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£45,000 - £50,000 yearly
Lioness Recruitment Manchester, UK
Nov 18, 2019
Full time
Lioness Recruitment – Careers handled with care. A forward-thinking software house are going through a period of growth and are looking to add a full stack Software Developer to join their development team. They’re looking for somebody with a solid C# development background to develop and support their web applications. Your responsibilities in this key role will include developing, maintaining and supporting applications and web services. You will also be involved in testing software and mobile applications. Essential experience: Proven software development in a commercial environment Practical experience developing, testing and supporting web applications C# with ASP.NET in Visual Studio Knowledge of web technologies including HTML5, CSS etc Excellent knowledge of SQL Server and SQL queries Strong understanding of software architecture principles Ready to take the first step to your next step? Ready to be brave? Then we’re ready to help. Lioness Recruitment acts as an employment agency and an employment business. We are an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity and welcome applications from all communities
£50,000 - £55,000 yearly
Lioness Recruitment London, UK
Nov 18, 2019
Full time
Lioness Recruitment take their specialist experience to find specialist careers. Fancy a new role as a Software Developer with an award-winning industry specialist? They’re looking to take your software engineering experience and team it with their ground-breaking software. As Software Developer you will be playing a pivotal role in ensuring the organisation deliver on their mission, building user centric, SaaS applications. As a highly skilled expert in your field you will also provide mentoring to other less experienced team members. Essential experience: Practical experience developing, testing and supporting web applications At least one programming languages such as Ruby, Python, Java, C#, JavaScript, SQL etc Some PHP development in a commercial environment Knowledge of web technologies including HTML5, CSS etc Ready to take the first step to your next step? Ready to be brave? Then we’re ready to help. Lioness Recruitment acts as an employment agency and an employment business. We are an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity and welcome applications from all communities.
Orchard Information Systems Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Nov 15, 2019
Full time
Newcastle / Belfast  Permanent / Full-time Job Role A fantastic opportunity has arisen at Orchard. If you are looking to be part of a forward-thinking dynamic team, where you are able to deliver first-class customer service as well as offering 2nd and 3rd line technical application support to customers, this is the ideal position for you. We adopt a refreshing approach to employment and recognise hard work and integrity. Due to our continued success and the solutions we provide, the Managed Service and Technical Consultancy Team are looking to expand both in numbers and the services we provide. The team provides technical services and consultancy to new and existing customers, in relation to our solutions. This includes providing 2nd line support and providing consultancy and installation services to our customer base. The Technical Application Consultant will be involved in providing services such as Application Consultancy, configuration, installations, system administration and support to our customer base and also involves providing Technical services and support internally. The successful candidate will be heavily involved in delivering first-class face to face customer service as well as services including installation, configuration, system administration, and general support, initially to one of Orchard’s Managed customers but long term our wider customer base. This role may also involve providing Technical services and support internally.  Principal Responsibilities Deliver effective technical support within a support environment internally and to our customer base. Manage the efficient delivery of technical support, adhering to customer service level agreements. Deliver effective system administration services within a pro-active support environment to our Managed Service customers, working to contracted service level agreements. Assist in the provision of tender responses to potential customers. Provide technical assistance in the areas of application development. To work towards consistently improving team and company standards in all areas of operations such as teamwork, communication, documentation, technical proficiency, and professionalism. Deliver on-site installation, upgrade and technical consultancy services which may involve travel  To seek to maintain technical awareness of supported technologies. Participate in Team meetings. Qualifications and Experience The suitable candidate will be: Qualified to Industry Standard Accreditation and/or Industry Standard Training in the relevant technology platforms and applications Prepared to travel Prepared to work evenings and weekends when necessary  Be part of a standby rota – typically one week per month  Have experience of working in a support environment and to Service Level Agreements Experienced in providing technical application support directly to customers, both on-site and telephone Experienced in working with the following technologies: Microsoft Windows Server Platform SQL UNIX / Linux CRM Solutions Hold a UK Drivers Licence  Salary and Other Benefits Salary commensurate with skills and experience Company pension scheme Permanent health insurance and life assurance Westfield Health Cash Plan Scheme To  apply please submit your CV and covering letter below.
£41,000 yearly
James Andrews Recruitment Solutions Birmingham, UK
Nov 12, 2019
Full time
Our client, based in Birmingham , is currently recruiting for a Product Owner on permanent contract. They are looking for dedicated Product Consultant or Project Manager who has skills in Agile Project methodology, full project lifecycle knowledge as well a business analysis skills. The position is due to start immediately on a full time basis. The salary is £41,000 per annum for an entirely home based role only required to come in for key meetings.   Duties will include (but not limited to): * Manage project delivery, acting as key coordinator between the Business Change team, business users and software * Work with the Business Change team to develop user stories and to define acceptance criteria and lead the solution development team: providing vision and direction, organising, prioritising and assessing the work * Develop and maintain subject matter expertise on the functional capabilities of the business systems and products in use once implemented * Identify user needs, assess value, develop cases, and prioritize stories, epics and themes to ensure work focuses on those with maximum value * Manage the ongoing, prioritized backlog of requirements through the delivery lifecycle, ensuring that the team always has an adequate amount of prior prepared tasks to work on * Produce product release plans and set expectation for delivery of new functionalities, working with cross-functional teams to manage and schedule product releases   Experience required: * Agile Project Methodology experience * End of End Project Lifecycle * Experience of Project Management and Business Analysis Please note that you require recent experience to apply for this role. For further information on the position, please contact Alex Mitchell or Dom Barker on 0121-274 0087 or please email enquiries to amitchell@jarsolutions.co.uk James Andrews is acting as an employment agency and business in relation to this role.   KEYWORDS: Product Owner, Project Manager, IT Software Solutions, Agile, Full Project Lifecycle Don’t forget our recommendation scheme: Recommend a friend or colleague to us and receive up to £50 each once they have completed 20 days in a role via James Andrews!* *Terms and conditions apply, contact us for details

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Holly Rafique, Head of Digital at #techmums, discusses the importance of encouraging mums to embrace digital skills and get involved in digital inclusion programmes. There are countless organisations and initiatives aimed at achieving this, ranging from addressing the gender imbalance when selecting further education, through to making it easier for women to return to work after a career break. These are all commendable activities, and yet the figures don’t seem to be changing. In a recent report by PwC, only 27 per cent of young women said that they would consider a career in technology and only three per cent said that technology was their first choice of career. The reality is that women fill only 17 per cent of all the jobs in technology. Some of that is just a matter of time, so we should have patience to see the results of better inclusivity and awareness in school children, but in part it seems that society is treating the symptoms rather than addressing the underlying problem; women and girls do not see where they fit into the technology sector. There remains the perception of a white male playing computer games; even when we know the stereotype isn’t the truth, it is still hard to dispel it. At #techmums, we want to change this; we want to rewrite the narrative to ask “how can we bring technology into more women’s lives?” By reframing the problem this way, we can immediately widen our audience to include all women and all households. We are not insisting that women abandon other industries and passions but, instead, we are encouraging them to think about how they can use new technologies creatively to enhance what they are already passionate about. Embracing digital literacy For many of us, the internet is an integral and pervasive part of our lives in modern society. We rely on it to support and enhance our lives in an increasing number of subtle ways. It allows us to work remotely and flexibly, promoting a better work-life balance and making a career a more feasible possibility. We stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues who might be abroad or outside our immediate locale. For those of us with communication difficulties, it gives us an alternative to the dreaded phone call. We can monitor our expenditure and are not restricted to the products and prices in our local neighbourhoods. Digital literacy is now as important a skill for this generation of children as the ability to read and write. They don’t even recognise these devices as computers any more; internet connectivity is as natural to their generation as free-flowing water and electricity is to ours. When we turn on the tap, we expect there to be water, when we turn on a light switch we expect there to be light, when our children turn on a device they expect it to connect to the internet. The internet has opened up our worlds and, with the amount of time we spend using technology, you would expect everyone’s trust and confidence in it to be pretty high, not to mention it leading to equal opportunities for everyone. Except it’s not. It is a sad truth that far too many households are still struggling to engage with technology. Recent data privacy scandals, hoaxes and media hype have lead to fear rather than enthusiasm. Furthermore, most people see their role in technology as being consumers, not creators, subsequently feeling at the mercy of technology. At #techmums, we believe there is one person in the household who can change all this but who is too-often overlooked: mum. Our mission at #techmums is to empower women, their families and communities through technology. The average mum usually puts her children first and is only engaged by technology initiatives in terms of getting her children engaged. We work to change that and show every mum that technology is also for her and that she can benefit so much from having an understanding of technology. The confidence conundrum Many mums suffer from a loss of confidence after having children; no matter how many books you have read or classes you have attended, there is nothing that can quite destroy your confidence like your own tiny little baby who will not stop crying no matter what you do. Then as they grow and you hit new parental challenges, you increasingly feel that you have no idea what you’re doing; you are constantly bombarded with conflicting advice on the ‘right’ parenting approach so it’s not surprising that a large proportion of mums feel powerless. For those mums who were working before having children, they are likely to have missed the introduction of all-pervasive technology in the workplace and now feel that they can’t catch up. These days children pick up digital skills very quickly, with a large number of mums already feeling that their children know far more about technology than they do. Parents want to protect their family from online dangers but they lack the skills to do so and they know it; they become so terrified that a knee-jerk reaction of restricting access to technology seems to be the only option. Challenging the patronising rhetoric Patronised by a world that uses phrases such as ‘mumpreneur’, ‘mom jeans’ and “it’s so easy even your mum could do it”, the whole image of a mum is not dynamic, exciting or intelligent. Hard-working and frazzled certainly, but mums are rarely portrayed as capable and connected. We’ve seen at first hand how a woman’s whole attitude and posture changes when she discovers that she is far more knowledgeable and capable than she originally thought. When you take all these issues together, it’s easy to see why many women have a negative attitude to technology and don’t embrace digital solutions in their home. Digital parenting The beauty of upskilling mothers is that you touch at least two people’s lives – the mum and the child. Children increasingly need access to technology for their homework; they can quickly be left behind if their home is negative towards the use of technology. In addition, parents hold a lot of weight around children’s aspirations and attitudes. Children need their parents to act as their digital guides; someone whom they can trust to teach them to navigate the online world. A child needs to know that their concerns will be met with an understanding attitude and an informed response. Despite family dynamics moving towards a better balance, in many families the mother is still the parent that children interact with the most. Mums tend to organise extra-curricular activities, playdates and camps, and if they don’t understand the benefits of technology then it’s far less likely that they will arrange technology-based activities for their children. Future jobs will almost all require an element of digital awareness, so when parents engage with technology they are furthering their children’s social mobility and career aspirations. Spreading the knowledge Empowering women in technology clearly has a positive impact on the community through increased diversity in the workforce. Not only are diverse teams generally more successful but they are necessary to tackle any unconscious bias in solutions (particularly in artificial intelligence) and to ensure products meet the needs of all members of society. Many products are designed by all-male teams so that the different needs of women are unconsciously missed. Beyond the obvious benefits to communities, educating mothers will also lead to a more sensible community response to potential threats. A lack of understanding leads to fear and hysteria, particularly when the sensationalised news headlines are the main source of information. Incidents such as the recent ‘Momo hoax’, supposedly challenging children to self-harm, and fears over computer game addiction can be far better handled when the women in the community have confidence in their own understanding of technology and its associated risks. #techmums are connecting with mums through a number of digital outreach programmes. In 2018 we launched #techmumsTV in partnership with Home-Start UK and Facebook as a live-streamed chat show to demystify and normalise discussion of technology. The key concept of #techmumsTV was to celebrate young mothers, how they are using technology in their everyday lives, how they are running businesses from their phones and to positively tell their stories, with the other aspect of #techmumsTV being to upskill viewers about online safety, financial technology and increasing knowledge around the technology sector. By using social media and Home-Start centres, we were able to reach demographics of mums who are particularly hard to engage with through other methods. Our new initiative for 2019 is the #techmumsclub, an informal gathering of 20 mums where they are introduced to a wide range of topics from blogging and web design to app design and coding. We currently have five clubs running at various host partner’s across the country and have two more launching after Easter. We work with the 20 mums across a 10-week period, with sessions lasting two hours, usually within the school day. We support partners with facilitator training and provide all course materials and online support throughout the programme. #techmums is also working with the University of Leeds, FutureLearn and Black Tech UK to produce a series of online courses to bring 21st-century workplace digital skills to those who don’t usually engage in online working. By giving mums the foundation digital skills that they are missing, we can help them to pursue their passions and become the positive role models that their children will need as they venture into their digital future. We are confident that these three programmes will bring technology to more women and in turn get more women into technology. Holly Rafique is Head of Digital at #techmums. If you'd like to share your housing sector experience, all you need to do is get in touch at recruitment@housing-technology.com.
Sarah Johnstone has been a neighbourhood coordinator at Thirteen Group for over eight years. Here she gives a snapshot of her day and describes how the lone working device she uses helps her to feel safe when working on her own in Middlesbrough. To try and describe a typical day is difficult because one of the things I like about my job is that no two days are the same. One day I’ll be out inspecting properties, another I’ll be interviewing families who’ve applied for a new home and another day I could be responding to ASB complaints. Although my job is very rewarding, there’s no denying that it can sometimes be tough, and on occasions I find myself faced with challenging behaviour where I need to be reactive and think quickly on my feet. Thankfully, these instances are rare, but it’s on days like those I’m reassured that I go out on every visit with a range of specialised security products. We use a key fob-style device with built-in GPS from Orbis Protect. This is attached to our staff lanyards and slots into a moulded ID badge. We activate the ‘amber’ function on this device every time we visit a customer and this information can be used to identify our location. In the rare event we need to activate the SOS function, the call is monitored and recorded, and this information will be passed to the emergency services if necessary. Thankfully, I don’t need to use it often, but it does give me peace of mind. Early morning A typical day will start at 8am. I arrive in the office, grab a coffee and catch up on emails and paperwork. I’ll then head out to visit customers in some of the 350 properties I look after in Middlesbrough. Before I leave, I’ll familiarise myself with whom I’m visiting, check their details on the system and see if there are any reasons why they shouldn’t be visited alone, in which case I’ll ask a colleague to come along with me. Even if we go out in pairs, we both make sure we use our devices. While I’m visiting customers it’s also a good opportunity for me keep an eye open for any neighbourhood issues such as fly-tipping, minor damage to properties and graffiti. Mid-morning We get 100s of applications for our properties. I get so much satisfaction from helping people who really need a home, find one. I enjoy showing prospective customers around our properties, but for my own safety I always have my device with me and switched on. I’ll normally go back to the office at noon for a spot of lunch which also gives me the chance to catch up with some of my colleagues. Early afternoon One part of the job we thankfully don’t have to do often is carry out evictions; we will only seek legal action as a last resort. We provide a wide range of tailored tenancy support services for customers and only if all attempts to help have been exhausted will we take this action. If it is necessary, I work alongside a fantastic team of professionals including the local police, partners and other colleagues to help make sure this goes as smoothly as possible. Once again, my device is essential, and I will have already alerted Orbis before I arrive, activating the SOS function so I can speak to the call handler and inform them of what I am doing and ask them to keep the line open. They will monitor the call, and if anything escalates where my safety is compromised, they are ready to help and, again, will contact the emergency services and provide them with all the required information. Late afternoon and the end of the day Towards the end of the day, I might have an interview with a customer to discuss a tenancy issue, in one of our office meeting rooms. Where I am, all our rooms have CCTV and panic alarms, plus I can use my device during interviews too. It’s also useful for walking to and from my car and I like the fact I can activate it if I feel vulnerable, speak to someone and tell them when I am safely inside my vehicle. Peace of mind Over my eight-year career as a neighbourhood co-ordinator, I do think that being a lone worker has become safer than ever. Orbis’s discrete alarms really offer peace of mind and the alarm-receiving centre is so valuable. Knowing there’s someone at the end of the device to listen, able to locate me using GPS and can get the emergency services to me if needed, feels very comforting as a lone worker. I’m passionate about safety, and I regularly attend training sessions for colleagues, sharing my experience and showing them how to use these safety products.  Being a lone worker has the potential to be challenging, but it’s encouraging to know that Thirteen ensures there are support systems in place for my safety and wellbeing. Sarah Johnstone is a neighbourhood coordinator at Thirteen Group. https://www.thirteengroup.co.uk/ If you'd like to share your housing sector experience, all you need to do is get in touch at recruitment@housing-technology.com.
Welcome to the Insights blog from Housing Technology Recruitment. From time to time we will be sharing our insights into the latest job trends and skills based on our experience in the recruiting process. To kick things off we’ve listed the top five increasingly popular job roles in technology. The tech industry is one of the fastest moving and most dynamic sectors in the UK. The emergence of newer technologies including artificial intelligence (AI) and self-service business intelligence (BI) means that tech specialists are in high demand and this is especially true in the housing sector. It's safe to say that there has never been a better time to get a job in tech but what are the most sought-after specialisms in the tech sector? At Housing Technology Recruitment we see first-hand what tech experience recruiters are increasingly looking for and we have narrowed them down to these five: 1. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning Housing providers are increasingly looking at artificial intelligence to streamline processes and reduce costs, a prime example being chat-bots. The need for professionals to design and develop these applications is growing as housing providers are already transforming their systems to meet the demands of the digital future. 2. Cyber security Almost all organisations have a presence on the internet, including housing providers, which means they are all at constant risk of cyber attacks and data breaches. Ransomware has rapidly emerged as one of the most serious threats facing housing providers making cyber security specialists a top priority when recruiting. 3. Project management Housing providers are increasingly embracing digital transformation which is increasing the number of projects being worked on in IT departments and therefore project managers are crucial to manage these rapid changes. 4. Business intelligence (BI) and data management Technology departments are also in need of business intelligence teams which are key for analysing data and using the results to improve services. Again, this is vital when an organisation is delivering a digital transformation programme. 5. Cloud computing Cloud-computing adoption has been increasing rapidly with many industries opting for cloud migration in order to reduce any issues with their technology platforms. A huge number of housing providers are adopting cloud-based systems and cloud skills are currently in high demand. What other job specialisms do you think are in high demand? Feel free to share this post and let us know @housingtechjobs .
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