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2016 A Record Breaking Year for Europe’s Tech Startups

Europe is expected to hit $13.6 billion in tech investments in 2016, up from $12.6 billion in 2015, as newer technology hubs crop up outside traditional capital centres, according to a report produced by venture capital firm Atomico released at the Slush startup conference in Helsinki this week.

The report suggests Munich, Zurich, Lisbon, Madrid, and Copenhagen will be ones to watch over the coming years. Paris is starting to seriously challenge London and Berlin in terms of the number of VC-financed deals and deal volume.

Richard Wheeler Associates: Now is the Time to Partner with a Consultancy

RWA is open and is a firm with ideas - with new hiring options and tailored recruitment solutions to complement what you already do. 

Are your current recruitment strategies delivering the results your business needs? Or fast enough? We recognise that hiring post BREXIT is harder for tech businesses, especially those located outside London. Hiring has not been put on hold and job advertising activity has not reduced. 

M4 Corridor Digital Tech Clusters Lead The Way Outside London

According to the Tech Nation 2016 report, the Reading and Bracknell tech cluster is now the country’s largest cluster of digital businesses outside London. The area around these two towns is the home of digital businesses which contribute about £10bn in annual turnover to the British tech economy.

Start-Ups Want To Stay In The EU

The EU referendum date has been announced and will take place on Thursday 23rd June. So, for the next four months the debate over whether the UK should remain in, or leave, the European Union will dominate.

A survey published this week shows that the majority of UK start-ups want us to stay in the EU.

Startup Recruitment - Sponsorship

It is paramount for startups to hire talented people who want to work hard to build something from the ground up. However, the costs of sourcing and hiring a Developer or Software Engineer in the UK, especially in London, can be high, so many founders end up outsourcing the work to remote contractors based offshore.

Startups can look to India, Spain, China or many remote locations to get a job done but that doesn’t replace an in-house team of permanent hires with a shared vision for the longer term.

Digital Business Growth - the Thames Valley vs London Tech Clusters

The digital economy in the UK is thriving. The UK-wide nature of the industry was supported by the Tech Nation research report from Tech City UK - the agency originally created by the government to promote the east London tech cluster but which now promotes tech business growth UK-wide.

Using data from fast-rising digital businesses like Duedil and Adzuna, the Tech Nation 2015 report predicts that digital job growth will outperform all other occupation categories by 2020 - with digital employment itself set to grow by 5.4% by 2020.

Cyber Security - Threats and Budgets Growing Exponentially

Commitment to combating the ever morphing security threats across industry, not least fuelled by the high profile attacks on the likes of Sony Pictures and Home Depot, is gathering serious pace.  Cyber security start-ups raised more than $1bn for the first time in a single quarter - up from $540m for the first three months of last year and almost double the same period of 2014, according to data from private company research firm PrivCo.  Four years ago, total annual funding was less than $1bn.

Women in IT Careers - The Gender Gap

The UK faces a worsening gender gap in its flourishing IT industry, according to a new study.

The Women in IT scorecard looked at gender trends from secondary education through to the work place.

It indicates women account for just 16% of the UK IT workforce.  And the problem starts early - despite consistently out-performing boys in computing A-level results, girls account for just 6.5% of those taking the exam.

Making Job Offers IT Candidates Can’t Refuse

So, you’ve found the perfect Java Developer, Technical Architect or Big Data Analyst, and furthermore the candidate has sailed through the interview process. It may feel like the hiring process is over, the critical role has been filled and you can focus elsewhere.

But the timing and approach (rights vs wrongs) to extending the job offer is crucial, particularly in a highly competitive IT job market. Do a poor job, and you may start the relationship on the wrong foot or lose the candidate to another opportunity.

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.

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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