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Job Growth in UK Technology Sector Outstrips National Average

The Tech Monitor UK report has found employment in technology companies is much stronger than the UK-wide employment trend.

The new report by KPMG and Markit on the UK technology sector has used 10 years’ worth of data from the UK Tech Sector Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), up until August 2013, to identify the main UK tech clusters, job hiring trends and how confident UK tech companies are in their business outlook for the next 12 months.

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’:

Startups: Offline Networking vs Digital Marketing

Over the last five years Britain has succeeded in establishing itself as one of the world's leaders in tech innovation. Whether it's government support of small startups, or the huge array of brands emerging from Old Street and Silicon Roundabout; Britain is nurturing startups to become big successes.

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.

10 Advantages of Working for a Tech Start-up

Start-ups are unable to compete with the tech giants on material benefits and need to emphasise their unique advantages to attract top talent.

There are many benefits for candidates to joining a tech start-up.  These are RWA’s top 10:

Investment and Skill Shortages Hinder Tech City Growth

Funding and skill shortages could halt the future development of London’s Tech City area in East London, a new report has warned.

Tech City is the name used to describe the Old Street roundabout area in East London, which – in recent years – has been called home by a growing number of tech giants and startups.

UK Smart Meter £12.1bn Rollout

Rival groups are getting ready to submit their final bids for the UK's massive, multi-billion-dollar smart meter rollout. The so-called SmartReach group is built upon communications technology from Sensus.  A rival group is building on top of Silver Spring Network's RF mesh communications technology. Other groups are expected to bid as well.

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.

Some 20 years ago

25 years running an IT Search & Selection Consultancy has of course come with its own range of tales.  Suffice to say that a side-line as an after dinner speaker is a plausible future career path!  So I thought I’d put together a handful of suitably anonymous stories; here’s the first of them.

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