Specialist recruitment firm OPM has been running for over 21 years. We speak to managing director Kim Adcock about what the company offers and the challenges it faces.
Tell us about your company.
OPM is a specialist recruitment consultancy working in the games and associated industries worldwide. Our consultants work with Technical, Creative, Commercial, Production Management and Enterprise professionals. We’ve been going for over 21 years.
How has the last year been for you?
A period of investment in both systems and expanding the team. We have never been busier so I’m strengthening my consultant team to meet demand.
What recent successes have you had?
We have started working for a client in New Zealand, a new country for us. We’ve so far filled four of their seven vacancies which is a real thrill. We launched the OPM App so candidates can view and apply for jobs on their mobiles. We were nominated for a Develop Award. We have had a record number of vacancies on our books. I’ve joined Game Anglia’s Advisory Board and speak at theirs and Ukie Student events.
What challenges are facing your sector in the market?
As far as availability of talent goes, we’re fishing from the village pond to fill an ocean. Companies either wait for “The Unicorn” to be available or need to be more open to hiring less experienced candidates, people from left field of the industry and training both them and their existing staff. Brexit has been a challenge for everyone in the UK although the new Immigration policy is being well used and is a reasonable solution in the short term, migration across Europe has slowed.
What do you think are the most exciting trends in games right now?
Triple-A console games that are pick up and put down, such as No Man’s Sky. Big franchises and sequels are doing well as more new gamers join the market and play them for the first time. Games that involve families playing together, particularly active games.
What are your aims for the coming year?
Continue to support our clients and candidates through unpredictable and unsettling times. We have a major campaign we’re launching this year – watch this space…
How did you come up with your company’s name?
I was offered funding when I was opening the business by a lovely man called Keith. I decided to go it alone in the end, but OPM stands for Other People’s Money in his honour. He gifted me the company having registered it for me and we’re still in touch.