Industry Analysis – IT skills and technology trends (Dec 2013 – May 2014)

We have partnered with Microsoft to create a skills dashboard to determine which skills are in demand . The tool enables us to analyse our IT Job Board advert data, which provides key industry insight.

For the purpose of our first report we have selected 5 key sectors and illustrated the skills, technologies and roles which are in demand.

See the full report here.

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The Best Online Resources for Learning to Code



A basic knowledge of a coding language can be useful in many different roles; from giving you the ability to solve problems that require simple programming skills to expanding the skills already on your CV so that you can grow into your perfect developer job.  We have listed five free resources that enable every type of learner to gain something extra:

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There’s No Future in This..

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If I think back to what my dad used to do in his data centre it was all very hands on and very physical – pressing lots of knobs and switches and feeding in data via tape and punched cards. Clearly not many of us do that anymore nor do many of us actually see the servers we are managing as these may not even be in same building or even the same city. Cloud technologies may mean that the servers aren’t even in the same country and also take away a lot of the low level management we used to do. For example cloud providers include DHCP and DNS services so we don’t have to worry about provisioning our own resources to do this. So you might be forgiven for thinking that there is no future in administration at all as there’s nothing left to do. Read more →

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Public Sectors Globally Embrace App Technology

The global adoption of mobile has led to not only a boom in applications for personal use and entertainment, but a large number of mobile apps for the public sector. We have listed some of the ways in which the technology is being utilised to benefit the public sector around the world.

City Navigation for the Blind

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The Art of finding a new Tech Job.

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The UK IT Pro team at Microsoft are busy planning the new round of IT Camps and Careers events, in the meantime it’s worth having a look back at our careers events from last year. Part of those events were focused on getting a job in the sector and within Microsoft. Interested – read on.

Moving on or up in your career is no small matter so it should be approached as a science. The LinkedIn phenomena is changing the way that recruiters approach you. Make sure your profile is up to date and indicates you are looking for opportunities. Ensure your key skills and achievements are highlighted. Treat this profile as a permanent online CV. Microsoft recruitment professionals regularly search for keywords like .NET, Cloud Computing, C# etc. Join relevant groups on LinkedIn connect to everyone you know to extend your reach. Set job alerts for the areas you are interested in. Read more →

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Tips for Gaining Your Next Developer Interview

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There are a number of tactics that a web developer in search of a new job can utilise in order to make themselves stand out to potential employers; from improving your portfolio to developing the perfect CV.

We have listed 3 tips to help increase your chances of landing your next interview: Read more →

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IT Salary Trends

Find out how your salary compares with the rest of the IT Market.

We have partnered with IT Jobs Watch to give you the latest salary trends… what are you worth?






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The Best IT Themed Movies

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Practically Testing Design & Development IT Candidates

Finding the right talent

Research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has found that the cost of hiring the wrong person can be between four and six times of the employee’s salary.

A report by the Future Foundation further articulated that this equates to an overall cost of twelve billion pounds per year for managing poor hires in the UK, with three quarters of employers hiring the wrong people.

Therefore, it is especially important to be sure that an applicant for a web design or development job has the technical skills required in order to be successful. In the past, phone screening candidates was common, but many companies have now begun to implement pre-interview skill tests so that face-to-face interviews are only held with those possessing sufficient skills. Read more →

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The UK’s Hottest Tech Locations

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London is not the only Tech hub in the UK; there are clusters of tech start-ups alongside established businesses from North to South. This gives IT professionals looking for a new position plenty of locations to choose from, especially if you’re appetite was wet by our recent post on The Best UK Cities to Live and Work. Below you will find some of the most exciting areas right now for technology companies: Read more →

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