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Senior Software Engineer - C# - Cheltenham - up to £45,000 Permanent / Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Senior Software Developer | C#, Python, RESTful API | Cheltenham | £40,000 to £45,000 Do you have strong coding abilities in C# or a similar high-level language? Do you have experience with database technologies? Do you have experience with messaging technologies? If you answered yes to these questions, this reputable company will want to speak with you about the Senior Software Developer position offering up to £45,000. This digital company provides a range of security solutions to international and local companies and is looking for a Senior Software Developer to develop and maintain a suite of software applications. Working within the dynamic Cheltenham based office, you can expect to work on a varied number of projects, both within a team while encouraged to explore new ideas or alone solving specific problems with cutting edge tools and technologies. Reporting to the Head of Development, you will be encouraged to think innovatively and develop and maintain complex features that are robust and scalable. Your expertise in C# or a similar high-level language will be required for the role and being able to demonstrate experience of designing RESTful APIs will make you stand out from the other applicants. You will have experience of database technologies that is matched by your experience with messaging technologies. Experience of the entire software development lifecycle will be essential to progressing as the Senior Software Developer and an understanding of source control and bug tracking will aid your growth as part of the company. Experience of the following technologies will be advantageous but not essential: Virtualisation, MongoDB, ElasticSearch, Python, WPF, MVC, Entity Framework, C, TCP/IP, NodeJS. This is an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to join an inventive team as a Senior Software Developer. You will be joining a fun and dynamic 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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Database Administrator - Bristol / Glasgow Contract / Bristol, England

Database Administrator | MariaDB, MySQL, Linux, AWS, Agile | Bristol / Glasgow | £400 - £450 This is an immediate opportunity for an experienced and highly skilled Database Administrator to join a Technology Consultancy in Bristol. A 6-month contract working on a project in Glasgow for most of the working week is offered with a day rate of up to £450 for ideal applicants (all travel expenses paid). You will have experience with the configuration and performance tuning of large databases using MariaDB or MySQL. Experience using Linux as well as strong coding in SQL is a must. Working in the Cloud is essential, ideally having used AWS. Experience using BASH, Jira and Confluence would be seen as a bonus as well as Git and dealing with sensitive data. *** PLEASE NOTE - Due to the restricted nature of the work/project, suitable candidates must be SC cleared or eligible for this level of clearance. *** For further details and an immediate telephone interview please 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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ASP .Net Developer Permanent / Exeter, Devon

ASP .Net Developer | Asp .Net, C#, JavaScript, Knockout, Angular, React | £35,000 - £40,000 | Exeter Are you a highly skilled .Net developer with detailed Front-End experience too? Are you keen to work in the lovely city of Exeter in Devon? Are you ready for the next step in your career? Well if so, this will be the perfect role for you! A starting salary of £35,000 - £40,000 is available plus excellent benefits. Our client are leaders in their field and the most trusted supplier of automotive sales lead management software in the UK. They are looking for a skilled Full-Stack developer to take a lead role in the development of their Saas systems. Could this be you? If so, you will have solid experience using ASP .Net MVC and C# along with strong knowledge of JavaScript and JS frameworks such as Knockout, Angular or React. Use of SOAP and RESTful Web Services will be desired as well as experience using T-SQL and MS SQL. Debugging tools such as SoapUI and similar would be advantageous as well as having worked with Front-End tools and working within an Agile environment. If you are ticking all the boxes please apply asap! You'll receive a telephone interview straight away if you've got what it takes. 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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DevOps Engineer - London Permanent / London, England

DevOps Engineer | C# ASP.Net, Azure, CI, Web API, SQL | £75,000 - £85,000 DOE | London An amazing opportunity has arisen for a DevOps Engineer to join a highly successful and fast-growing FinTech company based in central London. A salary of up to £85,000 is offered depending on experience coupled with excellent benefits. Our client has built a great reputation working with many market leading brands delivering cutting-edge experiences using well crafter web tools. They are a fast growing and very well established independent FinTech company. Due to their continued growth they are now looking for a DevOps Engineer with excellent knowledge of C# ASP.Net/MVC/Web API projects and Azure to join their highly skilled team. You will have solid experience building and maintaining C# ASP.Net/MVC/Web API projects as well as Azure. Knowledge of modern JavaScript single page applications is needed along with skills using SQL Server. Visual Studio Team Services knowledge and using Octopus Deploy would be desired but not essential. An absolute must would be having experience with performance intensive infrastructure or high traffic support. This role offers a fantastic opportunity for someone looking for the next step in their career as a DevOps Engineer. Please apply with us asap 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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Software Test Engineer Permanent / Bristol, England

Software Test Engineer | Automation, API, SDET, Selenium - Bristol | £35,000 - £55,000 DOE An exciting new position has arisen for a Software Test Engineer to join this highly successful and growing technology company based in Bristol. This role offers a starting salary of up to £55,000 DOE plus a range of benefits. 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 a Software Test Engineer with skills in automation testing to assist them in delivering an exciting range of innovative software solutions. You will be able to act in several Testing roles such as Technical Tester, SDET or Test Lead and have experience with C#, Java, Python and/or JavaScript coupled with strong API testing skills. You will also have a background in automation testing in an agile environment and possess skills in Selenium, Cucumber, REST Assured, JMeter or similar. Further experience with Test tools such as Jira or jUnit will be advantageous but not essential, as would consultancy experience. This is an exciting time to join this employer, they are going from strength to strength with new projects and clients and can offer the successful candidate a rewarding career in which they can benefits 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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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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Technical Project Lead Permanent / Plymouth, Devon

Technical Project Lead | C#, Ruby, .NET Core, Cloud, Docker| Plymouth | £60,000 Do you have commercial experience within the streaming industry? Do you have a good understanding of cloud-based technology? Are you able to develop new software solutions and extensions? If you answer yes to these questions, then this employer would like to speak with you. For the right Technical Project Lead is role will offer £60,000. After securing a partnership with one of the worlds largest content delivery networks, this company is seeking an experience Technical Project Lead to be integral in shaping the company's future. Founded in 2012, this digital growing company provides streaming solutions and works with an international client base. Working in a dynamic and vibrant environment, you will be responsible for continuing the company's reputation as one of the most important company's in its industry. You will have demonstrable technical experience within the streaming industry and proven ability to architect software solutions. You will have an excellent skillset in one programmable language and comparable experience in another, such as C#, Ruby or similar. Preferable with experience of BDD, DDD or CI/CD, you will have cloud infrastructure experience and a good understanding of streaming servers, encoding, video codecs and DRM. This is a great opportunity for a Technical Project Lead looking to develop their career and work for an industry leader. For more information 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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Software Development Manager - C# - Peterborough - £75,000 Permanent / Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Software Development Manager | C#, .NET, Microsoft SQL | Peterborough | £58,000 to £75,000 An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Software Development Manager, experience with the Microsoft technology stack and leading teams. Offering a substantial salary and benefits, this opportunity is not to miss. Providing services to over 100 countries, this world-wide company provides solutions to human resource challenges. Due to continued success, this company is now looking to add a Software Development Manager to their Peterborough office to lead a team of developers and deliver bespoke payroll software. Working in the Peterborough office, you will work with teams on-site and overseas while mentoring the less experienced developers. Within the specialist development centre, you will lead a team to provide technical solutions to internal and external clients for a SaaS company. Bringing a strong background in C# development, you will have demonstratable knowledge of S.O.L.I.D principles and Unit testing. You will have provable experience of managing teams and large-scale systems. Preferable in an agile environment, you will also have experience of resolving performance and scalability issues. The passion to use TDD is required coupled with a good understanding of OO concepts, principles and design patterns. Experience in T-SQL and Microsoft Database projects is strongly desired but not essential as well as exposure to IoC and DI. Strong mathematical/analytical skills will be beneficial but not necessary. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to work collaboratively, lead and develop a team within a global company to deliver bespoke payroll software. If you are the Software Development Manager this company are looking for, 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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Test Automation Engineer - Bristol - C#, Ruby or Java Permanent / Bristol, England

Test Automation Engineer - Bristol - C#, Ruby or Java Are you an experienced Software Tester with strong automation? Do you have experience with C#, JavaScript, Java or Ruby? Are you comfort able working in an Agile environment and testing web based SaaS products for a global audience? If you answer yes to these questions then this employer would love to meet you. This is a role for a Test Automation Engineer and is paying from £50,000 to £55,000 plus benefits. This employer have established a global reputation as a developer of SaaS products used by businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to multi-nationals. Recognised as a leading innovator in their industry and as one of the best technology companies to work for the company is growing steadily and is now looking for your expertise. Their Bristol office are focused on the redevelopment of their core platform and products and to spearhead this they are now seeking an experienced Test Automation Engineer to help drive the delivery. This role will see you, the successful applicant working alongside the development team to deliver software for a global client base. You will already be an experienced Test Automation Engineer with skills in C#, Java, JavaScript or Ruby and have solid Agile skills. You will have experience with test automation tools such as Protractor, Selenium, Cucumber or Specflow and will have ideally tested software in a cloud based environment. Above all you'll be passionate about delivering software products that are both effective and a delight to use. With a rewarding and collaborative working environment this really is one of the best opportunities available for Test Automation Engineers in the Bristol area at present. To find out more about this employer and career move 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 Developer - Leicester - JavaScript Permanent / Leicestershire, England

Software Developer - Leicester - JavaScript A fantastic opportunity has just arisen to join one of the leading bespoke Software Development companies in the Midlands, as a Software Developer. This role can offer up to £30,000 + a generous benefits package including, Pension, 25 days holiday, training and more. The company have excelled in creating specialist software for the public sector and are renowned for their best-in-class product suite. As they continue to grow their market share, they are looking to expand their EMEA region head office with an additional Software Developer to join their talented software engineering team. This person will have solid JavaScript skills and will be given the opportunity to receive continuous training and develop new features on products. Candidates must have a strong skill set in Front End Technologies such as JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Candidates must also have solid experience with SQL. Experience with Git and React.js will be beneficial to an application. This is a great opportunity to join a well-established company who are going through an exciting time of expansion. The successful candidate will be invited to be part of a friendly team that enjoy team nights out, award parties and free fruit alongside their competitive salary package. 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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Digital Project Manager - Mansfield Permanent / Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

Digital Project Manager - Mansfield A great opportunity has arisen to join arguably the most creative employers in Mansfield, as a Digital Project Manager. This role can offer up to £40,000 + Benefits. This employer has over 100 years' experience in marketing and works with a multitude of different businesses, delivering first-class advertising solutions. No two projects are the same! The creative projects they work on for their clients, that include worldwide household names, are on multiple platforms such as Mobile, Social, CMS, Apps, Virtual Reality and Intranets. They have become so good at what they do, that they are looking to expand in a variety of positions, including their talented digital team. They are now seeking a Digital Project Manager to help them achieve even greater success. The successful candidate will be working with clients, and internal teams of Creatives, Designers and Developers and make sure projects are delivered on time, in budget and fullfulling the brief. Candidates must have experience within a digital Project Management role. They should have experience managing projects that are using the .Net framework and front end technologies such as HTML & CSS. Candidates must have excellent communication skills and negotiation experience. Experience managing AR & VR projects will be extremely beneficial to an application. The ideal candidate will have worked on projects that have used CMS Systems, preferably Umbraco. This is a great opportunity to work in the calm setting of north Nottinghamshire, whilst working for a company that will really appreciate your talents. If you want to work on ground breaking projects that will have a high volume of end users all around the country, then click apply today to send me your CV and have 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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BizTalk Developer - C#, SQL Server, BizTalk - Chertsey Permanent / Chertsey, Surrey

BizTalk Developer - C#, SQL Server, BizTalk - Chertsey Are you an experienced BizTalk Developer with solid C# and SQL Server skills? Have you worked with BizTalk 2010 and above? Do you have experience of upgrading BizTalk solutions? If you answer yes to these questions then this employer would love to meet you. This is a role for a BizTalk Developer and is paying from £50,000 to £55,000 plus bonus + benefits. This employer have established a global reputation as a developer of SaaS products used by businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to multi-nationals. Recognised as a leading innovator in their industry and as one of the best technology companies to work for the company is growing steadily and is now looking for your expertise. Their Chertsey office are focused on the ongoing development of their core platform and products and to assist with this they are now seeking an experienced BizTalk Developer to join the team. This role will see you, the successful applicant joining a team involved in the development of the company's BizTalk solution and also upgrading it to the latest version. You will already be an experienced BizTalk Developer with experience of BizTalk 2010 and above. You will have additional skills in C# and SQL Server with ideally some exposure to JavaScript too. Any additional experience with ASP, WCF, LINQ and/or Mulesoft would all be beneficial but by no means essential. This role is based in this company's Chertsey offices and also offers some scope for homeworking. With a rewarding and collaborative working environment this really is one of the best opportunities available for BizTalk Developers in the South East area at present. To find out more about this employer and career move 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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  • 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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What REALLY Motivates Candidates?

What REALLY Motivates Candidates? A simple Google search on “motivating candidates” will throw up thousands of articles and blog posts that talk loosely about ‘how to spot’ an allegedly motivated candidate, but little on what candidates actually find motivating when it comes to searching for their next opportunity, and that doesn’t seem right. How can you expect to spot or hire a genuinely ‘motivated’ candidate from your stack of applications if you don’t really understand what their motivation is for the role? Novate IT strongly believe understanding the needs and motivations of today’s candidates is crucial to the success of any and every business. We believe in taking the time to relationship build with candidates so that their motivations are understood and applied when it comes to representing them and their aspirations to clients – it is SO important. Candidates are people, not commodities. We know that different people are motivated by different things in this ever changing social and economic climate. We know that employers still functioning on rigid, ‘one box for all’ clunky hiring models implemented in the late 90’s are going to struggle to attract talented individuals within our current climate. So, what really motivates candidates to apply for a role? Here are a few of the very basics. A Seductive Job Advert We see thousands of job adverts on a weekly basis, and probably 90% of them are the job description word for word or mildly modified version of it – this is a big turn off for applicants. The top candidates don’t want to know solely about what you want, they want to know about your company values, direction, and how you’re going to work together to make great things happen. What are you going to do to support them to have an impact and develop as a person? A job spec alone doesn’t tell them that. A job advert is your one chance to entice a candidate, don’t blow it – posting job descriptions as adverts is not only going to cost you time and money in the long run. it’s going to disappoint and repulse quality candidates to your company and brand when they realise you don’t care about them as a person enough to write an actual advert. Adverts with Salary Information There is an increasing trend amongst employers to not post salary information on adverts - we understand why this is - however it is unrealistic to expect serious applicants to apply when there is no transparency on this key element of the basis employment. The best applicants don’t apply for a job with a mystery salary, they want to know how they will be rewarded for their time and input even if its just a ballpark figure. Salary also indicates the level of skills you are seeking, which is helpful if you aren’t’ wanting to have applications from anyone and everyone. Would you be seriously motivated to apply for a job with no salary or benefits information? I personally wouldn’t bother, I don’t have the time to play guessing games when it comes to my career. Positive Candidate Experience This is quite self-explanatory. Provide a pleasant and meaningful experience overall to candidates (and current employees) and people will likely want to work with you. Provide a consistently bad one and your Glassdoor reviews might take a tumble - word spreads fast when it comes to being unimpressed. For a candidate, it’s a make or break situation. If they have a poor experience from the outset of applying, they’re probably not going to want to work with you, and will maybe tell everyone they know in the job market not to bother too, and why. Our experience confirms this – we have had candidates flat out reject to be put forward for ‘dream job’ roles at certain companies because of the poor reputation of how they treat candidates. Be honest with candidates about what the role entails and expectations, don’t sell it as something its not. Most of us have felt tricked into a role at some point, it’s an experience that sucks – so don’t do it. Be transparent on your recruitment process so candidates are not stumbling in the dark. If nothing else at least provide feedback to interviewees, candidates do not want to be made to feel worthless. If you’re not striving to provide these three basic principles, then you should be. For help or guidance with your recruiting matters, contact 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: Follow our crusade against poor recruitment practices here:​

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The Recruitment Industry is Broken

The Recruitment Industry is Broken “There had to be a better way. A company that only acts in the interests of job hunters and employers. A company that supports all parties to ensure the very best match between individual aspirations and employer’s needs” We are that company. During a recent round of interviews, it quickly became apparent that candidates wanting to join the Novate IT team were drawn to our company by our candidate led approach – something they themselves stated they ‘have not seen in other recruitment agencies’. Candidates are often seen as a commodity by agencies, that’s only the start of where we differ. We do not classify ourselves as an agency, we are a Consultancy, and we ‘do’ recruitment how it should be done. We see our candidates as clients, and value each of our contacts for the person they are, embracing on relationship building so that we can understand you and your requirements better. Seeing as all hiring managers and decision makers were candidates at some point, it seems ludicrous that agencies are willing to treat candidates and their aspirations with such disdain. We understand that there is a lot of noise from Recruiters in general – it can be hard to pick the good from the bad – our efficient candidate led approach, attention to detail and high quality in delivery of our service will not only help to put your trust back in Recruiters (yes, - it can be done) but will also save you time and money, allowing you to focus on the more important things. Having had enough of being deflated by stories of rogue recruiters and bad practices from clients and candidates alike, we have taken it upon ourselves to commence a crusade. A crusade against bad recruitment practices. We know what we do works, and now it’s time to educate the rest of the world on how recruitment should be done. Take note other recruiters reading this, you might want to hold onto your clients. Over the coming weeks and months Novate IT will be posting regular content on a weekly basis giving you insider knowledge on the do’s and don’ts of recruitment, tips and tricks and generally some damn good advice to help you on your way to providing, and receiving better recruitment practices. Amongst other things, we will look at addressing the most frequent problems and taboos you are faced with and how to overcome them. Whether you are seeking your next work opportunity or simply looking to fill your current vacancies there will be something that you will find useful and insightful. Stay up to date and view all of our previous blog posts here:

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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 –

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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 - Nottingham Office - 01159 101 516 -

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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: .....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:

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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 / Nottingham (covers Midlands & North of UK) – 07896 995 821 /

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