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19/11/2015 - 12:03

The Scottish Technology Industry Survey has just been released, showing one in 25 Scots are now employed in the Technology sector, which is now worth an extra £4 billion to the Scottish economy. Of the Tech companies surveyed, almost two thirds are expecting to hire in 2016.

 

It’s not just the size of the market. Confidence is incredibly high in the sector, with almost all (87%) of businesses reporting being optimistic or very optimistic about the year ahead. This is obviously great news to us as Technology recruiters, and hopefully to all our readers too.

 

https://members.scotlandis.com/news/264

19/11/2015 - 11:55

It’s a good question. One of the things we really didn’t want to happen when we started blogging was for us to just get out of the habit. And look what happened. We got out of the habit…

 

To be fair the reasons why are all positive – we have just been incredibly busy. New offices, new regions, new staff… all things which we should have been blogging about. But sometimes the day job gets in the way.

 

We’re hoping normal service will be resumed soon. We are moving into our fancy new HQ in a week (lots more on this to come) so once the dust settles, we’ll write much more about it.

22/06/2015 - 09:21

 

Reed.co.uk has recently released some research outcomes which show that the average age that workers will reach career contentment is 32.

 

Their research also reveals that it takes an average of 3 job moves or changes before workers in the UK find happiness in their careers. The most important factor in determining job satisfaction is the perfect work/life balance. This was deemed even more important than salary and job security according to the research.

 

31% of the respondents in the survey also considered an easy or fast work commute makes them feel much happier at work. 29% believed that the office environment is really important, whilst 15% put their satisfaction at work down to the colleagues that they work with.

 

To sum up, Reed.co.uk have listed the top 10 factors that lead to career contentment:

 

1              Easy daily commute

2              Cool / fun work space

3              Good work / life balance

4              Salary

5              Job security

6              Work social events

7              Working alongside inspiring colleagues

8              Good promotion prospects

9              Extra holiday

10            Dress down Friday

 

For more information on the report please click on the link below:
http://news.reed.co.uk/32-the-age-your-staff-are-most-content/?CampaignCode=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nwsltr&utm_campaign=article_email_content_20140617&utm_content

06/05/2015 - 15:28

 

 

Creativedge Training & Development have released what they believe to be the best interview questions that a candidate can ask an interviewer.

They are a successful 90 Minute Bite-sized training company that have been delivering flexible training since 2001.

In a recent article they discuss 5 key questions that will impress an interviewer and help encourage them that you’re the best person for the job.

 

 1. What would be the ideal person?

“If you could create the ideal person for this position, what are the top qualities they would possess?”

It’s best to ask this question near the start of the interview, if you’re able to. When they answer, make a mental note of each quality they mention. This will mean that you can refer your own experience that’s discussed back to the qualities that they’re looking for.

 

2. Fitting in (showing you really want the job)

“Can you tell me more about how I would fit in with...?” (Name a specific fact that shows you have researched the organisation and the job role).

This is a great question to ask as it will show interviewers just how much you want the job.

Preparing specific questions based on the company and the job role will show that you’ve prepared and taken time to research the organisation, instead of just ‘winging it’.

 

 3. Vision – the future of the company

“What’s the vision for your organisations future – and how do you see me contributing to it?”

Employers usually enjoy discussing their company’s vision and their plans for the future.

By asking them this question this will also spark ideas on how you will help them to reach their goals. It also shows that you’re a forward thinker; a highly desirable skill.

 

4. Vision – success of the chosen candidate

“What does success look like for the person in this role?”

This question will help to find out what their expectations are for the person they will hire.

By asking them to outline what success looks like to them, it shows your readiness to be aligned to their vision. Asking for their views will allow them to view you as someone who will build clear objectives to meet their goals.

 

5. Differences to competitors

 “Can you tell me what sets you apart from your competitors?”

This is another reminder to them that you’ve prepared for your interview by learning as much as possible about their organisation.

By asking the interviewer to go deeper into what sets their organisation apart, it will show your interest in the company.

 

For more information on their training please click the below link:

http://www.creativedgetraining.co.uk/

05/05/2015 - 12:13

 

One of the UK’s biggest job board website, Monster has asked the recruitment industry to join them in their bid to get more women into technology, IT and coding roles by supporting a ‘TechTalent Charter’ to create a framework of action for the future.

 

Recently, Monster had a ‘Girls in Coding’ event that brought together industry experts to discuss what can be done to encourage females to take up coding.

 

Sinead Bunting, Marketing Director UK and Ireland at Monster said: “Last week’s event was really successful with its primary aim being to raise awareness of the issue within the HR and recruitment industry. However we see this as being the first step towards making a real and meaningful difference in this important area.

 “We are keen to enter discussion with others in the HR and recruitment industry to make sure we, as a sector, are doing all we can to ensure women are represented in this area for job growth in the future - working together as an industry is the best way of making a genuine difference. Together we can work towards getting more girls into coding, encourage women into technology roles, and in the process ensure that the tech that is meant for everyone is built by everyone. This is also a key way to close the digital skills gap we are currently experiencing in the UK”.

 

- See more at: http://www.recruitmentgrapevine.com/article/2015-04-27-monster-calls-on-recruitment-industry-to-get-more-women-in-tech

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