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Posted June 02, 2017 | Digital Media, Electronics, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Our Latest Vacancies Throughout Glasgow and the West

Enigma People Solutions is working on a variety of brilliant and interesting vacancies at the moment! All of these vacancies are situated in Glasgow and the West and range from Content Producer at an exciting digital practice at the forefront of their industry to Senior Software Engineer at a thriving international company. So, take a look below and find out if we have the perfect role for you …

icon-electronics Content Producer

We’re looking for a skilled and experienced content producer to join our client’s award-winning Glasgow-based digital practice. If you’re a fantastic copywriter who has a keen interest in all things digital then this could be the role for you. Take a look here to find out more.

 

icon-electronics Product Owner

This is a great opportunity to join a successful and established business as their Product Owner. Our Glasgow-based client is seeking an organised, articulate and talented Product Owner to lead the planning and development of their digital products. If you have experience successfully delivering and developing digital products, have a natural understanding of UX and a desire to drive the business, click above to find out the details.

 

icon-electronics Microsoft Stack Web Developer

Our client, one of Scotland’s largest and well-known digital agencies, is looking for a range of mid to senior level developers to join their rapidly expanding team. To be considered for this role, you will need to have experience of Microsoft .Net technology stack, a working knowledge/experience of developing web based solutions and an eagerness to learn and progress. Take a look at the full job ad to find out all the details.

 

icon-electronics Voice Application Developer

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join an industry leading voice development team to deliver a range of innovative projects on platforms including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. Our client is a multi-award-winning digital practice, working with cutting edge technology and at the intersection of user-centric design. Click above to find out the full details.

 

icon-electronics Senior Software Engineer 

We’re currently looking for an experienced Software Engineer to join our client’s strongly established, thriving business. The successful candidate will assist and lead in the development of embedded and web enabled software for industrial applications. If you’re enthusiastic and motivated with an ability to work in a team environment whilst being comfortable managing solo projects, this could be the role for you. Take a look at the full details here.

 

 


 Enigma People is an award-winning technology recruitment consultancy. Visit our job search page for the latest vacancies in digital, electronics and software in Scotland. You can get in touch with us hello@enigmapeople.com or call us on 0141 332 4422.

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Posted May 18, 2017 | Digital Media, Electronics, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Our Latest Vacancies Throughout Glasgow & The West

Enigma People Solutions is working on a variety of brilliant and interesting vacancies at the moment! All of these vacancies are situated in Glasgow and the West and range from Laser Engineer at an exciting company at the forefront of their industry to Voice Application Developer at an award winning digital practice. So, take a look below and find out if we have the perfect role for you …
icon-electronics Laser Engineer

We’re looking for an experienced Laser Engineer to join our Glasgow based client’s multi-award winning team. Specialising in the development and manufacture of complex, bespoke, state of the art laser solutions to a range of specialist labs/departments and industries, our client’s diverse team work in an innovative and dynamic environment to produce high-quality products. If you’re looking for a challenging role, working with a team at the top of their industry, this could be for you!

 

icon-electronics Voice Application Developer

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join an industry leading voice development team to deliver a range of innovative projects on platforms including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. Our client is a multi-award-winning digital practice, working with cutting edge technology and at the intersection of user-centric design.

 

icon-electronics Senior PHP Developer

We’re currently looking for a Senior Developer to join our unique client’s in-house apps and services development team. If you’re looking for a varied and interesting role working with multinational B2B clients, in a multi-disciplined team made up of developers, strategists, designers and client services then get in touch!

 

icon-electronics Senior Software Engineer

We’re currently looking for a bright, motivated Senior Software Engineer to assist and lead in the development of embedded and web enabled software for industrial applications. Our client offers an informal, flexible and friendly working environment with competitive remuneration and benefits. Think this is for you? Take a look at the full details and find out how to apply by clicking on the link above.

 

icon-electronics .Net Umbraco Developer

Are you a .Net Umbraco developer who has experience working on web projects? We’re looking for a .Net Umbraco developer to join our client’s Glasgow-based digital agency. If you’re keen and enthusiastic, with an ability to self-motivate and work within a team then this could be the job for you! Working with a range of brilliant clients, this digital agency offers a variety of benefits including a fantastic team and the option for professional growth.

 

icon-electronics Front End Developer

Our client has a position available for a talented Front End Developer to work within their Digital Proposition Development team. The is a great opportunity to play a key part in shaping company digital business, responsible for building brand new products and services from scratch. Take a look at the full details by clicking the link above.

 


 Enigma People is an award-winning technology recruitment consultancy. Visit our job search page for the latest vacancies in digital, electronics and software in Scotland. You can get in touch with us hello@enigmapeople.com or call us on 0141 332 4422.

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Posted May 12, 2017 | Digital Media, Feature Friday, Software, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Feature Friday: Utterances, Slots and Skills – The New Vocab of Voice

This week, we’re introducing an exciting new item to our blog; give a big warm welcome to Feature Friday! From today onwards, we’ll be featuring awesome articles on a range of different topics and from a whole host of brilliant companies within the industry, every second Friday.

Who better to kick this off with than Screenmedia and their interesting insight into the new world of voice application development vocabulary! The innovative digital practice is at the forefront of voice application development and in 2017, Screenmedia was the first UK company to launch a smart home action for the Google Home. Their industry leading voice development team also works with a range of voice platforms including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. So, let’s find out what Screenmedia have to say about The New Vocab of Voice


Utterances, Slots and Skills 

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Since Amazon opened up its voice platform Alexa to developers in 2015, the platform has seen several thousand new ‘skills’ launched. Those trying to get their head around designing and developing for voice will quickly come across some unfamiliar terms which require decoding before the work of skill-building can begin. Having recently undertaken flagship UX work building skills on the platform for our clients, here is a quick guide to getting your head around the key terms Amazon uses when developing for Alexa.

Note: the following is applicable to Amazon’s Alexa. Other companies have their own glossary of terms, some use the same terms, others use their own terms, but Alexa is currently the most widely used platform.

Alexa vs Echo

In discussions and in the media, the terms ‘Alexa’ and ‘Echo’ are often conflated when in reality they refer to specifically separate things. Echo refers to the Amazon Echo, a physical product, with a speaker and ring of microphones. Echo can also refer to the Echo Dot, the main Echo’s smaller cousin.

Alexa is the cloud-based ‘intelligent personal assistant’ which processes your requests and supplies answers back to you. If it’s easier, think of Alexa as the ‘mind’ of the ecosystem, while Echo is the ‘body’. When you speak your conversation is with Alexa — Echo is just the mouth and ears. Alexa isn’t constrained to just the Echo though, you can also speak to Alexa through Amazon’s Fire-branded products, as well as a growing number of third-party consumer devices.

Wakeword

The Echo devices have a ring of always-on microphones, meaning the device is always listening to what is around it but in a dormant state. It will only ‘wake up’ and actively pay attention to you when it hears a specific word or phrase, called a wakeword. Amazon offers a choice of ‘Alexa’, ‘Amazon’, ‘Echo’, or ‘Computer’ for these wakewords, with the default being ‘Alexa’. This wakeword cannot be changed beyond these four options by users or by developers. The only time the wakeword options have changed is when Amazon added ‘Computer’ in late 2016.

Note; a ‘wakeword’ wakes the assistant, but does not trigger your specific skill, that would be an invocation (we’ll get to this later).

Skills

The simplest way to describe a skill is ‘an app for Alexa’. But try to avoid this, as it can cause confusion with the Alexa App, (which we’ll come to later on). Amazon maintains a list of available Alexa skills on its site.

Skills aren’t downloaded in the same way that a phone app is and are instead ‘enabled’. This is because the code and content for a skill are not stored on the Echo device, but in Amazon’s cloud servers along with Alexa itself. If a user wants to use your skill, they ‘enable’ it, either within the Alexa App or by asking Alexa to enable it. This then gives the user the ability to invoke and use your specific skill.

There are three types of skill:

Custom Skills

This is the most common type of skill, and gives you the most control over the user experience. This type of skill lets you develop just about anything you can imagine.

Smart Home Skills

This is a type of skill specifically for controlling smart home appliances. It gives you less control over the user experience, but is simpler to develop.

Flash Briefing Skills

This type of skill is specifically for compatibility with Alexa’s native ‘Flash Briefing ability. This type of skill also gives you reduced experience control, but again is simpler to develop.

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Want to work with Screenmedia? We’re currently recruiting for a Voice Application Developer and Senior Front End Developer. You can take a look at the roles here or contact dmains@enigmapeople.com directly for more information.

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Posted February 06, 2017 | Digital Media, Industry Interviews, Software, Startups | No Comments »

[Interview] Joe Tree: Life in the Creative Industries, Blipfoto and Tech Start-Ups

This week, we’re chatting to Joe Tree – the man behind the hugely popular photo journal site, Blipfoto –  finding out where the idea came from, what he’s up to now, how he uses his unique set of business, technology, and design skills to create innovative projects and give back to the industry, and what he sees for the future of tech start-ups:

Hi, Joe! Tell us a wee bit us about who you are and where the idea for Blipfoto came from?

“Hi back atcha! I’ve spent most of my working life in the creative industries, but I’m a geek at heart so my best work has always included an element of new technology. I launched my first company—ainteractive media agency called Rocket—in the mid-1990s, just before the Internet and digital started to become mainstream. Equal measures of luck and foresight put us at the cutting edge of a whole new industry, and we spent fifteen fruitful years building websites, CD-ROMs (remember those?), interactive kiosks, presentations, animations and games for an impressive list of lovely clients, and many of Scotland’s ad agencies.

Blipfoto started life as a personal project when I set myself the challenge to take and share a photo every day of my life. There was something weirdly captivating about the process, both for me as the photographer and the people who dropped in every day to see my pictures. So we decided to make it a pet company project and build a platform anyone could sign up to and start their own daily photo journal.

blipfoto

 

It grew like crazy and in 2009 Blipfoto won a BAFTA Scotland Award, which gave us the resolve to find some investment and make it our sole focus. Jump forwards five years and we’d raised over $1.5m, were attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every month from every corner of the world, counted Steve Wozniak among our users and signed a deal with Polaroid to promote the service in the US.

That last bit didn’t go particularly well, the investment dried up and we had no choice but to call in the liquidators. It was a difficult moment but the whole journey was incredible and the most brilliant learning experience. I walked away with no regrets.

Fortunately, Blipfoto’s users pulled together and managed to crowdfund enough cash to buy the platform, putting it into community ownership and protecting it for the future. So the thing I created survived—and I hope will continue for many years to come.”

What are you up to now?

“After I stepped away from Blipfoto, I realised I had this weird but unique mix of design, technology and business expertise—and wanted to find a way to keep applying all three. So I turned my hand to helping other early-stage startups, with branding and positioning, UI and UX design, app development, business models, investment material, and so on.

Informatics Ventures use me every spring to help the companies pitching at EIE—by far the biggest investment event in Scotland—get their presentations in shape.
In September I joined The Scottish Government’s CivTech Accelerator as Head of Product, which has meant spending a couple of days a week supporting and mentoring the founders of nine companies as they solve some big public sector problems.

I’m quietly working away on a new masterplan or two of my own but, for the time being, thoroughly enjoying working with the companies I’m lucky enough to get commissioned by.”

What do you think 2017 has in store for the tech start-up industry in Scotland?

“Three massive things happened in 2016: Skyscanner’s founders finally realised the value of Scotland’s first unicorn; Jamie Coleman announced Accelerated Digital Ventures’ £150m fund and the expansion of Codebase across the UK; Scottish Equity Partners closed a new £260m tech fund. Together, I think they mark a pivotal point we’ll look back on in years to come.

Scotland now has multiple sources of tech-savvy capital, a new generation of graduates who consider launching or working for a startup a prudent career move, a proven path to a big exit, and CodeBase as a glowing beacon at the epicentre of it all. None of this was true five years ago.

So I think we’re going to see the whole industry scale up this year like never before—those who’ve been in it for a few years taking a big step up and a fresh wave of new companies following in their wake.
Lest we start feeling a bit too positive, let’s not forget how much of the talent driving value in these companies has come from outside the UK and made Scotland its home, and how important unfettered access to foreign markets is to us. If we do to take things to the next level, sadly it’ll be in spite of those holding power 400 miles south of here.”

Tell us a bit about the boards you’re on and why you’ve chosen to be involved with these specific ones.

“Over the years I’ve asked a lot of people for advice or help and, I think without exception, it’s been given freely and enthusiastically. I always try to do the same—none of us exists in isolation and in the end, we all benefit from a little generosity. So I’ve been happy to contribute my time to three groups doing incredible work in areas I care deeply about. Creative Edinburgh because it plays a vital role in nurturing, strengthening and promoting the capital’s creative industries; Out Of The Blue because they give people a place to do their thing and don’t always use pound signs to measure value; the Digital Media Industry Leadership Group because it’s a way to channel the needs of our disparate industry back to government.”

How can someone looking for advice get in touch with you?

“That’s easy: joetree.com

Joe Tree

 

Want to keep up to date with all of Joe’s latest projects?

Check out his blog or follow him on Twitter @joetree

 


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Posted December 22, 2016 | Digital Media, Technology Industry | No Comments »

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu

After 3 years at Enigma People Solutions, the time has come for me to move on to a new marketing role. I joined Enigma at the start of my marketing career and was looking for a role where I could gain solid experience and build on my marketing knowledge.

I got this, and much more.

I was introduced to Digital Marketing and learned how this can revolutionize businesses. Writing the weekly blog allowed me to tap into creative writing skills I didn’t know I had. I published these on WordPress, where I had the freedom to experiment and teach myself some basic HTML, learned to navigate the backend of a website and set up Google Analytics – all on my own!

Updating the Enigma People Solutions website was one of the biggest challenges of my role and one I’m most proud of. This was my opportunity to learn all about SEO and PPC, and the result is now a responsive, mobile friendly modern recruitment website.

Working for a specialist digital technology recruitment business introduced me to the thriving digital industry in Scotland and I’ve loved being a part of it. I’ve contributed towards Enigma’s involvement in a number of industry events including The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards and Design it Build it. I’ve had the opportunity to work with local universities and colleges including the University of the West of Scotland and City of Glasgow College and interviewed a number of influential people in the industry.

My marketing role has been varied, challenging and very rewarding. It’s given me a fantastic foundation to continue building on my marketing and digital skills. I will always be grateful to Directors David and Ben on giving me the opportunity to develop my marketing skills and allowing me the flexibility to learn new digital skills through self-learning. I believe you can no longer successfully market a business without the use of digital – it is an essential skill, with an ongoing learning curve, and one which will always be in demand by businesses.

As I move on from Enigma with my new set of skills, I can only hope that my replacement, Amy McIlroy, enjoys the journey I have been on as much as I have. I wish her, and the rest of my amazing colleagues all the best for the future. 🙂

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu | Anndeep's Leaving Gifts


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Posted December 14, 2016 | Digital Media | No Comments »

Going Around Glasgow’s Digital Agencies

The digital market in Glasgow is well and truly thriving; and this week we saw that @GlasgowSubway are celebrating their 120th Birthday! (and giving away mugs! wonder where they got that idea?) This reminded us of our Digital Underground map we’d published a few years ago and decided to give it a wee revamp. This is our 3rd version, proving that the digital industry is never static, is always changing and provides a wealth of opportunities for those keen to be involved. This fast moving industry includes some long standing, established key players alongside new and innovative start up agencies. Here’s our pick of some of the coolest agencies around town!

Going Around Glasgow's Digital Agencies | Glasgow Underground Map | Enigma People Solutions

As the industry continues to grow, our map keeps getting bigger and bigger.

As you can see from the map, the city centre of Glasgow is the hub for digital agencies with many of them choosing locations which are close to each other – reinforcing both the desire to be where all the action is and the benefits that come along with the city centre.

Our list of City Centre agencies includes:
999 Design
ABC Creative
After Digital
BiteDa
Bright Signals
Carnyx
Digirati
Dog Digital
Eqtr
Everyone
Frame
Ibiza Digital
Indez
Innovation Digital
Junction 18
Kiltr
Maguires
MarkUp
Metadigital
NEU Creative
NSDesign
Peach Digital
Psona
Radiator
Reflex Blue
Screenmedia
Senshi Digital
Spider
Swarm Online
The Big Partnership
The Zen Agency
TicToc
Whitewall Marketing
Wire Media

Not on the list? Get in touch, hello@enigmapeople.com or tweet @enigmapeople to add your agency!

OR

Want to work in a digital agency? Check out our latest digital vacancies.

Want to send us a mug? You can find us at 3/2, 137 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EW 🙂


 

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Posted November 14, 2016 | Digital Media, Recruitment Advice | No Comments »

Can You Add A Digital Marketing Apprentice To Your Team?

The digital sector is highlighted to be a key high growth sector for the Scottish economy. There are an estimated 70,000 new jobs to be created over the next 5 years, and we, as an industry, are vastly unprepared to fill these jobs.

Although there are a number of initiatives and workshops to help bridge the skills gap, many digital (and non-digital!) businesses are really struggling to bring in skilled talent to help grow and reach their commercial potential.

As you will already know, there is a real need for skilled people entering industry today.

And you can help; Enigma People Solutions, working in collaboration with training provider Tigers Ltd, are committed to help train the next generation and provide businesses with young people who have appropriate digital skills.

To do this, we have devised the Digital Marketing Pre-Apprenticeship programme to specifically teach the necessary real-world skills, which we know our clients have a real need for – like coding skills (CSS, HTML, JavaScript), Analytics, Social Media, Content Marketing and even Photo Editing, as well as IT and Administrative skills.

Now we need your help – could you be an employer who will allow them to gain real work based industry learning?

We’re looking for digital businesses who can welcome a potential digital marketing apprentice on a full-time basis for an initial 6-8 weeks (and beyond!). All at no cost to your business.

How Your Business Benefits:

  • No Training Cost To You – If you decide to hire the young person as a Digital Marketing Apprentice, all training will provided by TIGERS through Government funding. All you need to do is pay your apprentice the minimum of £3.40 per hour (or more if you like.)
  • Cost Effective – compared to hiring new talent, this is a very cost-effective way to bring in new digital marketing skills.
  • Shape and Prepare – Your apprentice will have basic digital skills however you have the opportunity to shape and prepare this individual to work specifically for your business, pass on your professional knowledge, and act as a mentor for this young person.
  • Fresh Ideas – Apprentice’s are known to boost productivity, providing fresh ideas and perspectives.

What’s The Catch?

There isn’t one. There is no obligation to hire the young person as a fully-fledged employee at the end of the 8-week period (although you might find you want to hold them!)

Tigers Ltd has been operating as a training provider for 10+ years and has built a strong reputation for providing employers with a skilled, professional workforce. The apprenticeship programme is currently open to only 10 employers in the Glasgow and surrounding areas.

There are a limited number of modern apprentices available. To take part in the programme, or for any queries, contact Brian Carmichael, Tigers. Apprenticeship Managers.

Tel: 0141 771 5200
E-mail: briancarmichael@tigersltd.co.uk
Address: Unit 27, Huntershill Village,102 Crowhill Road,Bishopbriggs,Glasgow,G64 1RP

For more info visit: Tigers Digital Marketing Modern Apprenticeship

Digital Marketing Modern Apprenticeship

Digital Marketing Modern Apprenticeship


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Posted October 20, 2016 | Awards, Digital Media | No Comments »

The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2016: The Winners

Last night the digital industry in Scotland celebrated one of the biggest nights in the digital calendar. The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards bring together businesses from across the nation to recognize and reward the successes of the industry. The night certainly didn’t disappoint. We saw businesses from a whole range of sectors showcase their talents in digital technology, proving that digital is not just one part of our lives, rather it touches upon everything we do as consumers and individuals.

The prestigious awards were held in Glasgow’s Radisson Blu hotel where guests were greeted with champagne to begin toasting their achievements (or to calm any nerves). The  Herald events team along with host Des Clarke,  did a remarkable job entertaining and looking after 350 of Scotland’s digital elite.

Once the speeches were made and the 3-course dinner was thoroughly enjoyed, it was time to reveal the winners for this year….

Business to Business Award

winner: Software Advisory Service

E-Commerce Award

winner: TEFL Org

Charity and Social Enterprise Award

winner local: Maryhill Integration Network

winner national: Cahonas Scotland

Best Mobile Application (includes Games)

winner: DOGFISH Mobile

Consumer Engagement Award

winner: NEU

Public Sector Award

winner: NHS Lanarkshire

Education & Training Award

winner: GoodPractice

Student Award

winner: Jennifer McGregor 

Best Use of Social Media Award

winner: Young Scot & The Scottish Government

Digital Professional of the Year Award

winner: Laura Blackhurst, LUX

Digital Agency Award

winner: Equator

The awards are now in their eighth year and have grown incredibly in line with the success of digital in Scotland. Head of this year’s judging panel was our very own Director David Mains. He said:

Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists and winners! The awards, as always, have allowed Scotland’s digital industry to truly shine, to show off its incredible talent, and it’s ability to always remain at the forefront of digital technology.

Enigma People Solutions was proud to sponsor the Digital Professional of the Year and the Digital Agency Award, the final award of the night. The panel of judges looked to reward an agency who they felt carried out the most advanced digital innovation in Scotland, using digital to excite, enthuse and inspire. This year’s winners were Glasgow’s Equator Agency – congratulations guys!

This year the awards were supported by Digital Boost – a national workshop programme which has been designed specifically to support SMEs’ development into digital technologies and ultimately to bring business benefits. Enigma People Solutions is continuing to support businesses with the training and provision of  digital apprenticeships, in association with Tigers Ltd . We’re looking to launch our new programmer very soon. If you’d like to be the first to know more information, contact Anndeep Sandhu at anndeep@enigmapeople.com to register your interest.

The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2016: The Winners

The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2016: The Winners

The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2016: The Winners

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The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2016: The Winners

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The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2016: The Winners

Head Judge David Mains takes the stage.

 Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards


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Posted September 05, 2016 | Awards, Digital Media | No Comments »

The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2016: Who Made The Shortlist?

The finalists have been announced for this year’s Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2016!

The judges have pored over almost 100 entries for this years 12 categories. We saw an incredibly diverse range of companies enter this year, reflecting the far-reaching grasp that digital has on our economy in Scotland.

The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards have been recognising and rewarding digital businesses and projects throughout the country for 8 years now. Enigma People Solutions have been working with The Herald since the inception of these awards. Director David Mains and Head of the Judging Panel said:

“Congratulations to all the finalists for this year. As with every year, the judging panel was impressed by the breadth and depth of submissions. It’s great to see new players and some familiar faces amongst the finalists, which continues to prove how innovative and competitive the digital industry is in Scotland.”

The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards | Enigma People Solutions | David Mains Head Judge

So who are the finalists?

Business to Business Award 
  • Equator for AXA Business Insurance
  • Nucleus
  • Software Advisor Service
  • We Are AD for EDF Energy
E-Commerce Award
  • Blue2 Digital for R&A
  • TEFL Org UK
  • The Weather Digital for Glengoyne Distillery
Charity and Social Enterprise Award

Local

  • Blue2 Digital for Archie Foundation / Wild in Art
  • Equator for Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries
  • Maryhill Integration Network
  • Yard Digital for Big Hearts

National

  • Cahonas Scotland
  • Scottish Refugee Council
  • Whitespace for Mary’s Meals
  • Women’s Support Project
Public Sector Award
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Sexual Health (Sandyford)
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • Storm ID for Scotblood
  • We Are Snook for Aye Mind
Best Mobile Application (includes Games)
  • Cobra Mobile for Let’s Go Run Around
  • DOGFI.SH Mobile for Sugar Smart
  • Screenmedia for Edinburgh Festival Fringe App
  • XDesign for World Health Organization
Consumer Engagement Award
  • 999 Design for Financial Times
  • NEU for Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams Album Launch
  • Radiator Digital for Mactaggart and MickeL
  • The Weather Digital for Glengoyne Distillery
Education & Training Award
  • GoodPractice and Edrington
  • Junction-18 for Learn Direct & Build
  • School Cloud Systems
Student Award 
  • Alasdair Ireland for Your Book List
  • Alberto Negro for 5 Style
  • Jennifer McGregor for CrohnieClothing
Best Use of Social Media Award
  • BBC Scotland for The Social
  • Cahonas Scotland for #CheckYerBawballs
  • FreeAgent
  • Young Scot and the Scottish Government Marketing Team
Digital Professional of the Year Award
  • Gary Ennis, NSDesign
  • John McLeish, Equator
  • Laura Blackhurst, LUX
Digital Agency Award
  • Equator
  • Screenmedia
  • Storm ID
  • xDesign

The winners will be revealed at the Awards evening to be held on Thursday 20th October 2016, at the Radisson Blu hotel. For further information and to book your table visit the events page now.

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The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2016: Who Made The Shortlist?


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Posted August 15, 2016 | Awards, Digital Media | No Comments »

The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2016: Deadline Approaching

This year’s deadline is fast approaching. Businesses have until Thursday 25th August to submit their entries to the Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2016.

Now in their eighth year, these dynamic industry awards recognise the success of businesses large and small in seizing the opportunities offered by digital technology and the internet.

All types of digital projects are eligible for entry: websites, games, mobile technology, business software, public installations or even a simple but effective social media campaign can be put forward. The only requirement is that you can demonstrate success – be that inventive, financial or simply in terms of popularity.

Why Enter?

  • The awards are a perfect opportunity to showcase your businesses expertise in digital
  • They are a well established and highly prestigious recognition in Scotland’s technology industry
  •  An opportunity to celebrate & reward your team’s achievements and successes

Enigma People Solutions Director David Mains is Head Judge this year. Joining him on the panel is:

David says:

“Don’t miss your opportunity to be crowned a winner!
These are important and prestigious recognitions in the industry. We urge all agencies (big and small) to get involved, showcase their best work, and reward themselves for a fantastic year of incredible local and international digital projects.”

Visit the Herald Events Website now and submit your entry

The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2016: Deadline Approaching

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Posted July 25, 2016 | Awards, Digital Media | No Comments »

The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2016 are now open for entries!

Yes, that’s right. It’s that time of year again where businesses up and down the country are invited to enter the biggest awards of the digital industry and showcase their best work.

The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards have been celebrating the successes of businesses working in the Scottish digital technology space for 8 years now. Those who have been involved with these awards for as long as we have will appreciate their tremendous growth – as seen by the need for a bigger venue each year!  This year we will be celebrating at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel, rewarding businesses across the following 12 categories:

  • Business to Business Award
  • E-Commerce Award
  • Charity and Social Enterprise Award
  • Best Mobile Application
  • Consumer Engagement Award
  • Public Sector Award
  • Education & Training Award
  • Student Award
  • Out of Home Award
  • Best Use of Social Media Award
  • Digital Professional of the Year Award
  • Digital Agency Award

Once again Enigma People Solutions is sponsoring the final award of the night – the Digital Agency Award. This category is designed to reward one digital agency which has carried out the most advanced digital innovation in Scotland. We believe this to be a very important category to recognise and reward the incredible achievements of the talented agencies which exist in Scotland. The calibre of entries we see each year always make this a very tough category to judge.

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David Mains Presents Storm ID with the Digital Agency Award – The Scottish Digital Business Awards 2015

Enigma People Solutions Director, David Mains is Head of this year’s judging panel. He said: “I would encourage all digital businesses to enter and showcase their undoubtable talents. Working with incredible clients throughout the year, I enjoy seeing first-hand the quality of work being delivered by companies, both in-house and agency.

These awards are an integral part of the digital community in Scotland and Enigma People believe that it is important to recognise the contributions of businesses large and small to this vital part of Scotland’s economy. We are delighted to continue our support of The Herald Digital Business Awards and I am personally honoured to once again be leading this year’s judging panel.

For more information on the awards, and how to enter, visit the website!

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Posted July 18, 2016 | Career Advice, Digital Media | No Comments »

Working in Digital Marketing: Do formal qualifications matter?

A recent article titled “Maybe it’s just me, but shouldn’t an ‘expert’ in marketing be trained in marketing?” argues that if somebody is being held up as an expert in the discipline of marketing you would certainly expect them to have a formal qualification in the topic. This article got me thinking and I would be urged to disagree. A qualification doesn’t always mean you’re qualified. Or rather a lack of qualification doesn’t mean you’re unqualified.

If we’re talking about digital marketing space – I agree having a formal qualification at college or university level isn’t going to hurt, and is a great foundation to build on, giving you the right knowledge and theory but it doesn’t fully equip you to do the job. I can speak from my own experience my qualification has vastly helped me in my position today, however the person who held my post prior to me didn’t have a marketing qualification and did the job just as well.

Looking at the candidates Enigma People Solutions work with, and have successfully placed, we can say that it really depends on personality versus qualification when it comes to securing a job within a digital marketing agency.

Digital marketing agencies can favour candidates who have studied the subject at college or university level. However if you’re somebody who hasn’t studied the subject but has come to learn through relevant work experience, self learning courses and/or has freelanced successfully then you’re just as qualified to do the job and go on to be a thought leader – something which the article argues cannot be done. If you’re not “formally qualified” but your self taught skills and technical knowledge are up to industry standard, there is no reason you cant go on to be an industry expert.

But that isn’t all.

Digital agencies thrive on creativity, innovation and collaboration. If you can’t display your ability to work in this way then a qualification doesn’t matter either way.  It come downs to your personality, willingness to learn, share knowledge and collaborate. When it comes to working in digital marketing and working within an agency it’s the right combination of personality + cultural fit + relevant skills which wins every time. If you’re the right person for the job with the right skills, the way in which you came to learn doesn’t matter.

If we take software development into account then the same is true. A 2015 Stack Overflow survey found that 48% of developers never received a qualification. Similarly, Quartz reports that:

“Self-taught developers dominate technology: 69% of the developers who responded to the survey are at least partly self-taught, and fewer than half hold a formal degree in computer science. In a trend spreading to other fields, many are choosing ways to learn that offer everything but a degree: online courses, bootcamps, on-the job training, and collaborating with peers.”

Do employers question where they got their qualifications? No. Developers are so high in demand that employers are fighting over each other to hire them as long as they are happy with their coding skills, experience and team fit.

Digital marketing is not far off.

In Tech Crunch’s article “Software Is Eating The Job Market” its reported that at high-growth tech companies such as Amazon and Facebook, the highest volume job opening after software developer/engineer is marketing manager – with social media manager not far behind.

Technology is evolving at a rapid speed. Jobs are being created which weren’t around 15 to 20 years ago, so the qualifications relating to many roles today simply weren’t around or there was little opportunity or need to study exactly what’s required in the role. Many of the skills learned and required on the job aren’t always taught before you’re in the role – often you need to attend hands-on workshops or learn on the job. As technology continues to extend its reach and reshape the workforce, it also reshapes the expectations of how the workforce learns and progress through their careers.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this! Do you agree that a formal qualification isn’t always required to succeed in today’s marketing landscape?

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Posted June 13, 2016 | Digital Media, Recruitment Industry | No Comments »

Digital Skills and the Need for Continued Professional Development

The technology industry in Scotland still suffers from a skills shortage which holds businesses back. The BBC today reported that The UK needs another 745,000 workers with digital skills by 2017 and the skills gap costs economy around £63bn a year in lost income. As a leading technology recruitment consultancy, we work closely with businesses and know all too well which skills are in high demand, across digital, software and sales & marketing. We’re pleased to work with local colleges and educational institutions to help fill this gap and work towards producing graduates who have the necessary skills for the industry.

We’ve recently worked with the City of Glasgow College to help develop a range of courses and workshops designed to meet the digital needs of the industry. Enigma People Solutions Director, David Mains was also delighted to join the Creative Technologies Industry Advisory Board at the University of the West of Scotland with the same intention – to ultimately help fill the skills gap.

Addressing the skills issue at college and university level is essential; however it isn’t the only solution.

Students and candidates have a responsibility to keep their skills up to date and relevant. With technology advancing as quickly as it is, graduates coming out of university will need to continue their skills development especially in the first few years of working. Employers have a responsibility to create working environments that foster continued development, be it through professional industry qualifications or simply on the job experience. They also have a responsibility to hire the best candidates they can find, whether they have all of the relevant skills or not. Too often, we see clients wait to hire in search of a “perfect candidate”. However in this technology skills market where availability of candidates is low and competition for them is high, it is not always in the best interest to wait or compete in a salary war for candidates. We often urge our clients to invest in talent and develop their employees, rather than always expecting a “plug and play” candidate during recruitment.

When I joined Enigma People my skills lay in offline marketing (mainly event organisation). Through on the job training and self study I have learned many of the digital skills which employers demand today. So much so, I was in a position to help advise the City of Glasgow College on what they should teach the next wave of digital marketers! I took an SEO/PPC course with one of Glasgow’s leading Digital Agencies, taught myself basic HTML through Codecademy, I recently completed Google’s online marketing training for digital skills – The Digital Garage, and I am also working towards gaining the Google Analytics Academy Qualifications. I also ensure to keep these skills up to date by attending regular Digital Skills workshops. None of this would have been possible had I not had the opportunity to develop my skills on the job.

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In order to meet the current skills demands of the industry, employers need to offer their employees, and prospective employees, more opportunities like this. Hire candidates who require some training instead of hiring no one, provide on the job training from senior employees, and provide opportunities for continued professional development through courses and workshops. The good news is there is an ever increasing number of initiatives, workshops and training opportunities available across the technology industry to help fill skills gaps, such as the free Google courses mentioned earlier, CodeClan, YouTrain, Business Gateway’s Digital Boost and not to mention The new Digital Xtra fund from Skills Development Scotland to help tackle the issue from school age.

Bridging the skills gap in Scotland’s technology industry won’t be solved overnight, however a joint effort between schools, colleges, employers and employees is starting to make real progress towards a common goal. What we believe will help further is more students/ employees to take learning into their own hands with self learning, and businesses to give employees increased opportunities to develop skills. If your looking advice on hiring digital talent, or looking to discuss what skills employers look for, get in touch at hello@enigmapeople.com or call 0141 332 4422.


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Posted May 16, 2016 | Career Advice, Digital Media | No Comments »

Getting a Job in Digital Marketing

Gordon Campbell, Digital Marketing Manager at Lookers PLC, shares his experience of starting out in digital marketing with some great career tips!

Experience
You’ve probably heard the phrase “you can’t get the job without experience, and you can’t get the experience without the job.” This is something that is true in several industries, but thankfully when it comes to digital marketing, you are able to gain experience without actually getting the job.

Before I landed my first job in digital marketing I helped build and optimise websites for free. If I hadn’t have done this I doubt I would have ever got my ‘foot in the door’, so I would urge anyone else that doesn’t have the experience required to do some voluntary work. I know working for free is a bit of a taboo subject, but having some experience will make your CV more marketable.

This next piece of advice will likely sound obvious, but if you want to work in digital marketing, most of the material that you need to learn can be found online for free. Sites such as Inbound.org are a great place to scan on a daily basis as important industry news usually gets voted to the top. If you are happy to pay to learn digital marketing, websites such as Distilled U are a great place to start.

Keep your eyes peeled for local digital marketing meetups. Meetups are a great way to learn, network, and are usually quite good fun. If I’m honest, I probably don’t attend as many of these as I should, but the ones I have attended have been massively valuable.

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Interview tips
I used to work in recruitment, which meant I dedicated a lot of time to studying how to come across well during an interview. The below techniques are ones I’ve used that I believe have helped me in the past.

Overcome objections before they happen
If you know that there is something that might prevent you from getting the job, such as possibly not having as much experience as other candidates, try to mention this near the beginning of the interview.

The reason this is so important is that if you are coming across well and towards the end of the interview the interviewer manages to uncover something that is slightly negative, it may put a dampener on things. If you volunteer this information at the start, and come across well during the rest of the interview, it will be less likely that it will stick in the interviewer’s mind and will also demonstrate that you are honest.

Do your research
Researching the business is extremely important, and you would be surprised at how many people don’t actually do it before interviewing. Dropping in golden nuggets of information from time to time during your interview will help you stand out from the other candidates and show that you want the position more.
I tend to spend a few hours on research before any interview.

Prepare a presentation
I like to present at an interview even if I’m not asked to. If the job is SEO related, I would usually prepare an audit related to this and benchmark the business against competitors. This is a great way to add some structure to the interview and it demonstrates again how much you want the position.

If you plan to point out anything negative, it is important that this is done in a careful manner, as the person who is interviewing you may be responsible for this piece of work. This could make both parties uncomfortable, and if the interviewer disagrees with your findings it could hamper your chances of getting the job, so just be careful with this one.

Be sure to bring along hard copies of your presentation in case there isn’t a project or computer screen available.

Last impressions count
During the interview it is tempting to get all your achievements out as quickly as possible, but it is important to remember that last impressions, just before the interview ends, can make a huge difference.

If you have achieved something that you think will help you get the job, share this information towards the end of the interview. Doing so will keep you front of mind with your potential new boss and could increase the chances of you being successful.

Follow-up email
Once the interview is over, make sure you send a follow-up email, but don’t act too desperate.  Thank the people interviewing you for their time and make a few additional points about why you think you are right for the position.

What if you’ve never worked in digital marketing before?
If you are trying to land your first job in digital marketing, even an entry-level job, having at least some freelance experience will go a long way.

It is extremely important to demonstrate that you are keen to learn even if it means doing so in your spare time. You need to show that you are proactive and enthusiastic about digital marketing. Also, don’t be afraid to demonstrate any achievements that don’t include digital marketing, and try to also show any positive soft-skills that you have.

You’re going to have to work harder than other candidates that have experience to get this job, so you might want to do some additional research on the business and their marketing strategy.

Try to find out things like what CMS they use. Do they currently advertise via PPC? Do they do any display advertising?

Here are some more things that might improve your chances of landing your first digital role:

  • If you really want a job in digital marketing do some voluntary freelance work to gain experience
  • If you are unable to find anyone that you can do freelance work for, set up a website or blog of your own
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for advice from other digital marketers; most of them will be happy to help
  • Find out if there are any skill-shortages in your local area for specific digital marketing disciplines; having these skills could make you a more desirable candidate

One of the first websites I made related to job interview preparation. I spent a lot time researching how to perform well in interviews and I’m sure this helped me feel a lot more confident during the process, which in turn contributed to me being offered jobs.

What I’ve learned while working in digital marketing
The digital marketing industry is filled with a lot of ambitious individuals. If you want to be part of this industry, it is important that you are prepared to continuously learn and never rest on your laurels.

Although experience in this industry is vitally important, it’s possible to climb the ranks fairly quickly and overtake some of the more experienced people if you are willing to put in the time and effort to produce excellent results for your client or employer.

Don’t expect anyone to hold your hand and teach you about digital marketing. There is a chance that you will have on-the-job training, but if you expect to succeed on that alone then you will probably be left disappointed. A lot of the information needed to learn digital marketing can be found online, so if you want to get ahead of your colleagues, better get your head down and start studying.

It is important that you continuously develop your digital marketing skills through self-study.  The online space is constantly evolving – it is one of the things that keeps the job interesting, but you can quickly fall behind if you are unwilling to keep learning.

When it comes to digital marketing, although you can choose to specialise in a specific discipline, I  always try to gain an understand of as many areas as possible as I feel having an eclectic range of skills can lead to more senior positions.

Digital marketing is quite a close-knit industry, so if you decide to move on from a position, try to do it professionally and don’t burn any bridges. I left a company once on good terms, which in turn led to a lot of freelance work from them and additional job offers.

Working in digital can be extremely rewarding, and is a lot more interesting than previous positions I’ve worked in. There appears to be an increasing demand for digital marketing professionals which has led to a bit of a skill-shortage in some areas, so I believe that now is a great time to be working in digital.

 


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Posted February 22, 2016 | Digital Media, Events, Software | No Comments »

3 Weeks To Go! Design It; Build It Edinburgh

We have just over 3 weeks to go until the biggest UX and Web Design Event in Scotland. Design It; Build It brings to Edinburgh some incredible speakers from global companies such as Buzzfeed and Facebook. Not only that, Scotland’s homegrown tech unicorns FanDuel and Skyscanner will also be sharing their insights with over 350 delegates from across Europe and North America who have signed up for the conference.

Find out who else you can hear from over the two day event.

Design It; Build It is a major international conference which brings together those designing and building popular websites and apps such as BBC, Financial Times and John Lewis  to discuss the future of the web. The conference will be held on 17th & 18th March at he Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE.

For full conference details, and to buy tickets visit the website: http://dibiconference.com/

Haven’t got your ticket yet?

Good news! As sponsors of the event, Enigma People Solutions will be giving one lucky winner the chance to enjoy the two day conference absolutely free of charge.

To enter our prize draw all you need to do is subscribe to our weekly blog and your email address will be added to the draw! Click subscribe below at the bottom of this web page or email hello@enigmapeople.com with the subject “subscribe”.

The winner will be announced Friday 26th March!

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Posted February 15, 2016 | Awards, Digital Media, Events | No Comments »

Apply Now To Enter ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards

We are only weeks away from the 6th annual ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards. Businesses have until 5pm Wednesday 2nd March 2016 to complete their applications and be in with a winning chance!

ScotlandIS is the trade body for the digital technology industry in Scotland. The awards are designed to celebrate innovative projects and world-class businesses across the highly successful industry. They provide a fantastic opportunity to gain recognition and reward your team for their efforts and achievements in making the industry what it is today!

The categories for this year are:

The winners will be announced with an awards evening ceremony in Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket, Wednesday 20th April. Book your places here.

Enigma People Solutions is proud to sponsor the Digital Agency of the Year category. As one of the leading digital recruiters, we are passionate about supporting and growing successful technology teams in Scotland. We encourage all digital agencies to enter the awards and celebrate their contributions to this incredible industry!

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Posted January 26, 2016 | Digital Media, Events, Software | No Comments »

Design It; Build It – The Conference for UX Designers and Web Developers

17 Amazing speakers, 2 Days, 1 Unmissable event.

Enigma People Solutions is proud to sponsor the Design It; Build It Conference in Edinburgh, on 17th and 18th March 2016.

Established in 2009, DIBI is the major international conference for ux designers, web developers and those working in digital. This year’s event will be hosted in the heart of Scotland’s Digital Community, Edinburgh. Home to one of the UK’s fastest growing and most successful technology hub’s, the capital city is also where tech unicorns (private companies valued at $1 billion or more) FanDuel and Skyscanner are headquartered.  Speakers from both these companies will feature at the conference amongst other incredibly influential speakers from some of the world’s biggest names in technology, including Facebook, Buzzfeed and Sky. A full list of speakers can be found here.

With internationally renowned speakers, networking opportunities and a St Patricks day party to end the conference, this is an event not to be missed!

Event Details:

Date: 17th and 18th March 2016

Location: The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE

Schedule: http://dibiconference.com/schedule/

Buy tickets: https://ti.to/nxt/dibi-design-it-build-it-2016

Any questions regarding the event contact Jim Richardson – info@dibiconference.com

About Us:

Enigma People Solutions is a multi-award winning technology recruitment consultancy, representing businesses across Scotland. As a leading digital recruiter, we are passionate about supporting and growing successful technology teams across the industry. We pride ourselves on recruiting the best candidates for technology roles ranging from App Developers to UX designers, from Software Engineers to Account Managers. We are proud to support the Design It, Build It Conference and help to bring together a fantastic event for the digital community in the country.

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Enigma People Solutions is offering one lucky winner the chance to enjoy the two day conference absolutely free of charge!

To enter our prize draw all you need to do is subscribe to our weekly blog and your email address will be added to the draw! Click subscribe below at the bottom of this web page or email hello@enigmapeople.com with the subject “subscribe”.

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Posted November 26, 2015 | Awards, Digital Media, Events | No Comments »

Enigma People to sponsor Digital Agency of the Year Award at ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards

Enigma People Solutions is very excited to announce our sponsorship of the Digital Agency of the Year Award at the upcoming ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards.

The event celebrates world class businesses based here in Scotland’s thriving technology sector. Run by ScotlandIS – the trade body for the tech sector – these awards are now in their sixth year and bring the industry together to celebrate its key projects, people and businesses.

We are honoured to collaborate with ScotlandIS to support the Digital Agency category. Our passion and expertise in digital allows us to partner closely with web, mobile and digital businesses across Scotland and the UK, helping to grow outstanding teams which are celebrated at such awards.

With one in 25 Scots now working in a technology job, the sector is one of the biggest employers and fastest growing sectors in Scotland. With sales growth reported by 70 per cent of businesses and further planned growth for 2016, there are plenty of reasons for the tech sector to celebrate. We encourage all businesses to enjoy their successes and journeys, gain recognition for their efforts and enter the awards now!

About the Awards

The awards ceremony will be held Wednesday 20th April 2016 at The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow.  Celebrating the technology sector in all its glory the award categories cover everything from B2B, B2C, international success, public and private sector, and will also honour the industry’s stand out individuals.

For a full list of categories click here.

Application closing date is Wednesday 24th February 2016

The Digital Technology Awards showcase excellence within the industry rewarding the innovation, expertise and ambition of businesses, large and small. They are one of the industry’s must-have awards and provide a great arena for networking and attracting key players from across the industry.

Watch the 2015 Highlights here: https://youtu.be/RmQrcKaAzv8

Director David Mains presents Nigel Eccles of FanDuel the award for Outstanding Performance in Business Growth at the ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards

Director David Mains presents Nigel Eccles of FanDuel the award for Outstanding Performance in Business Growth at the ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards

 

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Posted November 18, 2015 | Case Studies, Digital Media | No Comments »

“How I Found My Perfect Job” – Yard Digital’s latest hire

At Enigma People Solutions we pride ourselves on our selection skills. That means matching skills to job roles and personalities to company culture, always doing what’s best for both the clients and the candidates we work with. We have even joked our match making skills are up there with a certain Cupid.

So when we heard our candidate describe her new job as her perfect role, we were delighted to have been a part of the process.

Luckily, it seems that my leap of faith has landed me in my ideal environment – it’s more creative, more collaborative, faster-paced.”

Morven Mackinnon is the newest member of the team at Edinburgh’s Yard Digital. As their Client Relations Executive, Morven was recruited to help build relationships with new and existing clients. Yard was recruiting for a junior candidate skilled in business development/account management to assist their growing digital business. Their hiring manager is a long time friend of Enigma’s so we knew right away what type of candidate and personality would fit the team.

Candidate Manager Scot set out to find this perfect person. His search included speaking to and qualifying his extensive network of digital sales/ marketing and account management candidates. He first spoke to Morven after she had recently returned from New Zealand in search of a creative role which would utilised her best skill – working with people.

Scot knew right away that she was who the client would hire. Her passionate nature over their initial phone conversation convinced Scot she would do well in building and maintaining relationships with Yard’s clients. Her experience in creative marketing allowed her to fit Yard’s requirements and the nature of their business. Proving herself to be an ideal candidate, Morven went above and beyond at every stage of the recruitment processes, keeping in contact and showing her commitment, she gave Scot the utmost confidence to present her to his client.

Yard Digital, Morven and the team at Enigma were delighted at Morven’s success in securing the role. Although this is all in a days work at Enigma, it never fails to put a smile on our faces when we help those looking for a role they love, and help a business grow their teams. We are delighted to see that a few days at Yard were all it took for our candidate to become fully integrated in the team and really begin enjoying her new role. All the best Morven!

Once again, a big thank you to all at Enigma (and Scot in particular, who had to deal with all the phonecalls!) for helping me find my perfect job.”

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Posted November 04, 2015 | Case Studies, Digital Media | No Comments »

Strategic Recruitment For Glasgow’s Screenmedia

Screenmedia is one of Scotland’s most renowned Web and Digital Design Practices, celebrating 10 years in award winning innovation.

Enigma People Solutions began working with Screenmedia in 2012 when they were a team of 12. Since then, they have moved to bigger premises in 2014, having grown to a team of 20, and now, in 2015 have expanded these offices to accommodate their team of 30 developers and designers.

Throughout their steadfast growth, Enigma People have been a sole supplier for Screenmedia’s permanent vacancies. Having handled about 25 vacancies, 14 have resulted in successful placements where many of the candidates placed have become critical members of the team. Screenmedia’s objective throughout their recruitment processes has been to source highly talented, specialist candidates who understand Screenmedia’s unique culture and can contribute to the growing success of the company.

Our strategy
Screenmedia are unique in their culture and approach to teamwork and collaboration, working with a “daisy” model – as explained in the excerpt from their website:

“The petals of the daisy represent our multi-specialist teams. What started as one petal in 2004 has grown to four today.

Each lead team offers specialist expertise in strategy, planning, UX design and technology suited to producing mobile apps, responsive web, GUI design, e-commerce or rich-content solutions. In the centre of The Daisy is our team of producers, designers and developers. Whilst they work across multiple projects, they commonly attach to a specialist lead team as this deepens their specialism and improves continuity and economy for the client.”

Screenmedia work with a set of intrinsic beliefs which underpins everything they do, from best practice, mentorship and innovation to empathy, passion and having fun.

In order to recruit successfully for Screenmedia it has been imperative to source candidates who understand these beliefs, are willing to adopt them, and have shown evidence of doing so.

We approached Screenmedia’s recruitment with a marketing strategy, ensuring the consistent message of collaboration, individual growth, and company success. We selected candidates on the basis of cultural fit and talked candidates through The ‘Daisy’ model. The consultative element of our recruitment service meant we were able to guide Screenmedia on their future growth plans and direction for the business. We have placed a Technical Director and Technical Project Director and have continued to work closely with these key members of the senior team to guide the company’s strategic growth plans.

Challenges faced
Recruiting for digital talent in Scotland, and in the UK as a whole is extremely difficult for a number of reasons.

In Scotland in particular, the growth of the digital market can be attributed to the vast number of start ups in ‘tech hubs’ Glasgow and Edinburgh. Many of the talented developers Screenmedia are looking to hire are starting up their own digital agencies rather than joining other teams. This has perpetuated the existing lack of available talent with necessary skills. The market is suffering from a war for talent, where companies are fighting for very scarce specialist talent. When the UK recession hit, not enough companies were in a position to hire graduates 3-4 years ago. This has resulted in a vast under investment in Scottish talent. Not enough people were getting hired and so unable to gain the relevant industry experience that employers are now looking for. Today this demand has risen dramatically with UK Tech companies having grown at a rapid pace. The sector is now performing better than it has in decades; however has resulted in extremely tough competition with companies competing for talent on factors such as benefits and salaries.

Our solution
Enigma People director David Mains is a specialist in recruiting for Scotland’s digital market and worked very closely with the CEO, Technical Director, and Technical Project director to advise on business objectives, the rate of growth Screenmedia could achieve, and the importance of the business culture to new recruits. As a trusted recruitment partner, David spent a lot of his time offering his recruitment expertise, guidance, and utilising his network to source talent for Screenmedia.

Given the nature of the difficult market, it was evident that a more robust recruitment strategy would be required. Enigma People dedicated one candidate manager to work solely with Screenmedia. This meant that one individual learned their business and culture inside out in order to convey this to candidates sourced. She spent time at the client’s premises, promoted their company blogs to the candidate market, expertly profiled the developer marketplace and utilised an extensive network to source candidates who fit Screenmedia’s requirements. With each candidate successfully placed, it gave way to how the next vacancy should be filled and who should fill it.

In addition to this, Enigma People devised a direct application process for Screenmedia, in that we contacted selected candidates via email campaigns who could then apply directly to the client. Although this is an unusual recruitment process, the aim was to give candidates direct access to the client’s information and streamline the process so candidates had a positive application experience.

The results
Since working with Screenmedia, Enigma People have successfully sourced and placed 14 candidates, including senior members of team, the Technical Director and Technical Project Manager. The vacancies filled are across different business disciplines, having placed a developer, a producer, a technical director and an infrastructure manager all within the first 6 months of 2015. We have been responsible for placing almost 50% of their current staff, and actively working multiple vacancies, with plans for graduate recruitment in the pipeline.

Screenmedia have growth to become one of the most highly distinguished web and digital design practices in their market and have been recognized by a number of prestigious industry awards. Whilst working with Enigma People Solutions, Screenmedia’s team have received the headline award, “Digital Agency of the Year”, and a number of other category nominations from the Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards for the last 5 years, amongst other industry awards such as Scotland IS – Digital Technology Awards and The Webby Awards. Screenmedia and Enigma People have enjoyed a close, trusted, client recruiter relationship and have allowed Screenmedia to benefit immensely from a dedicated, tailored, and professional service.

Client testimonial

Colin Banks – Technical Projects Director

“Quite simply Enigma are one of our most valued partners. Their knowledge of the market and expert recruitment guidance has been invaluable in helping us grow and shape our organisation.

Their team take the time to understand not only our needs as a business but also those of our culture, of what defines us. They supply candidates that meet our skills needs but more crucially, are aligned to our core values.

We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.”

Looking to recruit digital talent in Scotland? We can help! Give us a call on 0141 332 4422 and speak to one of our Directors David Mains or Ben Hanley to discuss your options. 

Enigma Director David Mains Awards Screenmedia Digital Agency Award - The Herald Digital Business Awards

The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2014
Winners -Screenmedia
Digital Agency of the Year

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Posted September 08, 2015 | Digital Media | No Comments »

Digital Leaders Are On The Rise

A recent article in the Huffington Post posed an interesting question: what drives digital transformation – technology or strategy? Is it technology innovations which determines businesses success in a digital economy or is it the strategies devised to harness these technologies which lead to a competitive digital business? As the article goes on to argue, both technology and strategy work in tandem however there is an increasingly crucial dependence on ‘digital leaders’ those with technical expertise and ability to drive overall business strategy and meet businesses goals. Businesses are increasingly looking at Chief Digital Officers and Chief Technical Officers to drive business strategies, fuel growth and remain competitive.

It is argued that all businesses must digitally transform to succeed:

“Digital transformation is the process of shifting your organisation from a legacy approach to new ways of working and thinking using digital, social, mobile and emerging technologies.”

The need to compete digitally isn’t just within the technology industry, it is across business in all industries, and more and more businesses are realising their growing need for digital talent at executive levels. The Huffington Post article, discusses a recent study by MIT Sloan and Deloitte which emphasises the importance of digital leaders in devising the right strategies and creating digitally transformed businesses. The article argues “digital leaders are those who unite the CEO, CIO, and the CMO through their knowledge and vision of what it takes to make a digitally transformed business a reality.”

Similarly, The 2014 Gartner CEO and Senior Executive Survey found business are ill equipped to make deep technology enabled business changes and that means digital leaders will be responsible for closing a big gap in understanding, by educating the board, executives, senior and middle management layers to the huge range of digital opportunities. When questioned on which area they would look to hire talent, it was digital marketing which was the most in demand, followed by ecommerce and customer service management. The roles which harness digital to meet customer demands are holding greater power at an executive level. Enigma People Director David Mains agrees businesses are starting to recognise the need to listen to those closer to their digital minded consumers and are incorporating this talent into their senior level teams. In a recent article SEO TO CDO: Why you need a Digital Marketer in a top position within your business, David discusses the growing demand for digital talent from all business that rely on generating revenue as a result of their web presence. Although the article focuses on the growing importance of the digital marketing function it also relays the serious need for businesses to employ people with digital experience in very senior positions within the company who are able to understand, scrutinise and support the digital behaviour of customers and have the authority to make deep changes:

“To succeed in an ever-increasing digital world you have to be prepared to move fast. Someone needs to be able to make quick decisions to allow businesses to have a first mover advantage when opportunities present themselves. To do this you need someone who has a certain level of authority and is able to cut through all the red tape that often exists within businesses.”

As a specialist technology recruitment partner working with businesses across the UK, we are increasingly seeing senior positions created for digital talent such as Senior Digital Project Manager, Digital Communications Manager , UX/UI Designer and Digital Producer.  Econsultancy’s Salary Survey 2015 found that the role of Chief Digital Officer now surpasses the average salary for CMO’s and the number of roles created globally has doubled every year for the last 5 years, with a predicted 25% of companies to hire a CDO by the end of the year. Competition for these skills has already become stiff with businesses already struggling to recruit available talent with the right experience they are looking for. We suspect the demand for talent with digital skills who have the ability to drive businesses growth will continue to rise, possibly reaching levels similar to what we are currently seeing for software talent in the UK. The digital sector in Scotland is experiencing incredible levels of success and is continuing to grow, fuelling an estimated 11,000 new jobs in 2015 according to the annual Technology Industry Survey carried out by ScotlandIS, how many of these are at executive levels remains to be seen.

 

For the latest opportunities in Scotland’s digital sector, visit our dedicated digital media vacancies page or give us a call on 0141 332 4422. Enigma People are proud to sponsor The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2015. For full details on this years spectacular event, click here!

Enigma People Solutions sponsors the Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2015

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Posted August 24, 2015 | Awards, Digital Media, Scotland | No Comments »

Submit your entry to The Herald Digital Business Awards by September 3rd

The entry deadline for this years Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards is fast approaching. Businesses have until September 3rd to submit their entries and be a part of the biggest Herald Digital Awards yet.

About the Awards

The awards are now in their seventh year, and have grown to become one of the largest events for creative and digital businesses in the country. This  years  spectacular event will the biggest yet and will celebrate the many recent successes of Scotland’s digital industry – some of which have been making global headlines recently!

Each year the awards attract an incredible range of digital projects from web, mobile, gaming, business software, public installations, and social media from all over the country. Businesses are encouraged to enter and showcase their success in these areas. This year’s categories include:

About Enigma People

This event is one which we hold close to our hearts and have been a part of since its inception. We are excited to sponsor the final award of the night, the Digital Agency Award. The opportunity to present one business with one of the most prestigious awards in our industry is a huge honour, and one which Director David Mains looks forward to each year. Not only that, David has again been invited to join this years judging panel, offering his expertise in assessing the astounding calibre of entries. David will be joining a panel of industry experts who will certainly have their work cut out for them determining winners for each category.

David Mains said:

 “This event is an important opportunity for business to enter and gain industry-wide, and international, recognition of their efforts in making Scotland’s digital industry world class. Enter now and don’t miss your chance to be a part of the celebrations.”

Enter your business now!

This years event is also supported by Business Gateway, City of Glasgow College, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, FanDuel, and Jumpstart. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held on Thursday 22nd October 2015 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow. For more event information and booking details visit The Herald Awards event website.

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Posted July 21, 2015 | Awards, Digital Media | No Comments »

Enter your Business for The Herald Scottish Digital Awards!

The Herald Digital Business Awards 2015

We are delighted to confirm that this years Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2015 are now open for entry! These awards have grown to become one of the largest events for creative and digital businesses in the country. They celebrate the innovation and success of this highly talented industry, and Enigma People Solutions urges all business to enter and gain recognition for their incredible efforts in making the industry what it is.

In our 6 years of sponsoring the awards, we have seen this event, and Scotland’s digital sector, grow and prosper. Each year the awards attract an astounding range of digital projects from web, mobile, gaming, business software, public installations, and social media from all over the country. Businesses are encouraged to enter themselves and showcase their success in these areas. This year’s categories include:

This event is one which we hold close to our hearts and we are honoured to sponsor the final award of the night, the Digital Agency Award. The opportunity to present one business with one of the most prestigious awards in our industry is a huge honour, and one which Director David Mains looks forward to each year. Not only that, David has again been invited to join this years judging panel, offering his expertise in assessing the astounding calibre of entries. David will be joining a panel of industry experts who will certainly have their work cut out for them determining winners for each category.

 

Enigma People Sponsors Digital Agency Award

David Mains said:

“The sector has continued to grow and perform incredibly over the past 12 months, and the awards are the perfect way to celebrate the success of those businesses, and individuals who have made it so.”

Last year the event attracted a record number of entries, speaking volumes for the success of the event and its growth over the years. The awards have cemented themselves as one of the greatest forms of recognition for the industry in Scotland and are an opportunity for businesses not to miss.

Enter Your Business Now!

This years awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow. For full event details, itinerary and table bookings visit The Herald website, or contact Lyndsay Wilson on 0141 302 7407. Deadlines for entries are Friday September 18th. 

Enigma People Solutions sponsors the Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards

 

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Posted June 29, 2015 | Digital Media, Scotland | No Comments »

Celebrating Scotland’s Digital Success

It’s an exciting time to be involved in digital in Scotland. Tech hubs Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dundee have grown to become major contributors the UK economy with digital companies employing over 40 thousand people in these cities, and contributing around £3.6 billion per annum to the Scottish economy.
Digital Edinburgh Tech City 2015

Each of these hubs have their own strengths helping to make the Scottish digital industry what it is. With Dundee’s famous gaming industry, Edinburgh’s expertise in fintech and software, and Glasgow’s thriving start up scene, it’s no wonder the industry is growing at the rate it is. Research from Scotland IS suggests 83% of Scotland’s digital technology companies will be recruiting this year thanks to an increase in sales.

Not only that, Scotland IS tells us that many ‘born global’ digital companies are significantly boosting export values, selling specialist services internationally. Companies such as  Skyscanner, KAL, Axios, Simul8, Smarter Grid Solutions, RockstarNorth and Calnex are placing Scotland on the global stage.

Tech City UK’s “Powering the Digital Economy 2015” report highlights Edinburgh in particular as a thriving digital technology hub. Having grown by a third from 2010 to 2013, Edinburgh is home to a number of highly successful digital tech companies benefitting from a rise in entrepreneurial spirit and a strong sense of community, with 88% of businesses reporting that they feel they are part of a “digital cluster”. According to the report, 82% of those surveyed reported having seen revenue rise in the past year, and confirmed Edinburgh University as a strong source of talent and competitive advantage.

 A recent article in The Scotsman also supports the idea of Edinburgh as an economic powerhouse for Scotland, stating:

“Its capital status, its strong expansion in business services, high business start-up rate, the remarkably high level of business spin-outs from Edinburgh University and its diverse and growing student population would seem to hold the greater long-term potential for Scotland’s capital to be a world player in the rapidly expanding digital economy.”

Some other interesting bits of news on Scotland’s digital sector are:

It’s clear that the digital industry in Scotland has plenty to celebrate, and that’s exactly what they’re doing!

Just recently, Scotland IS –  the trade body for the digital technologies industry – held their annual Digital Technology awards. The night celebrated the incredible success the businesses in the sector have achieved and awarded many local and national companies who are at the forefront of Scotland’s digital scene. Winners on the night included:

FanDuel for Digital Technology Business of the Year, Best B2C Technology Product/Service and Investment Deal of the Year, and Outstanding Marketing Performance

Skyscanner for International Technology Star

Calnex for Best B2B Technology Product/Service

Storm ID and Screenmedia for Best Digital Agency

Full coverage of the Digital Technology Awards can be found here.

That’s not all! In September, Enigma People joined forces with The Herald & Times for their annual Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards. Each year Enigma supports the event which celebrates the digital success of businesses and individuals in Scotland, and we are honoured to present the most prestigious award of the night, the Digital Agency of the Year award. We have seen the event grow (along with the digital sector in Scotland) and are excited by what the industry has to offer the world.

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Posted May 11, 2015 | Digital Media | No Comments »

What Does an EU Single Digital Market Mean to you?

The European Commission recently published its Digital Single Market Package, with the aim to level the playing field between businesses across the EU and create an “open, flexible market with a regulatory framework that reflects the dynamic nature of the digital economy.”

EU Single Digital Market Currencies

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A single digital market means open access to digital content regardless of which EU country you are in. As The Verge describes it, the best way to think about the changes this will bring is in terms of video streaming. Presently UK services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer are geo-blocked and restricted to the UK. Some EU countries can view football games days before it is available to us whereas Netflix customers in the US can view the same content regardless of what state they are in. In order to compete with the US’s dominance of the internet, EU politicians want to open up the internet and digital content to every EU member state. Netflix, and such services, are described as ‘disruptive technologies’ – an innovation which replaces an earlier technology, changing how we live and interact. Netflix itself is described as one of the biggest, baddest, and most disruptive digital entertainment plays on the market. With the impact this technology is having on EU laws, it seems it is living up to its disruptive reputation. EU politicians aim to amend the copyright laws restricting, not only this type of online access, but access across all industries and services.

However, for UK and EU businesses there is more to consider

The EU’s digital market place includes over 507,416,606 consumers, across 28 nations. The single digital market focuses on three areas to improve the digital landscape for these consumers and businesses:

  • Providing better access to online goods and services across Europe;
  • Creating the right conditions for digital networks and services to flourish;
  • Maximising the growth potential of the European Digital Economy.

Presently, it is still too hard to start, fund and scale up a digital business so that they can compete on an international level. Different online and offline regulations in each member state, vastly varying levels of broadband, and access to suppliers/customers in other member states are all problems facing EU businesses. EU politicians laid out 16 key targets to overcome these and create a fairer single digital market conducive to the success of businesses, touching on online platforms, cross border online shopping and shipping, telecom rules, cyber security, digital education, and more.

Visit the European Commission website for all 16 key targets.

How do these affect businesses?

APCO Worldwide has summarised what the Digital Single Market means for businesses in Europe and beyond, to help companies better understand the implications, respond, prepare and adapt to the measures that the EU will take in the years to come. However, there are of course those who aren’t quite as keen on the changes, including the TV and film  industry, US technology companies such as Uber and Air BnB, and those with concerns over consumer’s data privacy.

I wanted to know the thoughts of our readers!

Is a Single Digital Market in Europe something which is a cause for concern to your business? Or something your business would welcome?

As a consumer, are you concerned about what the changes will bring? Or are you simply looking forward to watching your favourite Netflix show, and zero data roaming charges anywhere in Europe?

Comment below, drop us an email hello@enigmapeople.com, or tweet us your thoughts @enigmapeople!

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