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Backend Developer - Bath - PHP, NodeJS, Java and/or Ruby Permanent / Bath, Somerset

Backend Developer - Bath - PHP, NodeJS, Java and/or Ruby Exciting opportunity for a forward thinking Developer to join a leading media company in central Bath. Constantly expanding, they are looking for a quality-focused developer with a solid foundation in backend software architecture and development. As part of a small team, you will be designing and building robust and reliable services to handle large quantities of data, as well as the web and mobile apps to consume this data. You will have backend development skills in languages such as PHP, NodeJS, Java or Ruby. Experience with GCP or AWS cloud platforms is beneficial, as is knowledge of MEAN and LAMP software stacks. Prior experience working with CMS' and APIs is also desirable but not essential. Most importantly, applicants must have a great sense of teamwork and a curiosity for new technologies. If you're a self-starter looking for a challenging role and competitive salary negotiable on experience, this is the position for you. With a relaxed office environment and great benefits such as generous holidays and a company pension scheme, this role will build on your existing skills and experience. For more details and an immediate phone interview, please send me your CV today. Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Test Automation Engineer - Bristol - C#, JavaScript and/or Java Permanent / Bristol, England

Test Automation Engineer - Bristol - C#, JavaScript, Ruby and/or Java An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Test Automation Engineer looking to work in a challenging and rewarding role. Based in Bristol, our client is looking for an experienced test automation specialist who can make high quality, continuous delivery a reality. With a salary of between £50,000 - £55,000, this position requires you to have excellent problem solving and communication skills. You will be creating automated tests and frameworks designed for functional and non-functional testing of browser based applications. Knowledge of C# is desirable as well as SQL, JavaScript, Typescript, Ruby and/or Java. You will also have experience with Selenium, Protractor or similar test automation tools and ideally have some exposure to Cucumber, Specflow or other BDD frameworks. Innovation and creativity is encouraged and the successful applicant will have a desire to learn new skills to reach their goals. As a team player, you will be working in a collaborative and ego-less environment. With excellent support and benefits, this role would suit a passionate and talented engineer that is looking to create something they can be truly proud of. If this is what you are looking for and have the skills and experience needed, get in contact today! Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Product Owner - Peterborough - £40,000 - £47,000 + bonuses Permanent / Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Product Owner | Peterborough | Agile | £40,000 - £47,000 Do you have a proven track record in an Agile environment? Do you always put the user first and are passionate about what you do? This multi-national company are looking for a Product Owner with excellent technical, communication and organisational skills to bring their strong business acumen to this exciting and fast paced role. With a salary of £40,000 - £47,000 plus enticing benefits, this is an excellent opportunity to join a highly successful company and develop your product ownership skills. The company has established itself as the market leader in their sector, offering award winning solutions to businesses of all sizes across the globe. Consistently recognised as one of the best technology companies to work for, they have been experiencing a sustained period of growth and success and are now looking for your expertise. You will be owning the interaction between their US and UK teams, engaging with stakeholders and clients in an Agile environment to assess requirements, make informed decisions and drive their product forward. A good understanding of the complexities associated with building multi-country products is a definite advantage. Working day-to-day with the product SCRUM teams you will develop user stories and manage the product backlog. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential as you will be working with multi-disciplined people across product, development and UX. You will have knowledge of user experience and the ability to communicate ideas to the UX team. Additionally, a clear understanding of the product roadmap and analytics tools is essential. If you're looking for a role that will allow you to innovate and experiment, at a celebrated company who focus on their employee's development, and this is the job for you. Apply today! Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Software Development Manager - Peterborough Permanent / Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Software Development Manager - C# - Peterborough - Up to £75k + bonus This prestigious, multinational company are looking for an experienced Software Development Manager to lead a team of software developers working within their specialist development centre. This role offers a fantastic salary, bonus, excellent benefits and the opportunity to showcase your strong leadership skills. Running a team working in the Microsoft technology stack, you will need to have a solid background in C# development skills and a demonstrable knowledge of S.O.L.I.D principles. Good understanding of Object Orientated concepts is essential as well as knowledge of Test Driven Development. As this is a managerial position, you should have previous experience in a leading role and be motivated in mentoring your team. Experience in T-SQL and Microsoft Database projects would be an advantage as would any exposure to IoC and DI. Ideally you will hold a relevant degree or be qualified to a similar level. This role will require you to work collaboratively with off shore teams so good communication skills are key. This is a rewarding role in a company that is going from strength to strength and the successful applicant will enjoy working in an award winning, supportive and innovative environment. If this interests you, apply today for more details and an immediate telephone interview. Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Technical Architect - London Permanent / London, England

Technical Architect - .Net/Java J2EE - London - £75,000 An excellent opportunity has arisen to join a leading IT Consultancy with offices around the UK as a Technical Architect. They are offering up to £75,000 + great benefits for this position. This employer has an enviable reputation for delivering best-in-class solutions for their clients in multiple areas of IT such as: cloud, big data and digital transformation to name a few. Due to continued expansion they are looking to add a Technical Architect to their London team who has experience within .NET or J2EE architecture. All applicants must have significant experience in a client facing role working within enterprise level .NET or J2EE architecture. Applicants must have strong knowledge of Oracle or SQL Server, coupled with solid OO skills in a language such as Java or C++. It would also be desirable, but not essential, to have experience of TOGAF or Zachman frameworks. As this is a consulting organisation applicants may be required to visit clients one or two days per week but where possible most work is delivered from the employer's office in London. This is a fantastic opportunity to grow with a well-established company as it continues to gain market share. You will be rewarded with an excellent salary and benefits package in return for your skills. For more information and an immediate telephone interview please send me your CV today. Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Head of Development - Bristol - c.£60,000+ - Go / Golang Permanent / Bristol, England

Head of Development - Bristol - c.£60,000+ - Go / Golang An outstanding opportunity for a Senior or Lead Developer to take the step up to be a Head of Development and join a hugely successful and growing technology company based in the centre of Bristol. A salary of c.£60,000+ as well as great benefits is offered. This company are developing innovative web software solutions which are being used by millions of internet consumers worldwide. They have established strategic partnerships with a number of the world's largest social media companies and are now delivering unique services to customers. They are seeking a Head of Development to join the team and lead a small development team delivering software built using a mixture of Go / Golang, JavaScript and SQL/NoSQL databases. You will already be a Senior or Lead Developer or perhaps a Software Team Lead of Development Manager, at the least you should some experience of leading a small development team and guiding its activities and growth. You will either have some commercial experience of working in Go / Golang already or will be eager to development skills and knowledge in this area, certainly you will have experience of delivering complex software projects using a number of front and backend languages such as JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, Java, ES6, and/or NodeJS. You will also have experience with a range of SQL and NoSQL technologies and will be confident translating business briefs into front and backend development activities for the team. Additional experience within software product ecosystems featuring SDKs, Plugins and Apps, VAST, VPAID, containerisation and microservices will also aid you in this role but is not essential. If you're interested in developing your career to a managerial level whilst remaining in day to day hands-on involvement with development, and producing innovative web services and solutions this is the role and employer for you! For more details and an immediate telephone interview please send me your CV today. Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Full Stack Developer - PHP, JavaScript, MySQL - Bath Permanent / Bath, Somerset

Full Stack Developer - PHP, ES6, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, MySQL - Bath An exciting opportunity for a talented full stack developer to work for an innovative, global digital publishing company as a key member of their web platform team. Offering a starting salary of between £30,000-£40,000 and fantastic benefits, this role is ideal for a developer with strong PHP and a range of front end skills (ES6/JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3). This international market leading company pride themselves on being at the cutting edge of their industry and many of their products are household names. Working to deliver scalable and efficient web applications and components, applicants must be fluent in PHP, be able to work with relational databases and have experience of using JavaScript frameworks (React, Angular). Using innovative approaches to achieve your goals, you will be maintaining core brand websites, ensuring they are fast, stable and continnue provide excellent user experience. Experience in Functional Programming and RxJS/Streams is favourable but not essential. This position offers a fantastic opportunity for long term career progression in a constantly evolving environment. With a focus on team work and development, and benefits that include fantastic health care, organised social events and share incentive plans, this is the perfect role for a talented and motivated full stack developer. This role will offer you the chance to make the most of your existing skillset as well as develop your exposure to other areas of emerging technology If you're looking to take an exciting step forward in your career, apply now for an immediate telephone interview. Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Fullstack Developer - JavaScript, Go / Golang - Bristol Permanent / Bristol, England

Fullstack Developer - JavaScript, Go / Golang - Bristol - c.£35,000 + bens An outstanding opportunity for an experienced Fullstack Developer with professional or personal JavaScript and Golang skills to join an innovative, successful and growing technology company based in the centre of Bristol. A starting salary of c.£35,000 + benefits is offered. This company are developing innovative web software solutions which are being used by millions of internet consumers worldwide. They have established strategic partnerships with a number of the world's largest social media companies and are now delivering unique services to customers. They are seeking a Fullstack Developer with solid commercial development experience to assist in the ongoing development of new products and services as well as the optimisation of existing services. The employer work with Go / Golang and JavaScript so the successful applicant can look forward to working extensively with these technologies. You will have professional fullstack software development experience which will include (vanilla) JavaScript and ideally Go / Golang development skills however spare time / hobbyist project experience with Go / Golang will also be considered. Additionally you will have a deep understanding of HTTP request processes, SQL and experience of caching and optimisation techniques, combined with a genuine enthusiasm for developing innovative products and solutions/services. If you have additional experience with ES6+, NodeJS, Webpack, NPM, modular JavaScript and bundlers, build workflows, Redis and/or BoltDB then this would be beneficial but not essential as full cross training into these technologies will be provided. If you're interested in developing your JavaScript and Go / Golang skills further whilst producing innovative web services and solutions and are looking for a supportive, collaborative and inspiring environment to work in this is the role and employer for you! For more details and an immediate telephone interview please send me your CV today. Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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PHP Developer - Manchester - £35,000 to £45,000 - Magento Permanent / Manchester, Greater Manchester

PHP Developer - Manchester - £35,000 to £45,000 - Magento Are you looking for an opportunity to grow your eCommerce development skills developing high-quality bespoke software? Do you want to work in a sleek, modern, relaxed environment creating high quality work? A fantastic new opportunity has arisen as a PHP Developer in the heart of Manchester. This role can offer between £35,000 and £45,000, and comes with excellent benefits and training. Our client are a leading, aware-winning UK eCommerce consultancy. They create high-quality bespoke systems for a wide-variety of well-known retail clients, tailoring every project to meet their clients' needs. This company truly believes in establishing good satisfaction amongst their employees, and encourage a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, devoting a large portion of their office recreation, including pool tables, ping pong tables, and arcade machines. Their office is located in Manchester city centre, with fantastic views across the whole city, with some of the finest meeting rooms around. Our client also offer fantastic training opportunities to help you develop your skills to reach your full potential. This role will allow you the opportunity to develop high-quality software, working closely with clients to meet their needs to provide a quality over quantity service. Successful candidates for this role will be able to demonstrate good experience using PHP. Some experience with Magento would also be beneficial, but is not essential. Ideally, you will have experience working in an eCommerce environment. Magento Certification would be beneficial, but is not essential. If you want the opportunity to develop high-quality software, for a successful and growing company who strongly promote employee well-being and training, then click apply to send me your CV for an immediate telephone interview! Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Technical Lead - Manchester - £60,000 - PHP, Magento Permanent / Manchester, Greater Manchester

Technical Lead - Manchester - £60,000 - PHP, Magento Are you a skilled Magento developer looking to utilise your experience to create high-quality, bespoke software? Do you want to work in a sleek, modern, relaxed environment creating high quality work? A fantastic new opportunity has arisen as a Technical Lead in the heart of Manchester. This role can offer up to £60,000 with fantastic benefits. Our client are a leading, award-winning UK eCommerce consultancy. They create high-quality, bespoke systems for a wide-variety of well-known retail clients, tailoring every project to meet their clients' needs. This company truly believes in establishing good satisfaction amongst their employees, and encourage a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, devoting a large portion of their office to recreation, including pool and ping pong tables, and arcade machines. Their office is located in Manchester city centre with fantastic views across the whole city, with some of the finest meeting rooms around. This role will allow you the opportunity to lead a team with 3 projects to deliver in the next few months, with the opportunity to grow and expand with the company's exciting plans for 2019. To be successful in this role, candidates will need to demonstrate expert knowledge with Magento and PHP, along with demonstrable experience using JavaScript, HTML, CSS. Experience with MySQL or other RDMS is necessary. This role is a fantastic opportunity to join an innovative organisation who pride themselves on the quality of their work. They promote a relaxed, friendly environment, with an understanding for recreational needs as well as providing high quality work. This role comes with fantastic monthly workshop training opportunities to develop skills you may not be using commercially, this is indicative of their passion to provide continuous training and support to their staff to expand their skillsets and grow their careers. If you think you have the skills necessary for this role, click apply to send me your CV for an immediate telephone interview! NB. For very suitable candidates, this role can be semi-remote. Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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PHP Developer - Bristol Permanent / Bristol, England

PHP Developer - Bristol - OO PHP, MySQL, JavaScript - £35,000 + benefits A new and exciting opportunity for a passionate PHP Developer to join an eCommerce company in Bristol as a key part of their development team. Starting salary of up to £35,000 + generous benefits is offered for the ideal candidate. Now is the perfect time to join their development team, as their customer base continues to grow. They are now looking for a new, skilled PHP Developer with strong OO PHP development experience to assist in a wide range of development projects. Applicants will have good commercial experience in object-oriented PHP coupled with MySQL, solid front-end development skills using JavaScript, HTML5 / CSS3 and have basic knowledge of Linux. Experience using languages such as Twig / LESS / Grunt /Bower would be ideal however these skills are not essential. Above all, applicants will possess a real passion for delivering cutting-edge solutions utilising emerging technologies. If you're a PHP Developer looking for a progressive development role in Bristol this is the position for you, offering a great salary along with a great benefits package this will prove to be a great long term career move. This role will offer you the chance to make the most of your existing skillset as well as develop your exposure to other areas of emerging technology. For more details and to make an immediate application please send me your CV today. Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Web Developer Permanent / Wiltshire, England

Web Developer - Wiltshire - PHP, HTML5/CSS3 - £30,000 - £35,000 + great benefits An exciting and rare opportunity for a skilled Web Developer with strong PHP experience to join our client in Wiltshire and assist in the development of a broad range of scalable web projects. A starting salary of up to £35,000 is offered along with an excellent benefits package and superb working environment. Our client, a highly successful multi-disciplined agency, have established themselves as an industry leader in the creation of web & mobile products & campaigns, working with the best known companies in the UK. Due to this continued success they are now expanding and require a bright, passionate developer with strong PHP and frontend skills. The successful applicant will be involved in all stages of a project's lifecycle, working alongside developers, designers and clients. Applicants will have substantial PHP, MySQL and HTML5 / CSS3 development skills, along with knowledge of API integration. Any experience with Drupal CMS (Drupal 8 would be ideal) and any modern JavaScript frameworks would be advantageous, however training can be given to learn these new skills! Any additional knowledge of AWS, Git / SVN or Agile / Scrum methodologies would be beneficial but not essential. This role offers an exciting and challenging opportunity for the right candidate to become a central figure in the future success of a perfectionist team who are passionate about what they do, whilst receiving a generous salary and exceptional benefits package. Opportunities for career growth are vast and the office space is exceptional, with FREE PARKING on site.To find out more and make an immediate application send me your CV today. Novate IT Ltd is a leading supplier of permanent and contract recruitment services for companies in the IT, Digital Media and Telecommunications industries.

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Testimonials

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  • I've found Novate IT to be highly professional - they've always focused on quality over quantity which has been a great help because I always know that CV's from Novate IT are a good match for my requirements. After dealing with several different recruitment firms, I've settled with Novate IT because I...

    Ben Howes (CEO) / Zoetrope Labs

  • Burned by previous bad experiences of agencies who didn't take due care and attention when sending though potential candidates, we had long stopped using recruitment agencies. It was costing too much time and money and becoming more of a hassle then it was worth. That was until we met Novate IT. their...

    James Ewin (Creative Director) / Only Orca Limited

  • I was working with Novate IT on product and tech positions for wefox. I enjoy the simple and fast processes with Novate IT. Novate IT helped us to hire a challenging Product Owner role in insurance segment in a very short time.

    Roman Matyushkin (Recruitment Development Manager) / wefox

  • I found Novate IT to be helpful and endlessly patient. We were extremely fussy but were supplied with a string of high-quality candidates

    James Andrews / Hiring Manager

  • We have worked with the team at Novate IT for several years now. The roles we hire into are often highly specialized and with hard to find skills and/or experience. The Novate IT team has taken the time really to understand our business, what drives us and what we look for in...

    Ann Tanner (Senior HR Business Partner) / Cray UK Limited

  • Actual Experience has enjoyed a productive partnership with Novate, securing candidates matched to our requirements and aligned with our culture. This has helped us achieve sustainable growth.

    Vincent Lerigo-Smith (Professional Development Manager) / Actual Experience

  • I have had the pleasure of working woth Novate IT for a number of years on various technical roles. In every instance their team has taken the time and effort to understand what we are looking for in the ideal candidates. The candidates which are sent trhough are relevant and of high...

    Matt Seymour (Head of Software) / Verisk Maplecroft

  • We use Novate IT's recruitment services as we are often in need of Linux specialists for one or several of our European offices. Time after time, Novate IT show that the company has a strong candidate network in different countries, that the Consultants deliver high quality recruitment services and that they 'do...

    Lizeth van der Jagt (Recruiter) / ClusterVision BV

  • I've worked with the team at Novate IT for over 10 years. Novate IT stand out from the crowd by building and maintaining long-term relationships and connections within the tech indistry in the Bristol area. They are well-informed and realistic, and partner with you as a hiring manager to help you arrive...

    Alex Francis (VP of Engineering) / Polecat

  • It’s been a pleasure working with Novate IT on filling some of our difficult vacancies. They are not only friendly and responsive but also listen (which is an essential recruiter virtue from my perspective) to both HR AND the candidates and is thus able to deliver candidates which are a perfect match....

    Gosia Szulc (Director of HR & Admin) / Verimatrix GmbH

  • We have been working with Novate IT for around one year and the team has helped us bring many great talents on board. Everyone at Novate IT is straightforward, smart and easy to work with. They always send relevant candidates that also fit well into our team. Besides the fact that we...

    Verena Garo (HR Manager) / Zattoo International Ltd

  • I just wanted to reach out and give some positive feedback about your Recruitment Consultant, Mark. He was in touch within 24 hours of my applying, had relevant questions and was able to answer questions I had with enough information to be useful but the honesty to admit the limits of his...

    Lloyd Jackman / Candidate

  • Helpful Consultants at Novate IT were instrumental in securing an exciting Senior Technical Writing role with one of their clients - a top tech company. Although we didn't agree on a job offer at the end of the day, the guys at Novate IT knew I had competitive offers on the table...

    Ivan Terziev / Candidate

  • Novate are easy to deal with and got me some good interviews. I do not usually like dealing with recruitment agencies at all but Novate is an exception.

    Jamie A / Candidate

  • Novate IT were a great company in helping me along the path towards my new job. They checked in with me at key points of the process with a willingness to answer any questions or concerns. What really struck me the most was my Consultants focus on making sure my fit and...

    Ben Howard / Candidate

  • Over the past few months I have dealt with several recruiters, some being too pushy, some not knowing enough information about the sector, and some I just felt like they didn't care much about my applications. my Recruitment Consultant at Novate IT ticked all the boxes, he was friendly, attentive and I...

    Callum Bailey / Candidate

  • I found my current job with the help of Novate IT. In the first call I had with them, they approached me with three interesting job offers giving me all the information I needed synthetic and precise, no "bullshit". I choose one and they followed me through all the process - always...

    Marco Franceschin / Candidate

  • Highly recommended. I have had experience with quite a few recruitment agencies and NOVATE IT is by far the best one. They provided me with job opportunities that really fit my skills and personal criteria. Contact was also excellent. Unlike other agencies which would spam me with constant phone calls, communicating over...

    Kornelia Watson / Candidate

  • Novate were super quick and friendly, and had processed my application in a matter of hours. I am now happily employed thanks to their help and haven't looked back!

    Ryan Boylett / Candidate

  • I had the pleasure of working with Novate IT on my recruitment at wefox. They guided me through every step of the recruitment process. I was very glad for their supportive attitude and guidance.

    Monika Kotus / Candidate

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Top 5 Things Job Seekers Want to Know

Top 5 Things Job Seekers Want to Know Before a candidate takes the time to put together a job application, there are 5 key things they look to know, or at least get an idea of. The Salary and Benefits on Offer I know, we keep saying it - that’s because it’s SO important. Over 55% of candidates report they will not apply for a job if there is no salary information displayed. That’s a lot of candidates that won’t be interested in your role, or may not even look at the advert. Not displaying salary can be viewed suspiciously by candidates. It wont help to draw people in. It will help to push them to other adverts where employers do share this information. People often do not have the time to play guessing games when it comes to their career. Time is precious, they don’t want to dig around on the internet or have to wait till final interviews to find out how they will be financially rewarded for their work. It is silly to expect them to. As for benefits – step away from store discounts and offer more holistic benefits that genuinely improve the quality of life. What is The Company Culture Like Candidates will look to your company website and review sites like Glassdoor to get an understanding of what your company culture is like. With over 45% of candidates reporting that company culture is a top factor when considering whether to apply for a job, there is no time like the present to ensure you’re being transparent and appealing to the candidates you want! Candidates will try and gauge whether the actual company culture is a true representation of what it is claimed to be, and how they might fit, or might not, fit into that culture. Are There Opportunities to Learn New Skills & Develop Will you be offering your employees any opportunities to learn or develop? – Tell them! The workforce of today is one that is hungry for personal development. Over 40% of candidates want to work for a company that provides them with opportunities to learn – they don’t want to feel in a rut, they want to showcase new skills and enhance their careers. If there is no indication as to whether this is something you will offer, it could have an impact on the quality of applicants who apply. Will They Have Challenging Technical Problems to Solve? Over 29% of candidates report that they seek out roles where they will be technically challenged to overcome problems and create solutions. So, if your role is a challenging one, say so! This will appeal to the candidates who want to be challenged, and inform the candidates who don’t. Who Are the Team Ever had a sneak peak on LinkedIn to see who works at a company? You’re not alone! Over 27% of candidates admit to having looked up who employees working at a recruiting company to view their online profiles to try and gauge whether it is a team they would be hypothetically happy working with. Be transparent. Provide a named point of contact so that candidates can ask questions about these things. I personally have abandoned many applications over the years due to there being no point of contact, and thus no opportunity to ask questions before I invest my time in a lengthy application. Create a personalised approach! We are Novate IT and we work closely with employers across the UK and Europe, helping them to improve their recruitment process to attract and retain the talent they need to grow and develop their businesses in the long term. Join us on our ‘Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices’ – you can read previous articles here: www.novate-it.co.uk/blog Our current live vacancies can be viewed here: www.novate-it.co.uk/job-search For a more in-depth conversation about how we can help you contact Novate IT today! enquiries@novate-it.co.uk / 01174 403 970

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Introducing 'Women of Tech' - Official Launch Today!

www.womenoftech.co.uk What is noticeable from my role at Novate IT, is a shortage of women working in the tech sector. I don't fully understand why that is yet - but I want to try and do something about it. I love a good interview article, but something I've noticed over time is that most articles that feature women tend only to focus on women who were CEO's, or who were already (near or) at the top of the career ladder in their field, and though that can be very inspiring, it can also be disheartening in some ways, unrelateable and out of reach, and it left me wondering what it's like out there for other 'regular women' and about the experiences they've had. 'Women of Tech' was initially an idea for a short, one off summer series of interview blog articles. I reached out to the women of the tech community on Twitter seeking interviewees and I quickly became inundated with messages from hundreds of women from across the world, all wanting to share their experiences of being a woman working in the tech industry. It was clear there were a lot of women out there who wanted to share their story... And so Women of Tech was born. There was no way this could be contained in a mere few articles. At Women of Tech, you'll find a collective range of 100% interviews with women, from all over the world who each have a unique career in the Tech sector, providing you with real insight into their world. At least once a week i'll be posting a new article featuring an interview with a different woman who works somewhere in the world of tech, sharing their story and insights first hand. I wanted to create a platform to share the stories of the careers of regular women working in tech, to help others realise what can be achieved, the learn about others real world experiences (with no PR lens on it) and maybe inspire women to embark on a career in the tech sector, or for those currently working within it to acknowledge their value and advance their career - and so I did. We see first hand the shortage of technically skilled women across the IT and Digital Media sectors, and work hard to encourage and support women to gain the confidence in themselves to advance in their own personal development, and their careers - but also endeavour to understand why the present issues and imbalance exist in the workplace. At Novate IT, we believe there is a lot of work to be done by employers to genuinely create an equally diverse workplace that is supportive of women, and men equally, and we are here to help support them with that when they need us. We hope that insights drawn from this project will help employers to learn and understand the experiences of what it can really be like for a woman working in tech and the barriers they can face, and hope perhaps, that their newly expanded understanding is used to make positive changes in the workplace. Women of Tech is proudly supported by Novate IT.

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What Feedback Do You Owe to a Candidate?

What Feedback Do You Owe to a Candidate? Most candidates in the current market have a very low expectation that they will even receive an email letting them know the outcome of their application, let alone that they’ll receive actual feedback – which if nothing else is a poor reflection on how the industry has turned sour to wanting to providing a meaningful candidate experience. We believe the bottom line is that every candidate should receive some form of feedback on every application (even if it is just an email). We choose to operate on the methodology that the further a candidate is into a recruitment process, the more in depth the feedback is that they receive. Where a candidate has invested their time, the hirer has a duty to reflect that back. Look at it this way; will a candidate ever apply to work with you again if you have treated their application poorly the first time? Probably not. Just because a candidate may not match your role requirements on this occasion, there is nothing to say that in 5 years’ time the candidate you’ve ignored won’t have all the right skills and experience you’re looking for, and you might end up being forced to pay a higher rate to secure that talent from elsewhere as numerous candidates vividly recall your lack of candidate care and have added you to their “companies I wont work with” list (and those lists are more common than you’d think). So, what do we suggest? We suggest using a tiered approach to providing candidate feedback, depending on where in the recruitment process they have received rejection: Rejection at pre-interview stages (telephone or face to face) It is perfectly acceptable to send a simple rejection by email to candidates who have not been successful at being selected for initial telephone (or face to face) interviews. It does not have to go into detail as to why the candidate has not been selected, but at least it means they know where they stand on the application. Rejection Following Telephone Interview / HR Screening Call We suggest reaching out to provide feedback by email following a telephone interview. We appreciate the time invested by candidates to partake in telephone interviews, however it is not always practical to provide verbal feedback to all candidates following a round of telephone interviews. You do not need to go into great detail about the reason for rejection, but it can be useful for candidates to understand how to improve (did they lack knowledge of a particular area, or not come across as a strong candidate etc.) Rejection Following the First Face to Face Interview We strongly suggest reaching out to the candidate by telephone if they have been rejected following a face to face interview – return the investment of time. Provide a brief outline for the reason for rejection. It can be helpful to provide verbal feedback on how they may improve for another application if that is information you wish to provide. Rejection Following Second or Third Stage Interviews Definitely requires a telephone call to provide feedback, and where possible a follow up email confirming what was discussed during feedback call. This should be a slightly longer call to the candidate than previous stages with more in-depth feedback provided and tips on how improvements could be made for other applications. The candidates of today, will also be the candidates of tomorrow – treat them fairly. We hope that you find this information helpful. For a more in-depth conversation about how we can help you contact Novate IT today! enquiries@novate-it.co.uk / 01174 403 970 We work closely with employers across the UK and Europe, helping them to improve their recruitment process to attract and retain the talent they need to grow and develop their businesses in the long term. Short term recruitment fixes do not provide long term solutions. Join us on our ‘Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices’ – you can read previous articles here: https://www.novate-it.co.uk/blog Our current live vacancies can be viewed here: https://www.novate-it.co.uk/job-search

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How a Career in Recruitment Helped Me Win at Pandemic

I love board games. People coming to my house are hardened to the fact that at some point we will be sitting round my dinner table to play one of the games in my collection. I’m also, to the frustration of my friends and family (enemies at the time of play), quite competitive. This means that games such as Monopoly, Risk and Codenames are always heated affairs. Accusations of cheating come from all corners and tea breaks are heavily welcomed in order to have a quick polite conversation before the mayhem continues. Despite my love of boardgames, I had never heard of Pandemic before, the award-winning strategy game. I received it as a gift for Christmas and it’s been quite addictive ever since. It has a twist, though; the people you play with must work as a team to win. Initially I was resistant, thinking that I wouldn’t feel the same amount of pride/joy come victory. I was wrong. I was also wrong about it being a given that we would win. After multiple games with visitors, I finally won a game of Pandemic. It was with my best friend from school and the irony of how I had to draw upon my commercial experience was not lost on me. Below is an overview of how my Recruitment career linked with my latest victory. My friend and I had a strategy and an idea of how to win, we just weren’t sure how to make it work. Having played the game a few times, we felt there was a definite need to be proactive in the game rather than reactive (there is a time limit you are working against in order to cure the world of disease, but whilst you are trying to do this there are epidemics to deal with which can also bring about defeat). Despite all the knowledge we had of how to be successful, we were still failing to make it happen. It dawned on us, we didn’t have the right roles to follow through on our strategy. In pandemic you are assigned a role, each of which have their own special traits which offer some benefit. What we realised is that for the way we wanted to play the game to work, we needed very specific roles with the right skill sets. So, for this game when we drew the Medic and the Dispatcher, we knew we had the right cards to win. Although both cards don’t have much in the way of helping to prevent epidemics, the Medic is excellent at eradicating diseases. The Dispatcher card, although not strong within itself, links very well with the Medic. In fact, when using these two cards coupled with our acquired knowledge about how to win the game, it was easy to win. We had plenty of time left and were never really at any point overrun by epidemics. Previously, we may have wished to use one of the other powerful cards such as Quarantine Specialist, which is a role well designed to stop epidemics, if not much else. However, this would have meant taking a reactive approach and so the card just wasn’t right for our strategy. I should have known this from the start of playing Pandemic, though. Having worked with companies who were looking to hire not only the best talent, but the right talent, I knew how important it is to get the right people in the right roles. Some of the business leaders I have spoken to and been honoured to work with in the last few years have a great deal of good experience that should lead in itself to having very successful companies. However, their hands are inevitably somewhat tied by the people they hire to help them on their journey. Getting the right people is more important than any tool, software or service in helping you become successful. If you are hiring people with the right talent and potential, then this will go a long way to making businesses, teams, and organisations successful. You also need to build teams that share the same goals and work well together. If you are an all action work hero (Medic), then you need an enabler to help get the most out of your time and even double your output (Dispatcher). The problem is always going to be finding these people. Finding someone special, with the right talents and who can share your vision, isn’t easy. So, of course, it’s reasonable to assume that extra assistance might be required for this. For that reason, the recruitment industry exists and what they enable companies to do is remarkable (read more on this in my article on the value of recruitment here) I myself work with businesses and technical teams day in day out to find the best IT talent for them all around Europe. Sometimes the requirements are specific, sometimes the need is urgent, and we must be extremely reactive. Sometimes we just need to find people with the right skill sets for a short period of time, to fill a gap or complete a complicated piece of work. No matter what it is though, we are always able to offer our expertise and offer our assistance to find the right people for your business who can get the most out of your strategy and your acquired knowledge. If anybody wants to get in touch to discuss recruitment and/or games, feel free to drop me a message. Especially if you have other ideas on how to win at Pandemic!

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A Recruiters Response To ‘We Don’t Work With Recruiters’ & PSL’s

A Recruiters Response To ‘We Don’t Work With Recruiters’ & PSL’s We’re always looking to support and assist employers with finding their next employee. We help to facilitate a marvellous triple win: the employer finds the employee that they (often desperately) need, the candidate gets a great new job, and we get to eat for another month. We are however constantly surprised when approaching new employers that we are frequently told one of the following things: “We don’t use recruiters” or “we already have a PSL, and its closed” Obviously, this is disappointing but we’re adults with thick skin, so we’ll get over it, but the real issue here is that these are frankly short sighted and daft responses. Saying you ‘don’t use recruiters’ is like saying you intend to cook your own evening meal every single night forever. Now clearly this can be effective (you’ll certainly get fed) but it is also a massively limiting solution. What if your local shop has run out of the things you normally buy? What do you do if you are tasked with cooking a meal, that you don’t have the ingredients for, or don’t really know how to cook it? What about the time it takes for you to cook your meal every night? Wouldn’t you rather use that time more productively? Using a Recruitment Consultancy can help you to cast the net wider when your normal recruitment channels dry up or help you to source applicants for roles that you may not have recruited for before. Perhaps most helpful of all, a recruiter can take away at least some of hassle of recruitment, leaving you much more time to do your actual job as well as other more productive things. ‘We already have a PSL, and its closed’ well, this is like saying ‘I go out to restaurants to eat sometimes, but I’ve chosen 4 restaurants and I’m never going to try any others’. So, it doesn’t matter if a new restaurant opens near to your home, one that cooks your favourite dish even better (and quicker) than one on your Restaurant PSL, you’re never going to try it? What if the Head Chef moves on from your favourite restaurant, will you still go there regardless? What if you find one of your PSL restaurants is behaving dishonestly with suppliers or customers, do you stand by them and thus condone their actions? In todays’ recruitment marketplace, having a static PSL with no room for testing new suppliers is nonsensical. Employers cannot possibly know they’re getting the best service for their money if there is no active mechanism for assessing other players in the market. What if the Consultant you’ve been working with leaves that firm, are you fully confident that you’ll continue to receive the same standard of service from the next person you’re passed to? Or what if it is brought to your attention that your current supplier is sending CV’s without really briefing the candidate or gaining their consent (poor candidate treatment, big waste of time and potentially a GDPR legislation breach, all negatives to be wary of). Don’t you want to give your business to a recruitment consultancy that is actually prepared to do the job you’re paying them for? Cooking your own meals, or visiting only the same old restaurants will still achieve your goal (you’ll get fed), but it’ll leave you missing out on the possibility of dramatically improving your dining experience. Reconsider your recruitment experience and you might just find a multi-Michelin star Recruitment Consultancy like Novate IT. For a more in-depth conversation about how we can help you contact Novate IT today! enquiries@novate-it.co.uk / 01174 403 970 We work closely with employers across the UK and Europe, helping them to improve their recruitment process and attract and retain the talent they need to grow and develop their businesses in the long term. Short term recruitment fixes do not provide long term solutions. Join us on our ‘Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices’ – you can read previous articles here: https://www.novate-it.co.uk/blog Our current live vacancies can be viewed here: https://www.novate-it.co.uk/job-search

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The Dangers of Providing a Bad Candidate Experience

The Dangers of Providing a Bad Candidate Experience “Candidate experience” can be described as the continuum of interactions, touch points and various other ways in which the hiring company, recruiters and hiring managers engage with candidates throughout the entire candidate journey - that’s from the point of a candidate first viewing your advert to the point of the role being filled, and everything in-between. According to Bullhorn, 86% of firms believe they’re doing a ‘good or excellent’ job at candidate engagement, but that same study showed that less than 50% of firms are actually even trying to measure how they’re doing, which leaves a gaping black hole which unsatisfied, or even repulsed candidates are cascading into. So, what are the consequences of providing a bad candidate experience? Ultimately your company will lose revenue if you consistently provide a poor experience. Those candidates who feel they’ve been mistreated will take their brand alliances and purchases elsewhere. Virgin Media famously hit the headlines a couple of years back due to reports that the cost of providing a poor candidate experience had cost the company £4.4 MILLION in revenue. Turned out, 18% of rejected candidates were Virgin Media customers, and of those, 6% went on to cancel their subscriptions and told everyone they knew to do the same, due to the poor experience they had received. It is also important to remember that the technical community is in reality a small world, and people talk to each other, a lot. Beyond conversation, there are also now a million different ways for someone to leave a public review about their experience (we’ve all taken a look on Glassdoor at some point, right?), and that public review may also dissuade others from wanting to join your company. Providing positive experiences doesn’t lead to negative reviews that are impossible to revoke. Poorly handling an application just once will also deter around 42% of candidates from applying for any future roles with your company. This can be detrimental for a company looking to attract the top talent. Put yourself in a candidate’s shoes, if your first impression of a company you wanted to work for was a terrible one, would you be encouraged to apply to that company again? I personally wouldn’t. In business, time is money. The longer it takes to recruit (possibly due to reasons above) the greater the overall cost involved. A vacant seat won’t be bringing in revenue and your remaining employees may be buckling under their increased workload which will only increase stress levels, creating a potentially vicious circle of more vacancies and more stressed out remaining employees. Another possible outcome from providing candidates with poor experiences, is that your company will have to turn to hiring lesser qualified and lesser talented applicants to fill vacancies as the candidates you really want are no longer interested in working with you. This can have a significant impact on; productivity, revenue income, company development, your brand, meaningful customer engagement, everything. So, how can employers provide a good candidate experience? Here are some tips: Include accurate job information in the advert. Around 43% of interviewed candidates find during their interview that the job didn’t actually match what was written in the advert. Include a named point of contact for all jobs you’re advertising. It doesn’t have to be the hiring manager, but it allows a channel of communication to be opened should a candidate want to ask questions before, during or after they submit an application. No point of contact suggests you’re not open to having a conversation and that can be viewed by candidates negatively. Respond to applications, even if it’s a template email. It’s a common courtesy. Over 70% of applicants never hear back about their application, and if they don’t hear back, it’s unlikely they’re going to apply to your company again in the future. Why would they? Simplify your clunky, over complicated recruitment process. Around 60% of job seekers will abandon an application mid-way because of its length or complexity. Enable multiple ways for people to apply, for example: by email, an online portal submission, and through LinkedIn. Shorten those application forms. Interviews are the tool to find out what you want to know from suitable applicants, not a 14-page application form with mostly non-relevant questions. Provide a pleasant and consistently formatted interview to all interviewees. This includes providing sufficiently detailed pre-interview info, asking the right questions during the interview, and ensuring that those conducting the interviews are adequately trained to do so, so they provide a professional, insightful and pleasant experience. This of course isn’t an exclusive list on how to provide a good candidate experience, but following these steps will help. Short term recruitment fixes do not provide long term solutions. We work closely with employers across the UK and Europe, helping them to improve their recruitment process and attract and retain the talent they need to grow and develop their businesses in the long term. For a more in-depth conversation about how you could improve your hiring processes today, contact Novate IT. enquiries@novate-it.co.uk / 01174 403 970 Join us on our ‘Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices’ – you can read previous articles here: https://www.novate-it.co.uk/blog Our current live vacancies can be viewed here: https://www.novate-it.co.uk/job-search

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