Insight Into – Neil Casey from Thoughtworks, speaking at our Digital event.

LNeiless than a week until our Insight Into event – Attracting & Retaining The best digital talent in the North and we are excited to introduce another of our key speakers, Neil Casey, technical recruiter for Thoughtworks.

Neil joins a number of Insight’s customers and partners to discuss the latest challenges in the digital & technology space in the North. As well as sharing his and Thoughtworks ideas around the latest tech as part of our Q&A, Neil is happy to offer his advice on the night.

For free tickets register here or get in touch with insight for more information.


Tell us more about you – your current role and background?

Ive been working in Recruitment for around 13 years. As many people do, I started in the agency world and then moved into inhouse recruitment with Oracle Corp which felt like a better fit for my interests and motivations. I have always been focused around technology recruitment, working with companies like CGI & Capgemini, which is ironic as im not a techie! I have had some fantastic jobs along the way, but my current role at ThoughtWorks tops the lot. My role involves me doing what I love best.. sourcing and engaging really talented people and presenting them an opportunity to excel amongst like minded technologists!

What do you enjoy about working with Thoughtworks and how has that impacted how you approach recruiting tech talent? 

ThoughtWorks is famous for being a ‘Technology Practitioner Environment’ in that no matter how senior your role, your ability to be able ‘do the do’ and be passionate about your ‘craft’ is critical. Its the same here for recruitment. We really value the ability to be a ‘technical recruiter’ and I don’t mean hiring ‘technical people’ I mean actually being passionate about sourcing, candidate attraction, recruitment technology..all the things that are key building blocks in designing a successful recruitment strategy. Being home to a number of well known technologists, candidates expect an interesting and challenging recruitment process, with a key part of my role being key to ensure a human aspect is always front of mind.

What are some of the challenges you have experienced in attracting the best Tech talent to the North?

The North has gone from strength to strength in the digital space in the last 3 years. Working in a consultancy we have been able to view this via our own growth here at ThoughtWorks, but also through that of our clients. One of the key challenges we are now seeing is the change in competitor landscape. It used to be the System Integrator and ERP Software Vendors who have offices in the Manchester suburbs. Now we have commercial businesses who have restructured their development approach creating solid career offerings for technologist and this, coupled with marketing agencies becoming ‘digital’ and hiring development talent, has created an environment where everyone is looking for the same profiles.

What are you hoping to get out the event?

One of the best things about the Manchester digital scene is the community, the growing event/meet-up options available every night of the week (you could live on the free pizza and beer from 6-9pm). My hopes for this event (especially given the line-up) are that we get to share our challenges and views on what we are seeing in recruiting talent in this market, with a few ideas around solutions and findings in equal measure.

What’s your relationship/experience with Insight?

I have been speaking to Insight since its inception, having known Sean, the MD, from my first role in recruitment. Events like this really reflect that Insight are trying to create something different in the region, offering more than CV’s to the tech community and putting and ‘Consulting’ approach into the recruitment services provider space.

When your not working, what do you enjoy doing?

I have a wife, 2 boys under 5yrs old and 2 Labradors.. so when I am not surrounded by general madness, I’ve been doing Crossfit for the past 8 years.