existence and so have a fair idea of the varieties. Certes certainly come out as very professional. With regard to payments, I have always been very pleasantly astonished at the speed from emailing my invoice to payment is usually 3 days! Quite awesome! Contracts and paperwork is all handled electronically and makes that a simple exercise as I have enough other paperwork to do. All in all a very good experience
DATA ARCHITECT CONTRACTOR AT BECTA
Certes invested time to understand exactly what we needed from a preferred recruitment partner and when an opportunity presented itself, they took it with open arms and more importantly delivered against their promises. They are my first choice for every recruitment need.
HEAD OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, LEADING IT RESELLER
I have worked with Rob for the past 6 months, he has helped recruit Lead Developers, Developers, Graduate Developers, Lead Tester and Graduate Tester roles. During the process, Rob provided me with a range of CVs with varying skills to ensure the team and I had a good choice. I have found him to be a reliable and a friendly recruiter. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Rob to active job seekers or a business in need of a very good recruitment partner.
STEVE RICHARDS, VP OF PRODUCT MANAGEMENT, GALLERIA RTS
Certes have been supplying IT contract staff to the Natural History Museum since December 2006 initially in competition with the main supplier but in a short space of time Certes became the preferred sole supplier for the Museum for IT contractors based on their quick turnaround and quality of service. We currently have a broad spectrum of contractors through Certes including systems administrators, helpdesk and support staff, helpdesk management, project managers and a senior infrastructure analyst who form an integral and trusted part of our IT department. Certes take the time to understand our requirements from a technical, personal and business perspective and always offer transparent and competitive rates. The Certes account manager is always accessible and approachable, and offers a consultative approach. In short Certes have proven time and again that they can find exceptionally skilled candidates, in a timely fashion, that fit seamlessly into our culture and add value to the day to day activity and longer term goals of the Natural History Museum. I have no hesitation in recommending Certes as a preferred supplier.
HEAD OF IT AT THE NHM
Certes is an extremely friendly and easy to get along with recruitment agency whom helped me secure a position with Propeller Communications back in January 2014. Phil was more than incredibly helpful with the entire process from describing the role right up to describing where to park on the day of my interview and even up to 6 months later checking up that everything was running okay. I am extremely lucky to have been chosen by Phil to pursue this role and wouldn’t be where I am today, without him and Certes.
NICHOLAS CARTER, FRONTEND DEVELOPER, PROPELLER COMMUNICATIONS
I have been very pleased with the work that Certes have done for us over recent years. They have taken the time and effort to understand our business and the challenges we face and have consistently come up with suitable candidates that match our needs. Whether it is a requirement for a contractor on a very urgent timescale, or a permanent employee, they are always responsive and are considered by Newburn as strategic partners as well as preferred suppliers.
PARTNER AT NEWBURN CONSULTING
Trying to find a vacancy in IT is a very strenuous task so I decided to go through an agency. There are thousands of agencies out there and choosing the best one for my needs was a job in itself. I found Certes, who specialise in IT recruitment and they have helped me a great deal while I had been looking for my next job role. Gemma and Steve, members of the Certes team spoken with me on many occasions to arrange and book interviews as well as preparing me for interviews. They worked quickly and effectively and they provided me with answers to any questions I’ve had. With Certes’ I successfully secure a permanent position as a vendor manager working at Virgin Media.
PHILIP, VENDOR MANAGER, VIRGIN MEDIA
It has always been a pleasure working with Tristan and Certes for resourcing my project needs.
KHALIL REHMAN, FUSION CLOUD PRE-SALES PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT AT VIP APPS CONSULTING LIMITED
Certes is a high calibre recruitment agency that takes the time to understand the specific needs of each and every recruitment campaign. Without exception each and every candidate placed by Certes has exceeded my original expectation. I would strongly recommend Certes if you require a professional, reliable, communicative recruitment agent that delivers results.
RESOURCE MANAGER FOR A LARGE PUBLIC SECTOR ORGANISATION
Certes has consistently matched our contract requirements accurately and I am particularly impressed by the post-placement service which maintains continuity with candidates and clients during the course of the contract.
IT ACCOUNT MANAGER, LEADING TELECOMS COMPANY
Certes have been a real partner in my transition into contracting as prior to my current job – my first contract role i have been a permanent staff in the civil service for 9 years. I leave my job taking voluntary redundancy in November last year and had been around the block moving from one recruitment agency to another without success. I got in contact with Certes at the beginning of April for a role that ticked all the boxes with regards to my work and academic qualification and skills. They represented me on this role and I was interviewed and was in the job within 2 weeks of my being contacted by certes. When they advertised for a role, ‘ASAP’ means ‘ASAP’ to them and they protect the interest of the client and the jobseeker. I have regular contacts with my account support officer and have been assisted in realizing my desire to be self employed with minimum stress, I would definitely recommend certes as the recruiting agency of choice.
NEWLY SELF-EMPLOYED INTERIM PERFORMANCE MANAGER
“We were pleased with help from Certes in finding a suitable candidate for our Second Line IT Support contract. Anisha proposed a number of candidates and we have been delighted by the successful candidate. Certes helped us to get someone on site whilst the paperwork was sorted out, and invoicing and payment has been straightforward.
RICHARD MANLEY, STRATEGIC BUSINESS PARTNER, IT SERVICES, THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST OF ENGLAND
Fast, efficient, easy to use company with approachable staff. Maximum value for minimum effort and fuss on my part.
It can be tricky dealing with multiple consultants at the same time; So it’s great when you meet one such as Phil, who made a standout effort in helping me. Phil was hugely successful in matching my skill set and experience to possible roles, which in due course resulted in me landing an ideal position. Where Phil stood out from others was in his knowledge of the current market, knowing which of the many skills I have learned over the years will become or already are the ones that I should focus on. The next time I am in the market for a career move, I will call on Phil
LEA ZWAGER, NETWORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE ANALYST, HACHETTE UK
Having been given the opportunity to work with us as a preferred supplier they have provided us with an honest, professional and effective IT recruitment service. They have also added value by providing regular advice and information about the IT recruitment market conditions.
HR OFFICER FOR AN INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL LAW FIRM
I like that you pre-select and only come up with 2 or 3 candidates to interview. This helps me to focus on my business and not using my time in interviewing lots of people. So far all candidates from Certes were well qualified which means there is no or less learning curve impact to my customers. Account Management is excellent and the consultant is always interested how our business develops. Certes is one of our preferred partners due to their flexibility and adaptability to our ever changing business needs.