TIGA, the trade association
representing the UK games industry, has created a Guide for developers and
digital publishers offering help with the recruitment and selection of talent.
The TIGA Guide has won an endorsement from the Recruitment and Employment
Confederation (REC). The Guide, Recruitment and Selection: Best Practice
Guide for Game Developers, gives practical and informed advice on hiring
The new Guide also suggests ways of encouraging the best candidates to apply
for jobs, looking at examples of modern practices from mentoring to flexible
working to career break schemes. Exploring methods of motivation and retention,
the Guide is essential reading for developers and digital publishers looking to
keep employees motivated and to attract the best talent.
It has been written by David Smith, the managing director of London-based global
games recruiter Interactive Selection, who also founded the not-for-profit
network Women in Games Jobs.
He has been assisted by Laura Hare, the head of human resources at Jagex,
Geraldine Cross, head of human resources at Blitz Games and Mark Webley, the
CEO of Lionhead Studios, all of whom contributed to the Guide.
Laura Hare, Geraldine Cross and Mark Webley give expert tips on planning
recruitment, the interview process, investigating work permits and visas,
preparing company information packs, writing job descriptions and advertising
There is a heavy emphasis on equal opportunities law with input from Osborne
Clarke, including a comprehensive recruitment and selection checklist, and an
in-depth look at using outside agencies.
TIGA CEO Dr Richard Wilson said:
“With an increasing number of development
studios being formed in the UK, many will be unsure of the recruitment process
and how to get the very best people to fill their positions. This guide helps
to ensure they avoid any of the recruitment pitfalls, retain and respect the staff
they take on and ensure that the interview process is an enjoyable and fruitful
one for candidates and interviewer.
Kevin Green, Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment
“It is critical that businesses have an effective process to attract and
select staff. This guide is both practical and jam packed with sensible advice.
We commend it to all those games businesses who want to improve their success
at hiring the best people.”
is free to TIGA members.
Notes to editors:
TIGA is the trade association representing the UK’s
games industry. The majority of our members are either independent games
developers or in-house publisher owned developers. We also have games
publishers, outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst our
membership. Since 2010, TIGA
has won 11 business awards and has been nominated a finalist for 9 other
awards. In 2010 TIGA won two business awards including
‘Trade Association of the Year’ from the Trade Association Forum.
In 2011, TIGA won eight business awards including
‘Trade Association of the Year’ from the Trade Association Forum, ‘Outstanding
Organisation’ from the Chartered Management Institute and two Global Business
Excellence Awards, including ‘Outstanding Marketing Campaign’. Richard Wilson won the ‘Leadership Award’
from the Trade Association Forum and the ‘Outstanding Leader’ award from the
Chartered Management Institute. In 2012, Richard Wilson won the IoD’s East of England Director of
the Year Award. TIGA
is an Investors in People organisation.
vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games
business. We focus on three sets of activities: political representation,
generating media coverage and developing services that enhance the competitiveness
of our members. This means that TIGA members are effectively represented
in the corridors of power, their voice is heard in the media and they receive
benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a
reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities.
For further information, please contact
Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO on: 07875 939 643, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call Marc Ambasna-Jones on: +44 (0)7966 510702 ; or email: