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IT – A business unit or a business enabler? Part 1 of 4 – Changing the perception of IT, by Sean Curran (former COO of CCLA Investments and former CFO of BGC Brokerage)

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Sean Curran, former COO of CCLA Investments and CFO of BGC Brokerage, kindly contributed the following article on the true busingreen-it-growthess value of I.T.:

The IT press conveys the impression that the key issues facing the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) today revolve around data, security, the use of cloud and the implications of the rise of the bring-your-own-device-to-work generation. But the view from the boardroom is different.

The CEO’s priority is to grow the business. He wants to do this by introducing new products, opening up new communication and delivery channels, increasing repeat business through information-lead loyalty schemes and wider, richer customer interactions, by attracting new customers through targeted marketing campaigns and by smarter, more relevant interactions through social media.

The CEO wants the IT infrastructure to be flexible, scalable, agile and to provide a cost effective service delivery. He wants innovative IT with good governance, the time to market to be fast and solutions to be mobile and customer-friendly from the start.

Applications are moving to the web. Employees are using their own mobile devices. Cloud-based, consumer applications are creeping into the business. The union of social/mobile IT with transactional capabilities give companies a new way to move at the speed of their customers and new methods for engaging with customers to build multifaceted relationships rather than linear transactions. The big challenge for the CTO is to put IT into a position to enable the business to take advantage of these and other new opportunities.

Today many CTOs serve a relatively tactical role and are responsible for technology provisioning, break/fix support, software and hardware upgrades and operational support, including email, application support and password management. However simply being able to keep the ship afloat and hold costs within budget is probably no longer enough.

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IT Contractors: Why go Limited?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

As an IT recruitment consultancy, we (Jenrick IT) are regularly asked by contractors about the benefits of becoming a Limited Company. register-limited-company

To answer this for us, we approached Danbro, an accounting company that specialises in providing this type of advice to contractors, who kindly contributed the following article:

The most important part of the decision is to take expert advice, as although there are many advantages to going Limited, there can be a few downsides that need to be considered.

This guide will cover not only the main differences in accounting and taxation of Limited Companies compared with Sole Traders, but will detail all the benefits of going Limited along with the downsides.

Summary of Self-Employed Taxation

Let’s start by looking at the taxation of self-employed taxpayers.

Being self-employed usually means that you are operating as a sole trader, or a partner in a partnership. Both types give the same result for you as an individual.

When you’re self-employed, you pay tax and national insurance on all your business profits, or your share of business profits if you are a partner in a partnership.

Another important point is that it is you who is in business, so you are fully liable for any debts in your business.

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26,000 new financial tech jobs by June

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The UK financial services industry should have added 26,000 jobs in the year to June, according to a recent survey. CanaryWharf

The research, carried out for trade body the CBI, found that employment at the end of the second quarter should be 26,000 higher than a year before, indicating recovering strength in the sector.

The survey also found that financial services firms could ramp up IT spending over the coming year, noting:

“Investment intentions for the next 12 months were positive across all investment categories, with IT predicted to grow most rapidly.”

“Firms indicated that the main drivers of increased capital spending were replacement, capacity expansion and reaching new customers.”

It also found that overall profitability in the sector continued to grow, if at a more moderate pace than previously.

Matthew Fell, CBI director for competitive markets, said: “Financial services firms are growing steadily and are optimistic about their business situation. Jenrick-IT-(under)The fact that competition is growing highlights intensifying activity in the sector. Businesses plan to spend heavily on IT and are scrambling to find staff to meet growth demands.”

More information:

If you need advice on hiring the best contract or permanent tech talent for your organisation, please contact Jenrick IT Recruitment Consultancy on 01932 245 500.

Article Source: Business Technology – distributed with The Telegraph

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Continued demand for developers – Contact Jenrick IT for job opportunities available immediately!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Jenrick IT, specialist IT recruiters, are reporting continued demand for developers and have a number of job opportuities available developers-wantedimmediately…

Matt Hancock, Recruitment Consultant at Jenrick IT commented:

 “Right now, there is a particular demand for developers, all with companies that offer a great vision and opportunity to progress. I haven’t seen the developer space this buoyant in the last eight years.

We have seen a significant rise in the demand for development staff on both the contract and permanent side not only in Greater London area but also in the rest of the South East, South West as well as the Midlands and Yorkshire.

A number of clients are also offering the opportunity for work from home contracts.”

Current Permanent and Contract Developer roles available at Jenrick:

  • Web Developer - Contract – North West London – Mid to Senior level – £300/day (exp. in HTML5 required)
  • Senior SAS Developer – Permanent – Edinburgh – Senior level – Salary negotiable
  • Senior SAS Developer – Permanent – London – Senior level – Salary negotiable
  • Android Developer – 3 month contract (with possibility to extend) – Southampton – Rate negotiable
  • Java Developer – Permanent – Guildford – Mid to Senior level – Salary negotiable
  • Java Developer – Permananet – Amersham – Mid to Senior level – Salary negotiable
  • Java Developer -  Permanent – Surbiton – Senior level – up to £60k
  • Java Developer – Permanent – Gatwick – Mid level – 45K
  • Software Developer – Permanent – Brighton – Mid level – £32-38k
  • Lead Software Developer -  Permanent – Guildford – Salary negotiable
  • Software Developer – Permanent – Guildford – Mid level – £30-35k
  • Senior Developer – Contract – Central London – £450/day
  • Automated Software Tester – Contract – £450/day
  • Backend Developer – Contract – £450/day
  • Frontend Developer – Contract – £450/day
  • Lead Developer – Contract – £450/day

FURTHER INFORMATION:

If you are a developer, working on either a contract or permanent basis, then Jenrick IT can introduce you to an array of challenging and innovative Clients and Projects.

To find out more, please call +44 (0) 1932 245 500 to speak to a member of the Jenrick IT team.

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Responsive web design (RWD) – the future of the web or a passing fad?

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

The Internet has come a long way since those early days of dial-up connections and web surfing. It is now part of our very existence. Whether we are filing tax returnsthe_web_is_evolving on a train or doing the weekly shopping from the comfort of our beds, the Internet now has a huge hold on all of us. The way we access the online world, however, is constantly evolving, and that can cause web developers a serious headache. What looks fantastic on a standard laptop may appear distorted and confused on a 5-inch smart phone screen.

That is why responsive web design (RWD) has become so popular with both developers and business owners.

…but is there a long-term future for the latest craze in web development?

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Why projects fail (part 3): death by documentation – by Cliff Moyce (Independent Managment Consultant)

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Two of the biggest project failures I have seen had also produced the most documentation I have seen. I don’t think it was a coincidence.  I’m not arguing for a direct 500px-Documentationcausal link between project failure and volume of documentation, but I am arguing that a mindset that focuses on recording everything to the nth degree is not a mindset that is focused on achieving business outcomes.  In this article I want to suggest how to strike the right balance between artifacts and outcomes.

Both projects mentioned above (I saved one and closed down the other) had expended more effort producing artifacts than usable deliverables.  One of the projects was genuinely business critical, so there were consequences over and above wasted money and time.  The project leadership was out of its depth and had resorted to micro-management and reporting as a way of creating a facade of useful progress.  The other project was an expensive folly that should not have been allowed to happen.  Follies always lack true customer demand and can do a lot of expensive meandering before the game is up.  Producing large volumes of documentation is a make-work activity often used to hide the truth, but it can only work for so long.

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Tech startups’ hiring up 44% year-on-year, top salaries and compelling benefits on offer as competition for tech talent heats up

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The demand for technical talent has been consistently ramping up over the last few months and this trend is set to continue as Jenrick IT reports  a marked rise in salaries for qualified IT staff as the competition to acquire top talent for 2014 starts to ‘hot up’.

New research revealed today by Adzuna and Silicon Milkroundabout show a huge increase in demand for talent in UK tech startups, and reveal that startups are offering salaries up to 17% higher than industry averages to attract the best candidates.

London, UK, 00.01 AM Thursday 10th October 2013: Silicon Milkroundabout, the UK’s leading recruitment event for tech startups, and Adzuna, the search engine for classified ads, have today revealed new figures that show that there are more jobs than ever before in UK tech startups, and the competition for tech talent is intensifying.

Tech hubs around the country, including east London’s Silicon Roundabout/Tech City cluster, are hiring for 4,753 positions, up 44% since 2012.Software developers are in hot demand with 1,473 jobs currently on offer (+31% since 2012), with marketing roles second at 1,142 (+78% on 2012) and product at 570 (+8% on 2012).

The joint research also surfaces the key attributes the UK’s tech startups look for in new recruits. Alongside the more recognisable requirements (“highly skilled”, “able to get things done”, “great in a team” and “smart”), startups value personality traits such as “curiosity”, “humility” and “being nice”.

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IT systems need to cope with the exponential growth of big data

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Jenrick IT are reporting continued growth in demand for experts within the Big Data space as organisations attempt to find out more about their big-datacustomers of now and in the future. However, this increase in big data poses potential problems unless IT systems can cope with the growth…

The inevitable increase in big data over the next 5 years will pose problems unless IT systems can cope with the growth, an IT expert warns.

Big data is “the ability to gather together data sources that companies may be sitting on”, explains Paul Grosvenor, Chief Technology Officer at Galileo Analytics.

Grosvenor believes that companies should use IT systems that display the data in a “simple and intiuative” way, so that it is “readily understandable”.

Speaking to the Information Daily at HC2014 he went on to explain that companies may wish to use the data to “leverage value” they may not have realised they had.

Grosvenor explained that for organisations like the NHS, connecting different data sets may allow them to figure out more about a patient such as how factors in their lifestyle may affect their health.

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Hot Gaming Skills in high demand

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Jenrick IT, specialist IT recruiter, has reported an increased demand for gaming skills across the UK as innovation continues to drive the UK Teacher-Mario2-600x300economy forward

Samantha Porter, Gaming Consultant Specialist at Jenrick IT recently commented on the increased demand in skills within the UK gaming sector:

“UI/UX/VFX Artists are in extremely high demand at the moment with skills such as  Unity3D, Unreal Engine, Maya, 3D studio Max as well as coding skills. However, being able to combine this with a graphic design and/or artistic skill set you’d be very well disposed towards the Interactive Entertainment Industry.

For coders and programmers, C++ / C# is a good basis that can open doors to a wide range of roles. Online games developers/ web developers with Unity3D, HTML5, CSS3, Java, JQuery, JQueryUI are also in increased demand in the current UK gaming sector.”

Key demand skills are: 

  • UI/UX/VFX
  • Unity3D
  • Unreal Engine
  • Maya
  • 3D studio Max
  • C++ / C#
  • Java
  • Unity3D
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Java
  • JQuery and JQueryUI / C#

Further Information

Jenrick IT is a leading UK recruitment consultancy for the Technology sector.

If you are a C++ Programmer, 3D artist or Games Designer within the gaming sector or are seeking to hire top gaming talent within your organisation please call +44 (0) 1932 245 500 to speak to Specialist Consultant in the gaming sector, Samantha Porter, who will be able to discuss your requirements further.

Click on the following links to Follow Sami on TWITTER, or connect with Samantha on LinkedIn.

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Gaming Special – Quickfire Q & A with Game Designer and Developer, Niclas Åberg

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Samantha Porter, Jenrick IT’s Specialist Consultant to the Gaming Sector, is publishing several quickfire Q & A’s with the people who are shaping the direction of this high growth sector.

Here is the first, featuring Niclas Åberg, whose accreditations include his role as Creative Director at Miniclip…

So Niclas! Over the last couple of years there has been a lot of media and articles about the mobile gaming boom, however, most recently according to Digi-Capital’s 2014 Global Games Investment Review Niclas Åberg(http://www.digi-capital.com/reports) mobile and online gaming is set to drive the industry – in fact, possibly set to generate $100bn by 2017. What’s your first thought when you read this?

If that turns out to be true, happy days, I’m part of a thriving industry! I’ve made web games for over ten years and I’m now working on my first mobile title.

I believe games need to be easily accessible to go big, so in that sense mobile games work well: They’re in your pocket. It doesn’t get much more accessible than that… unless Google Glass takes off.

The competition out there is fierce, we’re seeing more and more Independent games companies either closing up shop or being acquired by the larger, more well-known companies for example, PopCap most famously known for their ‘Plants vs Zombies” (1 and 2 – admittedly a personal favourite of mine) was bought out by EA in 2011. What would you say provides the pivotal point for either sink or swim in this respect?

Stop it, you’re making an indie developer cry! If the option is to stop making games or make games under a different name, I think many would choose the latter. What drives, or in my opinion what should drive, game developers is to have the freedom to make great games.

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