We found this piece this week of interest – it’s a key piece of research and we really need to involve the whole of industry to fix it. (apologies for a picture of a guy with an iPad as its theirs). You can download the research on the link!
70% of employers anticipate a shortage, with almost a quarter (24%) expecting it to greatly impact their recruitment
The greatest shortages will be felt in Yorkshire (73%), London (62%) and the North (55%)
According to CTOs, Cyber Security (56%), BI & Data Management (41%) and Software Development (35%) are the most sought after skills this year.
Two-thirds (36%) of technology hiring managers believe the recruitment process takes too long, with more than a quarter (27%) facing competition for candidates who receive multiple job offers
Nearly 8 in 10 technology candidates search for their next opportunity on online job boards, however only 28% of employers are currently adopting this recruitment strategy
More than half of employers find candidates lack the right technical skills necessary for technology positions
Over 20% of technology employers highlight they need to encourage more females into the sector
After some discussions in the early days of Women’s Tech Hub we found out that many of our members do not have linkedIn profiles. We were interested to find out why, so after some preliminary research i.e. we asked them why they didn’t use the platform, we came to the conclusion that they mainly saw it as a job search site. They feared that being on it whilst in a job may make it appear to their company that they were looking to leave and therefore risk their job security.
We were then asked by a company why the men were on linkedIn, to which we said “do you want to google that or shall we do that for you?” (we can be a bit sarcastic at times when we feel that getting us to google something when they can’t be bothered is akin to asking us to make the tea). The answer we came back with, after yet again not a very thorough or convincing piece of research, was that the men said they liked their boss to know that they are always available for other opportunities as it makes their bosses value them and pay them a competitive rate.
So there we have it – a non-exhaustive or very wide-ranging not really research questioning basically informed us that women would prefer an anonymised version of LinkedIn hence our candidate’s page was born. They may have mentioned something negative about annoying recruiters and being hit on also btw, but the anonymity solves that too.
We’ve decided that we want to start showing off about the great women we have as members who are looking to change companies/careers/city or returning to the industry after a family career break. So here’s this weeks Candidate of the week
GirlGeekDinners & Support at the ACCU sponsored by Bloomberg
This month we are being hosted by Bloomberg at the ACCU conference on thursday the 11th April. As its a big stage we are extending the invite to the ACCU conference delegates also. We are also asking that our collaborative local groups also come along so that we can share some of the great initiatives in the Bristol area to the larger audience. You can sign up here to find out what’s on or simply come along for a drink and a catch-up (TEDx have said they will be there also!!)
Coming up on the 17th – 19th May 2019 @ University of Bristol, School of Chemistry. We’re happy to announce that WordCamp Bristol 2019 is officially on the calendar! Friday 17th May 2019 – contributor day Saturday 18th May – Sunday 19th May 2019 – two days of talks, meeting other WordPress people and getting new ideas. This will be held at the University of Bristol School of Chemistry. Details Here. At only £35 for tickets, we think this is a really well priced!
The Future of the Internet of Things
Experis, techUK, and HBB are pleased to host the second Future of IoT Conference in Bristol on the 25th April. With IoT moving from connecting single products and functions to connecting systems or multiple ecosystems with the support of 5G, AI and Blockchain integrations, interest and adoption in IoT are surging. This year, the event will cover how the burgeoning IoT ecosystem can help businesses in the UK in their transformation journeys – improving business performance and changing the way employees work. It’s free and was really interesting last year – Women’s Tech Hub will be there if you want a chat – sign up here.
DDD Southwest 2019
DDD southwest is coming on the 27th April DDD Southwest is a free-to-attend conference for software developers. – We love free conferences!!
A bit cheeky as its not techy but as Beth is such an awesome person, friend, and inspiration we are unashamedly selling this film about her epic swimming Against the tides film screening in Bristol on the 12th May. The screening only goes ahead if they sell all the seats hence the plug … “AGAINST THE TIDES follows marathon swimmer, Beth French, as she sets out to conquer Oceans Seven, a challenge consisting of the seven most dangerous sea-channels in the world. For extreme swimmers, it’s the ultimate test; the equivalent to the seven peaks in mountaineering. Only a handful of people have ever completed it, but Beth aims to become the first person ever to swim all seven in one year. “
Bristol GirlGeekDinners will be at the ACCU on April 11th and sponsored by Bloomberg. We will be announcing and giving details of some of the local groups helping promote women into tech so The ‘Women in Cyber’academy – a collaboration between our sister Women’s Tech Hub and QA will be there to provide an overview and answer questions, KWMC (Knowle West Media Centre) will be there to announce their ‘Making It’ funded program ” Through practical sessions, you’ll learn a range of skills including how to use digital design software and follow a design process, operate machinery including laser cutters and 3D printers, and design for materials such as wood, fabric, acrylic and card. Open to women aged 16+ from the Bristol county area, and people of any gender aged 16+ from South Bristol “