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Posted December 05, 2017 | Electronics, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Does Brexit mean Texit?

Recently industry leaders from many of the key technology companies in the UK gathered to debate this topic “Does Brexit mean Texit?”

It is fair to say that this is certainly a hot topic in the industry at the moment, caused by the uncertainty of not actually knowing what Brexit will mean for our technology industry. The threats seem quite clear: reduction of international or foreign investment into the industry (at least until the picture is more certain), lower availability of the people needed to staff our technology firms, reduced opportunity for collaboration between our university R&D functions and European counterparts, to name a handful of the threats highlighted.

But wait! Education, funding and talent pipeline have long been challenges for the UK tech industry. What has people most perplexed is that Brexit makes the landscape even harder just at the point that many feel the UK industry was getting on top of, or at least making ground in all three of these areas.

What concerned me more than these issues was the seeming reluctance to think beyond Europe and to think beyond some of the short term pain. There are numerous issues faced by the tech industry that it can continue to resolve whilst Brexit unravels, gender imbalance would be a clear obvious one. The UK has a terribly low representation of women in the industry compared to many other countries. Education would be another, as we have far too few home grown students being attracted into Electronic Engineering. Expanding our horizons further afield may be the biggest opportunity open to our industry in the UK.

The tech industry is a global industry and we in the UK often voice concerns that we are outplayed by others. Look at Israel, a country that has forged strong links with Silicon Valley in the US and been very tactical about the technology it invests into. Or South Korea that has an infinitely higher level of investment into its Technology Industry than the UK does, even though South Korea and the UK are similar sized countries.

In truth businesses are and will just get on with what they have to do to react to the issues they face, whether that is Brexit or some other global or local issue, simply because they have to in order to survive. Business is often about survival of the most adaptable and I have hopes that the brilliant tech companies and tech community in Britain can and will adapt.

This industry matters! There are over 1 million people employed in the Electronic Engineering industries in the UK throughout over 45,000 companies. These jobs and companies are high value and pay good tax to the UK government.

It is not all bad though. The weak pound has helped companies that are exporting to look more attractive and it has encouraged companies to take a more global view rather than just focus on Europe as a market, and let’s face it the tech industry really is a global industry. Some argue that membership of the EU has stunted UK tech industry’s growth, as rules on State Aid to industry limit government intervention, whereas this is not the case in other parts of the world. Whilst there is uncertainty relating to one market there are plenty of other opportunities to hunt for. Some are quick to point out that we don’t have to give up Europe to work with the world and that doing both is still possible, even that taking a more global outlook could be positive for the long term future of the tech industry in the UK.

Regardless of Brexit the industry still faces challenges of overcoming issues around education, funding and talent pool. The real challenge is working out how to resolve these and become even more competitive in the global market. TechWorks stated mission is to “strengthen the UK’s Deep Tech capabilities as a global leader of future technologies”. The route to this has definitely become more challenging with Brexit but I have high hopes that the brilliant minds and businesses we have growing here in the UK can look beyond Brexit to thrive and prosper. I sincerely hope that Brexit does not mean Texit rather it is forcing the opportunity to reinvent and rethink our industry and to truly position our tech industry as a global player.

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Posted November 07, 2017 | Enigma News, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Looking Back Before Moving Forward: My Career Journey

It’s something that happens every day across the world. It’s certainly something we see on a daily basis here at Enigma People. One person bows out and moves on, and another steps in to continue and develop the role that has been left for them. The length of time businesses can expect to retain their employees has changed considerably over the last few decades and a fluidity within the job market is almost expected in certain sectors.

Are you wondering why I’m talking about this yet, or have you guessed it?

Yes, my time has come with Enigma People Solutions and it’s now my turn to bow out and move onto another role and continue to further my knowledge and experience within marketing.

Throughout the 11 months I’ve been with Enigma People, I’ve worked on many exciting projects and have had various opportunities to learn, develop and hone my skills. This is something which I have always been very appreciative of since joining Enigma People, especially considering the fact that around 18 months ago I had only just graduated from University!

Coming from a fashion-marketing background with a little freelance social media experience – joining Enigma People Solutions and the niche technology recruitment sector – was definitely a different experience than anything I had been used to. However, this was exactly what I was looking for. The role was wide, something which suited me perfectly and being the only marketer within the business was, of course, a little daunting, but exciting at the same time. I had been given an opportunity to take this role and run with it, and that, I feel, is exactly what I did.

From bringing on new partnerships to developing our marketing strategy and even taking the lead on our website redevelopment; I was free to explore marketing and really understand where my strengths were and in which areas I needed to pay more attention. By dedicating a single hour every couple of days across the week – I enabled self-learning to become a task I looked forward to, instead of it being a challenge – and actually managed to complete Google’s Digital Garage certification, an SEO course and an advanced Google Analytics course along with understanding various software programmes I hadn’t encountered in my previous roles.

Reading this, it might sound like my time at Enigma People was all “work, work, work” and, don’t get me wrong, it was! But for a lot of the time, it didn’t feel that way; it felt comfortable, interesting and fun. Amongst the blog writing and host of other day-to-day tasks, I was lucky enough to represent Enigma People at the DIBI conference, be part of The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards, attend Venturefest 2017 and meet some of the great partners we have been working with. To add to this, we were Highly Commended at the Recruitment Business Awards and are finalists at the Marketing & Digital Recruitment Awards in our category, Best Regional Agency, so wish us luck!

  

With so many great things that have happened in my time at Enigma People Solutions and so many more to come, I would like to say thank you to both directors, Ben Hanley and David Mains for giving me an opportunity to flourish, to really put my skills and knowledge to the test and to take control of my career path. Also, a big shout out to the team – who have been extremely welcoming, helpful and generally just lovely!

All that’s left for me to say is best of luck to Enigma People Solutions and I look forward to seeing what they can achieve in 2018 and once more, thank you.


 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. Check out our blog for the latest in the technology industry. You can get in touch with us hello@enigmapeople.com or call us on 0141 332 4422.

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Posted November 03, 2017 | Technology Industry | No Comments »

Our Latest Vacancies Throughout the UK (03/11/17)

Enigma People Solutions is working on a variety of brilliant and interesting vacancies at the moment! These vacancies are situated throughout the UK and range from a Semiconductor Test Engineer with our brilliant clients based in Bristol to a Front End Developer an award-winning eCommerce platform provider based in Glasgow. Take a look below and find out if we have the role for you…

 

icon-electronics Hardware Team Leader

We have an immediate vacancy for a Hardware Team Lead engineer, for an outstanding Edinburgh-based electronics client working at the forefront of their field in the development of new and innovative technology. We are seeking an experienced product development engineer to work within the Hardware development team as a leader.  You should have experience of working in data communications systems from the telecommunications market in either FMCG or the industrial marketplace. Sounds interesting? Click above for full details and to apply.

 

icon-electronics Front End Developer

Enigma People Solutions are recruiting a Front End Developer for an award-winning eCommerce platform provider who provides software and services that are used by fashion/apparel retailers. Our client works with large global clients, using the pick of modern technologies. As a Front End Developer, your main responsibility will be the production, modification and maintenance of websites UI. If this sounds like it could the role for you, click the link above to find out the full details.

 

icon-electronics Semiconductor Test Engineer
We’re looking for a Semiconductor Test Engineer to join our client based in the heart of Bristol. This is your opportunity to join a business that is led by experienced business executives with a vision to build technology that is genuinely useful, solves real problems and that makes a positive economic and social impact. Our client supports innovators to help create new breakthroughs by creating available, accessible and easily modifiable technology. The main focus of this role includes but is not limited to the setup, debug and optimisation of automatic semiconductor test equipment systems. Find out more by clicking the link above.

 

icon-electronics Senior iOS Developer

We’re looking for passionate Senior iOS Software Engineers with demonstrable experience in developing quality high performing mobile applications, utilising agile methodologies, latest techniques and best practices. Our client is an award-winning mobile app and digital solutions agency based in Edinburgh city centre. With a team of 30+ mobile specialists, developing native and Xamarin based mobile products along with web-based backend systems for enterprise clients internationally. You should be confident in leading and promoting good software development practices within cross-functional delivery teams. Click the link above to find out the full details.

 

icon-electronics Product Engineer – CMOS semiconductor manufacturing

Enigma People Solutions is recruiting a Product Engineer to join our client based in the heart of Bristol. You will be joining a company that believes creativity and innovation come from a combination of hard work and collaborating with a diverse group of smart people who challenge each other and who are allowed to be themselves. The main focus of this role includes but is not limited to: the setup, management and maintenance of product manufacturing processes that contribute to order fulfilment and outgoing quality. Click above to find out all the details and how to apply.

 

icon-electronics Applications Engineer

Enigma People Solutions is now recruiting for an Applications Engineer. On offer is a chance to be part of a dynamic and diverse team working at the forefront of Time of Flight ranging solutions. The position is an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic team working with leading-edge technology in the growing image sensor market. The role is within the Application Development & Support team, forming part of the Imaging R&D team in Edinburgh which includes all disciplines required in the design and support of full custom image and photonic sensor systems. In addition to the challenges of supporting complex imaging products, application engineers are exposed to many disciplines within the product cycle development. Find out more by clicking above.

icon-electronics Systems Engineer

Enigma People Solutions is seeking an electronic engineering professional to join our client’s expanding systems engineering team in Edinburgh. The client is recognised worldwide as providing state-of-the-art motor control integrated circuits for automotive, industrial, commercial and computing applications. The successful candidate will become part of the product development team to support on-going developments in and expansion of this product family and will help develop next-generation integrated circuit motor control products particularly for the automotive market. Sounds interesting? Click the link above to find out the full details.

 

icon-electronics Mechanical Engineer (contract)

Enigma People Solutions has a new contract position with our client who is a world leading IST Imaging company.
This position is for a Mechanical/Mechatronics Engineer to work as part of the overall Hardware Engineering team to design, develop and document precision mechanical parts and systems as well as interfacing with suppliers and subcontractors. These designs need to take into consideration the integration of the optical requirements and the usage environment i.e if it’s for development, manufacturing or demonstration purposes. Click the link above for full details.


 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. Check out our blog for the latest in the technology industry. You can get in touch with us hello@enigmapeople.com or call us on 0141 332 4422.

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Posted October 31, 2017 | Recruitment Industry, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Enigma People’s Spooktacular Guide to GDPR

Is the ghastly GDPR getting to you recently?  Don’t worry! We’re in the Halloween spirit this week and have conjured up our very own Spooktacular Guide to GDPR for businesses who deal with recruitment so you can leave those GDPR demons behind. Take a look below and enter…if you dare!  When the clock strikes 12 and the 24th May 2018 turns into the 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will snap into effect and without the right procedures in place, your business and the way you handle data may become vulnerable.

On the scariest day of the year, we decided it was more than fitting to share our approach to tackling, well, one of the most talked about and, some might say, the scariest data protection regulations to come into play in a long time.

Before we go through the ins and outs of this new regulation, it is key to first understand what the GDPR is and what its impact will be across the board. The General Data Protection Regulation is the result of efforts from the EU to ensure data is handled correctly and in line with the various new ways data is now processed. GDPR is already in place in some EU countries and with the impending date of 25th May 2018, it won’t be long until the UK must adhere to these regulations too. Since the UK currently operates under the Data Protection Act of 1998, the GDPR of 2018 will seriously shake up the way businesses view their data protection as it focusses on giving the individual back control of their data and puts hefty fines in places for businesses who are non-compliant.

So, join us and prepare to take control of your gruesome GDPR demons as we share the five steps to follow, and that we will be following, in order to get on your way to becoming compliant by the 25th May 2018:

Knowledge

This is the key to successfully handling the implementation of GDPR throughout your organisation. At Enigma, we are appointing a GDPR Officer in order to ensure that we have a specific individual who will be tasked with becoming knowledgeable about the details of GDPR and what this will mean for us as a business. Our GDPR officer will also be tasked with identifying areas of concern and, working with our team members, finding ways in which we can move towards GDPR compliance. An important aspect of the GDPR Officers role should be to create a plan of action from which your business can work on becoming GDPR compliant as soon as possible.

Review & Amend

With knowledge behind you, your next step is to go through every single process in which you come into contact with personal data. This can be time-consuming but it’s essential in order to fully show your business is compliant with the GDPR. Looking at how you currently use and store personal data and how your current candidate and client management systems work will give you an idea of which processes you need to update. Here are a few starting places to consider; mailing lists, candidate management databases, payroll and contractor timesheets, subscription tools and your current privacy policy. One thing to note is that you need to stay on top of your data processing procedures – make sure that you have your updated procedures on file, this is something which can be a task for your GDPR-O. Accountability is key within the new GDPR, make sure you will be able to show exactly how you are storing and using the personal data you use.

Candidate Terms of Use

After having reviewed and amended your processes to bring them up-to-date with GDPR, your next step should be to take a look at your current candidate terms of use policy you have in place. As candidates are the main group which provide their personal data within a recruitment business, they take precedent when it comes to ensuring their data is protected. Your Candidate Terms of Use need to comply with GDPR and it’s best that you are totally transparent when detailing how candidate data will be used, who will access it and what access rights candidates have. Make sure to include:

  • Why you are storing your candidate’s data (remember to point out 3rd party use i.e. clients)
  • How your candidate data will be stored
  • Length of time you will keep candidate data
  • Individual rights of your candidates (see here for full rights)

Privacy Policy

Next up to receive a re-vamp (see what I did there?) is your current privacy policy. Vitally important to this privacy policy is the language used; this needs to be jargon-free, clear and concise in order to comply with the GDPR. You should consider the following when refreshing your policy:

  • What information is being collected?
  • Purpose for processing the information and legal basis for processing
  • What will be the effect of this on the individuals concerned?
  • Who is collecting it?
  • Who will it be shared with?
  • How will it be used?
  • How is it collected?
  • Their data rights as the user

If you want to find out more about what specific information should be provided to the data subjects at the point of data collection, take a look at article 13 of the GDPR, specifically, paragraphs 1 & 2, summarised by the ICO here.

Candidate Registration

If you already have a fully DPA compliant candidate database and registration process in place at the moment, with no doubt about the consent which has been given by each of your candidates, then this part won’t necessarily apply to you. However, if, for whatever reason, you might be unsure that all of your candidates have given consent then it might be a good idea to firstly create a fully compliant candidate registration form and secondly, re-register your candidates through this system. Although this might take a little time, if you choose to re-register your candidate base it will allow you to feel confident in your GDPR compliance moving forward. Additionally, the cost incurred for not obtaining full and unequivocal consent will fall much heavier on your business than a few hours of time spent creating a new system.

For more information, the ICO’s advice on this issue can be found here under the consent section.

Data Breach Policy

Having a data breach policy in place which fully details how you plan to deal with any data breach is another essential step on your way to as compliant to GDPR as your business can be. If your business suffers a data breach (which puts people’s freedom and rights at risk), you have 72 hours to inform the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) of this. Having both a policy and procedure in place in the event that this does happen, will allow you to report, investigate and begin to remedy in the most efficient way possible.

 

Alongside these key starting points outlined above, there are some extra points you should definitely keep in mind when getting your business ready for GDPR:

When getting consent it should always be active, affirmative action by the data subject, not passive acceptance such as pre-ticked boxes or simply an option to opt-out.
Think about your e-mail marketing; can you show exactly when someone gave their consent? This is a must for GDPR.
Updated individual rights now allow an individual to request their data be “forgotten” – meaning individuals can request that their data which is no longer relevant to the purpose it was collected for, be deleted. Make sure you have a process in place for individuals who want to alter or remove their information completely.

 

 

The information contained within this blog is correct to the best of our knowledge. Head to the ICO’s website for regular updates on GDPR.


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. Check out our blog for the latest in the technology industry. You can get in touch with us hello@enigmapeople.com or call us on 0141 332 4422.

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Posted October 20, 2017 | Technology Industry | No Comments »

Our Latest Vacancies Throughout Glasgow & Edinburgh

Enigma People Solutions is working on a variety of brilliant and interesting vacancies at the moment! These vacancies are situated throughout Glasgow and Edinburgh and range from an SSD System Architect working within a dynamic team at the heart of one of the fastest growing market sectors in data storage to a freelance fullstack .Net Developer to join our Glasgow-based clients on a contract basis. Take a look below and find out if we have the role for you…

 

icon-electronics Junior Digital Design Engineer

We’re currently looking to recruit a graduate/junior digital design engineer to join our client’s team based in Edinburgh. In this position, you will be part of a growing and dynamic team that primarily focuses on developing mixed-signal motor drive IC’s for industry-leading customers. You will be responsible for embedded logic block development and will gain exposure to the latest trends in automotive motors control performance requirements, architectures and implementations. Click above to find out the full details.

 

icon-electronics Senior Systems Engineer

Enigma People Solutions is looking for an electronic engineering professional to join our client’s expanding systems engineering team in Edinburgh, Scotland. Our client is recognised worldwide as providing state-of-the-art motor control integrated circuits for automotive, industrial, commercial and computing applications. The successful candidate will become part of the product development team to support on-going developments in, and expansion of this product family and will help define and develop next-generation integrated circuit motor control products particularly for the automotive market. Click above for more details.

 

icon-electronics .Net Developer (Contract)

We’re looking for a fullstack .Net Developer to join our client’s Glasgow-based team on a contract basis. The role involves building responsive web applications to high standards, customising current applications in line with changing business needs and thoroughly testing your work across many different platforms and devices. Find out more and how to apply by clicking the link above.

 

icon-electronics Systems Engineer

We are seeking an electronic engineering professional to join our client’s expanding systems engineering team in Edinburgh. The client is recognised worldwide as providing state-of-the-art motor control integrated circuits for automotive, industrial, commercial and computing applications. Find the full details by clicking the link above.

 

icon-electronics ASIC Simulation and Verification Engineer 

We are delighted to be recruiting an Edinburgh based ASIC simulation and verification engineer for our international client with offices in Edinburgh. Working with the modelling team internally as well as the verification team within the ASIC development group, you will be responsible for driving improvements in ASIC models through improvements in verification processes and execution. Want to find out more? Click the link above.

 

icon-electronics ASIC Model Software Engineer (C++, Python, Jenkins)

We’re currently looking for an ASIC Simulation and Verification Engineer for our international client at their offices in Edinburgh. The system modelling group provides software models of hardware devices to a global user base. You will contribute to the team responsible for managing the build, test and release activities associated with this. You will work with internal customers to understand and integrate a wide variety of test applications into an automated test platform; develop the companies build integration system, and work towards an automated release mechanism.  Find out the full details through the link above.

 

icon-electronics SSD System Architect

We’re on the lookout for an Edinburgh based Software Engineer to work within our client’s SSD system development team. Working with other system architects, firmware and hardware engineers you will develop new algorithms and architectures enabling our client’s enterprise-class SSD products to be faster, cheaper, use less power and have greater endurance. Your ideas will be implemented, evaluated and validated using in-house developed modelling and simulation platforms. Sounds good so far? Take a look at the full details 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. Check out our blog for the latest in the technology industry. You can get in touch with us hello@enigmapeople.com or call us on 0141 332 4422.

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Posted October 16, 2017 | Software, Technology Industry | No Comments »

What Can We Expect From the Release of the iPhone X and iOS 11?

The iPhone X has had a lot of speculation surrounding it for a while. With the pre-order date of 27th October and a general release date of 3rd of November only around the corner now, we thought it’d be a good time to find out what new features and designs make this phone so special and what the latest software, iOS 11, will bring to the table both for consumers and the developers working with it.

Looking at the iPhone X, there are a few things that caught our eye in the new design that we wanted to share with you.

First off, the screen size and display resolution have been upgraded to match its rivals. Something which had left keen Apple enthusiasts with a bitter taste in their mouth after the release of the iPhone 7 and its disappointing screen resolution when comparing it to competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy models. The iPhone X has a screen resolution of 2436 x 1125 on the new Super Retina HD display, not to mention the OLED display which has been put in place in order to allow deeper blacks and richer colours. Combine these factors together and some might say the display becomes a thing of beauty.

What Can We Expect From the Release of the iPhone X and iOS 11?

As expected, Apple has made a radical change to the iPhone X in order to stand out from the crowd. This year it comes in the form of facial recognition ID. Favouring this cutting-edge technology over the well-known Touch ID, Face ID takes in a range of facial angles in order to secure the phone and is said to only unlock when it recognises the owners face. At the moment, the iPhone X is the only iPhone which has the hardware capability for Face ID.

Hand in hand with the release of the iPhone X is the release of the latest operating system – iOS 11, released 19th September. Naturally, Apple has taken this as an opportunity to once again, showcase their most exciting updates and with a whole range of new functions, iOS 11 has some interesting features this time around. No new software comes without its problems though, and Apple has already released two iOS 11 updates so far to fix some issues.

Here are a few examples of some of the features we think could be useful:

  • Do Not Disturb Whilst Driving

This feature allows the device to sense when the owner is driving and turns this mode on which enables a black screen and provides an option to send automatic replies to contacts informing them that the owner is driving.

For developers, this allows them to create Augmented Reality products for both iPad & iPhone. This feature uses the camera to allow developers to build virtual content on top of real-world situations for a variety of purposes.

  • Improved Siri

Apple has been working on Siri for a long time now, and in iOS 11 – they have released a more “natural sounding” male and female voice along with a new visual interface. Additionally, the new Siri features the ability to translate what the speaker says into Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian and German, with Apple said to be releasing more languages in the near future.

We’ve given you a quick rundown of some of the features of the Apple iPhone X and iOS 11 we think will be useful but what do you think? As Apple continues to progress and release more advanced versions of the iPhone and iOS, where do you see their development going? What’s next?


We’ve got three different and equally excellent opportunities to work with iOS with our award-winning clients in both Glasgow and Edinburgh! Check them out below:

  • If you’re ALL about iOS and have experience in working with this software on a variety of projects, we could have a great opportunity for you with one of our award-winning mobile app and digital solutions clients based in Edinburgh. We’re currently looking for a passionate and driven Senior iOS Software Engineer with demonstrable experience in developing quality high performing mobile applications, utilising agile methodologies, latest techniques and best practices. If you’re confident in leading and promoting good software development practices within cross-functional delivery teams then we want to speak to you! Full details and how to apply here.

 

  • Our Edinburgh based clients are also looking for a Junior iOS Developer to join their team! If you’re graduate iOS Mobile Engineer interested in growing your skill set and advancing your career – we want to hear from you. You should be passionate about clean efficient code, whilst ensuring high performance and scalability. Full details and how to apply here.

 

  • Our Glasgow based clients are looking Senior Mobile Developer to lead their award-winning team. This role involves implementing new functionality to existing applications, creating precise visuals, crafting top-quality interactive digital content, and thoroughly testing your work using both unit tests and device testing. This is an excellent and varied role in which initiative, teamwork, and a thirst for learning are well rewarded. Full details and how to apply 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. Check out our blog for the latest in the technology industry. You can get in touch with us hello@enigmapeople.com or call us on 0141 332 4422.

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Posted October 06, 2017 | Digital Media, Software, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Our Latest Digital & Software Vacancies Across Glasgow

Enigma People Solutions has been working with some great clients on a host of different vacancies throughout the digital and software development sectors recently! All of these vacancies are based in Glasgow so if you’re looking to work with some innovative businesses within the Scottish technology sector, then look no further! From Lead PHP Developer with one of the UK’s largest property websites to Business Development Manager with Eyecademy – the experts in data, we could have your next step on the career ladder. Just check them out below and click the links to find out the full details…

 

icon-electronics Lead PHP Developer

We are recruiting for a Lead PHP Developer for one of our Glasgow based clients. Our clients are the UK’s largest review website for the property industry as well as being the place to find homes for sale or rent nationwide on its own property portal. They are looking to completely rebuild their website which makes this a greenfield opportunity. As this is a lead developer position, we are looking for an individual who has experience leading a team and possesses the ability to advise and decide what frameworks should be used. Sounds good? Click above to see more details.

 

icon-electronics Front End Developer

We are looking for a Front End Developer to join our award-winning clients, an eCommerce platform provider who provides software and services used by fashion/apparel retailers. Our client works with large global clients, using a variety of innovative technologies. As a Front End Developer, your main responsibility will be the production, modification and maintenance of websites UI. You will be working with designers to turn their static designs into working browser-based web pages. You’ll also work closely with back-end developers to implement their server-side code.

 

icon-electronics PHP Engineer

Enigma People Solutions are recruiting for a PHP developer for one of our Glasgow based clients. They are a digital consultancy that design and build innovative digital products and services for the public and private sectors. The role will see the successful candidate join a talented PHP team and help to deliver projects and solutions for their customers. To be considered for this role, you should have around 2 – 3 years development experience.

 

icon-electronics Business Development Manager (Partnerships)

Are you a Business Development Manager looking for your next career move? Our clients; data experts, Eyecademy, are currently looking for someone with a proven track record in profitable sales and knowledge of the B2B market to join their highly successful, Glasgow based team. This is your chance to work with a growing business who have earned a reputation for excellence in Business Intelligence & Data Quality Services and consider their staff as their most valuable asset! Interested? Click above and find out the full details.

 

icon-electronics Senior iOS Developer 

We’re looking for passionate Senior iOS Software Engineers with demonstrable experience in developing quality high performing mobile applications, utilising agile methodologies, latest techniques and best practices. Our client is an award-winning mobile app and digital solutions agency based in Edinburgh city centre. With a team of 30+ mobile specialists, developing native and Xamarin based mobile products along with web-based backend systems for enterprise clients internationally. Want to know more? Click the link above.

 

icon-electronics Unity Developer

Our innovative client is looking for an experienced Unity Developer to work with them on the development of exciting mobile applications and games. Your primary initial focus will be the development of an innovative new lifestyle/healthcare app which combines mixed reality technologies with information and video accessed via an external server. You will be supported in this role by a dedicated backend developer but will be solely responsible for the software development of the main application. Click above to find out more and apply today!

 


 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. Check out our blog for the latest in the technology industry. You can get in touch with us hello@enigmapeople.com or call us on 0141 332 4422.

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Posted September 26, 2017 | Industry Interviews, Technology Industry, Women in Technology | No Comments »

[Interview] Women in Digital: Kelly Molson at Rubber Cheese

We’re chatting to Kelly Molson, co-founder and managing director of Rubber Cheese, this week! After reading her thought-inspiring blogs in which she interviews female digital agency directors in order to provide others with real-life experiences of what it’s like to be a woman in business, we thought it was about time that Kelly takes her turn. Kelly shares with us how she became co-founder and MD of Rubber Cheese, what her experiences have been like as a woman in business, what advice she would give to others in her position and loads more interesting stuff! So, let’s find out what she has to say…

Hi, Kelly! Thanks for taking the time to talk with us! Can you firstly tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do at the moment please?

“I’m co-founder and managing director of Rubber Cheese, an award-winning digital agency supporting visitor attraction and food and drink brands.

Rubber Cheese design and build online systems, websites and apps that improve conversions, save resource and increase sales. Trusted partners of Chivas Brothers, Plymouth Gin, and Eureka! The National Children’s Museum.

Passionate about the value of networking and relationships, I co-founded double award-winning Grub Club Cambridge  – networking events for food & drink professionals.

I’ve recently launched kellymolson.co.uk a campaign to support, inspire and increase the number of female agency owners in the digital sectors.

I live in Cambridge with my fiance Lee and our two dogs, a 13-year-old chocolate lab Buster, and 7-month-old dachshund Doris. I LOVE food. You’ll find me eating my way around Cambridge, working out (because of all the food) or growing veg in the garden allotment.”

What’s your background/career path?

“I trained as a graphic designer when cow gum, Letraset and gouache paints were still a thing. Back then I was too eager to start working, I deferred my place at Uni and got a junior job instead.

I worked mainly in print, branding, marketing and packaging were my specialisms. I loved the creativity my roles brought, but I never really felt settled anywhere and moved job every couple of years to find the next challenge or learn the next thing.

In 2002 I started working at an e-commerce agency just as online shopping began to explode. I thought it was the most exciting thing that had ever happened! Suddenly I was thrown into a digital world where anything was possible. I was hooked. It was here I met my business partner.

By this time I’d started to wonder if I could work for myself. My grandfather was a successful business owner so I suppose it was the norm in our family. I wanted to take ownership of my future and build something that was mine. I knew I wanted to work more as a partner to my clients, to really understand their businesses. I guess I wanted to be more of a strategist than a visual designer. I loved meeting new people and thrived on understanding their challenges and how a digital approach could solve them.

In 2003 at the age of 24, I co-founded Rubber Cheese alongside good friend Paul Wright. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”

You mentioned above that you are co-founder of Rubber Cheese; we’d love to hear more about your agency and how you started it…

“We started from our bedrooms like all great agencies do! Our lucky break came just 2 weeks in when we secured a contract with an architect’s firm working on a 2-year project for Tesco. Suddenly we were attending high-level design meetings at Tesco headquarters and we knew this was what we were supposed to do.

Around 6 years in our client base had grown organically. Paul and I were working long hours on client work and pitches, but we were struggling to run the business around our production roles. It was this point we decided to build an agency. We hired our first team member to take on my design role, and I became the Managing Director and began to grow and develop the business.

It was a huge learning curve for us. Building a company culture, understanding the figures, balancing cash flow, keeping the sales pipeline full. I’ll admit I felt slightly resentful of Paul still being in a creative role and me starring endlessly at spreadsheets!

We’re now a team of 6 with a focus on digital, creating online systems, websites and apps that improve conversions, save resource and increase sales. A mix of designers, developers and strategists make up the team who all share a core mission: To make a positive impact on the lives of others through the systems and products we create.

The food & drink, and visitor attraction sectors have become specialisms over the last few years, having been selected as a digital partner to a number of Pernod Ricard brands, including Plymouth Gin, Beefeater Gin and Chivas Brothers. An incredible project with Eureka! The National Children’s Museum followed which has been nominated for a number of awards.”

As a woman in business, what challenges have you experienced throughout your career?

“I was 24 when we started Rubber Cheese. Full of confidence, fearless and I took every opportunity put our way.

Over the last few years, my self-confidence and self-belief have taken a huge hit. Being completely honest, the biggest challenges I’ve faced have been due to the effects of infertility. The last 2 years we have suffered miscarriage, multiple rounds of IVF and the devastating early loss of our twin girls.

All of that has had an effect on the agency. It’s incredibly difficult to put yourself out there as the “face” of the company when you are grieving, but still have sales pitches and meetings to attend.

The time I was able to dedicate to it around seemingly endless clinic appointments was very limited. It was almost impossible to plan my diary as things changed on a daily basis.

The tipping point came when I couldn’t commit to a pitch date for the most amazing project. It’s important to me to be honest and authentic in everything I do, so I took a risk and explained my situation to the potential client. Thankfully everyone was understanding, flexible and extremely supportive.

Being transparent is a key factor of business success for female agency owners. We should be able to speak openly about these things without fear of being judged.”

Your blog series focuses on female founders who run their own digital agency; what prompted you to start the blog?

“Initially, the challenges I experienced over the last few years prompted me to start the blog. When these things happened, I realized there would be others who’d had similar experiences and that we could learn from and support each other.

I then began to wonder what the percentage of female agency owners actually was, and if challenges like these would have any effect on that. I wanted to understand if anything was holding us back, if there was a common theme, if we needed extra support etc.

The blog is also a platform to celebrate female agency owners, creating a showcase of inspiring role models in the industry which will hopefully inspire future leaders.”

In your blog series, you share the statistic: ‘@The Wow Company’s recent survey of 471 agency owners across the UK has the figures as Female 27% – Male 73%.’ What do you think about this figure?

“I can’t say I was surprised, but it was disappointing to see. Having said that, I’ve attended a number of industry-specific events and I would have put the percentage a lot lower based on those.

Vickie Allen founder of SyncDevelopHER, and the DevelopHER Awards is a truly inspiring woman. She gave a talk recently “Where did all the women go? A trip back in time to when women ruled the code!” and joked that it’s her aim to make the toilet queues for the ladies’ loo’s longer at industry events!

Is it down to children and childcare? I can’t speak from experience, but I can understand how difficult it would be to grow an agency and a family at the same time. But if anything, my agency now gives me the utmost flexibility with my time and allows for a better work/life balance than I’ve ever had, which I know will support our family when the time comes.

I think it starts long before this. We are not encouraged into leadership roles from an early age, there’s a disconnect somewhere along the education path. I’m keen to get back into the classrooms to show young women what they can do, and not necessarily taking the university path either.

Companies perform better with women on the board, there have been endless studies in this.

Male and female directors provide a different perspective which team and clients benefit from. I know Rubber Cheese is stronger for it.”

Can you tell us about your support network and how you access the support you need to run your business?

“I threw myself into networking as soon as we launched Rubber Cheese. I’m a great believer in givers gain, and I built a solid local network based on this, attending local events and actively looking for ways I could help others.

It’s not around any longer, but I was an active member of Ecademy – an online membership organisation for entrepreneurs and business owners. I made great friends and contacts on there, and I’m lucky to have the support of many of them still. A few of us make up a regular mastermind group. We meet every 6 weeks to discuss successes and challenges, supporting each other in any way required. It’s a format that I love because it’s about giving first.

When I moved to Cambridge I knew very few people in the city. I found a fantastic co-working space to base myself, The Cambridge Business Lounge. Owner Ed Goodman was instrumental in helping me make new connections, even leading to co-founding an award-winning networking group of my own, Grub Club Cambridge.

We recently launched a local meetup for the digital industry Digital Herts, A community of designers and developers working to improve the web design and development industry in Herts & Essex. We meet every 2 months to share ideas, network, learn and promote local talent.

At times my business partner and I have worked with a coach, and we had support from the now-closed Growth Accelerator fund. I am actively looking for a mentor, someone that has been through the agency journey already or is two or three steps ahead of where we are now.”

What do you think about the level of support available for women looking to progress their career within the digital/technology sector?

“I think it depends at what stage you’re at and what you’re looking for. There are a lot of organisations aimed at women in the creative and tech sectors which seem more focused on startups or getting you to Creative Director level. Next Tech Girls is a fantastic initiative, they aim to improve gender equality in the technology sector by providing 5,000 girls with tech work experience by 2020.

Specifically, for agencies, The Agency Collective is a fantastic resource and there’s BIMA and the Drum Network. Agency Collective are actively working to encourage more women within their community which is fantastic to see.

I have a vision to create a peer to peer network based on shared experiences. Small trusted mastermind groups with a focus on support and advice from other agency owners. I believe peer to peer learning is the best form of mentoring you can find. The aim of my network would be to increase that percentage of female agency owners by inspiring up and coming leaders and supporting existing founders on their journey.”

What do you think makes a great agency? (How do you approach company culture?)

  • “A talented, skilled and happy team
  • Great clients with challenging projects
  • A deep understanding of each other and your client’s businesses
  • Results are what matters, it’s vital anything you deliver makes a real difference
  • Authenticity in everything you do

Our culture is based on a shared vision and values which the whole team is inspired and driven by. Everyone is treated with kindness, tea and a shed load of biscuits.”

What is your one key piece of advice for women looking to build their career?

“If the last two years has taught me anything, it’s that life is incredibly short and precious.

When the worst thing that could happen has already happened, there’s nothing more to be scared of.

You have no idea or control over what comes next. Stop waiting for everything to be perfect. Just start.”

 


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 August 29, 2017 | Electronics, Recruitment Industry, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Find our Full Business Sentiment Survey Infographic Here!

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As you may know, we recently partnered with TechWorks to produce our Business Sentiment Survey – the purpose of this being to find out how businesses within the UK electronics industry are feeling about the next 12 months; considering the turbulence that may have been experienced as a result of a variety of economic factors including the budget, the UK General election and Brexit – to name but a few!

After collecting and analysing the interesting range of information we received back from our participants, we have collated this into one easy to digest infographic which highlights the key insights from our survey.

If you want to find out exactly what businesses within the UK electronics industry think about their prospects for the coming months with regards to sales patterns, recruitment trends and future skills demand then look no further!

All you need to do is hit the download button below, you’ll receive our Business Sentiment Survey Infographic for FREE and you’ll be on your way to further understanding the electronics landscape within the UK. Simple!

 

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Posted August 23, 2017 | Digital Media, Electronics, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Our Latest Vacancies Across Glasgow, Edinburgh & more…

Enigma People Solutions is working on a variety of brilliant and interesting vacancies at the moment! These vacancies are situated across Scotland, including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Livingston and range from an immediate Firmware Engineer opportunity with a brilliant R&D and optoelectronics manufacturing client to an experienced Social Media Manager for Scotland’s largest digital agency.

Take a look below and find out if we have the perfect role for you …

icon-electronics Senior Software Engineer

We’re currently looking for an experienced Software Engineer to join our client’s strongly established international business. If you’re a bright, motivated Senior Software Engineer who can assist and lead in the development of embedded and web enabled software for industrial applications, then we want to talk to you! Our client is based in Glasgow and offers an informal, flexible and friendly working environment with competitive remuneration and benefits. Click above to find out more!

 

icon-electronicsFirmware Engineer

We have an immediate vacancy for a Firmware Engineer for an outstanding Livingston based, market leading client focused on the R&D and manufacture of optoelectronic equipment used within data-communication centres. As part of the Firmware team, you will be working on the design and implementation of embedded software for optical transceivers. Other responsibilities will include design, development and debugging of system test software. Sounds like it could be for you? Take a look above and find out how to apply.

 

icon-electronics Social Media Manager

An excellent opportunity for a Social Media Manager with minimum three years experience to join Scotland’s biggest digital agency. Fancy being responsible for developing and delivering exciting, dynamic social campaigns for some of the UK’s best-known brands? Or maybe you’d like to work as part of an integrated content team; managing social media consultants and devising strategies encompassing creative content, community management, paid social and influencer outreach to deliver meaningful results for your clients? Then this is the role for you! Click the link above to find out all the details and apply today!

 

icon-electronics RF Photonic/Electrical Engineers

We are recruiting RF Electrical Engineers for a market leading, Edinburgh based client, focused on the R&D and manufacture of optoelectronic equipment used within data-communication centres. Successful candidates will quickly grow to become a key member of the development team and will be directly involved in the design and development of optoelectronic packages and circuits for data rates of 10Gb/s and higher. Check out the full details and how to apply by clicking above.

 

icon-electronics Firmware Engineer

We have another opportunity for an experienced Firmware Engineer to join our clients growing technology business that produces new product concepts and prototypes in the Electronic Monitoring market. As a result of current success and the upcoming start of major new projects, there is a push to increase the company’s R&D capability to continue developing novel features and cutting edge new products – there’s not a better time to join this business! Based in Fife, your role will be focussed on the firmware development of new products, translating demonstration and prototype code into production firmware. You will play a leading role in designing and deployment of substantial software components and system architecture. Click the link above for full details and how to apply today!

 

icon-electronics Project Manager

We’re currently on the lookout for an ambitious Digital Project Manager/Producer to take on a dynamic role, working closely with clients as well as managing the internal teams to develop games based elearning and mobile solutions. To be considered for this role, you’ll need to be fluent in many aspects of digital – creative, content, functionality, and technology – not just the ability to manage quality, timescales, and budgets. Ideally, you’ll have 2-3 years digital agency experience where you will have built up the necessary production and project management skills and been exposed to all aspects of the project lifecycle. This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a rapidly growing industry at the leading edge of games based learning. So far, so good? Click the link above, find out all you need to know and apply today!
   
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Posted August 10, 2017 | Contracting, Technology Industry | No Comments »

[Interview] From the Perspective of a Contractor – Q&A

Contractors play a very important role within the technology industry, especially within specialist sectors. The demand for contractors within the technology sector can be a good indicator of the health of the industry; as investment in innovation continues to increase and strengthen the economy, there becomes a greater need for specialist skills, which results in a higher demand for contractors.

Contractors are often vital to successful project delivery they bring with them a unique set of skills and experience, sometimes so niche that they might be one of only a few in the UK who holds that particular skill set. Arguably a contractors’ key skill is to be able to slot into any project with ease and complete the tasks in hand without too much hassle for either themselves or the company they have the contract with. Something which we have had extensive experience dealing with as part of our contract recruitment service. 

There is a balancing act for a contractor between work – life ratio, ensuring they find suitable work and that they cover themselves when they’re not working; it’s clear to see that contracting is a different ball game from a permanent role. The biggest challenge for a contractor, and one that is frequently overlooked, is the fact that they have to constantly self-market in order to win contracts. Highlighting skills, experience, previous projects and personality to potential new contract opportunities whilst undertaking a running contract are just a few considerations a contractor must make on a daily basis.

As the dust settles after the General Election, Brexit and the changes to the IR35 tax regulations, we chat to a few of the contractors we have successfully placed to find out what their experiences of contracting have been like, what they think about the recent political changes and how it might affect them:

Michael

Hi Michael, thanks for chatting with us! Can you tell us a bit about you please?

I work within the Operations and Manufacturing Department in the Machine Health division of SKF. We are based at the Research and Development site at Livingston. My responsibility, as Manufacturing Engineer, is to ensure all products developed at the site are capable of being translated from development into volume production.

Can you give us an insight into what it’s like to be a contractor starting a new role/contract?

I had worked for 7 years in permanent roles experiencing and learning in environments from SME’s to large multinational companies. Starting at SKF, there were a number of other contractors from a similar background who were able to offer advice, along with my Manager who also had experience with contracting.

How do you compensate for the loss of employee rights and benefits? 

I save 25% off my net to offset the lack of rights/benefits. The additional flexibility of being a contractor is worth it. My main concern is the lack of any pension / no pension contribution or top-up from an employer.

How easy do you feel it is to interchange between contracting and permanent?

I receive a couple of job offers every month, either contracting or permanent roles. The majority are still located within central belt, however, there are some very good contracting roles in the South East of England. It would not be difficult to transition to another contract or fill a permanent role.

What do you think the market is for contractors at the moment?

It’s extremely good, although it’s rare to have contracts beyond 12-18 months.”

What impact do you feel Brexit and the upcoming general election will have on your engagement opportunities over the next 12 months?

Significant, especially as the decisions by markets/large companies at the top of the food-chain filter down to affect smaller companies that rely on their products/services.

Lester

Hi, Lester! Thanks for chatting with us! Can you tell us a bit about you please?

Hello! I’m a Java developer at the moment and I have been doing this role for 3 months so far. Although this is my first role contracting role in a while as I’ve been permanent. Prior to my permanent role, I had been contracting for a few years.

Why do you like being a contractor?

The main reason I like contracting is the flexibility and the constant changing of projects and new roles.

How easy do you feel it is to interchange between contracting and permanent roles?

I think it’s usually quite easy to change between contracting and permanent although it does depend on your personal circumstances. If you have a small family then it can be more difficult.

 Is there anything about being a contractor that frustrates you? What would you say could be improved?

I would say the one thing that could be altered is the availability of information about contracting. I have found that especially after you have started a new contracting role, that there are a number of things which you have to go and find out about. You need to know what the rules are and what you have to do.

 What do you think the market is like for contractors at the moment?

There are a lot of roles within contracting at the moment although I have noticed, and this is with roles I have applied for too, that businesses are looking for you to have used a lot of different and new technologies and have a long list of different technologies as your experience. I haven’t come across anyone who does have all of the desired technology experience though.

Adam

Hi Adam, thanks for chatting with us! Can you tell us a bit about you please?

Hi, so the role I’m in at the moment is an electronic hardware technician. So what I do is mostly concerned with the testing, calibrating, failure analysis and assembly of the products. I have previously worked in permanent roles but I feel like contracting suits me best at the moment.

How do you feel about the government’s recent changes to IR35?

I haven’t had a chance yet to properly look into it so I’m not too sure.

If this was to affect your earning power as a contractor would you revert to looking for permanent employment?

All of this depends on what effects it would have for my personal circumstances. I don’t think there would be a high likelihood that I would go back to a permanent role anytime soon though.

Is there anything about being a contractor that frustrates you? What would you say could be improved?

Maybe it’s because of my personal circumstances with this role but I can’t say there’s anything that really frustrates me. I think I’ve been lucky to find this role, so I’m settled into my work. Maybe if I was having to go from role to role a lot it would be different but I have a steady workload so I enjoy it.”

What would you say are the benefits of being a contractor?

Well, firstly it’s obvious that the money is better than permanent role but, to be honest for me, it’s more about the ability to have freedom within your working day. I can choose my own hours whereas with a permanent role you have many constrictions in place such as your working hours, lunch times etc. I am free to come and go as it suits me. I especially find it very useful as I have young children, it allows me to take the time I need for them without having to stick to certain working hours. Plus, with a contracting role, you don’t get the politics that go with permanent.

Can you give us an insight into what it’s like to be a contractor starting a new role/contract?

To be honest, it’s little different to starting any perm role. When you first arrive in your new role, you will be introduced to the people you will be working with and receive all the standard health and safety talks and company policy type things. Once you have been shown the ropes, you’re left to get on with the job.

Khalid

Hi Khalid, thanks for chatting with us! Can you tell us a bit about you please?

Hi! Okay, so I do a lot of things. I’m a Software Developer and I’ve also worked with software testing and design. I’ve been contracting now for seven years, I changed to contracting in 2010 and before that, I had been in a permanent role.”

How do you think the market is for contractors at the moment?

I think the market has been becoming increasingly difficult over the last two to three years. I’d say this is down to the increase in off-shore workers which are being taken on by big companies such as Sky and Barclays. For example, they work on contingency and one contractor here will be equal to maybe ten people working off shore/ in other countries. I’d say it is much more difficult now to find contracting roles.

What impact do you feel Brexit will have on your engagement opportunities over the next 12 months?

I don’t think it will change much at all. These companies I was talking about previously are based outwith the European Union anyway so I don’t see anything changing, from my point of view.

How easy do you feel it is to interchange between contracting and permanent roles?

I would say it isn’t that easy. There is a big difference between permanent and contracting roles, especially in the mindset that you have to get yourself into. With a permanent role, you’re in the routine of working monthly and receiving your pay every month – the business takes control of everything for you in terms of financials. However, when you choose to contract, you have to think about yourself as the worker. You receive a lump sum as your payment which you then have to divide up and pay tax etc with. You are in charge of paying your own taxes or hiring an accountant to do this for you. It’s very different to permanent, you have to get yourself into this mindset.

Is there anything about being a contractor that frustrates you? What would you say could be improved?

One thing I would say that is frustrating, because I’m quite a people person, is that with contracting you never really know how long you will be on the project and so when you start to get to know the people you work with and make friends, it’s usually about the time your contract will be up. With contracting, you might get your contract extended for another couple of months but once it’s up, you usually never see the people you work with again.

Another thing would be the big breaks in income you can experience sometimes, this can come when you finish one contract without having the next role in place, or if your contract has finished early. That’s the good thing about permanent roles, you know you’re guaranteed to be paid every month.

How do you tackle the big breaks in income you can experience?

When I’m working a contract, I will usually try to keep my wage down at a low level so that I can save some money for the period in between the end of the contract and the start of the next one.

 

Are you a contractor looking for your next role?  Maybe you’re looking to find a contractor for your business? Get in touch with us at hello@enigmapeople.com or call us directly on 0141 332 4422 to find out how we can help you.


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 July 21, 2017 | Feature Friday, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Feature Friday: Colocation, Cloud Services and Hybrid Cloud?

This week, we’re hearing from Tim Threlfall, Operations Director at Storm ID as he discusses cloud hosting solutions and how to differentiate to find the best option for your business. Storm ID has been at the edge of the digital frontier for 15 years, helping their clients “to transform processes and experiences, re-imagine legacy business models, and even entire companies.” On that note, it’s definitely time to hand over to Tim to find out exactly what colocation, cloud service and hybrid cloud really are, and which one will suit your business best.

Feature Friday: Colocation, Cloud Services and Hybrid Cloud?


Colocation, Cloud Services or Hybrid Cloud?

After having heard the terms ‘Colocation’ and ‘Cloud Services’ being thrown around in the world of Information Technology, you now want to get into the nuts and bolts of these two concepts – to understand in detail what they are and which is most advantageous for your company.

Both of these cloud hosting solutions are concerned with outsourced IT facilities. They both provide the benefit of reducing the costs associated with running these facilities and equipment independently or in-house.

The difference between colocation and cloud services

There are clear differences between these hosting solutions. In a nutshell, colocation refers to managing all your company-owned IT equipment from a shared and rented physical space, while cloud services involves outsourcing everything from the equipment and space to the management of the IT workflow from a cloud services provider (CSP).

 

Colocation Cloud Services
  • Housing for company-owned IT assets like servers, other hardware, and software.
  • Your company manages, monitors, and maintains all above-mentioned equipment and workflows.
  • The colocation facility provides affordable floor space, and other cost-saving features like shared costs in operating power, cooling systems, security, and communications.
  • Provides all needed equipment off-site, plus cloud-based software services.
  • CSPs manage, monitor and maintain all hardware, software, troubleshooting, power and backups, and everything else the company’s  IT department would otherwise be responsible for.

 

 

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Posted July 18, 2017 | Technology Industry | No Comments »

The Enigma People Guide: Do’s and Don’ts of Telephone/Remote Interviews

Telephone/remote interviews are a popular way for our clients to conduct their first round of interviews and are becoming increasingly popular due to their ease of implementation and the valuable information they provide. As more clients turn to telephone/remote interviews as their first port of call in the interview process, we thought it important that we lay out some of our top advice for tackling these sometimes tricky interviews. Although telephone/remote interviews can seem less formal than a face-to-face, there still needs to be a good amount of preparation and enthusiasm for them. Getting the telephone interview right gives you a big head start when it comes to face-to-face, they allow the interviewer to get a good sense of you as a person and your skills and enthusiasm for the new role. So take a look below to find out our do’s and don’ts when taking on a telephone/remote interview:

The Enigma People Guide: Do's and Don'ts of Telephone/Remote Interviews

PLEASE DO:

1. Find a Quiet Spot

Make sure you find somewhere that is quiet, where you won’t be disturbed to set up and get yourself prepared. Ideally, you should sit at a desk with a computer/laptop in front of you and have your notes next to you to keep you along the right tracks.

2. Take Time to Prepare

When it comes to any type of interview, think of preparation as your best friend. Telephone interviews can be especially tricky and definitely require some preparation; although you may not be speaking face to face with the person, be it over the phone or via a video call, it pays off to prepare as though you are. Getting yourself into the interview mindset, dressing suitably, and this applies specifically to video calls, is really important if you want to make a good impression. Take down some notes and run through your talking points in your head, have the company website up on your computer and find out details about the role so that you have points of reference throughout the conversation.

3. Note Down Your Main Talking Points

Are there certain aspects of the job role you really want to talk over? Or maybe there’s something in your CV that’s important to cover?  Write down the main points you want to talk through in the interview as a way of keeping yourself on track, concise and to the point. Having these notes in front of you will allow you to relax into the interview and help you to come across more professional and prepared – something that will definitely work in your favour.

4. Clarify the Content & Structure Beforehand

Each client and candidate is unique, as is each interview process, so it’s always a good idea to clarify what will be expected of you if you can. Some interviews can last 5-10 minutes and will only cover the basics but some more in-depth or technical interviews can last anywhere up to an hour or so and interviewers can expect anything from a run through of technical problem solving to an in-depth discussion about your experience and what you can bring to the role. You wouldn’t go into a face to face interview without having a rough idea of what’s expected of you, so why leave it up to chance with a telephone or remote interview?

5. Be Clear, Concise and to the Point

This is, in our opinion, something which should be at the forefront of your mind when thinking about a telephone/remote interview. Being clear, concise and to the point will allow the conversation to flow, can help you come across as articulate and focused and, ultimately, will allow the interviewer to get a good sense of you all round. This doesn’t mean that you need to lose your personality though – the main thing to remember is that you need to try and convey your enthusiasm for the role in your voice and language  – they can’t see your body language over the phone.

PLEASE DON’T:

  • Take your interview call when you’re i) travelling ii) in a public area which is noisy or, iii) busy with other activities.
  • Eat or drink during a telephone interview, this is a no-brainer really. Of course, water is okay!
  • Forget which role you’re interviewing for or with which companies, a little bit of preparation goes a long way.

Take a look at our infographic below for our key points to tackling a telephone/remote interview…

The Enigma People Guide: Do's and Don'ts of Telephone/Remote Interviews

 


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Posted July 11, 2017 | Digital Media, Tackling the Skills Gap Series, Technology Industry | No Comments »

[Interview] Tackling the Skills Gap – Jonathan Warner at QA Apprenticeships

As innovation continues to accelerate throughout both SME’s and established businesses, there are well-founded concerns that the distinct lack of skills combined with an ineffective education system could endanger the UK’s growth. Tech City UK recently estimated that “Britain will need an extra 2.287 million digitally skilled workers by 2020 to satisfy the UK’s digital potential.” On top of these figures, Scotland IS have found that 73% of business will seek to hire digital talent locally this year, a 15% increase on last year’s numbers.

With the demand for industry skills only increasing, it’s important to find out what measures are being put in place by key players within the Scottish technology industry to tackle this. Over the following weeks, we will be talking to organisations at the centre of this issue; finding out what they think about the lack of skills within their industry, what they are doing to help, and how the industry can contribute to increasing the number of people in skilled work.

We’re talking to Jonathan Warner, Director of QA Apprenticeships in Scotland, in part V of our Tackling the Skills Gap series this week! Jonathan discusses how QA have developed apprenticeships to suit the needs of the developing technology and digital industries, the response QA’s various apprenticeships have received, why apprenticeships are important and what he thinks the industry can do to help tackle the skills gap.

BIO: QA Apprenticeships is part of QA Ltd, the UK’s leading training provider. With 12 sites across the UK, QA draws on their 30-year heritage in IT training to craft apprenticeships that deliver job-specific skills. Focussing on IT, tech and digital,  92% of their apprentices secure permanent employment after completing; 20% higher than the national average.

 

Interview] Tackling the Skills Gap - Jonathan Warner at QA Apprenticeships


Hi Jonathan, thanks for chatting with us! Can you tell us about the type of apprenticeships that QA have at the moment within the digital sector?

“In recent years we have developed a number of different apprenticeship programmes in the technology and digital space, ranging from technical IT systems and networking programmes to software development, cyber security, data analytics, digital applications, digital marketing and project management programmes. This has allowed over 14,000 people to join the digital or technology workforce or up-skill in their current role since 2009.”

Has the digital skills gap within the industry had an impact on the type of apprenticeships you offer? 

“There has been a decline in the overall amount of technical IT roles required in the IT industry across the UK, this combined with a greater need for new employees to be digitally aware and ready for change has meant that the type of apprenticeship programme that has seen the most growth has come in the digital space.

Until recently, there was not any specific apprenticeship programme that focused solely on “digital skills”. With the advent of the digital applications and marketing programmes, we have seen more appetite from business to participate in recruiting and training both new and existing staff members to be able to enable their business (irrelevant of industry sector) to be ready for any digital changes that they face. This has also had a positive impact on female participation rates, as we see more programmes being developed that encompass a wider variety of content, so too has the numbers of female applicants increased.

With the ever-increasing threats of cyber-attacks on all business and sectors, the need for cyber protection has become far more pressing. This has also lead to business looking at innovative strategies to bring talent into their business and strengthen their current or planned cyber security strategies; apprenticeship programmes have proven to be an excellent way to help tackle this issue.”

What has the response been like within the industry for apprenticeships? 

“Previously, businesses have been used to apprenticeships in more traditional areas such as trades, the rise of modern apprenticeships has come from the changing needs and profile of the businesses that are now present in Scotland today. Education has been key to making this a successful transition; educating businesses about the benefits of participating in an apprenticeship programme as well as educating both the potential apprentices and their parents of the options that are now available to them. The ultimate gauge as to whether an apprenticeship programme is deemed successful or not would be down to the apprentice themselves actually adding value to the business – this, in turn, would then show in repeat participation. On average, over 70% of business once engaged in the apprenticeship programmes re-engage in the future.

We have seen a significant increase in apprenticeships participation by businesses in recent years, mainly due to the fact that there are now programmes that can meet the needs of their business, there are strong indicators that this growth rate will continue in the coming years.”

Why are apprenticeships important in tackling the skills gap?

“Our economy and the future success of it is increasingly becoming more and more reliant on our ability to be both flexible and innovative. In order to ensure that we can react to change, we have to a have a work force that is able to react and thrive in an ever-changing environment. Reducing the digital skills gap that is prevalent in Scotland at present and increasing the skills of both the current and future workforce is essential in making this happen – investing in apprenticeships to help tackle this problem is one part of an overall digital skills gap strategy encompassing, industry, government and education.

Emerging economies and the fact that business is becoming increasingly more mobile shows that if we do not invest now to ensure that this gap is at best reduced, there would be potential for larger threats to our overall economy in coming years.”

 Do you think more could be done throughout the industry to tackle the skills gap?

“The short answer would be yes – however we need to recognise the vast amount of work from a number of different parties, across sectors and industries that have been tackling this issue in recent years, which has had a very positive effect in tackling the digital skills gap.

Ultimately there is a desire and a will from Government to tackle this issue, in order to match the will of the government to tackle the current digital skills gap we require more businesses to become engaged with apprenticeship programmes in general.”

What advice would you give to i) people looking to become involved in an apprenticeship ii) businesses looking to become involved in taking on apprentices?

“There is now a significant amount of business that have already participated in modern apprenticeship programmes across the UK (several thousand in the tech and digital space alone in the past 5 years). One way of finding out if an apprenticeship programme is right for your business is to talk to people in your peer group who have already gone down that journey, this is something that as a training provider we would recommend. Programmes such as this are all about ensuing that the people that are on them are on the right path (both from a business perspective and from a learner journey one). As such, recruitment, selection and investing the right time in choosing the right people to join your programme are essential.

Ultimately, all training providers are contracted via their respective governments to provide a service to companies wishing to participate in apprenticeship programmes, and like all service based industries what is offered and what is available differs. As such, it is essential that you engage with a provider that can meet the needs of your business, spending time with providers and finding out what they offer and what their core business can offer is key to making the programme a success in the long-term.”
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Posted July 07, 2017 | Digital Media, Feature Friday, Software, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Feature Friday: The Agile Mindset

We hear from Valerie McLean at TicToc Digital this week on Feature Friday! Valerie, an Agile Delivery Manager and Project Lead, discusses the thought process and functions behind the Agile mindset, how this was implemented at TicToc and why, plus how it could work for you! TicToc Digital have been doing all things online since 1999. They specialise in creating digital success for businesses and have their finger on the pulse at all times. With this said, it’s time to hand over to Valerie and find out about the agile mindset…

TicToc Digital Logo - Feature Friday


The Agile Mindset

Agile. It’s not just a buzzword, it’s a mindset.

It can mean Scrum, stand ups and Kanban, but these are just names. Agile, to us, is the commitment to regular self-evaluation and continuous self-improvement. The act of Agile brings empowerment and grows confidence, not only within your self, but within your team and with the client too.

An Agile methodology moves away from the idea that one department must finish their whole part of a project before moving to the next (also known as Waterfall). Adopting an Agile mindset takes an open mind – it can be hard to break free from the idea that everything must follow a chronological process. However, not doing so allows greater flexibility in timescales.

The process starts with an in-depth user workshop – evaluating not just what your company’s internal stakeholders think they need for launch, but what the primary users need to complete the key goals defined. From here, we establish a minimum viable product, as well as other “nice-to-haves” for development further down the line.

Usermapping - Feature Friday: The Agile Mindset

This way, costs, expectations and timescales are clear. Working to this process sees things move quick – feedback is quick and expert eyes from all channels feed in from the get go.

The result? A better product. Higher quality. Delighted users. Client goals smashed. Trust between agency and client is strengthened.

 

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Posted June 29, 2017 | Electronics, Software, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Our Latest Vacancies Throughout Glasgow & the West (29/06/17)

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 Business Development Manager at Eyecademy, a successful data science, analytics and business intelligence to a Digital Project Manager at an innovative and creative organisation.

So, take a look below and find out if we have the perfect role for you …

icon-electronics Business Development Manager 

We’re looking for a Business Development Manager to join our successful Glasgow-based client, Eyecademy – the data science, analytics and business intelligence services provider. If you have a proven track record of profitable sales delivery,  a minimum of 3 years sales experience and are able to demonstrate knowledge of the B2B marketplace then this could be the role for you! Click above to find out the full details.

 

icon-electronics Digital Project Manager

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Digital Project Manager to join our client’s innovative and creative team. Our client designs and builds innovative strategies, products and campaigns that transform businesses and change peoples’ lives for the better.  Their unique collaborative model enables them to deliver game-changing results by integrating many disciplines, technologies and partners. The role will see you take on the delivery of complex, technical solutions and manage the activity of a talented team of strategists, UX experts, developers, designers and marketers as well as managing day-to-day communications with the client. Sounds like it could be for you? Click above to find out more.

 

icon-electronics Front End (React) Developer

This is a great opportunity for an ambitious front-end web developer to join a thriving and creative team developing React applications for their e-learning platforms. If you are passionate about both existing and future web development techniques with a drive to continuously self-improve, then this role could be for you! You will become part of a team of front and back-end developers, where you will work on supporting and enhancing their platform and other associated projects. Our client is one of the fastest growing and most creative digital learning companies in the UK. Click the link above for full details and to find out how to apply.
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 above.

 


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Posted June 27, 2017 | Industry Interviews, Tackling the Skills Gap Series, Technology Industry | No Comments »

[Guest Blog] Tackling the Skills Gap – City of Glasgow College

As innovation continues to accelerate throughout both SME’s and established businesses, there are well-founded concerns that the distinct lack of skills combined with an ineffective education system could endanger the UK’s growth. Tech City UK recently estimated that “Britain will need an extra 2.287 million digitally skilled workers by 2020 to satisfy the UK’s digital potential.” On top of these figures, Scotland IS have found that 73% of business will seek to hire digital talent locally this year, a 15% increase on last year’s numbers.

With the demand for industry skills only increasing, it’s important to find out what measures are being put in place by key players within the Scottish technology industry to tackle this. Over the following weeks, we will be talking to organisations at the centre of this issue; finding out what they think about the lack of skills within their industry, what they are doing to help, and how the industry can contribute to increasing the number of people in skilled work.

In part III of this series, we’re bringing you a great guest blog from Douglas Morrison, the STEM and Innovation Project Lead at City of Glasgow College (COCG). Douglas discusses the challenges faced by COGC surrounding the STEM skills gap, what they are doing to tackle this, the opportunities STEM presents to the industry and how COGC are supporting their students and working with industry to ensure their students graduate with the skills that are in demand.

BIO: Douglas is an experienced educator with a history of working in the further and higher education sector. His areas of interest include gender equality issues, STEM, innovation, digital disruption, educational policy and technology enhanced learning. He is currently the STEM and Innovation Project Lead at City of Glasgow College having previously acted as the College’s Industry Academy Head for STEM.Douglas holds a Masters Degree in Educational Technology and ePortfolio and is a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) candidate researching gender, habitus and games based learning at the University of Strathclyde. He is a Fellow of Institute for Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (FIKE) and co-founder of Adaptive Design Glasgow, a charitable organisation designing and manufacturing assistive aids for disabled children and victims of humanitarian disasters using cardboard.

 

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City of Glasgow College is a pioneering Super College based in an award-winning twin site super-campus in the centre of Glasgow. With over 30,000 students and 1300 staff, the College is committed to “Letting Learning Flourish” through a culture of inspiration, excellence and innovation. The College’s Industry Academy Model ensures the curriculum portfolio is responsive to labour market growth in key economic sectors through the adoption of innovative products and services. By making a clear commitment to the development of students and staff through impactful collaboration with industrial partners, the STEM Industry Academy has supported thousands of graduates into employment or on to higher levels of study.

The College was awarded STEM Assured status in August 2015 in recognition of the economic value and social benefit its STEM activity brings to students and industrial partners. Its STEM Manifesto makes a number of commitments towards the development of inclusive and sustainable growth within the STEM vocational, technical and professional career pathways.

One of the most significant challenges facing colleges in Scotland is the need to remain responsive to a rate of industrial change, wrought by technological advancements, that has never before been experienced. In addition to ensuring the curriculum offer remains fit-for-purpose and aligned to modern industrial practices, we must also consider the skills and attributes our graduates need to succeed in the workplace.  The College’s Industry Academy Model ensures that regular communication is maintained with our employer stakeholders who are encouraged to both co-design and co-deliver our curriculum. With this approach, the City of Glasgow College is not only responsive to anticipated change but also acts as a strategic change agent within the Greater Glasgow region as well as further afield.

The technical skills gap within the STEM sector is widening as growth within Scotland’s key economic sectors demands work ready, technically capable and digitally literate graduates with high STEM capacities. I do not believe that there is a simple solution to addressing the skills gap but I do believe that the development of an accessible and inclusive multi-stakeholder career pathway is vital. The work done by organisations such as Primary Engineer and the Engineering Development Trust inspires young people to explore STEM careers. EQUATE Scotland champion equality of access and opportunity for aspiring women STEM professionals and skills and funding agencies are transforming policies and incentivising employers to widen their recruitment talent pool.  At City of Glasgow College, we recognise the value such partners bring to our students and stakeholders and have reaped the benefits that partnership working brings to our STEM offer.

I believe that the college sector as a whole is well placed to support employers to develop their workforce to meet future demands. The long-established modern apprenticeship (MA) framework and the philosophy of “earn and learn” supports employers and educators to collaboratively develop apprentices who are fully immersed in company values and systems of work whilst successfully achieving globally recognised qualifications.  The extension of the apprenticeship framework to Foundation Apprenticeships aimed at senior phase school pupils interested in following a vocational pathway as well as Graduate Level Apprenticeships will likely facilitate a more balanced and sustainable flow of talent into the STEM sector. The College’s apprenticeship provision cuts across a variety of STEM occupations and with such a diverse number of apprenticeship pathways available, there is a clear route to industry available for everyone.

As the College’s Industry Academy Model continues to evolve we stand on the cusp of what many analysts have referred to as the fourth industrial revolution. The increased adoption of computerisation, automation and robotics as well better collation and utilisation of data is transforming the way our industry operates and has profound implications for our developing workforce. Our graduates are expected to have multiple careers in multiple sectors, some of which have not yet been identified or are in the early stages of developments.

A recent report by the World Economic Forum found that employers are becoming less focused on occupational specific skillsets and are instead seeking wider transferable skills such as the ability to solve complex problems, interpret data, manage projects effectively and work as part of a diverse and flexible team.  This expectation has a profound impact on the way in which we deliver our educational programmes as an increased focus on active and blended learning methodologies are applied within the context of project and problem-based learning. Indeed, the College’s City Learning Model is structured to guide our students through a personalised and contextualised learning experience that is focused on personal development and STEM capacity building.

Our students have expectations of anytime, anywhere learning on flexible learning programmes that will deliver them into an employment opportunity. To achieve this, we need employers to continue to work with us to identify established, emerging and projected skills gaps, discuss recruitment processes, shape our curriculum offer and support us to design world class learning spaces that exceed industry standards. We need our awarding bodies and accrediting agencies to remain responsive to projected labour market changes and to offer a greater degree of flexibility in curriculum delivery to allow for multidisciplinary working on live projects.

The City of Glasgow College is committed to the creation of a collaborative ecosystem of STEM stakeholders determined to realise the potential of Scotland’s developing workforce. I believe that our Industry Academy Model is an effective vehicle for impactful change that will offer our developing workforce positive career development opportunities. As the College continues to redefine the technical and professional educational experience in Scotland it has never been a better time to pursue a career in STEM.

 

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Posted June 16, 2017 | Electronics, Software, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Our Latest Vacancies Throughout Glasgow & the West (16/06/17)

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 a Front End (React) Developer at one the fastest growing digital learning companies in the UK 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 PHP Developer 

We’re looking for a skilled PHP Developer who has experience in mentoring other developers, has proven development skills in a Remote/Agile environment and displays a strong initiative. Our client is extremely well known for their restaurant reservation and table management software and are leaders in their sector, with customers in 61 countries around the world. This senior position will see you mentor others, plan and develop code whilst collaborating with other team members such as designers, sysadmins and product managers. If this sounds like it could be the role for you, click the link above for more details.

 

icon-electronics Front End (React) Developer – E-Learning

This is a great opportunity for an ambitious front-end web developer to join a thriving and creative team developing React applications for their e-learning platforms. If you are passionate about both existing and future web development techniques with a drive to continously self-improve, then this role could be for you! You will become part of a team of front and back-end developers, where you will work on supporting and enhancing their platform and other associated projects. Our client is one of the fastest growing and most creative digital learning companies in the UK. Click the link above for full details and to find out how to apply.

 

icon-electronics E-Learning Developer – Adobe Suite

We’re looking for an innovative and enthusiastic e-learning developer to join our client, one of the fastest growing and most creative digital learning companies in the UK. This role will see you take on responsibility for the development of exciting and engaging digital learning solutions using a range of eLearning authoring tools. If you have a minimum of 2 years experience in developing e-learning and have knowledge of eLearning authoring tools, such as Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline 2 and Articulate 360, then take a look at the full details above and get in touch!

 

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.

 

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.

 


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Posted June 09, 2017 | Feature Friday, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Feature Friday – On the Horizon: Quantum Computing

This week, we’ve got a really interesting article from the brilliant people over at This Is Milk; the business transformation specialists based in Glasgow. Founded in 2013, This Is Milk set out to do things better. Their expertise lies within the realms of digital strategy and delivery which they use in order to help businesses “predict, understand and implement the changes required to successfully compete online in an ever-changing digital environment.”

This fifth instalment of their excellent “On the Horizon” blog series – in which they take a look at future business and society trends -explores Quantum Computing and the impact this could have. So let’s find out what they have to say…


On the Horizon: Quantum Computing

TIM - quantumcomp

This article was written by Denis Yordanov

Throughout the ‘On the Horizon’ series so far, we have looked at various technologies and innovations that can have a profound impact on business and society. There is one thread that runs through the four topics mentioned so far (self-driving cars, blockchain, industry 4.0, and AI) that serves as the foundation for those innovation, without which they would have been impossible, and that is computing. Computers have arguably shaped and reshaped our way of life in the last 20 years more than anything else has in that period of time. They are at the core of so many aspects of our lives that listing them will be pointless. Given the direction of development it stands to reason that the role computers play in our lives will continue to grow in the future. It’s all possible because of computing.

Computing can essentially be broken down into mathematical problems. Every action that a person executes at a computer is interpreted and resolved as maths problems by the computer. Traditional computers understand and store information through transistors, which can be either on or off. In programs this is represented by ‘bits’, which can be either 1 or 0. Simply put, ‘the language’ of our current computers is comprised of series of bits that are either 1s and 0s.  However, if those transistors are reduced to extremely small sizes they begin to exhibit quantum physics effects, such as ‘superposition’. ‘Superposition’ means that those bits can be both 1 and 0 at the same time, and in such state are called qubits. How is it possible for a qubit to be a 1 and a 0 at the same time? No one really knows definitively. But the implications of this ‘superposition’ state for computational power are astounding. If one qubit can store both 1 and 0 at the same time, then two qubits can store four values, three qubits can have six values, and so on, resulting in computing power ramping up exponentially.

The idea of quantum computing and the value that it holds have been around for a while. But more recently some organisations have been successful in reaching the elusive quantum computing state and have begun to harness its power. For example, IBM announced that it now offers free public access to its cloud-based 5 qubit quantum computer IBM Q, and also has plans to offer ~50 qubits systems commercially. Another example is D-Wave’s quantum computer that Google and NASA have been testing since 2013.

 

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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.

 

 


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Posted May 24, 2017 | Technology Industry | No Comments »

Vacancy: Engineering Manager (Software, Firmware, Hardware & Test)

Enigma People Solutions is recruiting an Engineering Manager for an outstanding success story in the Edinburgh technology landscape. Our client is a rapidly growing company that requires a new leader in their team to manage a group of Software, Firmware, Hardware and Test engineers.

To be of interest you will be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Technical management to contribute not only to managing the delivery of R&D projects, but also advise on HW and SW product designs
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Adaptable within role, and able to cope with changes to plan – and respond to dynamic market needs – so plans need to be re-evaluated and knock on impacts communicated to the rest of the business
  • Comfortable with travel abroad to R&D subcontractors
  • Demonstrable experience in management of multiple product development projects
 
Additional Skills:
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Technical and analytic hands-on development experience
  • Self-motivated and focused – results-driven
  • Strong leadership skills – be able to act quickly and decisively
  • People management/team management experience
  • Analytical and methodical in your approach to problems
  • Proactive and flexible
  • Good awareness of SW and HW development and project tools

 

The Role:

You will manage a team of R&D engineers, implementing strategy to deliver best-in-class products, as well as maximising efficiency and driving engineering excellence. You will provide clear leadership and vision, inspire and motivate staff and mentor them as they develop new skills. You will develop and drive Key Performance Indicators across all areas of the Engineering function to ensure that all projects are delivered on cost and on time to the highest quality standards, and that the company continuously improves R&D operations.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Management of multiple development projects to ensure achievement of goals on time and within budget
  • Responsible for all aspects of product delivery to the business.  From agreed PRS (or similar starting point) to QA complete
  • Responsible for reporting on:  resource usage (who’s doing what and why); actual vs plan (progress on various product deliveries); future resource requirements
  • Member of NPI team:  coordinate product delivery with rest of company (specs, docs, field trials, handover to production, etc.)
  • Drive quality improvements in an agile-like environment
  • Manage R&D sub-contractors: mechanical, PCB layout, test, software development, finished products. Source, develop and engage with new sub-contractors (or similar outsourcing) to ensure adequate engineering resources are available to achieve plan
  • People management – Holidays, performance reviews, etc.

 

On offer is the opportunity to join and lead a growing R&D function within a successful company. Founded in Edinburgh in 2002, our client is a leading provider of Body Worn Video solutions across a range of industries including Police, Retail, Security, Transport and Local Government. Their flagship VideoBadge range provides Body Worn Cameras with a variety of functionalities and mounting formats – from ID card holder, to head-mounted – and are fully integrated into state-of-the-art VideoManager system through a variety of docking options.

 

If this sounds like it could be the role for you, click here to apply. You can also get in touch with Ben Hanley directly on 0141 332 4422 or at bhanley@enigmapeople.com


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Posted May 23, 2017 | Industry Interviews, Tackling the Skills Gap Series, Technology Industry | No Comments »

[Interview] Tackling the Skills Gap – UWS’s Graduate Level Apprenticeships

As innovation continues to accelerate throughout both SME’s and established businesses, there are well-founded concerns that the distinct lack of skills combined with an ineffective education system could endanger the UK’s growth. Tech City UK recently estimated that “Britain will need an extra 2.287 million digitally skilled workers by 2020 to satisfy the UK’s digital potential.” On top of these figures, Scotland IS have found that 73% of business will seek to hire digital talent locally this year, a 15% increase on last year’s numbers.

With the demand for industry skills only increasing, it’s important to find out what measures are being put in place by key players within the Scottish technology industry to tackle this. Over the next month, we will be talking to organisations at the centre of this issue; finding out what they think about the lack of skills within their industry, what they are doing to help, and how the industry can contribute to increasing the number of people in skilled work.

In the first of our interview series, we’re talking to Professor Ian Allison, Dean of School of Engineering and Computing at the University of the West of Scotland. We’re finding out about the recent introduction of Graduate Level Apprenticeships; BSc (Hons) Software Development and BEng (Hons) Engineering Design & Manufacture in conjunction with Skills Development Scotland as a response to the increasing demand for skills…

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Hi, Professor Allison! Can you tell us a bit about the Graduate Level Apprenticeships and how they came about please? 

“UWS, and specifically the School of Engineering & Computing, is delighted to be working with Skills Development Scotland, industry and our college partners to create new ways for employees to gain the skills and qualifications they, and their employers, need.

Graduate Level Apprenticeships provide an opportunity to change the way employers and individuals access degree-level education. By combining degree-level qualifications with real-time practical experience of the world of work, we are delivering industry-relevant skills and qualifications.

3 out of 4 employers in Scotland report critical skill shortages that are affecting their productivity and growth. These skill shortages are impacting on key industry sectors – including IT and engineering – and the wider Scottish economy. Further, more than 70% of Scottish employers think that job applicants lack technical, practical or job specific skills.

Based on this evidence of industry need we will launch our first 2 GLA programmes– BSc (Hons) Software Development and BEng (Hons) Engineering Design & Manufacture – in September.

GLAs offer a new pathway which combines academic knowledge with work-based skills development to enable apprentices to quickly become effective and productive in the work place. They have been developed in partnership with industry to ensure that the learning is relevant for the world of work and that apprentices can put their learning into practice right away.”

What do you see the impact of these apprenticeships being across the industry?

“GLAs provide a new route into degree-level study for school leavers who want to go straight into work, for young people completing a Foundation or Modern Apprenticeship, and for existing employees (of any age) who have work experience but not a University degree.

For individuals, GLAs provide an opportunity to access the same learning opportunities as those who follow the traditional route of direct entry into University, whilst gaining practical work experience and, because they are in paid employment, without incurring debt. Our delivery model will also facilitate accreditation to industry standards, such as the Engineering Council Competence & Commitment Standards for Incorporated Engineers, which will support their future professional development.

For employers, they can customise their employee’s learning to ensure the best fit with their business needs and because the apprentices spend the majority of their time in the workplace, they are contributing to the productivity of the business at a much earlier point in time. The end result is “industry ready” graduates who understand their business. Offering Graduate Level Apprenticeships is also an excellent way for employers to maximise their return from the Apprenticeship Levy.

In addition to industry input to the development of both of our GLA programmes, we have also worked closely with our 3 college partners – Ayrshire College, Glasgow Clyde College and New College Lanarkshire. This tripartite model is unique to GLAs in Scotland and will help to create a seamless pathway from school through Modern Apprenticeships and further education to degree-level qualifications.”

How has the industry responded to the announcement of the GLA’s? 

“UWS has a long tradition of industrial partnership. This collaborative approach has underpinned the development of our unique GLA delivery model. Because the GLA programmes have been developed in partnership with industry, employers recognise the relevance of the skills that the apprentices will develop and welcome the ability to tailor their apprentice’s learning to meet the specific needs of their business.

Our industry awareness events and 1:1 meetings with prospective employers have been encouraging and we have a number of employers who have already committed to the programme, some anticipating recruiting more than one apprentice.

We anticipate that demand for the programme will increase year on year as more people become aware of the GLA programme and the benefits to both industry and individuals.”

What other programmes have you got planned within the University?

“We will launch our first 2 GLA programmes in September – BSc (Hons) Software Development and BEng (Hons) Engineering Design & Manufacture. Skills Development Scotland will shortly announce a second round of bidding for GLAs for 2018/19 and we will consider which of these frameworks to bid for based on evidence of industry demand and our own subject expertise.”

What can the industry do to help academia?

“We would like to hear direct from any employer who is interested in exploring how their business can benefit from the GLA programme. We would also welcome the opportunity to talk to industry stakeholders who would like to work with us to promote the GLA programmes to a wider industry audience.

Our GLA team can be contacted directly at apprenticeships@uws.ac.uk

Further information can also be found at www.uws.ac.uk/apprenticeships

 


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.

 


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Posted May 16, 2017 | Enigma News, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Enigma People Solutions’ New Partnerships in 2017

We have some exciting news that we want to share with you!

Over the past few months, Enigma People Solutions has been very busy connecting with some really great organisations and individuals within the industry. As a result of this, we now have not one but two fantastic new partnerships! We are proud to say that we are partners with TechWorks & NMI and Glasgow City of Science and Innovation – both of which are facilitating the growth of the technology industry through their work with a variety of businesses and organisations within their key sectors. We are looking forward to working together on some exciting projects with these new partners, all of which will contribute towards supporting our industry and highlighting the importance of the Scottish and UK tech industry.

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Newly restructuring their operations to allow for a much more involved role in supporting UK Deep Tech, TechWorks was created to act as an umbrella to their existing connected communities; NMI, AESINIoTSF and PEUK , whilst also looking for opportunities for exploration and growth in new areas. Techworks looks to promote and develop the strength of the UK’s position as a technology giant by harnessing the excellent engineering and innovation which is in abundance in the UK already. The connected community of NMI realises the importance of the UK within the electronics industry and their mission is “to increase the quality and quantity of electronic engineering and manufacturing in the UK“. To do this, they are bringing together the UK electronics communities and taking a holistic view in order to successfully support the industry as it continues to evolve rapidly. Enigma People Solutions have partnered with TechWorks & NMI to contribute to their mission. We have already been working closely with NMI and have published the Post Budget Business Sentiment Survey, as a means of understanding the state of the electronics industry landscape, post-budget. It was also a great opportunity to gain some useful feedback on topics of interest for future events/webinars that we have planned for later on this year. Our Director, Ben Hanley, recently attended the TechWorks launch and here’s what he had to say about our new partnership:

“I want to be involved in TechWorks as it represents a great opportunity to see the Deep Tech industry in the UK truly come together to collaborate in a way that helps this important sector continue to be a world leader. There are many challenges faced by the sector including growth funding and investment, attraction and retention of talent but there is a fantastic opportunity for tech companies in the UK to be world leaders; to become Unicorns and to have UK companies that grow to become a Facebook or Google. As a recruiter in this space, we feel strongly that we have a responsibility to support our clients and to be as knowledgeable about the industry we support.”

 

Glasgow City of Science and Innovation

In addition to TechWorks, we have also welcomed on board Glasgow City of Science and Innovation! GCOSI works as a facilitation organisation; striving to bring together partners from across Glasgow and the West in order to boost innovation and contribute to a better quality of life. Their vision is something which we totally agree with and feel strongly about in this rapidly changing technological landscape:

“To work smarter, in partnership, to raise the profile of Glasgow and the West of Scotland as a world-class science destination and leverage science and technology to boost sustainable development and quality of life.”

Now, with over 90 organisations brought together from a variety of sectors, it’s safe to say that GCOSI is definitely succeeding in connecting people across Glasgow and the West. Not to mention their ability to highlight and promote the extraordinary science and technology-based talent that Glasgow holds to the rest of the UK and worldwide. GCOSI is involved with everything from Food and Drink to Education and Skills and Engineering, Design and Manufacturing; with their priority sectors being set up to align to the key growth sectors within the Glasgow City Region’s Economic Development Strategy. They are playing an invaluable role at the heart of the innovation ecosystem by providing support to local, national and international partners, investors and funders, industry and innovators, learners and educators and the public and media. Having as strong a footing in the innovation ecosystem as GCOSI does is one of the main reasons they have become such an exciting organisation within the STEAMMS landscape. GCOSI is the organisation to go to if you’re looking for some support, advice, expert knowledge concerning a whole host of topics surrounding science and technology..and so much more! Here at Enigma, we can’t wait to kick off our partnership with GCOSI!

 

Watch this space for all the latest news coming up from both of our new partnerships!

 

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If you’re interested in partnering with us, you can get in contact here: hello@enigmapeople.com or call us directly on 0141 3324422.


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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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