AI is more than a trend in investment activity. Uniquely, AI is a sub-sector of technology which is set for a development surge as technologies associated with AI advance and the reliance on AI products for businesses across all sectors to stay competitive grows.
Tech Nation has identified 30 major tech clusters in the UK with the Reading and Bracknell cluster named as the largest cluster of digital businesses outside London.
The Reading tech cluster is one of many on the M4 corridor, which stretches from Heathrow to Bath and Bristol – passing through Slough, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Reading, Newbury and Swindon.
It is home to a large number of high tech companies has one of the largest digital tech workforces and some of the highest salaries in the country.
Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, has described his hiring rules as following the ‘rock-star principle’: paying a significantly higher salary to hire one rock-star software engineer, than hiring 10 less outstanding engineers.
Hastings says: “In the first few years of Netflix, we were growing fast and needed to hire more software engineers. With my new understanding that high talent density would be the engine of our success, we focused on finding the top performers in the market.
Pitching your tech start-up to the exceptionally high calibre Software Developers and wider IT talent you’re keen to onboard requires a whole raft of elements. Here we discuss several of these.
The Employee Value Proposition is an important element in an employer’s overall recruitment and retention strategy and involves learning what your current employees enjoy about your company and what candidates want in their ideal workplace.
On the back of another record high of $15bn VC investment in the UK tech sector in 2020, the majority of UK tech companies have not changed their growth plans post pandemic and urgently need to recruit highly skilled staff.
The shortage of tech talent has been well documented with a recent report revealing 69% of UK business owners are experiencing a digital skills shortfall.
This has led to the tightest UK labour market for over 4 decades with fewer candidates for every vacancy advertised.
So, you’ve found the perfect Java Developer, Technical Architect or Big Data Analyst, and 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 jobs market.
Startups 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 our top 10:
The independent Green Jobs Taskforce has issued a call to action to support the ambition to create two million skilled jobs by 2030.
Convened by the Business and Education departments in November 2020 the Taskforce has released a new report detailing a number of recommendations for the UK government, industry and skills sector to ensure a green industrial revolution is delivered.