Compuways - 18 years and going
 As South Africa faces
a skills shortage, IT recruitment company Compuways CEO reveals his
secrets for success in IT recruitment.
Established in July 1990, Compuways the local ICT recruitment and
skills specialists celebrated 18 years in IT recruitment in July.
Compuways is the brainchild of Arnold Graaff, and was
initially started as a promotion agency for IT contracting
freelancers, while he was working as a freelance programmer. The
company gained traction when Graaff teamed up with a general
recruiter and began focusing on all aspects of IT recruitment,
resulting in the Compuways we now know today.
placements compared to general placements are very much
skills-based, therefore a lot of effort goes into ensuring the
applicant's skill-levels are up to standard,” says Graaff, MD at
“Other factors like team type and industry, as well as oriented
matching must be taken into account when placing candidates with an
employer. All of that needs to happen before we even look at the
softer aspects of candidate matching such as culture and personality
secret of Compuways success has hinged around the development of an
electronic database driven system that firstly categorises
applicants and then matches them to positions. Being a computer
programmer since 1982 and after obtaining his Hons Degree in
Computer Science in 1988 Graaff himself was deeply entrenched in the
development of the system, and touts it as a unique contributor to
the success of Compuways in the IT recruitment space.
Graaff states that the system provides crucial support throughout
the entire recruitment process. In the year 2000, the system was
given a Web Interface, in essence automating much of the manual
process, and in turn enabling recruiters, applicants and employers
to provide their inputs throughout the recruitment process.
attribute our success to our ability to deliver the right calibre of
candidate to the right kind of company, time and again, and across
the whole spectrum of the IT skills base,” states Graaff.
Compuways prides itself on having grown through many IT Industry
developments such as ERP, Object Orientation, as well as the
Mainframe and Mini's right through to contemporary networks. In the
IT industry times and technologies have changed considerably
requiring an array of different skills. Throughout its 18 years
Compuways has provided top-notch candidates, delivering from
learnerships to CIO's, ERP consultants, technicians and developers.
“Compuways has built a strong brand throughout the years and
nurtured loyal client relationships - some of our clients are still
with us since our inception. I believe our success can be attributed
to our taking pride in every placement we make,” ends Graaff.