Technically Compatible Ltd expand in Sunderland following management buyout

The specialists in technical skills assestment for recruiting technology firms says jobs are on the horizon

Carl Jones, managing director of Technically Compatible and Councillor Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council
Carl Jones, managing director of Technically Compatible and Councillor Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council

A small firm which specialises in skills testing for recruitment into technology companies has undergone a management buyout.

Technically Compatible Ltd, which currently employs two and uses skills testing technology to help companies find IT professionals with the right capabilities, has also expanded into the Sunderland Software Centre.

The business, which was – until earlier this month – a sister company of Sunderland software success story The Test Factory, has taken up a new base in the centre as part of plans to expand.

It is expected the firm will recruit across its technology, sales and support teams over the next few months.

Carl Jones, managing director of Technically Compatible, said the move to the centre was an important step in ensuring that the business was in the right place to accommodate exciting plans for growth and development.

He said: “Technically Compatible really does offer game-changing technology. A CV cannot show the technical ability of individual applicants, and that’s where our technology comes in for clients, allowing them to set their measures and create a test that will assess job applicants’ skills and help determine their suitability for the role.

“We know that the market is vast and we’re already starting to become established. It’s not just IT businesses that will benefit from Technically Compatible’s offer – and that’s what gives the company global potential, with large employers and small to medium sized companies all potential customers.”

He added: “We have two recruitment events taking place – one on Thursday, August 21 and another on Saturday, August 23 – where people can come to find out more about the roles we have available, and we hope to find up to three developers to join us in the Software Centre immediately. That really is only the start of our plans.”

The company was created by the team behind E.volve Business Centre based company The Test Factory, but was taken over by Mr Jones, who ran the business as part of the parent company, at the beginning of August.

Technically Compatible has already worked with blue chip clients including Coca Cola and KPMG, since coming out of beta testing in January of this year.

Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council said that the company was just one of a growing community of technology companies helping to put the city on the map right around the world.

He said: “Technically Compatible is a really exciting young business, with huge growth potential and scalability.

“The software sector is one in which we see high growth and the success of companies in Sunderland in this field shows that we are an area that perfectly supports their needs. Sunderland Software Centre was purpose built to support software companies, so I am sure it will be the ideal base for Technically Compatible to develop and grow.”

The company is holding an open evening on Thursday, August 21, between 6pm and 8pm and a second open day on Saturday, August 23 from 10am to 2pm, where people interested in working for Technically Compatible can find out more about the roles available. Those interested in attending should email


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