New IT Recruitment Division

Why The Candidate?

Whether you're looking for a temporary contract or seeking permanent employment in the IT Recruitment and Technical Recruitment sector within the North West, then we've the knowledge to help you. Here at The Candidate we're turning our heads to Developer Recruitment and Designer Recruitment as IT & Technical specialists are now in demand, more than ever. We've identified this and are now focusing on this sector to not only help clients source the best talent, but help to keep candidates finding regular contracts which both interest them, and suit their skill set.

Why are IT Contractors beneficial to clients

Due to the ongoing shift towards all things digital, it's not good enough just having optimised content and perfected social media platforms balanced with paid search for your old website. There's high demand for designers and developers as clients need responsive, interactive websites that support and facilitate the customer journey.

As the IT market grows more candidate-driven, we're focused on educating clients on the benefits of hiring contractors as it's within this particular area that the vast majority of niche skill sets are found. This gives clients a better understanding of the market place, and gradually opens up more temporary/contractor opportunities for those with sought-after expertise.

So, here at The Candidate we've developed our temporary and contractor offering. Have a read below and the areas we're actively recruiting for right now.


We know how hard it can be for businesses to attract good developers. We also know how hard it can be for developers to find the right position or assignment. That's why we've worked hard to build up a network of candidates with sought after skillsets, such as PHP expertise, alongside a plethora of successful UK businesses utilising the latest technologies.

The following skills are required for our developer roles, but are not limited to;

HTML5, CSS3, PHP, SQL, Asp.NET, Java, JavaScript, #C, Python, Objective-C, Drupal, Wordpress, Magento, Ruby on rails, SharePoint

Web/Graphic Design:

Good designers are a crucial part to any front-end IT project. We recognise that, whilst design skills can be taught, an eye for detail and a fantastically-creative mind are key. That's why we always ask for a portfolio from candidates in the first instance because, in this industry, examples of your work will paint a stronger picture than your CV alone. As a client, we know how important the 'look' of your business is to the end user or customer. After all, you only make a first impression once. That's why we've built up a network of top notch designers, all of which come with a portfolio for your perusal.

The following skills are required for designer roles, but are not limited to;

HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, Gimp, Flash, UX, UI, jQuery


Umbrella Companies

Whether you're new to contracting or it's an established channel to you, we've got clients who work on all basis. We specialise in working with Limited Company contractors and those on a PAYE basis. You may or may not have experience with these but rest assured we have the best trade partnerships necessarily to focus you on the job at hand. As a member APSCO and partnerships with the following Umbrella companies we're ready to talk your next assignment/project.

Our PAYE/Ltd partnerships are as follows:



'Our watchword for years has been compliance. For giant, it's not an occasional nice-to-have. It's a forever must-have. Our compliance protects you from risk. It's one of our many passions that sets us apart. There are lots of things that set us apart.'



'ICS provide a range of accountancy and administration services to contractors across the UK. Our ethos of trust, care and compliance enables you to focus on your job without the task of endless paperwork, ensuring you are operating compliantly.'



'In 2000, he set out with the goal of helping freelancers and contractors make the most of their money whilst minimising the hassle involved with self-employment.Our dedication to always doing what's right, not what's easy, is something we're proud of and something that sets us apart from the other contractor support providers out there.'

Of course you may have your own preferences when it comes to Umbrella companies and that's fine too. Just let us know and we'll get everything set up for you.

If you are looking for some IT recruitment advice contact Jack Such on 0161 833 1044 or email 

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I had an incredibly pleasant career change journey with Stevie & Leif. They are both very patient, always available to answer any questions and listened to my role preferences without being pushy. 

I have now landed my preferred role with an amazing company thanks to Stevie & Leif!

Can’t recommend them enough!

Bea, November 2017