Learn more about Haystack

For techies


1. What is Haystack?

Haystack is a data insights platform created specifically for people working in tech. We uncover, highlight and curate all of the information available to us so that you can survey the community of which you are a part and access the most interesting career opportunities for you.

2. How does it work?

Sign up to Haystack and create a profile. You can enter as little or as much information as you like, however, the more of your profile you complete the more features you unlock. These questions are specifically designed to match you with employer data that we hold, so there’s no guesswork involved. We then match you with jobs and employers that correspond with your own interests whether that be in terms of stack, culture, scale or location.

3. Will the jobs I see be relevant to me?

We only match based on the information you provide and the information we hold. You will see the most relevant matches first. Haystack will not push job roles on to you or spam you with unsuitable opportunities. The same goes for phone calls. We have very clear communication preferences. There is a feature to book a call with us at a time that works for you to discuss what you’re looking for, but, other than that, we won’t call you.

4. Am I being shown jobs because an employer has paid to be at the top?

There is no paid promotion on Haystack. You will see an unfiltered view of the roles that match your profile.

5. Do I have access to the entire jobs market or just those with companies who have paid to be on Haystack?

We don’t charge companies to post jobs. We want you to see all of the opportunities out there, so every position on the market is on our platform.

6. How do I apply if I see a job I like?

You can do this in two ways. We can make your profile visible to the employer and they can apply to you or we can provide you with the information you need to apply yourself.

7. Is Haystack only for jobseekers?

No. When you sign up for Haystack you can tell us your reason for joining the community – whether you only want access to our insights, are curious as to what alternative careers might be out there, but not yet ready to engage or whether you are actively looking for a new challenge.

8. What types of open jobs are posted on Haystack?

All roles that make a product team, so developers, product owners, UI/UX, quality assurance and all management roles in those areas right up to executive level.

9. Are you operating in all regions of the UK?

That’s the plan, but we need to walk before we try to run, so for now our focus is on North East England. However, we have ambitious growth plans, so watch this space.

10. Do I need to pay a fee to use Haystack?

Haystack is a completely free service for techies. You don’t have to pay a fee at any time on our platform.

For employers


1. What is Haystack?

Haystack is a data insights platform that allows employers to enhance your employer brand, showcase all of the interesting stuff you’re working on and build your tech teams.

2. How does it work?

We have already created your profile and curated the information we hold to highlight some of the cool stuff you’re doing. We have also posted the live jobs we think you have so you can attract top tech talent. However, in order to maximise the power of the platform we encourage you to take ownership of your own profile so that the tech community has the full picture of just how brilliant you are!

3. Is this just another recruitment tool?

Haystack is much more than just finding someone to fill a role. We provide employers with data insights to have a full view of the market and match tech talent with your company based on their values and skills.

4. And you’re not just another recruiter?

No. We aren’t just putting a shiny front on something tired. We are a new platform designed to reflect how tech talent takes decisions over where to use their skills. We don’t go around poaching people from other companies just to make up the numbers.

5. But we already have a proven recruitment process?

Great. We won’t get in the way of that at all. All of your interviewing, vetting and competency checks are still fully in your control. Haystack simply bridges the gap between you and the outstanding candidates who want to work with you. 

6. How do I receive applications?

You can encourage people to apply via your existing channels or we can make their profile visible to you on your employer portal.

7. How do you verify the quality of the techies?

Haystack only shows you people who fit your company’s values and culture. Our Haystack Rating will show both parties how good of a match they are for each other meaning you will only see candidates who will flourish in the role. Any profile that becomes visible on your employer portal will have been screened by Haystack.

8. How do you find them?

Haystack runs non-intrusive, non-poaching marketing to attract the best talent to join the platform. As we are specifically targeted at the tech sector, we are able to attract high quality talent to be part of our community. We also have a strong pipeline of referrals from individuals we trust.