IT Solutions Blog

Vodafone’s Big Data guru talks at Crimson’s conference

by Will Astbury 7 February 2019

Crimson is delighted to reveal that Vodafone’s Big Data guru will be explaining how the world’s largest communications organisations are harnessing the power of data at Crimson’s Innovation Conference 2019

Peter Chapman, Head of Big Data and Advanced Analytics at the mobile giant, will be addressing the topic of ‘Industrialising Big Data and AI in telecommunications’ at the event, which has been curated for CIOs and technology leaders of major UK organisations.

Mobile phones are now the world’s biggest source of consumer data, with Ofcom reporting that 96% of UK households have adopted this technology. Peter will describe how Vodafone is putting this data and advanced analytics at the heart of the organisation, and how this capability is being used to drive commercial value and for social good.

Topics: Innovation Conference

Award-winning data author announced as keynote for Crimson’s Conference

by Will Astbury 4 February 2019

Crimson is pleased to announce that award-winning writer Dr Ben Goldacre will be the keynote speaker at Crimson’s Innovation Conference in 2019.

Ben, who is also a doctor, broadcaster and Senior Clinical Research Fellow at University of Oxford, will be debating the famous revolutionary promise “We all know that data can change the world” but also, crucially, the various ways that data can be used to deceive: covering dodgy graphs, misleading analyses, and exquisitely deceptive artificial intelligence models.

It is Ben’s belief that “the more technical the world becomes, the more we must all raise our game, to avoid being caught out by digital snake oil”. His speech promises to be a lively, humorous, and thought-provoking presentation.

Topics: Innovation Conference, data, data insights

IT insights: What 2019 will look like for my core sectors - Retail & Housing

by Chris O'Brien 21 January 2019

As you may know, I work as Business Development Manager at IT recruitment agency Crimson, and I specialise in providing the highest-quality IT contractor resources to UK organisations. Whilst I supply amazing clients across a range of industries, I have built a strong portfolio of clients across the housing and retail sectors over the last few years.

Topics: Retail Technology, house-builders

IT jobs advice: Get IT recruitment agencies to take you seriously

by Will Astbury 8 January 2019

In my previous blog post ‘How to build a relationship with an IT recruitment agency’, I discussed the important role that IT recruitment agencies should play in your career progression strategy. But it's not always easy to get recruiters to buy into what you’re offering.

In the hyper competitive IT jobs market, a driven specialist IT recruitment consultant with a strong network could be the difference between you landing your dream job and being unemployed for months before being forced to accept an unsuitable opportunity. Therefore, it is critical that you know how to behave to get the most from this important relationship.

Topics: IT Jobs

Top priorities for CIOs in 2019

by Will Astbury 10 December 2018

Opinions about CIOs’ agendas for 2019 vary.

Gartner, who surveyed more than 3000 CIOs in 89 countries (across all major industries), has suggested that most technology leaders have overseen successful digital transformations within their organisations. Digital transformation has been high on CIO agendas for several years. Now Gartner has stated that CIOs' primary objective for 2019 is to drive scale via digital channels to enhance CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT.

Topics: CIO, Leadership

Brexit watch: How will Brexit affect IT recruitment in 2019?

by Will Astbury 7 December 2018

After the Brexit referendum outcome was announced in 2016, Crimson initially saw a slight softening in number of IT recruitment requirements from some of its clients. This was likely due to a ‘fear of the unknown’. However, the IT jobs market didn’t dwell on this for long, and good levels of activity continued throughout 2018. Come Friday 29 March 2019, the day scheduled for Britain to leave the EU, the market for tech talent may look and feel very different.

As an IT recruitment agency, Crimson is concerned that that the current skills shortage may be exacerbated by Brexit, as a substantial portion of the UK’s tech talent originates from the EU. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has estimated that 6% of digital technology workers are EU nationals, and that 20% of tech workers in London originate from the EU. Should a large portion of these people decide they don’t want to live and work in post-Brexit Britain, a very substantial void could be created in the IT jobs market place, particularly in the capital.

Topics: IT Jobs, Brexit

IT jobs market analysis: What will happen in 2019?

by Will Astbury 30 November 2018

Despite the impending introduction of IR35 looming large over private sector contractors, GDPR threatening to hit the least scrupulous and proactive organisations over their management and use of contact data, and digital disruption continually accelerating, 2018 was an active year in the IT jobs marketplace.

However, will 2019 be as healthy?

Topics: IT Jobs, IT recruitment agency

FinTech start-up insights: ApTap update

by Gary Wills 19 October 2018

As an IT recruiter that specialises in the FinTech and banking sectors, I love to follow the innovations and developments at the start-up end of the market.

Six months ago, I met the founders of personal finance management tool ApTap at Crimson’s GinTech IT networking event (click here to view future events), and I was really struck by their offering. ApTap auto-syncs securely with users’ bank and email accounts and enables them to visualize, signup to, cancel, and share any service or subscription, with just a tap.

Topics: IT Recruitment, IT recruitment agency, FinTech

IT Recruiters’ insights: How to invest in your IT employees

by Will Astbury 19 September 2018

If you’re a CIO or technology leader operating in the current IT jobs market, research shows that retaining the rare, skilled, and talented people within your IT team is one of your biggest priorities.

Competition is fierce, with Brexit likely to worsen the IT skills shortage in the UK, so organisations are developing a range of interesting new approaches to help them retain the best people and create a stable working environment. In this article, the consultants from Crimson’s IT recruitment agency have shared some of the best ideas they’ve seen in the marketplace.

Topics: IT Recruitment, CIO, Employee Retention

How to leave your IT job with dignity, and why

by Will Astbury 17 September 2018

The IT jobs market is currently extremely active, which is giving a lot of technology professionals the opportunity to progress their career quickly by switching roles frequently.

However, the consultants in Crimson’s IT recruitment agency know only too well the impact that leaving an employer on bad terms can have on a candidate’s future career prospects. So, we’ve put together some tips on how  take advantage of professional opportunities, whilst retaining your good reputation, and without leaving your previous employer in the lurch.

Never forget, the way that you leave an organisation can enhance your personal brand. Here’s some rules on to how quit your IT job with dignity.

Topics: IT Recruitment, IT Jobs, IT recruitment agency