SKY BETTING & GAMING TECHNICAL GRADUATE PROGRAMME PLUGS REGIONAL SKILLS GAP WITH £60k INVESTMENT PER RECRUIT

One of the UK’s top 100 companies to work for, Sky Betting & Gaming, is set to support more of the region’s technology graduates into full-time roles this summer, with an investment of £1.5m in 25 software graduate academy placements.

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The company is currently inviting applications for a September 2016 start date, with each successful recruit benefitting from an investment of six year’s average university tuition fees in their continued development, a competitive full-time salary and a guaranteed role at the end of the programme.

Georgina Adams, who leads the recruitment for technical roles at Sky Betting & Gaming, describes the ideal candidate; “We are looking for people who are passionate about and creative with technology – so people who live and breathe it. We really want to see people who work on projects in their own time and not just for credits at university. We also want to see people who are pro-active, so those who build their own networks, and who join and attend university computing societies.
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5 essential tips every successful IT contractor should know

Going it alone can be a daunting prospect, but what if there are a few quick tricks of the trade that will help you be a resounding success?

Regardless of whether you’re new to the game or have been playing for a while, this article will give you the top five tips every successful IT contractor should know, as shared by Sally Newman, Director of Marketing at Intouch Accounting.

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Interview with an Expert: Everything you need to know about a job in IT security!

Everything you need to know about a job in IT security!

IT security jobs are amongst the most exciting, diverse and cutting edge IT careers out there. You’ll have to stay right on top of the latest tech trends and ensure, as a good guy, you are always staying one step ahead of the bad guys.

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Rather than us telling you, we caught up with Gregory, an IT Security engineer, who’s provided his thoughts on what a career in IT security entails.

What does an industry expert have to say about a career in IT security?

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Think a career in tech is just for geeks!? Not if you ask these tech pros!

There is a common misconception that tech jobs should be reserved for those in thick broken glasses, a horrendous fashion sense and for individuals with the flawless ability to not quite get the girl.

A bit like this chap…

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However, having asked a load of tech experts, journalists and bloggers their thoughts on this notion, you’ll soon realise what the tech industry has to offer, aside from some tape for your broken glasses.  Read more →

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Best jobs for IT Professionals with 5 years of experience

If you have stayed in, or are looking to stay in, an industry for at least 5 years, it is likely that you are wanting to carve out your career in that industry. If this is the case, then it makes good sense to have a career plan ahead of you, for each milestone in your career. Reaching the 5-year mark of your career is one of those milestones, and the time when you should be thinking about the next stage of your career, and what the next 5 years (bringing you up to a decade) will take you.  Read more →

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IT Engineer Salary: How Much Could You Earn?

IT Engineer Salary

An IT Engineer jobs are for someone who flourishes in a technical environment, who codes like others write and can fully develop the backend of a computer system. As an IT expert, you will be proficient in tools such as Pearl, Ruby and Python for scripting and working in UNIX and Lynx based network environments, amongst strong knowledge in many other technical requirements. By becoming a software engineer, you will be put on a career path that leads to some very senior positions. Have a look below in order to see where you engineering career could take you.  Read more →

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5 Mistakes New Project Managers Make

Mistakes Made by IT Project Managers

No matter how long you have been a project manager, and regardless of the experience you will have under your belt you would at some point made a mistake, either in running your team or in the delivery of a project. You shouldn’t be afraid of making mistakes, they are things to learn from and will help you improve your performance. But by going into a new project managerial role aware of the common mistakes that are made you can reduce the scale of any mistake you may make, and recover much more quickly.  Read more →

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Getting Started with Swift on Linux

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For a programming language that only appeared in 2014, Swift has made excellent progress in under two years. Apple did itself no harm when it made Swift open source at the end of 2015. It’s currently at release 2.2 and is now 15th in the Tiobe index of programming language popularity and poised to leapfrog Objective-C there. Likewise in the Reddit list of programming communities, it’s now 11th.

Also at the end of 2015, an open source Linux port of Swift was released and there are pre-built binaries for Ubuntu. It doesn’t use the Objective-C runtime and for the examples I’m giving here I’ve used the Glibc library which packages up most of the Linux C standard library. I suggest you have a good look on the official open source Swift websiteRead more →

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It’s Not all About London! Best Places to Work for Tech Pros Outside The Capital

Tech Locations in the UK

We wrote recently about how London is the home of tech jobs, but just because you don’t live in London doesn’t mean that you aren’t near the exciting, innovative tech companies. Outside of London there are a wide variety of different cities where you can live and work in an environment that is going to make a substantial difference to the tech industry.

With the increasing rent prices in London, more and more businesses as well as employees are moving away from the capital, this is only set to increase in the future. Now may be the time to consider moving on to another role outside of London before the competition really heats up.  Read more →

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Tech. Coding. IS. Data. Digital. Music. Celebrate digital culture at the 2016 Leeds Digital Festival and meet the Sky Betting and Gaming team

One of the biggest digital teams in Leeds, we’re proud to be part of the 2016 Leeds Digital Festival. It’s going to be brilliant. All kinds of great talks, events, panels and workshops will take place between Monday 25th and Friday 29th April. There’s something for everyone. And as it’s boom time for the tech scene in Leeds – this is a great place to be right now.

This year the Leeds Digital Festival is also partnering with the Live at Leeds music festival to bring together the best emerging technologies and the hottest musical talent. A line up of top artists will play at a series of venues on the Saturday. So you can let your hair down too.  Read more →

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