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Growing Leeds IT consultancy welcomes two new starters

Expanding business and IT transformation consultancy, Iridium, has appointed two new members to its team after a tremendous growth in the last six months which has seen the firm’s client base grow by over 50 per cent, despite the challenging impact of the global pandemic on the IT world.

Jashan Patel will be responsible for forging relationships with, and recruiting, industry-leading candidates for clients such as Jaja, TransUnion and Vanquis Bank.

Tapping into his strong background in IT talent acquisition, he will develop talent pipelines and match the ideal consultants with Iridium’s client’s role requirements.

Having worked previously in a specialist IT testing and cyber security recruitment role within the leading global STEM recruitment firm, Real Staffing, for over four years, Jashan is a highly experienced talent acquisition specialist with rich industry experience and a passion for people and technology – the ideal combination.

Jashan said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the team at Iridium, a consultancy that’s been on my radar for quite some time due to its refreshing, relevant approach. Its reputation for working with top quality people and clients is what initially attracted me to the role, and the team’s commitment to helping clients truly transform is second-to-none. I’m excited to be a part of the business’s next phase of growth.”

In addition to Jashan, Lauren Pickin joined the business in late 2020 in an operations support role. With a background in education and teaching, it was Lauren’s obsessive attention-to-detail and organisational skills that impressed the senior team at Iridium, well known for their keen eye for talent and transferable skills.

Ben Dainton, co-founder and chairman at Iridium, said: “It’s been a challenging time for the IT industry. However, we’re seeing confidence return, with clients taking incremental steps in recommencing programmes of work.

“Our flexible approach is exactly what’s needed for the current climate. It allows clients to reduce risk, save money, tap into a wider talent pool and enables them, like us, to remain agile. We believe this is the future of business and IT transformation, and our team is only too happy to support this.”

The new recruits, who were successfully interviewed and onboarded via Microsoft Teams, will initially work remotely, in-line with government guidelines, falling into step with the way the majority of the industry is currently operating.

Matt Pickin, head of operations at Iridium, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jashan and Lauren on-board. They’re a great cultural fit for our business, and we’re excited to see them develop in their own roles as our business goes from strength-to-strength.”

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