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Are we set for a Great Resignation sequel in 2022?

2021 has seen a skills crisis the likes of which has never been seen, and now vacancies in the UK have soared to 1.4 million between September and November – according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS); that is 419,000 more jobs left unfilled than pre-pandemic. More notably, 2021 saw the beginning of the Great Resignation, where in the wake of the pandemic, millions of people decided to change careers. In the UK, a record 400,000 Brits swapped jobs in the third quarter of 2021, and this trend looks set to continue into 2022, while many industries have been forced to raise their bonus pools with an attempt to keep their employees onboard.

Another crucial reason leading up to the Great Resignation entails the growing difficulties of expectations between employers and workers. As hybrid working schemes become a standard, individuals have taken this as a chance to seek new and different opportunities. Recruitment agencies have reported that this is largely popular among 25-40 year olds. This trend is likely to continue in 2022 if measures aren’t put in place by employers to adjust to their employee’s needs and standards.

Software development has proven to be crucial for business development and sustainability following the effects of the pandemic. It is clear that with an average of 63 days to fill a vacancy and a cost upward of £10,000, traditional methods of recruitment is no longer a viable option for the skills industry.

With this in mind, DCSL GuideSmiths ( – a business that assists companies with digital transformation – are one of the leading businesses who implement “team augmentation” to market, filling vital vacancies in less than 3 weeks in some of the most sought-after and highly skilled sectors. Team augmentation ensures low costs while providing quality and maximum communication between employees and their clients. In addition, it provides greater flexibility for not only workers but also for clients.

The process includes 4 key stages:
Understanding project requirements, identifying deliverables, talent required, and timeline
DCSL matches requirements with a team of over 300 skilled software engineers
Onboarding integrates new resources into existing businesses, ensuring that it aligns to the values, processes and procedures of the company
Weekly catchups and monthly feedback assists in ensuring that DCSL GuideSmiths provide continual support towards project delivery

Nick Thompson, CEO of DCSL GuideSmiths, discusses team augmentation and why it could be key to solving the talent crisis:

“The shortage of software developers has come at a time when businesses need them most, with many relying on digital transformation and app development for their growth and survival. Now with the added challenge of the Omicron variant, thousands of businesses find themselves stuck in a dearth of the skilled individuals needed to grow and bounce back.”

“Team augmentation is the result of years of hard work to become both a market leader in software development and a destination company for talented developers. Through this combination we are able to offer access to essential talent when our clients need it. DCSL GuideSmiths specialises in sourcing software developers with a specific skillset on either a short-term or long-term basis with a perfect fit between project progress and cost-effectiveness.”