Imperative successfully recruit Permanent Python Developer in Contractor dominant market place!

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Client is a UK-based, multinational PaaS Telephony provider selling into over 40 countries.

The Brief

The Client contacted Imperative with a brand-new role; an additional head to the team responsible for developing and maintaining their flagship Telephony API Platform-As-A-Service. The Client were looking for an experienced senior Fullstack Python Developer with skills in Amazon Web Services (AWS), IP Protocols and Networking, and Windows/Linux configuration. This was an office-based role which meant that recruiting and sourcing a local Software Developer was key.

The Challenge

The contract market for Python is strong due to the skills shortage in this area and the high demand which makes the recruitment terrain extremely challenging and problematic to compete against for the equivalent Permanent.

The Strategy / Solution

Having launched the campaign to recruit for a fully blown Python developer via databases, advertising, social media communities and forums with no real success other than contract options we were able to provide the client with valuable insights as to the reasons why, and made recommendations that could only be drawn from the experience of our Recruiter that would involve recruiting a developer who possessed excellent object orientated programming skills such as C++ but who had some Python to build on and more importantly would be happy moving away from C++ day to day. We demonstrated to the client how long it would take for a good programmer to retrain in a new language versus how much it would cost in time and money to find somebody and went on to recruit their perfect candidate.    

In the end It took Eight weeks to offer the right candidate beating the all other agencies. This is because we worked closely with the client to discuss the changes which resulted in the client hiring a great client.

The candidate saw his commute into London cut completely and instead of spending over an hour on the train to work he could now cycle to work achieving a great work/life balance and new skills.


The client is now delivering Python into the business and has a motivated and hungry software developer which is adding energy to the team and real progress with the redevelopment of flagship products as well as knowledge transfer to other developers on the team.

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