Our core values of loyalty, honesty, hard work and value for money are appreciated well beyond God’s own county. More than half of our business is conducted further south and overseas, so it’s no surprise that we’re one of Recruiter Magazine’s HOT 10 IT Recruiters.
In the age of the 23 year-old ‘expert’, the Bridge values seasoned professionals. Our typical consultant has over 10 years IT recruitment know-how. Expert recruits for us make better hires for you. See our Team section for their stories.
IT Contractors who are worried about being paid are less productive and less reliable. That’s why we’ve developed bespoke tools to become the fastest payers in the business. On the Financials section learn how we make your team more productive, for longer.
In an industry with a reputation for revolving door employment, most of our IT recruiters are approaching their second decade with us. Consistency of account management explains the loyalty of our customers, who demand quality with continuity. How about you?
Seven out of eight placements we make are conducted under an exclusive or preferred supply arrangement. Why do so many top employers choose the Bridge as their number one IT recruiter? It’s the people of course. Meet them all on the team section.
"Of all of agencies I have found the Bridge the best to deal with – from the first point of contact in October 2011 right through to today every area has been managed really well: client arrangements, recruiting other contractors, timesheets, pay and contact points.”
From single appointments to large scale recruitment campaigns, from trainee to CIO, we’ve filled many thousands of IT vacancies. What’s our motivation? It’s having customers tell us that no other recruiter inspires the same level of confidence, nor delivers such consistent results with the highest standards of service. That’s music to our ears.
“The team at The Bridge has really gone the extra mile to deeply understand what we do. More than that, they’ve taken the time to understand our culture. When someone arrives for interview, I know that they’ve been shortlisted for us and not just the skills they may have. This isn’t a transactional relationship but a partnership. This is why we’ve been working together for years.”
The Bridge’s smooth progression to the top of the chart reflects the extra quality and experience of our consultants but is due in equal measure to our sound financial management and strategic planning. We only hire subcontractors in the most rigidly compliant fashion. Long term resource security comes with comprehensive protection from ever-changing legislation.
Delivering productive resources isn’t all about search and selection. Helping temporary resources feel valued and secure keeps their attention on your priorities. That’s why we typically process timesheets and invoices inside 2 hours. Your resources get paid lightning fast, and they stay focused for the duration of your project.
“Thank you very much for your amazing turnaround on invoices while I've been working with the Bridge. Honestly, you are a class above and you will be the first people I call if I return to contracting.”
Our average IT consultant has more than a decade of experience in recruitment. Find out a little more about them below.
James Milner Director
10 years of IT recruitment experience with the Bridge
Preferred recruiter for some of the world’s biggest brands
Over 550 specialist placements and counting
James is an outstanding all-round recruiter, with an impeccable ability to build and support large contract teams at some of the world’s best recognised brands. He’s certainly flourished at the Bridge, growing from a Junior Consultant role to his current position as a Director.
During this era, he’s enjoyed some great moments: he built the team who developed a significant portion of the IT infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympics, placed a high performing team of ERP consultants in Nigeria, managed a pan-European enterprise application rollout for the world’s largest chemical firm and now is heavily engaged in the utilities sector.
Outside of work James plays a number of sports including football every week and cricket when the weather permits.
He’s an all-year-round action man, hitting the slopes on a snowboard each winter and participating in a number of running events in the summer – including a grueling marathon.Find James Milner
"I would like to take this opportunity to let you know that it has been a very positive experience and that your agency has been the best that I have worked for in every respect"
Andrew Lowndes, IT Consultant
Duncan Walker Founder
A former Managing Director of Lorien plc and a veteran of nearly 30 years in IT recruitment, Duncan is one of two founders of the Bridge.
More than anything else, Duncan’s focus on people rather than numbers lies at the very heart of the Bridge’s philosophy. We look after our staff like family and our customers like old friends, as many indeed have become.
Away from the office, Duncan is a keen golfer with a very active interest in youth football, both as coach and father, and a lifelong devotion to Leeds United. He and his wife have three talented, sporting youngsters in further education.Find Duncan Walker
Simon Barrett Director
Our first employee way back in 2003
Over 500 placements made since he joined us
Over 10 years as recruiter of choice for two of Yorkshire’s largest employers
Simon has worked in IT recruitment for over 16 years with the last 13 of those spent at the Bridge. Indeed Simon was one of the original three personnel who hit the phones (remember those?) on our first day of trading. Not only did Simon make our very first placement but he can take great satisfaction in his huge contribution to our growth into the widely admired business we have today.
Simon takes enormous pride not only in the vast number of people he has helped over his time with us, but also in the number of friends he has made along the way. These are customer and candidate alike. The duration of his key relationships, many of which are into a second decade, allied to the number of candidates returning to him after many years in successful placements, tells its own story.
Outside of work Simon has been happily married to Annie for nearly 10 years now and has a wonderful son. As a keen sportsman and avid follower of both Leeds United and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Mondays can be a real trial at the mercy of his colleagues. Recently Simon competed in a white collar charity boxing event in front of 2000 spectators at Elland Road where he managed to raise £1000 for cancer research. What a knock-out guy!Find Simon Barrett
“I have worked with Simon for over 10 years now and he brings great energy, industry knowledge and integrity to all his engagements and is extremely professional at all times. The Bridge have both placed me, and placed people with me, so I can say from experience that the service provided, attention to detail and approach are excellent on both sides. Most importantly, Simon and the Bridge are one of a rare breed of recruitment specialists that provide real value! I would definitely recommend both Simon and the Bridge to anyone I know who is looking for help on either side of the recruitment process.”
Cyril Law, Technical Solutions Director, Callcredit
Chris Fernyhough Director
Over 10 years with The Bridge
400 placements and counting
Sci-Fi movie expert
Chris is a director at The Bridge, where he focuses on relationship building and understanding IT market trends. Chris’ 1st class degree in Computer Science and technical background in web design, web development and account management has helped him support organisations of all sizes, from startups to FTSE 100 giants. His highly developed technical understanding has been a huge asset to the team as well as to his own endeavours.
During his 13 years in IT recruitment, Chris has developed a penchant for tech startups and innovative brands at the forefront of eCommerce and disruptive technology as well as building teams, securing rare individuals, and delivering critical projects for larger enterprises. Chris’ clients include a worldwide online sales and distribution giant, several of the biggest names in online and broadcast media, and multiple high-tech consultancies.
When he’s not providing technical expertise at work, Chris loves travelling, mountain biking, snowboarding, football, MMA, Scuba Diving, Video Gaming, geeky films and, last but not least, the odd tipple. He is married with two boys, and for Chris, family comes first.Find Chris Fernyhough
“I've worked closely with Chris to fulfil a number of critical IT roles, often with extremely challenging time constraints. He is exceptionally responsive to my requirements and needs, he listens and understands the brief, and ultimately gets results! All too often in the recruitment world you are fobbed off with unsuitable candidates, and are challenged on your requirements despite knowing what you want. This is not the case with Chris and I recommend anyone looking to hire IT staff engage with Chris to do so”
Andy Moore, Head of Digital
Adrian Prodger Director
Over 10 years with the Bridge
600 specialist IT placements and counting
10+ years as a key recruiter in Biopharm
Adrian is a Director at the Bridge and has worked in IT recruitment since 2003, delivering top quality consultants across the full IT spectrum from helpdesk support to programme management.
Since joining us in 2006, Adrian has flourished at the Bridge, developing lasting relationships with FTSE 100 companies in a number of fields. For over 10 years he has been recruiter of choice for the world’s biggest pharmaceutical company at their R&D head office. This has been balanced with massive recruitment programmes at global media enterprises and a range of utility companies.
Ask any of his clients, and they’ll tell you that Adrian takes an honest and unfailingly pragmatic approach to sourcing the perfect candidates.
Adrian spends his spare time with his wife and daughter and socialising with friends. Once a keen and regular participant in a number of sporting activities, now age has caught up with him and he devotes his energies to the terraces. He is an avid follower of Liverpool FC and England RFU.Find Adrian Prodger
“I have worked with Adrian for a good many years now. He is always there to help. He has worked hard with me to bring in the right skills to augment and build the kind of teams we need at our company to deliver complex solutions to our R&D colleagues. The quality of candidates is usually excellent. Once a candidate is engaged, Adrian is diligent in looking after them. Adrian understands our needs, seeks prospective opportunities, and remembers my plans better than I do!”
Mathew Woodwark, Director, Biopharm R&D
Kieron Hinchliffe Director
More than 20 years in IT recruitment
10 years at The Bridge
Over 1,000 placements and counting
Kieron joined the Bridge back in 2006 having already accumulated 10 years experience in the IT industry. Kieron came well versed in customer service and people skills from earlier roles in the hospitality business.
Kieron has placed over 1000 professionals, securing hires at all project levels on many high profile programmes. Over the years Kieron has delivered business integration and change management expertise to effect the merger of two media and telecoms giants; he hired over 120 specialists to deliver one of the NHS’ rare IT triumphs; and today he supports key teams at one of Yorkshire’s largest financial services companies.
Outside of IT recruitment, Kieron has a huge passion for globetrotting, nature and wildlife, witnessing the rare spectacle of wild polar bears in Manitoba and grizzlies in Alaska on his travels.
For the last 30 years Kieron has also experienced the highs, lows and years of mid-table mediocrity watching Leeds United with his father at Elland Road.Find Kieron Hinchliffe
“Having worked with Kieron for the last 10 years I have always found he has gone that extra mile. He has not only managed to find scarce resources and pull niche teams together at short notice, he has also provided me with support & job opportunities as they arise. I would always look to Kieron if I have any recruitment requirements - reliable, committed, professional & friendly.”
Janis Smith, Programme Manager
Julian Goddard Founder
30 years in IT recruitment and creator of one of the UK’s original recruitment plcs, Julian is one of two founders of the Bridge.
Responsible back in his recruiting days for one of the largest hiring programmes in IT, Julian long ago migrated his expertise into the back office where he supervises the lightning fast payment of our workers. No one ever gets paid late. And if you ask our clients, they’ll tell you he brings the same philosophy to the Bridge’s own receipts.
If all that sounds a little risk averse, Julian’s hobbies include ice, mixed and rock climbing, and his love of the mountains extends to snowboarding and skiing. He insists he was quite good in younger days, but since he discovered Austrian après-ski, it’s all gone downhill.
Julian and his wife Katherine have two youngsters in further education.Find Julian Goddard
“During the whole process I felt very supported, and the most prepared I have ever been for a job interview. All that help, support and preparation totally pays off! I cannot recommend you enough as it has been the most positive experience I have ever had with a recruitment agent”
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“On a personal note, I am looking forward to working with all you guys at the Bridge again, as I am happy to tell anyone who asks, you are by far the best agency I have worked with.”