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Data Scientist - Loughborough - Python - Machine Learning Permanent / Loughborough, Leicestershire

Data Scientist - Loughborough - Python - Machine Learning Are you eager to join one of the UK's most innovative and growing technology companies? A fantastic new opportunity has arisen for a Data Scientist, based in Loughborough. This opportunity is with a fast growing organisation looking to further their success, and can offer up to £35,000. Our client is a highly innovative company, working on combining wearable technology with AI and data analytics. Currently a small organisation, this role offers you the opportunity to grow with the company as they expand into a range of ventures, employing their wearable technology expertise into the market. In this role, you will be able to use data to inform and develop new functions into projects. Our client believes strongly in allowing employees autonomy, so you will be allowed the freedom to of your daily duties and development tools, at the working hours that benefit your optimal working times. Successful candidates in this Data Scientist role will need to demonstrate experience using Python, and excellent knowledge of Machine Learning concepts. Provable experience with data mining, probability and statistics is also beneficial, but not essential. Use of AWS, C/C++, and Java would also be beneficial. This Data Scientist role can offer you the opportunity to join a growing and innovative company, allowing you the freedom of using technologies beneficial to you, whilst working on exciting new projects. If you think you have the skills and experience necessary for this Data Scientist role, please 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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Java Developer - Nottingham - £40,000 to £60,000 Permanent / Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Java Developer - Nottingham - £40,000 to £60,000 Are you looking for the opportunity to work with a wide-variety of technologies, and develop unique solutions for a range of household name clients? A fantastic new opportunity has arisen for a Java Developer based in Nottingham. This role can offer up to £60,000, and comes with excellent benefits and training opportunities. Our client are a leading UK IT and Business consultancy, working with a variety of well-known clients on many exciting new endeavours. As they continue to grow their office in Nottingham, they require skilled Java Developers to work on a variety of projects for their network of global clients. In this role, you will get the opportunity to work closely with these clients in building bespoke applications to meet their requirements. Successful candidates for this role will be able to demonstrate strong experience using Java technologies and other related tools. Experience with DevOps tools would also be beneficial, along with knowledge of cloud systems, such as AWS/Azure. Demonstrable experience working within agile methodologies is essential. Any experience with other programming languages, such as PHP, C# and Python, and with front-end languages such as React, Node, and Angular, would also be beneficial but is not essential. This role is the perfect opportunity for you to grow your skills on a wide-variety of exciting and varied projects, and to take the next step in your career with one of the UK's most successful organisations. If you think this role is the perfect opportunity for you, click apply today to send your CV to me for an immediate telephone interview! NB. This role is unable to provide sponsorship. 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 Web Developer - Doncaster - Up to £45,000 - PHP Permanent / Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Full Stack Web Developer - Doncaster - Up to £45,000 - PHP Are you looking for the opportunity to develop your skills within a successful eCommerce web development environment? A fantastic opportunity has emerged for a Full Stack Web Developer outside of Doncaster. This role can offer up to £45,000 and comes with a range of fantastic benefits and training opportunities. Our client are one of the UK's leading and award winning beauty treatment and product providers. They are a rapidly growing organisation, and are looking for talented Full Stack Developers to join their team of professionals developing new functionalities for their eCommerce platforms. This is a fantastic and exciting opportunity to grow your career and gain experience working in a lucrative eCommerce environment. Successful candidates for this role will be able to demonstrate strong experience using PHP, HTML, and CSS. Any experience using Magento and WordPress would be beneficial, but is not essential, along with experience with Git, and the LAMP skillset. This role is the perfect opportunity for you to take the next step in your career, developing eCommerce systems for a successful and leading UK organisation. If you think you have the skills necessary to succeed in this role, send me your CV 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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JavaScript Developer - Nottingham - £40,000 to £60,000 Permanent / Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

JavaScript Developer - Nottingham - £40,000 to £60,000 Are you looking for the opportunity to develop new front-end web applications from scratch on a wide-variety of exciting projects? A fantastic new role has arisen for a JavaScript Developer with a successful and leading company. This role is based in Nottingham and can offer up to £60,000 with excellent benefits and training. Our client are a leading UK IT and Business consultancy, working with a variety of well-known clients on many exciting new endeavours. As they continue to grow their office in Nottingham, they require skilled JavaScript Developers to work on a variety of projects for their network of global clients. In this role, you will get the opportunity to work closely with these clients in building bespoke front-end applications. Successful candidates for this role will have strong proven experience using modern front-end technologies, including JavaScript, React, Angular and Node, along with HTML and CSS. Experience with agile methodologies is essential. Any experience working with back end languages such as Java, Python or C#, and databases would be useful, but not essential. This role is the perfect opportunity to develop and grow your career, working with one of the UK's most successful IT and Business consultancies, as they continue to grow their Nottingham office. If you think you would be the perfect candidate for this opportunity, click apply to send you CV to me today for an immediate telephone interview! NB. This role is unable to provide sponsorship 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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Systems Engineer - Bristol - Linux and Windows, VMWare, Hyper-V Permanent / Bristol, England

Systems Engineer - Bristol - Linux and Windows, VMWare, Hyper-V, PowerShell A brand new opportunityr an experienced Systems Engineer with a DevOps skillset to join a truly ground-breaking technology company and assist in the implementation of their revolutionary software products, both on client's sites and in the cloud. This role is offering a starting salary of up to £50,000 + significant benefits. This employer are developing innovative distributed software solutions that allow a variety of organisations to make the most of the computing power available within their own and partner company's networks. With multiple use-cases for their technology they receiving significant interest for a broad customer base and so are now expanding their delivery team and are looking for an experienced Systems Engineer to assist in the delivery and support of their software solutions to their clients. You will have solid experience with both Linux and Windows build and administration activities alongside virtualisation technologies including Hyper-V and VMWare. You should also have a solid understanding of TCP networks including VPNs and firewalls as well as managing server infrastructure with a cloud service provider. Familiarity with PowerShell and resource management monitoring is also required. This is a customer-focused role in which the successful applicant will work closely with clients during the software implementation phase as well as providing ongoing support and troubleshooting services, excellent communication skills are therefore essential. Located in central Bristol, close to Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station this employers offices are easy to commute to from Bath, Chippenham, Swindon, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Newport and Cardiff. This will prove to be an exciting role for the successful applicant in which they have the opportunity to deliver leading edge software solutions. For more details and the role and employer 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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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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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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iOS Developer - Nottingham - up to £35,000 Permanent / Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

iOS Developer - Nottingham - up to £35,000 A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join a leading digital agency in the heart of Nottingham as an iOS Developer. This role can offer up to £35,000 DOE + benefits. You could be joining a company whose expertise lies in creating excellent digital solutions for their prestigious clients, which, in turn, helps said clients capture the digital marketplace in their specific industry. Through providing a full digital solution that goes above and beyond the creation of a stunning website, as well as putting infrastructure in place to get the most insightful information, this company excels at what they do. Part of the solution provided is the creation of Enterprise Apps, so this company is always on the lookout for talented iOS Developers to join their constantly expanding team. The successful candidate will be given the opportunity to work on projects for high-end, market-leading companies, with some of the best iOS developers in the area. There is a lot of opportunity to learn new skills and develop yourself within this company, so don't miss out! You should have solid experience with iOS app development, as well as experience with Swift. Experience with Objective C would be beneficial to an application. The ideal candidate will have experience with REST and JSON. This is a great opportunity to join a friendly, well-established digital agency to work on exciting, innovative projects. 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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Java Developer - London Permanent / London, England

Java Developer | London | Java, Docker/Ansible, JavaScript | £40,000 - £65,000 DOE An exciting new opportunity for Software Developers with excellent Java skills to join this highly successful and growing technology company in their newly refurbished London office. This role offers a starting salary of £40,000 - £65,000 dependent on experience, plus excellent benefits and training. This employer has established an enviable reputation for delivering best-in-class solutions for their clients in complex technical environments. They deliver software projects for customers across public, private, financial and eCommerce and travel sectors and have offices throughout the UK and abroad. Due to continued growth within their client base they are looking for experienced Java Developers to help them develop and deliver an exciting range of innovative software solutions. As part of a fast-moving, multi award-winning company you'll be given the best training and support, the opportunity to travel and be involved in a range of disciplines to become a multi-faceted consultant, ranging from software development and project delivery to analysis and design. You will have strong commercial experience in enterprise-level Java and experience of working with several databases (Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server or NoSQL etc). You will be quality focused, have strong experience of Agile, TDD and continuous integration. Additional skills in JavaScript and associated frameworks (Angular, React etc) or AWS cloud would be a huge advantage. As this is a consulting organisation, applicants may be required to visit clients but where possible most work is delivered from the office in central Bristol. This is an exciting time to join this employer, they are going from strength to strength with new projects and clients and can offer you a rewarding career in which you can benefit from a collaborative and supportive working environment whilst earning a generous salary and benefits package. 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 Test Engineer - C#, software build tools - Bristol Permanent / Bristol, England

Software Test Engineer | C#, Python, Visual Studio | Bristol | £30,000 - £35,000 A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced Software Test Engineer to developing tests for software applications 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 Test Engineer 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 and applications. The Bristol based Headquarters, works with developers from around the world to create a range of advance development tools with every member of the company passionate about software quality and a positive customer experience. Your C#programming skills will be matched by your commercial experience of developing tests for software applications and triaging bugs and creating reproducible tests. A solid understanding of software testing techniques will be required couple with an Understanding of C++ and a familiarity with software build tools, issue tracking and source control systems. Experience of the following will be advantageous but not necessary; Microsoft Windows applications including Visual Studio, automating tests and testing development tools. This is a great opportunity for a Software Test Engineer develop their skills in a technically challenging environment and 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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Full Stack JavaScript Developer - HTML, CSS, Node.js - Plymouth Permanent / Plymouth, Devon

Full Stack JavaScript Developer | HTML5, CSS (SASS/LESS), Typescript, ES5/6, Node.js | Plymouth This growing online training provider is looking for a Full Stack JavaScript Developer, experienced with HTML, CSS, and Node.js to start immediately. Offering a substantial starting salary, you will seamlessly blend your back-end and front-end skills to create robust solutions for diverse clients. This company works with an international client base and provides award winning services to companies large and small. Working with a team of expert designers and developers, you will support with developing new methods of delivery and overcome technical challenges that the role throws at you. This business is looking for the right candidate, ready to unleash their creative development skills and build web applications for their global client base. Experienced with HTML, CSS (SASS / LESS), Typescript, ES5/6 and Node.js, you will be developing the user experience and devising new methods of delivery. Experience with NoSQL Databases such as MongoDB, CouchCD or Cosmo DB will be beneficial but not critical. Knowledge or experience of front-end frameworks such as Angular, React or Vue will be valuable to your application. Experience with following will be beneficial but not essential; Application development, Application Security and Build Systems. This role is an amazing opportunity develop your expertise as a Full Stack JavaScript Developer and will be the next step of a rewarding career within a friendly office. For further 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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Front End Web Developer - HTML5, CSS3, React, D3 - Bath - £40K Permanent / Bath, Somerset

Front End Web Developer | HTML5, CSS3, React, D3 | Bath | £30,000 - £40,000 An exciting opportunity for a seasoned Front End Web Developer with experience of HTML5, CSS3, React and D3 has arisen. This role offers a substantial salary for Front End Web Developer looking for a challenging role. Due to ongoing success with their product range, this digital analytic company is looking to add a new team member to its office in Bath. The company have gone from strength to strength and now work with high profiling clients athat include airlines, retail stores and utility companies. Collaborating with other team members they are looking for a talented Front End Web Developer to combine the art of programming and design to define how the analytic applications looks and works. Working closely with UI/UX designers to translate their work to actual code, this role is for individuals driven by learning and personal growth. As a Front End Web Developer, you will have proven commercial experience of HTML5 and CSS3 (LESS/SASS) with good experience of JavaScript and frameworks such as React and D3. Git version control systems experience will be a significant advantage and while good organisational skills will ensure that you work effectively in the fast-moving environment. Experience of designing and maintaining style guides will be beneficial as well as managing component libraries, however this experience is not essential. It would be advantageous to be able to create and describe story frames that illustrate the functionality but not necessary. A good understanding of UX principles will also favourable but not required for the role. This is a fantastic opportunity for a Front End Web Developer with experience of HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. If you have the right experience and have a strong desire to meet and exceed expectations, 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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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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If You Provide a Bad Candidate Experience, This Could Happen....

If You Provide a Bad Candidate Experience, This Could Happen.... “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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GDPR and Your Data: ‘Embarrassing Extent of How Firms Misuse Data’

GDPR and Your Data: ‘Embarrassing Extent of How Firms Misuse Data’ Last week the French Regulator, CNIL stretched its legs and issued a fine of £44 million (€50 million) to Google for breaching the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations, (GDPR) following a multitude of complaints relating to how Google has been handling people’s data. As one of the biggest processors of data in the world, it is not necessarily surprising that Google is one of the first to feel the financial consequences of breaching GDPR rules. It is undoubtable that there will be more to follow. With growing complaints mounting against other leading online giants such as Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Spotify, it leads me to the question; if these big ‘trusted’ firms are not working within the law when it comes to their consumers data, then what are the smaller, lesser regulated firms doing with theirs? In our personal, and business lives we entrust established business’s day in and day out to hold our sensitive information, but with complaints to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) regarding data protection concerns having increased over 300% since GDPR came into force, are we misplacing that trust? I have always been a strong advocate for increasing awareness when it comes to data protection and data privacy, and so I feel very well placed to be the Data Protection Officer for Novate IT. It means I can really ensure that our data is gathered, used and controlled by the book; in a minimalist, accurate, fair and transparent way, with purpose and importantly, securely stored. But more so, we embrace our accountability. Unlike some firms out there we don’t hide from, or ignore your Right to Be Forgotten requests or your Subject Access Requests – we respond to each and every one within 48 hours. If you ask us where we found your contact details or CV, we’ll tell you. If you ask us to confirm a candidate has given their permission to submit a CV to you, we’ll provide that evidence in writing, because its standard practice for us to do all of these things and more (and it was before GDPR). We see no value in playing hot potato with your data, we’re here to help people after all. We do however see the value in protecting our clients and candidates against poor practices, (looking at you, rogue recruiters). So, what can do you to help protect yourself? If you’re using a recruiter, ask them; If you’re a hiring business, ask for evidence that each candidate they’ve sent you has explicitly provided their consent for their CV to be shared with you for that role you’re recruiting for. Ask the recruiter how they handle and process Right to Be Forgotten requests and Subject Access Requests. If you’re a candidate, ask them to confirm where they obtained your CV and contact details, and when they obtained that information. If you’re a candidate, you can also ask the recruiter to confirm in writing that your CV and contact details aren’t being shared without your specific consent. Ask them to share with you, their policies in relation to data collection, data privacy and data storage. If you feel the answers given aren’t sufficient, or don’t quite match what the law says they should be doing, find a different recruitment consultancy to work with (ahem, like Novate IT). Don’t make a compromise when it comes to data protection, it speaks volumes about integrity, which is a crucial aspect of doing good business. If you’re interested, you can find an overview of the principles of GDPR, here We are Novate IT and we provide permanent and contract employment solutions for clients in the UK and across Europe in the IT and Digital Media sectors. For guidance or assistance with your recruiting matters, contact us today 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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Benefits Packages: The Gap Between What's Given & What is Wanted.

Benefits Packages: The gap between what’s given and what’s wanted With the workforce of today composed of at least four generations of people, each at different points in their lives, it’s no surprise that there can often be differences between what employer’s think is wanted in a benefits package, and what is actually wanted by the candidates of today. The employer of today should look to tailor benefits packages to the individual, moving away from the ‘one benefit fit all’ methodology. We are a multi-cultural, multi-generational, diverse workforce with wide-ranging differences in circumstances, needs, goals and aspirations. In other words, not everyone wants discounted gym membership. Hiring managers want candidates to stand out, right? Candidates equally want to be wow’d with your company and how you as an employer stand out from your competition. The average candidate who is fully embracing the job market will be juggling circa 5-10 live applications at any time with similar salaries, so candidates are going to look past the pay cheque to the added extras that make your offer of employment worth their while. We also often see even the most basic benefits information missing from job adverts, which will impact on the candidates you’re drawing in (people like to know how they will be rewarded for their efforts). Include that information. So, how can this gap be overcome? Through communication. Communicate with your employees and candidates to understand what benefits they as individuals want from their employment with you and what you could offer what would make their lives easier, and where practical, negotiate and come to an agreement on that. We find that the most common benefits sought from candidates in todays current market are: Options for flexible working hours and/or working from home days Employment that offers and supports a genuine work life balance (this will have a slightly different meaning for each person, be mindful of that) Career progression within the company Training and Personal Development, paid for by the employer A generous annual leave allowance (more than the statutory basic) Options to purchase additional annual leave To offer none of the above, simply will not incentivise candidates to apply or stick around – you will not attract the talent you need to make your business successful by being inflexible on employee needs. As employers, we have a duty to respond to the needs of the employees we rely on, because without good employees, the companies we strive to build and develop would falter and cease to exist. There are certainly different trends of what is wanted from each generation, baby boomers much preferring to have job security and career progression within a company, whereas those from generation Y are wanting flexi-time, more annual leave and personal development so they can ‘make a real difference’. Taking the time to understand what candidates really want and tuning it to the individual can have monumental beneficial effect on staff efficiency and staff turnover in addition to overall reduction in recruitment costs. We are Novate IT and we provide permanent and contract employment solutions for clients in the UK and across Europe in the IT and Digital Media sectors. For guidance or assistance with your recruiting matters, contact us today 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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Who, What and Why?

Who, What and Why? We speak to clients (and candidates) all day long, and boy, have we heard some horror stories over the years of how some of you have been treated, and we struggle to understand why. We, at Novate IT are people like you. We find sales calls annoying and love coffee. We treat people how we would want to be treated. When you start working with a recruiter you’re handing over the reputation of your company and providing a good candidate experience is a very important thing for your company, its brand, its message, its values. As of 2018, there were over 40,000 registered recruitment companies operating in the UK, so how do you pick a good egg? During a recent team brainstorming session, we asked the question ‘who, what and why?’. Who are we, what are we, and why are we here. Well, we know who we are, we’re a small, hardworking, diverse and eclectic bunch of people who like to go for a beer and something to eat once a week, where we don’t talk about work (much), because we’re friends. We know what we are; we are a Recruitment Consultancy that strives to be different by providing a candidate led service and we don’t like wasting peoples time. And it didn’t take very long at all to establish why we’re here. We’re here because we want to help people. We’d confirmed pretty quickly that our company values still do indeed ring true and felt no need to alter our company message as we entered the new year. 2018 was a record breaking year for Novate IT in terms of placements, we have a lot of happy clients and a lot of happy candidates who have taken their next step on their individual career ladder’s. We’re excited to be assisting returning and new clients this year already as they look to expand their teams. We ourselves are looking to welcome another Recruitment Consultant to our Bristol office so that we can continue to provide the same dedicated level of service as our client base expands. We believe these positives noted above are becauseof how we chooseto operate as a Recruitment Consultancy. We do recruitment, how it should be done. We’ll continue throughout 2019 to lead the crusade against poor recruitment practices, pushing for better treatment of candidates, and improving recruitment processes - join us! For help or guidance with your recruiting matters, contact Novate IT today! (enquiries@novate-it.co.uk) We specialise in recruiting for permanent and contract roles within the IT and Digital Media sectors across the UK and Europe. If you’ve missed any of our previous crusade articles, you can catch up on them here: https://www.novate-it.co.uk/blog Our live vacancies can be viewed here: https://www.novate-it.couk/job-search

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The Value of Recruitment

The Value of Recruitment Is Recruitment a noble career path? Of course it is! Let me paint you a scene: A graduate with excellent academic results who appears to have every indicator of a bright future has just finished university. Let’s look at their obvious options: 1) Getting a Master’s degree in an honourable trade such as Law, Medicine or Accounting. 2) Getting a prestigious graduate job with a big corporate organisation and obtaining a lanyard. 3) Recruitment. Now, I bet most of you reading this will think there is a significant difference in the value between option three and the other two options. I’m going to argue why there isn’t. The Duties of a Recruitment Consultant In terms of learning about business, you won’t get much better experience than working in recruitment. During the interview you conduct with every candidate you work with, you’ll be looking to understand the intricacies involved in their job. When you end up speaking to dozens of people every day, this will really help you develop your professional understanding of how companies and organisations operate. You’ll never be able to approach life admin in quite the same manner after working in recruitment. You’ll understand that life can happen fast, so you need to be prepared to keep up! If you’re inclined to leave things till tomorrow, then watch that habit disappear within your first month. Once you are used to dealing with client and candidate enquiries and requests in a timely fashion, anything from sorting out your next phone contract to buying a house will become second nature. What is… rejection? There is no escaping this, life is full of rejection and so is Recruitment. In the role you will eventually have to pass on the bad news to a candidate that they weren’t successful in obtaining a position, despite you getting them to the last stage of interview. If you are working in Business Development, there will be companies who won’t require your services at the time of your call. At some point a scenario will occur where you’ve submitted a candidate to a job, but the company aren’t interested. All of these rejections will make you stronger as a person and better at dealing with disappointments. You will also create strong bonds with the people around you who pick you up throughout the day. The Honour in The Role of a Recruitment Consultant Recruiters help people. Despite anything you hear, this is the truth. Every day as a Recruitment Consultant you will be speaking to people who want a new job. This could be for a variety of reasons, some of which will make you feel more useful than others, but no matter the reason for somebody wanting to find a new job, we are always on hand to help people do just that. It’s not just these reasons that make us valuable, though. Imagine being in a job that you hate, or isn’t paying you what you deserve, or where you simply don’t feel like you belong. You can’t talk to your colleagues about it, however, as this might lead to you having no job (and thus source of income). Close family and friends from outside work might have sympathy but this is of limited help when they do not really understand either the industry or your role. Now imagine if you had somebody who will listen to your gripes with your current workplace, who understands your workplace situation and your sector and then tells you that they will try and improve your life by finding you a better place to work. That’s what a Recruitment Consultant does. One of the best things about being a Recruitment Consultant is that we get to work with some wonderful businesses. At some point in your career you will develop a fantastic relationship with a client and you will support them to grow their organisation to match their dreams and ambitions. No company can have success without hiring the right employees and creating the right culture. So, when you are supplying the right people with the right skill sets and personalities to a company that is growing, there is tremendous satisfaction that you are changing lives on many different levels. So, choose Life, in recruitment. It’s a respectable gig, you learn a lot that you can take home with you, you make things better for people and you improve society by helping businesses doing amazing stuff grow. If you would like to discuss anything or ask any questions in regards to this article, then please feel free to send an email to: gerard@novate-it.co.uk

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Has Your CV Stopped Working For You? Time for a CV Overhaul!

Has Your CV Stopped Working For You? Time for a CV Overhaul! A well-presented CV is crucial for any job application. It is a summary of you, your experience and what you can bring to the table, and it’s your opportunity to make a strong first impression with potential employers. Make it count! As part of our Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices, this week we’re taking a look at what employers want to see in a good CV. In this post, we’re going to give you snippets of advice to gear you up for an overhaul of your CV that might just help you land your next role, but not just any role, the role that YOU want. We see a LOT of CV’s here at Novate IT. Some are a fantastic display of a person’s skills and experience, others less so. So, we thought it would be helpful to put together a free CV template for our lovely candidates to download and use as you please. Using this template as a guide will enable you to showcase your skills in a way that is easily readable by Hiring Managers across the land. Download our CV Template by clicking below. Novate IT CV Template.docx Size: 19.2 KB The following are highly recommended points to include on your CV. Your name and contact details – This information is absent from a CV more than you’d imagine. How are we meant to contact you if we have no contact details? Dates on employment history – Employers will need to know when you worked somewhere. A lack of this information can be viewed negatively towards an application. Proudly detail your technical skills – If you’re applying for technical roles, potential employers will want to know what technical skills you have so they can be assured you’re up to the job. Links to a portfolio – Whether its GitHub or an online portfolio, include a link. If you’re applying for a technical or design-based role, any potential employer will want to see examples of your previous work so why not include it in your application to speed up the process. Include Job Titles – Potential employers definitely want to know what your job title was. Knowing only that you worked at XYZ for 8 years isn’t enough on its own. CV and LinkedIn Profiles Should Match – LinkedIn is the go-to professional networking website. Is a hiring manager really a hiring manager if they don’t have LinkedIn? Probably not. It is highly likely that a recruiting organisation will look up applicants’ profiles on LinkedIn. It may be perceived negatively on an application if there are noticeable differences between a person’s CV work history and their work history shown publicly on LinkedIn. Bi-Lingual? Tell us! – The ability to speak fluently in two or more languages is a valuable asset to any candidate, tell us if you can speak more than one language and express the level of competency. It could weigh in your favour! We understand it can be stressful trying to find your next work opportunity, that is why we are here to help! For help or guidance with your CV or job applications, contact Natalie @ Novate IT today! We specialise in recruiting for permanent and contract roles across the UK and Europe within the IT and Digital Media Sectors. All of our current live vacancies can be viewed here: www.novate-it.co.uk/job-search Join us on our Crusade Against Poor Recruitment Practices! If you’ve missed any of our weekly posts, catch up here: www.novate-it.co.uk/blog

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