Software Engineering

Software Engineering Recruitment

C, C++, Embedded, Python, DevOps, Go, C#.Net,, MSSQL, Test Automation

A software engineering recruitment agency is acutely aware of the constantly evolving landscape in this field and the shifting needs of both companies and specialists.

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Placing software engineers with expert teams, SMEs and blue chip companies to generate high-value results.

For Employers

Whether you are searching for Java, C, C++ or C# developers on a contract or permanent basis we have the expertise and the tools to deliver the best the market has to offer.  Selecting the right hiring partner can be the difference between a quick and successful placement or a long and drawn out process. Why? Because when you understand the market as well as us you can make sure you get everything right first time and build a team that is ready to achieve your goals both now and in the future. 

For Candidates

Experienced, innovative developers who are adept at solving problems and satisfying users will always be in demand. If you know how to transform existing produPut yourself out therects or platforms, create new solutions and enhance interactions with applications, get in touch.

Head of Software Engineering
Up to £120,000
Accepting candidates
  • Software Engineering
  • Permanent
  • Up to £120,000
  • London (Hybrid working)
Software Engineering
Software Tester 12 Month FTC
Up to £35,000
Position filled
  • Software Engineering
  • Permanent
  • Up to £35,000
  • Brentwood (Hybrid working)
Software Engineering
Head of Development
Excellent Package – Contact for Details
Accepting candidates
  • Software Engineering
  • Permanent
  • Excellent Package – Contact for Details
  • Ipswich (Hybrid working)
Software Engineering
How to create the framework for success: Making it make sense

Making it
make sense

Before we can make matches for either the candidate or employer, we need to make sure the proposition is sensibly aligned with the market. Only a specialist with a deep understanding of the sector can do this. For hirers, this means defining what you want to achieve with your new hire; for tech specialists we’ll go over your experience, expectations and priorities for the future. If they all add up we can make things happen.

How to create the framework for success: Sharpening the details

the details

Finding a high-value match for both parties means everyone needs to bring their A-game. Throughout the search, selection and interview process, we ensure both businesses and specialists convey their value with clarity and honesty, so each understands and trusts what the other brings to the table.

How to create the framework for success: Always there for you

Always there
for you

At every stage, our team will keep you informed, answer any concerns and support you through any challenges that may arise. Our role is to anticipate obstacles, eliminate them before you know about them or calmly advise how we will handle them with as little stress as possible. And we will always be on hand for ongoing advice.

It’s not unusual for tech specialists to get pinged multiple times a week by agencies. It’s a testament to Bristow Holland that they don’t get lost in all that noise and maintain respect.
Rachael Drouet, Head of People & Development Explore Case Study
Without Bristow Holland, we wouldn’t have a team. They’ve hired all of our guys and built that whole team that is now driving this product forward.
Stuart Barnett, Technical Director, Wi-Q. Explore Case Study
Bristow Holland are in the business of recruiting people of a high calibre. Over the last 12 months, we’ve hired 4 exceptional people who are all outstanding in their field.
Steve Lamb, General Manager Explore Case Study
Jon ReeveJon Reeve
13:20 07 Jun 24
I have recently had the pleasure of dealing with Harry whilst going through the application process of my newly offered position.Without a doubt, I can say that Harry has been brilliant for the duration!Great communication and helped me relay my expectations easily and painlessly.Thanks again!
Martín A. LuxardoMartín A. Luxardo
01:55 17 May 24
How Wesley Helped Me Land My Job in Just Two Months:I am thrilled to share my experience working with Wesley, who was pivotal in my successful job search. Our journey began on March 14th, and thanks to Wesley’s exceptional guidance and support, I secured a fantastic job on May 13th — just two months later. I had been looking to relocate to Europe for the best part of a decade with little to no success. Now my family and I get to live our dream.From the very beginning, Wesley demonstrated a deep understanding of the job market and tailored his approach to fit my unique needs and career goals. His expertise was evident in every aspect of the job search process. Here are a few key ways Wesley helped me:Personalized Career Strategy: Wesley took the time to understand my background, skills, and aspirations. He crafted a personalized career strategy highlighting my strengths and positioning me as a strong candidate in my desired industry.CV Overhaul: One of the first steps was revamping my resume. Wesley’s insights were invaluable in transforming these documents into compelling narratives that effectively showcased my qualifications and achievements.Interview Preparation: Wesley provided extensive interview preparation, including tips and techniques to ensure my online interview success. His constructive critiques and tips on how to articulate my experiences and skills boosted my confidence and helped me perform exceptionally well in interviews.Networking and Job Search Techniques: Wesley helped me on how to perform a cold outreach. This was a key aspect of the process.Continuous Support and Motivation: Throughout the entire process, Wesley was a constant source of support and motivation. His positive attitude and encouragement kept me focused and persistent, even when faced with challenges.Thanks to Wesley’s dedication and expertise, I was able to navigate the competitive job market efficiently and secure a position that aligns perfectly with my career goals. I am incredibly grateful for his help and would highly recommend his services to anyone seeking career guidance and support.Wesley, thank you for always being there with your warmth, kind words, and BIG HEART!Sincerely,Martín Luxardo

Frequently asked questions

Still not found the answer you are after? Speak to one of our specialists today!
What is going on in the Software Engineering market?

There has never been a better time to be a software engineer. Employers have been fighting for skills for the last few years, and permanent hires have been the most popular. As a result, salaries have spiked with the average developer earning 30-40% more than they were in 2019. Demand remains strong for developers but the long term future holds some uncertainty, particularly as generative AI becomes more prevalent.

What does the future hold for Software Engineers?

As macro economic factors make developers harder to find and more expensive to attract and retain, businesses have naturally explored alternative solutions such as outsourcing abroad, particularly with the more mundane bug fixing type work. More recently, generative AI is expected to have a significant impact on the way software engineers work and what businesses will need for the future.

What will be the impact of generative AI?

Generative AI offers significant potential for developers and businesses to become more efficient. AI will be able to, among other things; explain functionality and document legacy code for new developers; translate legacy code to new code; accelerate testing and debugging; simplify code or offer alternative methods and write new code.  

KPMG have produced a good article covering this in more depth here:

What do Software Engineers earn?

Salary depends predominantly on two things: development language and experience.  A mid level C# developer will earn between £50-£70k whereas a Java or Go developer of similar experience will earn anything from £70k to £100k (£150k in finance).  The combinations of language and experience coupled with regional and sector variations mean that you almost always need to get a specific guide, the one thing employers shouldn’t do though is use existing team salaries as a barometer unless you’ve hired recently or been fastidious about keeping them up with the market.

For contractors, experience and expertise are a given so the rate is more dependent on the specific requirements of the role, most relevant being whether it is inside or outside IR35.  Inside IR35 carries a 20-30% cost premium on daily rates which range from £500 – 800 per day.

Why are Developers so expensive?

It’s been a good time to be a developer, demand has outstripped supply driven by the rush to invest in startup tech companies but also the realisation, particularly post-covid, by business leaders that failure to invest in their technology stack will leave them both inefficient and lagging behind competitors, the advent of generative AI will continue to drive this demand.

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10/10 would highly recommend Bristow Holland. They were able to support me every step of the way from application to job offer.
Azeez, Senior Business Analyst