Success Story

Surrey Satellite Technology success story

Surrey Satellite Technology

Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) is the world’s leading small satellite company, delivering operational space missions for a range of applications including Earth observation, science, and communications.

“We were managing all of our recruitment through Outlook. With so many applications and CVs coming into our inbox we were at risk of losing applicants’ communications. Responding individually to each applicant was time-consuming and we had no means of logging applications because we didn’t have a jobs database. Also, the job applications were difficult to compare because they were received in various formats and with differing content. An impending recruitment drive meant that the challenges were only going to get more acute, and Ciphr held the key for our future recruitment needs.”

“The talent pool side of Ciphr was very interesting to us. It meant that we could keep applicants’ details on file for future consideration even if they were not wholly suitable for the role for which they had applied. This is incredibly important for the engineering department many positions within the teams vary only slightly. We are now able to refer back to these applicants – previously they would simply have disappeared into an archive, never to be seen again.”

“Had we been doing our recruitment the way we were before, where 90% of our recruitment was done through agencies, our spend would have been about 70% higher than it is today. So, overall and in real terms, the cost of our recruitment has significantly reduced through implementing Ciphr.”

“On average, vacancies were taking between 80 and 100 days with the old system. Now, the time to hire is between 40 and 60 days. That’s down to the fact that all CVs are in a single place, making shortlisting far simpler and enabling us to set up interviews quickly and efficiently. Candidates are processed through Ciphr with ease. It has also reduced the recruitment team’s time to hire significantly, saving us time and money, and enabling the team to focus on other activities.”