The IT skills shortage has been well documented and is a cause for concern for IT firms in the UK. What is less documented, however, is the power this places in the hands of experienced IT professionals.
With the number of new vacancies outpacing the number of new candidates, IT professionals hold all the cards and employers need to make themselves as attractive as possible to draw in new talent.
This, according to channel recruiter Marc Sumner, makes a company's internet footprint more important than ever.
Glassdoor is an independent review website where employees can anonymously rate their current or former employer. Crucially, the employer has no control over what is displayed on the site.
Sumner said that the current ratio of candidates to job vacancies means candidates are being far more thorough and picky when it comes to assessing employers ahead of applying for a job.
"We're getting a lot of feedback from candidates looking on Glassdoor before they even go for an interview," he said. "They'll do the research on the employer's website and do all the due diligence, but they're also checking on Glassdoor to see what the employees say.
"The VAR community has taken it for granted that people will assume that if the VAR has a name that's been around for a while people won't look into them, but they will," he added.
"We've had people refuse to go to companies because of their Glassdoor reviews. The candidate is king; they're absolutely in charge because they have so much choice."
To avoid one or two disgruntled employees dramatically bringing down a company's average rating, we have only included firms that have 50 or more reviews. Because of this, some large VARs such as XMA, Apogee and Bytes haven't made the cut.
In total, 37 VARs from the top 200 exceeded this threshold. We have also included new UK entrant PCM, which has rapidly amassed 200 UK staff since touching down last summer.
As in any ranking someone had to be rated lowest, but the fact that these firms have each garnered 50 reviews or more in itself could be regarded as a signal of positive employee engagement.
Glassdoor does not break out different territories of an international company, so the ratings included are for the overall business.
To make the numbers easier to digest we've abbreviated the criteria to include:
- Rating: the average score given by the employees who have left a review, out of five
- Review: the number of reviews that have been left
- RTAF: stands for 'recommend to a friend' and is the percentage of employees who would recommend a job at the organisation to someone they know
- CEO: the percentage of employees who approve of their CEO, based on the number of ratings posted.
Click through to the next page to see the VARs ranked 38-21
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