Hiring is currently a red-hot subject in almost any industry, but even more so in the IT sector, where there never seems to be enough talent. Finnish tech companies are therefore looking beyond the country borders to find a sufficient number of specialists.
That’s where Wefind IT comes into play with its hiring solutions geared towards attracting technical talent in the Eastern European region, especially Russia. We interviewed Mikhail Kotsik, Technical Director, and Ainura Kiviniemi, Head of Sales & Marketing, to find out how they can help with building remote product teams or relocating talent to Finland.
🔵 The shortage of talent has paved the way for many freelance, remote, relocation or nearshoring service providers. How does Wefind IT fit into this picture? What services do you offer?
Ainura: In short, Wefind IT offers comprehensive HR & recruitment services for Finnish companies looking for IT talent. We feel that we are an exact solution to the ongoing hiring problems in the IT industry, especially when a company is open to working with English-speaking remote engineering teams.
Our motto is “We bring international IT talents to you!” and that is precisely what we do. We have built a talent pool across Eastern Europe, working in software development, cloud consulting, and data engineering. Our services include hiring these specialists for part-time and full-time positions, subcontracting project work, IT consulting and direct recruitment.
🔵 From which countries does Wefind IT search for talent?
Mikhail: We have recruiting partners in Russia, which is a breeding ground for top professionals, but we do not necessarily limit ourselves geographically.
🔵 Do you focus more on providing talent for temporary (project-based) or permanent positions? How about relocating talent?
Ainura: We always tailor the recruitment solutions to the client’s needs as hiring challenges are never alike. Our focus is on providing full-time specialists for remote/project-based positions, but this might not always be the best fit. For example, to boost internal communication, some employers only hire talent that can participate in team meetings in person. As a full-service recruitment provider, we can help clients in those situations as well.
A significant factor is what candidates we manage to attract for a given position and whether they prefer to work remotely or can, in fact, travel or relocate to Finland. To summarize – both options are possible. We serve the client based on their needs and candidates we can find on the market.
Ainura: On average, the search for talent takes about 2-3 weeks, but the record time for finding a suitable candidate is only a couple of days. The timeline mostly depends on the required seniority – highly qualified specialists are more likely to need headhunting as they usually don’t look for new opportunities themselves.
When looking for a specialist, we utilize our significant proprietary talent database, consisting of experts we have already worked with before. Additionally, we publish the vacancy on the leading job boards in the region & on social media, with our in-house HR manager helping to sort the candidates.
🔵 Mikhail, let’s talk a bit about your talent pool’s technical qualifications. Does Wefind IT cover all the prevalent modern technologies? What are the most requested skills from your clients?
Mikhail: I think it’s important to distinguish between the most popular and most requested technologies. Modern technologies are not always among the most requested from clients.
Usually, the best developers spend a lot of time pursuing excellence in modern technologies. They also invest a lot of time to keep their knowledge up to date. So it is usually much easier to find a developer proficient in a fancy modern technology than an expert in a legacy enterprise solution.
In most cases, we successfully find the requested developer. But it’s important to keep in mind that some skills are more popular than others between talents. The most popular technologies at this moment probably don’t come as a surprise: Java, PHP, GoLang, React, ReactNative, VueJS, and AWS.
🔵 How do you screen talent’s technical skills beforehand? For example, do you have technical assignments?
Mikhail: We always follow the clients’ standards for technical assignments, as the developers become part of their team. So we cover all assignments and interview rounds the client requires to make sure the candidate is indeed a good fit for a position.
However, I want to stress that ideally, the hiring process shouldn’t take too long in the current market conditions because developers sometimes get 3-5 offers at once. The faster employers have an advantage.
🔵 What have been the most complex projects that Wefind IT has carried out?
Mikhail: I believe that with a correct process, everything is possible. So far, the most complex project has been creating a team from scratch for a huge banking project at the intersection of cryptocurrencies and the modern banking system.
🔵 What recruitment trends currently have the biggest impact on your operations?
Mikhail: The coronavirus and continuously growing need for IT specialists forces companies to rethink their work arrangements. They have to adapt to remote work, which certainly is a positive trend from our point of view. Also, the Finnish educational system clearly doesn’t satisfy the market demand for technical talent, and it’s unclear when the situation will improve.
Ainura: When talking to the clients, it sometimes feels like all senior IT talents are already working for the biggest IT companies in Finland and enjoying comforting salaries with great company benefits. As a smaller tech company, it might be difficult to compete in that environment. However, smaller players still need the same level of professionalism to develop their products or lead their tech department. This is where we can help by pitching the employer to our senior specialists.
🔵 Based on your experience, is it challenging for employers to start working with international talent? For example, companies might have to deal with translating all the documentation into English.
Mikhail: Seriously, the only problem is time zones. 😉 I think keeping technical documentation and comments in English is a widely adopted best practice by now. It is mauvais ton to have comments in the local language. Of course, it goes both ways, so we have also implemented a professional-level English test in our recruitment process to verify talents’ abilities.
🔵 If everything sounds good so far, where can you learn more about Wefind IT and how to get started?
Ainura: The easiest way to learn more about our services is to look at our website. Additionally, you can send us an inquiry via email or LinkedIn.
Starting the process is easy and risk-free. Initially, we map the hiring requirements with the client. After we have completed the talent search, we present the client a multitude of options. We use a success fee pricing model for worry-free hiring – this means the process is entirely free of charge until the client finds and hires a suitable candidate.
Having raised over $100M, Glia is poised to join the ranks of Estonia’s greats and do for businesses what Skype did for personal communication.
2020 tested everyone and everything in ways we didn’t think anyone needed to be tested. Among those acing all the tests has been Glia, a digital-first customer service technology provider with offices in Tallinn, Tartu, and NYC.
Glia’s award-winning, patented technology empowers businesses to communicate with their customers seamlessly. Frictionless customer service is a must-have even in the most uneventful times. But in a pandemic? When no one wants to stroll down to the bank or send another email that starts with “hope this finds you well”? Essential.
Enabling pandemic-proof customer service experiences catapulted Glia’s revenues up by 150% in 2020. It also led to an influx of $78M in funding in early 2021, making Glia lucky number 7 among Estonia’s best-funded startups.
But it’s not luck that got Glia where it is today. The company has been perfecting digital communication for customer-business interactions since 2012, with 9 of Finovate’s Best of Showtrophies under its belt already. The pandemic just proved to be an accelerator on their trajectory to tech superstardom.
Like fellow tech giant and trailblazer Skype, Glia is following the time-honored Estonian tradition of using technology to reinvent communication. Their easy-to-integrate technology allows their clients (mostly banks, credit unions, and insurers) to communicate with customers through various channels — from website to chat to video to CoBrowsing — while making it feel like one uninterrupted interaction.
Hassle-free interactions that don’t have you on hold with the bank for hours, desperately pressing 1 to make the nightmare end? It’s not hard to see the appeal.
And indeed — growing fast to meet the demand and loaded with fresh funding, Glia is ready to give new meaning to the word scale. (As in, on a scale of 1-10 they’re hiring at a 10, from all over the globe.)
The game-changing people behind the game-changing tech
Glia’s ahead-of-the-curve approach to Digital Customer Service is rooted in the very basic human need to simplify interactions between organizations and people. People, unsurprisingly, are also at the core of the company’s success.
As Nate Meeks, VP of Strategic Initiatives, points out: “Great technology means little without great people to support it.”
Those would be the unstoppable Glianeers. Glia comes from the Greek word for glue and is, in a vast oversimplification of the underlying neuroscience, the glue that holds the nervous system together. Glianeers, quite fittingly, are the glue that holds Glia together.
Nate puts it in more simple terms: “Glianeers are exceptional.”
And while any company might make that claim about their people, Nate brings the receipts. “Many companies are more concerned with hiring at speed than helping candidates find the best place to build their careers. At Glia, we focus on each candidate. Sometimes that means turning down qualified candidates that just aren’t a fit for our culture.”
Beyond this two-way-street approach to hiring, actionable core values, open communication, and fierce collaboration make Glia a great place to work. 97% of Glianeers say so themselves, which is particularly impressive when you compare it to a 59% average at other companies.
Glia’s big-picture view of what makes a team WOW-worthy continues well past the hiring process. Engineering Manager Patricia Goh and Software Engineer Gabriel Kuslap both point out that every Glianeer can clearly see the value they create for the company. “Engineers start and end their day knowing exactly why they are doing their assigned tickets and how that fits into the bigger picture, quarterly and annually,” Patricia says. “It is apparent to us how we have a direct impact on a product that is used by millions, from our daily code deployments.”
Gabriel agrees. “When working on a feature, knowing the reasoning behind it is essential,” he says. “Finding the answers to questions like ‘Why is this needed now?’ and ‘What are the alternatives to the proposed solution?’ helps both the engineer and the quality of the product. Engineers should invest their time in solutions that have a positive impact on the business and the users of the product. At Glia, a considerable amount of time is spent on planning and reasoning about work that needs to be done. This, in turn, results in a higher-quality, more maintainable code base.”
Glia’s 2021 to-do list: hire you
Speaking of a maintainable base, Nate doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to Glia’s 2021 plans. “One of our biggest priorities is growing our team while maintaining our amazing culture,” he says.
Already working with massive players like Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas, Glia is well on its way to becoming the next household name in digital-first customer service. To that end, expanding the engineering teams in Tartu and Tallinn is one major focus for 2021. Much like the rest of the team, Gabriel is ready to welcome new co-workers into the mix. “New people bring a lot of cool new energy and ideas to the company,” he says.
Glia rocked 2020 and is set to do it again in 2021. If you’re looking for the perfect place to channel your energy and ideas, become a Glianeer to reinvent how companies communicate with people in the digital world.
September is the favourite month of job seekers—as much as it’s the back-to-school season, it’s also “back-to-work” or “let’s search for the dream job” time for most. 💪
Luckily, employers are not thinking differently at all this September. From Software Engineering to Marketing, there are many openings that job seekers would fancy. 😎
Let’s discover the 10 most popular companies on MeetFrank during the month of September. 🥁
Let’s delve into the four points that caught our eye.
💡 Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, and Poland-based companies make up the list in terms of the highest number of job openings.
💡 The industries that those companies operate in range from Gaming to loT, fromTransportation to Finance to Recruitment.
💡 The top three spots are occupied bya corporate, a unicorn and a scaleup company respectively.
💡 Lithuania has the highest number of active companies this month.
Now, let’s dive into each company and look at what they are offering to job seekers. Ready? 🕵
1. UAB Teltonika
Congrats to the most actively hiring company in our list, UAB Teltonika from Lithuania. 👏
The Vilnius-based company has been developing loT solutions for over 20 years for clients around the world. Their mission is to create products and solutions to be used globally and to become indispensable for all businesses. 📈
Do the terms “telematics”, “smart autonomous solutions” or “telemedic” sound familiar to you?
Are you looking for an opportunity to be part of a big established company that has been a long-time industry player (and definitely one of the strongest)? 🏢
Do professional teammates, fun team events and a cozy office sound good? 🤩
If yes, check out the latest openings from UAB Teltonika. The company is currently looking to fill the positions below:
The third place winner is the Lithuania-based Tesonet, a tech company specialising in cybersecurity, machine learning, and business hosting as well as technical support and media & PR. 🙌
The company works with 200+ experts across various products, servicing 80+ countries worldwide.
In addition to truly becoming a Lithuanian startup success story, the Tesonet team also knows how to have fun. Check their Instagram account to see what life at Tesonet looks like! 🥁 They also offer health insurance, ompany retreats, team events, and free food. 🍕
If your favourite words are PHP, Python and Golang, and working for a thrilling company in Lithuania sounds good, check out their recent job openings below! 🔊
Our list continues with a recruitment company from Lithuania. Meet UAB People Link! 😊
As one of the important players in the talent management and consultancy industry, The UAB People Link team’s strength lies in their ability to attract and select successful middle managers and qualified specialists. 👨👩
There is strong demand for you in Lithuania, dear software engineers. 😎 If you are also interested in the remote work option, gym membership, flexible hours, and lots of free coffee, UAB People Link could be ‘the’ place for you. 😉
Interested? Check out the recent job postings from the company below. 👇
If you want to pursue a career in recruitment and Lithuania is on your radar, your next stop might be UAB People Link, who knows? 🙏
5. Intrum Global Business Services
Another ranking, another company, location-wise the same country— Lithuania-based but Norwegian-ownedIntrum Global Business Services shines in fifth place. 👏
Established in 2014, Intrum Global Business Services provides credit management services. 💶
If you prefer working at a global giant rather than at a startup, you will like the next paragraph. 🏢
Intrum Global Business Services has a big team of 400 experts across Europe. The company offers a wide range of services from operations and finance to business analytics and accounts receivable management. 💰
So, what do they offer to their employees in addition to a great career opportunity? Well, the answer sounds quite good: company retreats, team events, health insurance, gym membership, and free parking! 🤸
If you are a Finance person or want to pivot your career towards accounting, have a look at their job openings below. To see more, you know what you should do. 😊
Sixth place goes to another Human Resources Consulting company from Lithuania—welcome to our list,Indigroup.
Operating in the market since 2010, the company has completed nearly 1000 projects over the past 10 years with over 250 clients. On their website,they also proudly announce that their customer loyalty is 96%. 😵
Nowadays, talent management is facing more challenges than ever due to the continued uncertainty of the current situation for both employers and job seekers. 🤔
However, Indigroup definitely seems to be good at what they are doing! 👏 Plus, they have a great team of experts and an inspiring office in Vilnius. 🤩
If Human Resources Consulting is a sector you want to get into, check out the company’s recent job openings now. Maybe your next job is one of them. 😉
“Enabling sustainable societies with smart technology.” Does this resonate with you? If so, here comes the winner of the seventh spot—Wärtsilä, from Finland.
The company has over 200 locations in 80+ countries worldwide. 🌍 As a global leader in smart technologies for marine and energy markets, Wärtsilä’s favorite terms are “sustabinability”, “innovation”, and “efficiency”. 💚
In 2019, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. If you are planning to work at a big company with a solid track record of success and to be part of a multicultural team, Wärtsilä is the place for you.
If your expertise is in Data & Analytics, Accounting or Software Engineering, don’t scroll to the next section without having a look at the openings below! 👀
Did you know that the 8th place winner Vinted/Kleiderkreisel is the largest online international C2C (customer to customer) marketplace in Europe dedicated to second-hand fashion?
From a local website to a community of 30M people in 12 countries, Vinted/Kleiderkreisel is one of the most popular Lithuania-born companies. 😎
On the platform, you can sell, buy, and swap secondhand clothing items and accessories. A great idea that serves the customers by offering them variety, the company due to huge worldwide expansion and also the world from a sustainability point of view. 👏
Besides, their perks range from remote work and stock options to gym membership and team events. Sounds great, doesn’t it? If so, let’s find out who Vinted/Kleiderkreisel is looking for:
Our list ends with Ten Square Games from Poland. 📱
The company’s name speaks for itself, but to make it even more clear, Ten Square Games is one of the biggest mobile games development companies in Poland. 👏
Founded in 2011 in Wrocław, the company now has a team of 250 people serving 21M active players.🤩 Their company culture leaves room for lots of fun and puppies as well. 🐶 Ten Square Games is a great place to work at, not to mention their cool perks such as team events, company retreats, health insurance, gym membership, and lunch benefit. 👏
If gaming is not only your hobby but also your career goal, check out their recent openings.
This article is based on data from MeetFrank Job Market Insights. For additional and per-track reports, visit this page.
While the recovery process slowly and cautiously goes on worldwide, the number of coronavirus cases in Europe has recently begun to increase again. We’ll see how this will affect the global job market. 😷
In our previous report, we had shared that the number of global job applications in the MeetFrank app was a bit higher in July vs June – there were still lots of companies looking for talent worldwide. 👍
If you’re ready, let’s find out more about the July and August stats and discover the ‘mosts’ of the global job market. 🥁
Job Market Overview
As of the first week of August, there has been a decline in the number of job openings. 📉
On the other hand, the number of job applications seems to have slightly decreased as well. Let’s see what the rest of August will bring.
The global market has been competitive for job seekers in general. The needle is pointing to the yellow ‘challenging’ level for now. 🤔
While it’s even more difficult for Sales and Business Development professionals, Data & Analytics experts will find it much easier compared to others. 🍀
What about the average and expected salaries?
The global trends are no different to the situation in Finland, Estonia, and Lithuania. It seems the average offered salaries exceed the expectations of job seekers.
Although both have decreased a bit lately, there is still a visible gap between them. 👀
Top 6 specialties with the most applications in July
Which industries have had their names in lights in July?
The top industry in the global job market with the most applications in July has been Customer Support, unlike in Estonia, Finland and Lithuania.
If your expertise is this industry, well, you’re the lucky one nowadays! 🤓🍀
Software Engineering, the cool kid at school, ranks second. 👯
The list continues with Design and Marketing & PR & Media industries. The former could hardly find a place in the top 6 in our other reports for Estonia, Finland, and Lithuania.
So, Design is much more popular worldwide than in these countries. 😎 This could also be related to the opportunities and number of job openings as well.
Top 10 companies with the most replies to applicants in July
When we apply for a job, receiving a positive reply is our dream. What if we get rejected? Wouldn’t it be good to hear about this as well? 🤔
The companies below share the same opinion! Here are the top 10 companies with the most replies to applicants in July: 👇
The ‘Kindness Oscar’ goes to Arundo Analytics, a software company headquartered in the US. The company develops proprietary software for asset-intensive industries, like oil & gas, maritime, and power. 👯 Whatever you’re doing, keep on doing it!
It’s followed by the Aklamio, a referral marketing company providing SaaS solutions from Berlin, Germany and Latvian Httpool, a digital marketing and performance company which is the largest international partner of the major media platforms.
When we have a closer look at this list, what stands out the most is that the most active companies worldwide when it comes to replying to applicants operate in the Marketing and Software Development industries.
There are two companies from the US, the United Kingdom, Germany and Latvia on the list. Pakistan and Norway are both represented by one company. 🎆
Companies with the most openings in July
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the slow recovery, and the summer laziness, some companies are still actively hiring.
Let’s have a deeper look into which companies have been sharing the most job openings since July. 🕵
1st place goes to SadaPay from Pakistan, also one of the most active companies when it comes to replying job seekers. 🤩
Nowadays the global job market is a bit like the European countries which are opening their borders. It is recovering slowly with cautious steps, but things are better than in May and June. 💪 Hopefully, there’ll be even more opportunities in August. 👀
In this article, we’ll delve into the top 10 companies globally on MeetFrank with the most applications in June. First, let’s start with the general country profile on MeetFrank globally.
As we can see in the chart above, there are 91 companies from 14 countries on MeetFrank. The top 3 are Pakistan, Latvia, and Germany.
Now is time to meet the winners! 🌟
Let’s delve into these companies. What about their company type and size?
As we can see above, startups and scaleups make up the majority of the list. In June, job seekers seem to have preferred working with companies with a fresh mindset yet with a strong growth potential.
SaaS, Technology, and Finance are leading the way when it comes to industries.
But what has made these companies so favorable? Why have job seekers preferred working with them? Let’s focus on each company that made it to June’s list of global stars. 🥁
1. iPhone Photography School
Wouldn’t it be great if you got the most out of your iPhone by taking awesome photos?
It seems someone else has asked this question before, thus theiPhone Photography School, also known as “the number 1 company with the most applications on MeetFrank globally”, was born in Lithuania. 👏
The Riga-based company offers in-depth photography learning resources to those who want to unleash their potential in this art form. In their words, they want to “bring joy to people’s lives by inspiring and empowering them to create beautiful photos”. 🤳📱
Blockchain technologies are reshaping the finance world and more and more people are becoming interested in them. 💻
So, not that surprisingly, Blockchain.com from the United Kingdom is celebrating second place on the list. As the world’s leading software platform for digital assets, Blockchain.com has a large team of 51-200 people. 👩👨
If you want to build your career in the finance sector and are looking for a new role at the moment, Blockchain.com can offer you many opportunities, an open finance future and the chance to be part of a prestigious company with a strong culture, to name but a few!
🤑 A revenue of 1M to 3M, a large team of professionals and a great office in Oslo. Meet Cavai, a market-leading conversational adtech company from Norway.
As the third most applied for company, Cavai works with advertisers, agencies, and publishers.
If you are working in the Marketing industry, chances are you might be finding it a bit challenging to find a job nowadays. It’s also good to remember from our previous global job market report that there has been a decline in gross salaries for Marketing professionals.
So, the point is, Cavai might be offering your dream job right now. Currently Cavai is looking for: 👇
If you’re looking for an exciting opportunity in one of these cities and want to work with a fresh team, tweaking their tagline which is “Say goodbye to annual fees”, we tell you to say goodbye to your job search and have a look at their openings below. 🤩
If you’re interested in working in the Consumer, Retail, and Fashion industries, then OLX Group may have lots of opportunities for you. Keep an eye on the MeetFrankapp to catch their job openings!
Berlin, referral marketing, a large team from 51 to 200 people, a promising scaleup company. If these sound good to you, then Aklamio, 7th in the list, might be your next company. 🤩
With the goal of becoming one of the strongest acquisition channels, Aklamio is a referral marketing company providing SaaS solutions in and out of Berlin.
It has been challenging for Marketing & PR & Media professionals to find a job in the past 3 months globally, which you can also see in our previous global job market report. If your expertise is Marketing or you want to make a ‘pandemic pivot’ in your career to this industry, this could be your chance.
Download the MeetFrank app, check the openings below, and apply today! 🌟
Interested in traveling? Can’t say no to adventurous trails? Want to be part of a company that makes it easier for adventure lovers (like you) to plan and navigate routes easily?
If so, join the ranks of those who have made Komoot one of the top 10 companies with the most applications globally. 🚀
Based in Germany, Komoot is a scaleup company providing navigation and recommendation technology for cycling and hiking tours. Founded in 2014, the company has become popular among the biking community. 🚵
If you want to build a career at an exciting scaleup in Germany, Komoot might be the one. Check the MeetFrank app to see their future openings.
🎆 Here comes an inspiring success story. Ready2order, 9th in our list, was born as a simple hobby project. By 2015, it became quite a successful company, having helped more than 10,000 small business entrepreneurs with their point of sale.
Based in Austria, ready2order offers a simple and easy to use point-of-sale system designed for small businesses, retail and restaurants. 🏢
If you’re a fan of team events, keep in mind that ready2order has lots of creative ideas to keep you fresh and feel part of the team! Besides, there’s the opportunity of remote work and flexible working hours as well. ⏱
Want to be a part of this thrilling company? ready2order is looking for: 👇