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Software Development Manager - Java - Berlin - €100,000 Permanent / Berlin, Germany

Software Development Manager | Java, Agile, APIs | Berlin | €95,000 - €100,000 An Exciting opportunity for a Software Development Manager has arisen for the highlight of your career. Offering up to €100,000 for the right candidate, this company is looking for a passionate leader with expertise with Java. This continental-wide company works with 100's of partners throughout Europe and is now seeking a Software Development Manager and Java expert to participate in the architecture and design of the company's platform and related systems. The business has steadily continued to grow over the past 5 years and intend on adding a talented individual to continually raise the bar with enthusiasm for software development. With over 15 million of users per month, this organisation requires a manager to inspire the team, collaborate with others and push for excellence. You will bring an expertise of designing and developing scalable and future proof microservices and libraries. Working on high-performance services that handle communications with partners, you will be able to demonstrate experience of developing software-based products in Java. Your experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams will be required to improve, simplify and streamline their platform that integrates hundreds of APIs. Shipping software products using modern integration patterns will be routine for you coupled with working within an agile environment. This opportunity is rare and if you have the experience required, do not hesitate. Apply today 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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Senior Software Engineer - C#/C++, Java - Cheltenham - £45,000 Permanent / Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

An excellent new opportunity for a Senior Software Engineer with strong coding abilities ideally in C#, C++, Java or similar high-level language has arisen. The role offers a starting salary of up to £45,000 dependent on experience, to be involved in leading-edge technology. This reputable company is at the forefront of cyber security delivering bespoke cyber security solutions to a range of businesses. Due to growing demand, the team of experience cyber security developers, analysts and experts are looking for a Senior Software Engineer with strong coding skills in high level languages to help solve difficult problems. Reporting to the Head of Development you will be pivotal in developing complex features and working with new technologies. Your strong coding abilities and proficiency in high level languages such as C#, C++ and Java, will be matched by your experience with big-data solutions and other database technologies. A keen interest in emerging technologies is required with experience with messaging technologies such as AMQP and Microsoft Exchange. Designing RESTful API will also be part of your experience as well as, network and application design. You will bring a positive attitude and able to follow a fast, interactive agile development approach. Knowledge of Virtualisation, MongoDB, ElasticeSearch, Python, WPF, MVC, Entity Framework, will be advantageous but not essential. This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled individual to join a fantastic innovative team. In this role you will be encouraged to explore original ideas and concepts to develop and support multiple applications on projects. You will join a team largely working with C#, C++ Python and Java in a dynamic and fun environment, to work with cutting edge tools and technologies. For more information and an immediate telephone interview click apply now. 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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Magento Developer (Backend) - PHP - Bath - £25,000 to £40,000 Permanent / Bath, Somerset

Magento Developer (Backend) | PHP, Magento | Bath | £25,000 to £40,000 An exciting opportunity for an experienced Backend Magento Developer, with experience of ecommerce, has arisen to join an expanding digital company. A substantial starting salary of up to £40,000 and a generous benefits package is offered. With multiple offices throughout the country, this company aims to help design, grow and support ecommerce businesses. Due to acquiring a new office, the company is now looking for an additional Backend Magento Developer to implement new features and determine the root cause and resolve issues for high-profiling customers. Within the collaborative team, the company encourages personal development and invests in its own staff. It is seeking out a similar thinking individual that enjoys supporting junior staff and every challenge that comes there way. You will have been a key member of a commercial PHP development team, working in a Magento focussed environment. Working in an Agile environment, you will have a track record of implementing new features and makes the most of any learning opportunities. As an experienced Backend Magento Developer an understanding or knowledge of any of the following technologies will be advantageous but not essential: OOP, EAV, TDD, BDD, API, VCS, CI, SOLID, DI, IOC, GoF, EDP, SQL, PCI, XSS, CSRF, NGINX, AWS, SaaS and PaaS. This is a superb opportunity for an experienced Backend Magento Developer to develop their skills and work collaboratively alongside experts in their field. Along with a generous starting salary the benefits also include flexi-time, on-going training, regular nights out and childcare vouchers. For more information and an immediate telephone interview apply today and send your CV. 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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Frontend Developer - PHP, JavaScript - Bath - £25,000-£40,000 Permanent / Bath, Somerset

Magento Developer (Frontend) | PHP, JavaScript | Bath | £25,000 to £40,000 An interesting opportunity for an experienced Frontend Developer, with experience of Magento, has arisen to join a leading Digital Agency. A significant starting salary of up to £40,000 and a generous benefits package is offered. With a number of offices throughout the country, this company aims to help build, develop and maintain ecommerce businesses. Due to a period of growth, the company is now looking for an additional Frontend Magento Developer to interpret business requirements and deliver technical solutions while ensuring Github repositories are maintained. Within the collaborative team, the company encourages personal development and invests in its own staff. The type of person who will thrive is somebody that enjoys challenges and supporting other members of staff. The business is seeking PHP & Magento experienced Frontend Developers, who have used Magento to make custom themes and performance improvements. As a Frontend Developer, you will have worked within a commercial development team writing efficient and well-designed code. You will have a familiarity with PHP and Magento for theming purposes and performance improvements. Experience of CSS Compilation and JavaScript will also be required for the role. Working in an Magento environment, you will have a track record of creating business requirements and technical specification documents. As an experienced Frontend Developer, an understanding or knowledge of the following will be advantageous but not essential: JavaScript Frameworks (React, Angular), UX/UI, VCS, HTTP, Design tools and Browser dev tools. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Frontend Developer to develop their skills and work collaboratively alongside experts in their fields. Along with a generous starting salary the benefits also include flexi-time, on-going training, regular nights out and childcare vouchers. For more information and an immediate telephone interview apply today and send your CV. 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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Functional Analyst - Tri-Lingual - Brussels - €400 to €450 Contract / Brussels, Belgium

Business Analyst |Insurance Products | Brussels | Competitive Rate Are you a business analyst with experience of insurance software solutions? Do you have experience of translating functional requirements into technical designs? Are you fluent in English, Dutch and French? If yes, this consultancy would like to speak with you and for the right candidate they will offer a competitive daily rate. Along with experience of translating functional requirements into technical designs, you will need extensive knowledge of (non-life) insurance technology solutions while working in a Scrum/Agile environment. Experience with Enterprise Architect & Jira are required to implement and maintain specific applications and configurations. Fluency in English, French and Dutch is essential. This is an interesting contract position and provides the opportunity to work with other like-minded consultants. Please apply today for more information 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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Lead Java Software Engineer - Berlin - €75,000 to €80,000 Permanent / Berlin, Germany

Java Software Engineer | Berlin | Java, Spring, Hibernate | €75,000 to €80,000 An exciting new opportunity for a software engineer with excellent Java skills to lead a team within this international security solutions company in their Berlin office. A generous starting salary with flexible working hours is offered plus the chance to help build an exciting new brand and develop new products. Our client is a technology company focused on the "Internet of Things", making everyday objects more intelligent and connected to the internet. They deliver security solutions that users can access any time. They are looking for a lead software engineer to help them find innovative solutions to exciting new challenges. In this role you will drive technical projects and provide leadership in an innovative and fast-paced environment. Working closely with the product management team, you will integrate advance video streaming technology and optimize usability. You will have proven working experience in commercial software projects using Java, Spring, Hibernate and other relevant frameworks and at least one scripting language (PHP, Python, Perl). You will have experience with common development tools (Github, Gradle, Junit) and DevOps tools (Bash, Ansible, Vagrant) additionally, you will have a strong database and NoSQL database knowledge. Additional experience with Amazon AWS services, previous product development experience and experience with video/audio streaming will be highly advantageous but not essential. If you are a lead software engineer looking for a new challenge apply immediately for a 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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Senior Firmware Engineer - Embedded C - Cheltenham - £50,000 Permanent / Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Senior Firmware Engineer | Embedded C, Microcontrollers | Cheltenham | up to £50,000 An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Senior Firmware Engineer to enhance the software engineering capabilities of the Engineering department within a world-leading Defence & Aerospace company. A generous salary is offered to design and implement software for embedded devices and systems from requirements capture to production and deployment. This opportunity offers the chance to work for a leading developer of safety critical equipment and to work with innovative engineers, skilled project managers and experienced manufacturing personnel. As a Senior Firmware Engineer the employer will look to you to push the limits of technology and respond to the ever-changing demands of the industry. You will have a track record of robust firmware design & development through the entire lifecycle using embedded C for 8, 16, 32-bit microcontrollers. Building on these skills you will be responsible for integrating and validating new product designs and interface with hardware designs. A background in electronics would be a distinct advantage but not essential. This is an excellent opportunity to join a well-known company to work with other highly skilled professional with in a collaborative and supportive working environment. Apply now 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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Software Engineer in Test - C#/C++, Visual Studio - Bristol Permanent / Bristol, England

Software Engineer in Test | C#/C++, Microsoft Visual Studio | Bristol | £30,000 - £35,000 A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced Software Engineer in Test to test the development tools for an international client base. Working within this highly technical environment, this opportunity provides a generous starting salary of up to £35,000 plus benefits. This company boasts substantial growth over the past decade and it now it is looking to add a Software Engineer in Test to join its brilliant team. This opportunity provides an excellent chance to work with skilled and well-motivated individuals to develop tests for new features, applications and regressions. The business works with developers from around the world to create a range of advance development tools with every member of the company passionate for software quality and a positive customer experience. You will be responsible for developing test strategies with the application teams and both executing test manually and automating tests. With a solid understanding of software testing techniques, you will have a proven experience in developing tests for software applications. An understanding of C++ coupled with good C# programming skills. You will have experience with creating reproducible tests and triaging bugs, with a familiarity with issue tracking, software build tools and source control systems. Experience of Microsoft Visual Studio, automating tests and testing development tools will be highly advantageous but not necessary. This is a great opportunity for a software engineer in test to develop their skills with a technically challenging workload in a friendly office. For more details and an immediate telephone interview 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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.NET Developer - C#, AWS/Azure - Plymouth - £20,000 to £40,000 Permanent / Plymouth, Devon

.NET Developer | C#, AWS / Azure, NoSQL | Plymouth| £20,000 to £40,000 An interesting opportunity to join a growing company that develops streaming services solutions. This company is seeking a .NET Developer with experience of cloud technology and C# to offer a generous starting salary and substantial benefit. This fast-growing company have an international client base and are looking for an experienced .NET developer to work with their high profiling projects. You will be a part of a team of other talented developers creating creative solutions for important clients. The ambitious and inclusive office environment will be one of the best places to develop your career while shaping the company's future. This role will provide the opportunity to be at the forefront of streaming technology while working with cutting edge technology. Your C# talent will surpass your 3 years of experience of working as a .NET Developer in a commercial setting. Bringing a demonstratable knowledge of libraries and frameworks including MVC and APIs will be required coupled with experience of the complete software lifecycle. Cloud technology experience will be needed to lead a team of 4 developers to create technical solutions. You will have experience of NoSQL databases, multithreaded architecture and domain driven design whereas experience of working in an Agile environment will be desirable but not essential. This is a great opportunity to join a pioneering technology company who are expanding. The successful candidate will join a friendly and inclusive team that see the benefits of a great work-life balance and provides a generous holiday package, flexible working hours and a relaxed dress code. For more information and an immediate telephone interview, click apply to 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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.NET Developer - C#, AWS / Azure - Bristol - £30,000 to £50,000 Permanent / Bristol, England

.NET Developer | C#, AWS / Azure, NoSQL | Bristol | £30,000 to £50,000 An interesting opportunity to join a growing company that develops streaming services solutions has arisen. This company is seeking a .NET Developer with experience of cloud technology and C# to offer a generous starting salary and substantial benefits. This fast-growing company have an international client base and are looking for an experienced .NET developer to work with their high profiling projects. You will be a part of a team of other talented developers creating creative solutions for important clients. The ambitious and inclusive office environment will be one of the best places to develop your career while shaping the company's future. This role will provide the opportunity to be at the forefront of streaming technology while working with cutting edge technology. Your C# talent will surpass your 3 years of experience of working as a .NET Developer in a commercial setting. Bringing a demonstrable knowledge of libraries and frameworks including MVC and APIs will be required coupled with experience of the complete software lifecycle. Cloud technology experience will be needed to lead a team of 4 developers to create technical solutions. You will have experience of NoSQL databases, multithreaded architecture and domain driven design whereas experience of working in an Agile environment will be desirable but not essential. This is a great opportunity to join a pioneering technology company who are expanding. The successful candidate will join a friendly and inclusive team that see the benefits of a great work-life balance and provides a generous holiday package, flexible working hours and a relaxed dress code. For more information and an immediate telephone interview, click apply to 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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Scala Software Engineer - Bristol - microservices, Scala Permanent / Bristol, England

Scala Software Engineer - Bristol - microservices, Scala - To £70,000 + bonus + substantial benefits A great new opportunity to join a highly successful and growing technology organisation as they seek to expand their Scala development team in central Bristol. They are also interested in Software Engineers who would like to crosstrain from another functional language into Scala or who have hobbyist experience in functional programming and want to take this into their workplace. There are multiple roles available and so the salary range offered can be anything between £40,000 - £70,000 + a significant benefits package that includes bonuses, flex-benefits, pension and an annual training budget. This employer develop solutions that are used by thousands of consumers across the UK and who have established an enviable reputation, not only for providing an excellent service to their customers but also innovative technical solutions. As they continue to expand and take market share from their competitors they are now seeking a number of experienced Software Developers to join their team and contribute to the ongoing evolution of their technology services. You will either already have professional experience of developing software using Scala or another functional programming language (Clojure, Haskell, Erlang, Golang, Lisp, F#, Ramda etc) or will instead be developing software in another language such as Java, Python or .Net but have an interest in functional programming to the point where they have developed functional software projects in their spare time. Any additional experience in Spark or Kafka would be beneficial but not essential. This is an excellent opportunity to join an employer who really invest in their employees; as well as facilitating your cross-training into Scala as part of their benefits package they offer employees an ongoing training budget to develop skill in whatever other technologies are of interest (and relevant to the job!). Other benefits also include a twice yearly bonus, flexible working hours, flexible benefits, pension and up to 31 days holiday per year! If you'd like to join a collaborative and friendly software development organisation in which your contribution will make a real difference, and one where you have the opportunity to advance your skills and career this is the role you've been looking for!! For more details and an immediate telephone interview please 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 Engineer - CPU Complier, C++, Python - Bristol Permanent / Bristol, England

Software Engineer | CPU Complier, C++, Python | Bristol | Up To £45,000 Are you interested in developing developers' tools? Do you desire to work with large code bases? Are you looking to develop your experience working with open-source communities? If you have answered yes, this business may be looking for you to start on a generous starting salary. This business, has the feel of a small enterprise, but has the backing of an international company, so you can be sure that your ideas may be able to shape the company with the security of a much larger company. Working within this global team, you will have access to cutting edge software and work with other experts. The toolchain engineer team is seeking a Software Engineer to compile the CPU, develop and improve open source LLVM-based technology. You will also improve features for their own studios. Your experience of developing software in C++ will be required to support the team contribute to the LLVM open source project. As a Software Engineer, you will have a solid knowledge of software development techniques will be required whereas development experience on released software products will be advantageous but not essential. Experience with large C++ codebases and open source communities will be helpful but not necessary however a passion for software quality and the ability to work calm under pressure will be needed. If you think you are the right standard of Software Engineer, apply today 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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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

  • 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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5 Reasons to Decline a Counter Offer

5 Reasons to Decline a Counter Offer Picture the scene, you’ve hit the job market running, having decided that your current employment is no longer working for your needs. You have successfully passed several interview stages and are the proud recipient of an employment offer for a new and exciting opportunity, you’ve had a potentially awkward conversation with your line manager regarding you leaving your post or maybe have already given in your notice. So, what now? Most employers accept that resignation happens, are supportive, and may seek to learn from your experience by conducting an exit interview, however some employers are perhaps a little less willing to let go. It’s something we sadly see only too often. We speak to candidates every day who feel undervalued, unappreciated or burnt out in their current roles, they later successfully gain an employment offer to work with a leading company, to then in turn receive a counter offer from their current employer to stay, whether asked for or voluntarily given. Though it may seem appealing to accept the counter offer, sticking to what you know and not embrace change, there can be several reasons to decline your counter offer and take that leap of faith. Your current employer is attempting to cover their back – if you are carrying a high workload, you leaving will potentially have negative financial impact on team or business operations as well as increasing the workload of your colleagues, it can also look bad on the manager if there has been a high team turnover. From a business perspective, its better to try and keep you on board regardless of how you might be feeling until a replacement can be found. ‘The aftermath’ of your departure isn’t your problem, put yourself first. You have become a risk to your current employer – You have threatened to leave once, it may only be a matter of time before you do it again, and smart companies tend not to allow themselves to be put in that situation. Unfortunately, it is possible that you will not be perceived the same to them once you have threatened to leave but decided to stay. This means that promotions and major projects may not be offered to you as the employer knows you are always likely to have (at least) one eye on leaving. Any situation that leads to you seeking outside offers is suspect – for example, if money was a strong motivator to you seeking a new role and your counter offer includes a higher salary, you should ask; why has it taken my resignation for them to realise the need to pay me my value? If I’m worth the money now, why wasn’t I 15 minutes ago? The reasons for you wanting to resign will likely still remain – even if they are temporarily shaded. Cast your mind back to why you wanted to leave, and ask, is it really going to be any different now? Quality – well-run companies won’t give counter offers…ever! Put yourself in the employer’s shoes - If an employee states (by providing their resignation) they don’t want to work for your any more, then they should go. Counter offering to keep someone who doesn’t want to be there is a slippery slope, and so isn’t the norm. A counter offer is usually made because of No. 1 and/or No. 2 of this list, not because you’re brilliant at your job. IF you do get the urge to accept a counter offer, just be prepared for the consequences when they do arise. Novate IT fully support and respect our candidates when it comes to their decision making, so we’d never be offended if you declined an employment offer made through us, however as genuine Recruitment Consultants we may advise you against accepting a counter offer if in our experience this will be detrimental to your overall career aims. You can easily view and apply to any of our current live vacancies through our website – www.novate-it.co.uk/job-search

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10 Top Tips for Telephone Interviews

Top 10 Telephone Interview Tips from Novate IT Telephone interviews have become a standardised part of the recruitment process for the vast majority of roles you will be applying for, and as such, the need to ace your telephone interview is crucial to you proceeding to the next stage. Here at Novate IT, we always ensure that candidates represented by us are fully briefed on the role and recruiting company, providing you with the best chance of success. But there are also some other things you can do to help showcase your knowledge and skills. We have put together this small list of 10 top tips to help you to excel in your telephone interview – please feel free to share! Find a quiet space for your interview, where you definitely have mobile signal. You may be surprised by the number of telephone interviews that are rescheduled due to the call being unable to connect or dropping due to poor signal. A good signal strength for the call and a quiet space where you can talk freely will help to make the process less stressful. Go over the job advert and job description again (and again) before your interview. Having a great grasp and understanding of what the role is and what it entails prior to your interview will help to enable you to demonstrate that understanding and your suitability more accurately, which can’t be a bad thing. Do your research on the employer! With the internet at our fingertips where ever we go, there is little to no excuse for not having done any research on the recruiting company that have offered you an interview. Even a little knowledge gained from research can go a long way; think founding year, core values of the business, products they create, clients they work with etc. Would you proceed with hiring a person who has demonstrated low interest in what the company does or how they achieve it? Make sure you know who you are going to be speaking with and their job title. This information should be provided to you in advance of any interview, if it hasn’t, chase it up from your recruitment agency. It can make a situation feel awkward if names are incorrect or unknown, preparation can avoid that. Have a copy of your CV to hand to refer to during the telephone interview. If it feels like all your months blend into one or are maybe a contractor, it can be tricky to remember from memory where you were working when, and what you were doing where – by having a hard copy of your CV in front of you during the interview you can refer to it at ease removing those ums and ahs and helping to make your answers come more naturally and smooth. Be ready to talk through your CV, including previous roles and any gaps. It is very unlikely that you wouldn’t be asked about the work history on your CV. Interviewers tend to do a ‘run through’ of your career to date, It is a valuable way for any future employer to gain an understanding about your career development so far, your motivations, your achievements and equally importantly what those experiences would bring to this role you are interviewing for. Be able to confirm your notice period and salary requirements. This seems simple enough, but it is fairly common for candidates to stumble at the question of ‘…and what is your current notice period?’. Employers like to know when they can get you on board and rolling with the team! Should you be nervous of asking your line manager you can look to your employment contract for this information, it is a standard clause in all employment contracts. If you are seeking a salary increase of more than 15% to your most recent role you will need to demonstrate the justification for this increase – take this as an opportunity to explain what value you can bring to the team in exchange for your required salary. Ask Questions! As well as providing you with answers, it will demonstrate interest. Ask questions to fill any gaps in your research. You could ask about; the team you would be working with, any workplace incentives, about policies or procedures, company values, visions or goals, about projects or products, anything you want to know that would help you to make an informed decision when presented with a job offer. It’s a good idea to ask about the interview process and when you could expect to receive feedback too. Establish if it is a job that you would enjoy and confirm the key skills needed. An interview is your opportunity to delve deeper into the requirements and duties of the role, and in doing so you would likely have a good idea of whether it is a role that you would want to do and a company that you would want to work for. Not all job offers made are accepted. SMILE! It might only be a telephone interview, but smiling your way though it can have a wonderous effect to the way in which you come across and carry yourself through the call. Smiling can have a positive affect on your vocal tone, as well as promoting a positive attitude. Body language can subconsciously be picked up through voice alone, so if speaking with a negative posture and a frown upon your face it will come across in your voice. Whether you are a candidate or a recruiting company, you can contact Novate IT today to discuss your recruitment needs and how we can be of assistance to helping you to solve your current issue. Bristol Office - 01174 403 970 - Bristol@novate-it.co.uk Nottingham Office - 01159 101 516 - Nottingham@novate-it.co.uk

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Novate IT Sponsor "Best in Health Tech" Award at the South West Digital Awards - September 2018

We're delighted to be working with the South West Digital Awards this coming September as the sponsor of the "Best in Health Tech" Award. Looking forward to meeting all the nominees on what looks to be a really exciting evening. For more details please visit here: https://helmsquared.com/novate-it-health-tech/ .....and if you'd like to attend the evening and say Hello to the Novate IT team you'll find all the info you need here: https://helmsquared.com/awards/

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Welcome to Novate IT...

There is something spectacular about the way in which so many creative ideas worldwide can, and have been brought to life through coding, and equally incredible is the impact of which computers and software have revolutionised the world we live in. Technological advances have been vast over the last two decades alone, but it is going to go further, with strong evidence to suggest that civilisation is entering into its ‘third industrial revolution’ – The technology revolution of the Internet of Things (IoT). Joining the Novate IT team enabled me to leave behind my challenging NHS roles and jump head first into the world of technology that I have long found to be a personal interest, and I haven’t looked back. For a small but friendly team, the Novate IT guys certainly pack a punch. Since day one, I was able to hit the ground running and find myself looking forward to going to work in the mornings – something that hasn’t happened for a while! I feel like I have gained a small additional family. Prior to that first day however, I was very sceptical of what to really expect – was I about to walk in to the lion’s den, containing therein a rowdy bunch of commission hungry, overly confident, devious people? I am pleased to say – I did not! In just a short space of time it was evident that I had nothing to fear and what feelings of anxiety I had quickly disappeared. Already, Novate IT have entirely changed my perspective of recruitment, and to me, demonstrate exactly how it should be done. For me Novate IT as an employer, is a breath of fresh air. Having several years of public sector work under my belt, I was more than aware of the inadequacies there can be within recruitment processes, with vacant posts often taking 8-9 months to fill from start to finish, increasing the workload of remaining colleagues during that process and often leading ultimately to negatively affected sickness records. Thankfully here at Novate IT the process is much quicker, and we often find suitable applicants for our clients to interview within a matter of hours from being invited to recruit for a role. Through selection based on ability and experience, the candidates put forward to our clients are nearly always subsequently interviewed in some format, and a number of those initiated contacts conclude with an employment offer being made to one of our candidates – our approach is a natural process, streamlined in efficacy and effectivity. Its also great fun to be able to have meaningful conversation with so many talented people in search for the right candidate for our client. If you are hiring or are looking to be hired there are a multitude of ways that Novate IT can provide you with assistance. We work with you, not against you and genuinely only have your best interests at heart. You can get in contact today with our Bristol or Nottingham office, contact details below: Bristol (covers UK & Europe) – 01174 403 970 / Bristol@novate-it.co.uk Nottingham (covers Midlands & North of UK) – 07896 995 821 / Nottingham@novate-it.co.uk

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StackOverflow - Global Developer Hiring Landscape 2018

Those fine folk at Stack Overflow have conducted a survey of over 100,000 Software Developers to gain a detailed understanding of the hiring landscape in 2018. Key highlights are: What technologies people most want to work with (and which they dread!) and the salaries linked to those skills What Developers look for in a new job How Developers prefer to be contacted and what they want to know about in a new job We found these insights fascinating and hope you do too. To download the survey results please click below Global Developer Hiring Landscape 2018.pdf We’re grateful to Stack Overflow for conducting this research and hope it helps them expand their business however, if you’re presently recruiting and would like further advice and guidance on how these insights can be crystalised into an effect recruitment campaign then please do let us know.

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GDPR for Employers: An Opportunity

GDPR - for Employers: An Opportunity Pretty much every company across Europe is presently preparing for the arrival of the new General Data Protection Regulations on 25th May 2018, and whilst it’s easy to become frustrated with the added layers of policies, procedures and documentation required to comply, GDPR should be seen as a huge opportunity for employers and recruiters to get their respective houses in order. Anecdotally we hear from many of our clients that they have a recruiter or two on their supplier lists who seem to have a habit of submitting CVs of candidates they’ve never spoken to and yet their actions are at times ignored. Come 25th May this will not only be bad practice it could potentially be unlawful and could land your company in seriously hot water (unless of course you’ve been tasked with disposing of 20million Euros as part of your job). The purpose of this article is not to give you chapter and verse about GDPR but instead to explain what you as an employer should be looking for from your recruitment suppliers. So, here are the headlines; there are six legal bases for processing personal data, only three are relevant to general recruitment activities and of those most recruitment consultancies will try to rely on the wonderfully vague basis of “Legitimate Interests”. In simple terms “Legitimate Interests” allows a recruitment company to hold personal data of an individual as it is necessary for them to provide work finding services for that individual. And that is fine as long as the recruitment company doesn’t hang on to the personal data longer than is necessary and doesn’t choose to share it with a third party. However, if you are working for an employer and are receiving CVs from a recruiter you’re going to want some sort of assurances that they actually have the right to share the applicant’s personal data with you. So, as an employer you really need to be looking for confirmation that any CVs you receive are from candidates who have given their consent for the Recruiter to send them. “Consent” is the best legal basis for processing of personal data as it is then completely clear that the individual knows that the recruiter is working on their behalf, has given their approval to the recruiter’s actions and crucially has a mechanism available to them for withdrawing their consent when they are no longer looking for work. Now, let me just pause to clarify; “Legitimate Interests” might be a lawful basis for a recruitment consultancy to have sent you a CV but “Consent” definitely is. More succinctly put, using “Legitimate Interests” is doing the bare minimum, “Consent” is best practice. So, as an employer, why should you care about the basis being used by your recruitment suppliers? Here’s just a few reasons why: If it’s under “Legitimate Interests”: How do you know that the Recruiter sending you the CV has gained the personal data in a lawful manner? If they haven’t then you haven’t either. How do you know the candidate has seen the recruiter’s privacy statement and policy? How do you know the candidate even knows their personal data has been shared with you? Do you want to give a place on your PSL to a Recruiter who is only prepared to do the bare minimum to achieve their placement fee? ….on the other hand, if it’s under “Consent”: You know that the Recruiter sending you the CV has gained the applicant’s personal data in a lawful manner and, The candidate has seen the recruiter’s privacy statement and policy and, The candidate knows their personal data has been shared with you and, You are working with a Recruiter who strives for best practice and so is willing to earn their placement fee by doing a good job for all parties. So employers, GDPR is a great opportunity for you to review your PSL and ensure that you are getting the best standard of service. By insisting all your suppliers gain the full GDPR “Consent” required from candidates you will see many improvements in the service you receive from your PSL, including: Fewer duplicate applications, where two or more recruiters claim the right to represent a candidate. And on the rare occasions where they have both/all gained the candidate’s consent they will have that moment time and date stamped which they can share with you. More committed applicants; at present it is very easy for a candidate to just say yes to every recruiter that calls them, and only whittle down their options once the interview requests start rolling in, this wastes your time. By insisting they consent to working with the recruiter and applying for your role, your CV received to interview attended ratio will increase. And so yes, seeing as you are bound to ask I can confirm here as I will if you choose to engage with us as a supplier; every candidate you receive from Novate IT and 52 Degrees North will have given their full consent for us to hold and share their personal data with you. In truth we’ve being doing this since both companies started and so are now delighted to see it being enshrined in law and our competitors forced to catch up. So, employers here’s your challenge; review your PSL now and ask all your suppliers what their plans are for complying with GDPR? Will they be doing the bare minimum and putting you at risk with “Legitimate Interests” or are they actually committed to best practice and providing you with a lawful source of candidates who know what is happening with their data and have given “Consent” to an application with your company? Remember, you’re paying for a service so why not insist on getting one? Stewart Smith – Self-professed recruitment expert and Bristol’s least hated IT recruiter. - If you’d like some help understanding what GDPR means to you as an employer or redesigning your recruitment process or just getting to the bottom of where all the talented employees you need to hire are, email me - Stewart@novate-it.co.uk

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