How Recruiters Discover ‘Hen’s Teeth’ With JobsTheWord

We thought we would avoid mentioning the ‘B’ word this week – you can get too much in the way of topical news stories! Instead we picked up on the fact that Ian Stewart, chief economist at Deloitte, said data issued by the Office for National Statistics this week show that the “big picture” is one of “strong growth in full-time jobs in the private sector, record employment and the highest level of vacancies in 12 years”.

Not great news if you are a recruiter of course. Our clients regularly tell us that they not only have vacancies to fill, but for some of those roles the skills and qualifications they need for people to do the job professionally do not appear to exist. And we would tend to agree that this is most certainly the case for some of the more specialist roles.

Experience at JobsTheWord over the last three years of carefully choosing the right mix of “tags” to drill down to discover people through ‘Billie’, our big data technology platform, tells us that if suitable candidates do exist we can find them as long as they possess an Internet presence of some type.

Those who read our regular MapUp articles – and already use it for talent forecasting, competitor intelligence or planning their next hiring campaign – will understand how Billie works. However, when an ideal scenario cropped up this week with one of our clients who was having real problems finding RICS qualified people, we thought we would show how our specialist team uses ‘tags’ to discover people with those hard to find skills by illustrating the search on MapUp. This is what we discovered:


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If you would like to learn more about how the JobsTheWord team use big data to discover all applicants for our clients, not just the difficult ones, just get in touch either through the contact facility below or by ringing our friendly Account Director, Steve, on 0207 193 0220, or email him at

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Mike Sandiford
Head of Partnerships
0207 193 9931

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