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Our Downtime is minimal – but Life enhancing!

Just to show that we do prize ‘down time’ at Richard Wheeler Associates, that time spent considering things other than software engineering, grappling with Hadoop, immersing ourselves in client’s growth strategies, compiling shortlists of CTOs, System Architects, J2EE specialists, preparing the ground for a Search & Selection tender, assessing the merits of one embedded C++ candidate vs another, rubbing up alongside Android, getting to grips with the latest cleantech hiring campaign, the nitty gritty of algorithm development, the merit’s/ethics of Google Glass (a step too far? Discuss)………we offer what we hope will be the first of many glimpses - of this ‘down time’:

Technology Firms Say The UK Has a 'Digital Skills Gap'

Major technology companies say they are struggling to recruit young people in the UK.  Firms such as Facebook claim they are finding a gap in skills, saying people from other countries are often better qualified.

The government says it is changing the curriculum to focus on programming.  Intellect, the UK's technology trade association, estimates that 100,000 people are needed to enter the digital sector each year.

UK businesses unprepared for mobile devices, says Barclays report

UK online businesses have grown more than 50 times faster than the rest of the economy, according to a report from Barclays, but many remain unprepared for the rise of mobile devices.

The Barclays Online Business Outlook 2013 report highlighted a compound annual growth rate of 11.4 percent over the past three years for the 300 companies surveyed with a strong online presence.  This outpaces the slow growth seen by the wider UK business community, which recorded an average increase of 0.2 percent over the same period.


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