The SR Group launches Keller West to drive recruitment of senior IT talent

September 18, 2023

Introduction of specialist IT division arrives at crucial time amid industry talent shortages.

London, 18 September 2023

The SR Group, a globally acclaimed search and recruitment business today announces the launch of its specialist IT consultancy, Keller West, to drive the acquisition of senior IT talent.

The new brand will initially focus on the DACH region, coming at a critical time for the German economy and the future development of its IT sector. Plans are already underway to further deploy the brand across the group’s global office network

At the end of 2022, Germany had a shortage of 137,000 IT professionals according to technology trade body, Bitkom. The same study found that is takes an average of seven months to fill a vacant IT role, highlighting the scale of the challenges faced by businesses in the DACH region.

Alex Gerritsen, Head of Keller West, said, “With the German economy facing a number of strong headwinds, technology offers a path to growth and greater competitiveness. Whether we’re talking about reducing costs, improving the customer experience, opening up new revenue streams or some other strategic priority, the smart deployment of technology is going to be key. At a time of industry talent shortages, Keller West arrives to match outstanding candidates with rewarding careers.”

The name Keller West stems from two notable female pioneers in the early days of computer science. The choice of name reflects the commitment of The SR Group and its new brand to all facets of diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace.

The brand sits alongside The SR Group’s other search and recruitment brands (Brewer Morris, Carter Murray, Frazer Jones and Taylor Root) which currently serve DACH businesses with talented, committed professionals across roles in tax, treasury, finance, legal, risk and compliance, marketing, sales and human resources. Over the last five years, The SR Group has successfully placed more than 15,000 employees into some of the biggest and brightest businesses across more than 55 markets.

Alex Gerritsen continued: “Introducing an IT-focused brand to The SR Group stable is going to be hugely beneficial for business customers, candidates and the wider IT sector. The SR Group ethos prizes quality rather than quantity, and this applies across Keller West’s operations — in the specialised, international, exclusively-mandated roles we help clients to fill, and in our focus on professional, attentive customer service. For businesses looking to bring on experienced IT talent, they get the benefit of working with seasoned consultants with a deep understanding of the sector and its rapidly changing requirements. For candidates, thanks to the commercial relationships of The SR Group’s other brands, they get access to a wider pool of potential employers at domestic and international businesses.”

With over 20 years in the recruitment industry, and previous experience in launching and growing recruitment brands in Germany and other European markets, Alex Gerritsen is well equipped to lead the expansion of Keller West in Germany. His experience and knowledge in how to help companies find employees who are not only technically qualified, but also identify with the values of the prospective employer, will be invaluable in driving the initial growth of the business.

The SR Group’s culture is built on forging meaningful long-term partnerships with customers and individual professionals. For businesses, this means providing dedicated consultancies with extensive expertise in specific sectors, specialisms and locations. For candidates, The SR Group aims to provide them with support, guidance and encouragement at every stage of their career.

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About The SR Group

The SR Group’s recruitment teams cover specialisms including tax, treasury, senior finance, legal, risk and compliance, marketing, sales and human resources in every corner of the world. Over the last five years alone, we’ve successfully placed more than 15,000 professionals into some of the biggest and brightest businesses across more than 55 markets. We want to create a world where the future that employees, professionals and businesses aspire to is always within reach.

About Keller West

Keller West is a global IT specialist search and recruitment company. They help businesses pursue digital transformation by recruiting the best permanent and freelance IT specialists for the job. Through service excellence, the company builds trusted partnerships with employers and candidates. Keller West is a part of The SR Group, a global search and recruitment company.