‘I worked in tech but now I make more money finding old colleagues new jobs’

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Vidhi Mahadik, 29, from Birmingham, switched from a career in software development to recruitment, specialising in finding technology workers for new jobs.

“Recruitment has uncapped earning potential if you meet your targets, whereas programming is more static,” said Ms Mahadik, who started working for PageGroup, a recruitment firm, two months ago. “Technology jobs are booming at the moment, so there has been no shortage of work. I am making more now due to compensation based on targets,” she added.

“It was relatively easy to move into the role as I have expertise in how the tech sector works.”

Hiring technology workers is the ­busiest recruitment sector at the moment, with 149,800 open roles, according to Adzuna.

Doug Rode, also of PageGroup, said: “The pandemic has meant that the most in-demand roles are things that are going to be the most useful for helping businesses get back on their feet after the Covid crisis.

“The reason that there are so many tech roles to fill is because there is high demand for technology skills across the board, as a result of the pandemic impacting on our reliance on tech. Everyone needs to hire tech skills at the moment.” Cardiff-based Liam Humphries, 25, also recently joined the recruitment industry.

Previously a car salesman, he left the BMW showroom to help place tech workers in new jobs.

“I took a pay cut to start this role, but with commissions I am already close to earning what I did selling cars. And I will only earn more as I get better at the job,” said Mr Humphries, who works for recruitment agency Reed.

“There is a shortage of good candidates for tech jobs, but this means that companies are willing to pay for recruiters to help them find new employees. I get 20pc of the first-year salary as a commission for anybody that I place in a new role.”

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