Strategic People: The gift for maxiMUM impact!

By Hannah McMillan-O'Brien

 

It is a mother’s prerogative to worry about their child, regardless of our ages we still remain our mother’s babies.

Mum’s Worry…

As children their concern is ensuring we have the best start in life, with the best education, grades, friends, that we eat and dress well and most importantly that we’re happy.

Now we’re older and making those decisions for ourselves, but it doesn’t stop our mums from worrying if we’re making the right decisions.

This Mother’s Day, give your mum the greatest gift of all, security in your career and happiness in the role.

Who are Strategic? 

We specialise in programme staffing solutions for Business and Technology Change, Architects and Developer in Digital Technology.

With over a decade of combined experience under our belts, we can do recruitment standing on our heads, based in Spinningfields Manchester we are in heart of the ever growing north west business hub.

In a recent study we found that we have 80% repeat business and have been shortlisted for The Best Candidate Experience, which is a testament to the time, effort and development our team dedicate to all candidates, clients and staff.

 

“We know that people are at their most productive and successful when they’re happy, which is why we prioritise relationships over short-term wins!”

Why Strategic? 

 We’re always looking for new faces and fresh minds who can make us even better. But life at Strategic isn’t just about what you can do for us, it’s about what we can do for you.

We take our people’s happiness and wellbeing very seriously. To put our money where our mouths are, we’ve pulled together a pretty great benefits package.

  • Monthly incentive prizes
  • Quarterly events
  • Organic internal promotions
  • World class training academies
  • Competitive commission scheme
  • Base salary increases in the first year
  • Discounted gym membership + weekly PT sessions
  • 5PM Friday = beer o’clock
  • Wellbeing afternoons out of the office
  • All expenses paid trips
  • Lunch ‘n’ Learn with pizza
  • Team building offsite experiences
  • Pool table and massage chairs
  • Flexible working
  • Dedicated stress reliever – Hunny (the office dog).

 

This March join a company who care about your professional development and personal wellbeing simultaneously.

Give the gift of maxiMUM impact and be happy at work!

Our latest Rookie Academy is opening its doors again on the 7th May 2019 and we have 6 new vacancies available, so please get in touch with our Internal Recruiter for full details on

To check out our internal roles, please visit the website here.

For more information about Strategic, follow our updates here.

 

 

GDPR assisting the global fight to reduce carbon emissions

By Hannah McMillan-O'Brien

GDPR – the Marmite of the regulation industry!

General Data Protection Regulation has been the bane of many business professional’s lives, but a recent study has shown that the framework may actually be positively contributing with the global fight to reduce carbon emissions.

Jet Global collected and published a report describing the good, bad and ugly aspects of GDPR since its launch in May 2018. Considering the short time, the regulation has been part of businesses strategies there has been an incredible mix of effects.

GDPR – Good vs Bad

The new research revealed that EU citizens have never had so much control over their data, with an incredible 62% of people admitted to feeling more confident in sharing data going forward in 2019. Organisations are seeing that consumers are responding more positively than before – with increased brand and website engagement. We, ourselves have definitely benefitted from being completely transparent with our data policies through educating our consumers. In an in-house report conducted recently we found our customer engagement was at an all-time high.

The findings indicate that the environment has been positively affected by the introduction of GDPR as 360 tonnes of CO2 have been saved every day by sending fewer marketing emails. Despite the fact that many of us could argue we still receive unsolicited emails, Jet Global reported that the savings amount to the a daily full flight from London to New York.

However, the report also revealed that not all of the effects have been positive. 66% of cybersecurity professionals have stated that restricted data access makes it harder to investigate cybercrime. Police no longer have access to the information needed to track down domain owners. As well as cybersecurity, device security is another aspect that GDPR has struggled to address. There re around 6 billion connected devices currently on the planet, which is predicted to dramatically increase in the next decade. Currently there is no incentive for manufacturers to create more secure devices, as there is no financial benefit or legal obligation.

Data Centres

Luckily the tech industry is taking a more focused interest in the energy consumption and carbon emissions produced by their data centres. As an example of this, Vodafone is expected to generate 5-7% in energy savings by achieving ISO 50001 certificate in just six months. Microsoft have pledged to reduce carbon emissions up to 75% by 2030 while in the meantime working on finding innovative solutions to lower energy demand based on the vast amount used in data centres.

As far as we have come with regards to tech, data and removing our carbon footprint, we still have a long way to go before we can rest easy that our data is fully protected and the planet is sustainable.

For full details on the Jet Global Report, GDPR – the good, bad and the ugly, please click here.

 

 

Brexit: to deal or not to deal for the sake of the UK tech industry?

By Hannah McMillan-O'Brien

The important thing to remember in all the information that is published about Brexit, and in reading this blog, is that as an EU developer looking to gain employment in the UK the best time to move is before 2020 but you have until 2022 when the transition period is set to end.

Letter to the Nation 

Following Theresa May’s public address in the letter to the nation there has been an outcry surrounding her proposal. For the next two weeks the UK is on tender hooks while we wait for our politicians to complete the marathon of 8-hour day talks to come to a final decision on the 11th December.

The first point addressed in the letter states: “We will take back control of our borders, by putting an end to the free movement of people once and for all. Instead of an immigration system based on where a person comes from, we will build one based on the skills and talents a person has to offer”.

If May is successful in passing this agreement, then it is set to kick off at the start of 2021. In the meantime, while the UK and EU debate their future relationship we will continue to honour the free movement of people. This will continue into the transitional period after March 2019, provided that parliament approves the UK and EU’s withdrawal agreement.

The tech industry in the UK accounts for 80% of the British economy and trades over £400 billion each year. In a previous blog we touched on the UK “as the leading tech hub in Europe” which we can happily report currently has not suffered. However, since the announcement of the UK vote to leave the EU in 2016 many market leaders have warned that the UK does stand to suffer in the event of a harsh Brexit that leaves the nation disconnected from the European economy.

To deal or not to deal? 

Granted the majority of the public are still holding out for a new referendum and for the UK to remain in the EU, unfortunately at this stage is an understandable but ultimately unrealistic option. Despite it being by no means perfect, faced with the two sides of a deal or no deal for the sake of the UK’s successful tech sector the prime minister’s deal is the most realistic way forward.

The reason being it delivers the three main things that the tech industry desperately needs to hang on to: market access, high-skilled labour and rules on the transfer of data. Under the deal, the UK and EU would work together to facilitate data flows and tackle any unjustified data localisation barriers that disrupt businesses by setting rules on where data must be stored and processed. With the deal there would be no immediate disruption, instead a strategically designed decoupling.

How can Strategic help? 

As it stands Non-EU citizens are required to earn a £30,000 salary to secure work approval in the UK. Post Brexit, the government has promised to extend the same visa rules to EU workers. Luckily Strategic People have built a loyal portfolio of tech companies who offer this as a minimum for highly skilled workers, such as Software Developers. As an example, we’ve found in 2018 that for Front End Developers (permanent roles) with more than 4 years’ commercial experience, salary packages have ranged between £50,000 – £85,000.

Matthew McKenna, Strategic’s Head of Perm, offers the following advice for developer’s actively seeking positions in the UK, “Get in touch with Technology Team here at Strategic People! Our experts will give you an in-depth overview of market trends this year, what the interview process will look like if you decide to proceed with applications and then how we can help with elements involved in relocating to the UK. The best feature about this all – our service is completely free to every single candidate!!”

If you’re a developer seeking employment in the UK, please check out our live jobs here.

For full details on how we can assist in your relocation process, please get in touch with our dedicated tech team here.