Wired Sussex Blog

Talent2018: Creating a Skills Manifesto For Our Digital Sector

In June 2018, Wired Sussex organised Talent2018, a three-day skills festival for the digital sector designed to support our digital, media and tech industries. It included a Skills Summit at the University of Brighton; a one-day conference that brought a hundred digital business leaders together to explore how, collectively, we can support the growth of a sustainable talent pool that benefits both our individual organisations and our digital sector. After a morning of talks which featured a series of reflections from different businesses, we ran a workshop that asked participants to consider three key questions: 1: How should businesses work …

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It’s all about culture – guest blog by Chris Ricketts

How do I attract the best talent? How do I hang on to my best people? How do I grow a pipeline of talent to help scale my business? Virtually all the Owners, MD’s and Directors of tech/digital SME’s I’ve met over the past year in Brighton & Hove have been asking themselves these questions…. When I spoke at Talent2017 I shared what I had learnt at eBay about how they attract, retain and develop top talent across their European platforms and classified businesses. One of my key learnings was that top tech talent essentially looks for a few key …

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Uber’s Eugenie Teasley to deliver keynote at this year’s Skills Summit

Uber’s workplace culture:  What do you do when it all goes really, really wrong? The Wired Sussex Talent Skills Summit has become well established over the last few years in sharing best practice between businesses in how to attract, retain and grow the talent that our sector needs to succeed. We have had some great (and useful) stories from companies including Propellernet, Clearleft, Miggle and others talking about how a positive and nurturing workplace culture is key. Uber clearly have well-publicised issues in that area. Former Uber engineer Susan Fowler’s blog detailed workplace discrimination and sexual harassment as commonplace, and that …

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How To Write an Effective Job Advert

Job advertising is only part of the puzzle to attracting candidates, it must go hand in hand with your employer marketing, reputation and networking but it’s a good place to start. The first thing to point out is you’re writing a job advert here, not a job description, so you need to understand the difference between the two. This is a common misunderstanding, so take note. A job description, is just that, a description of all the tasks, duties and responsibilities the job entails. It’s the detail of the job, rather than the overview. Normally it would be accompanied by …

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Save money on your recruitment

Hands down January is the busiest month for job searches, as people reflect on the year gone by and look for new adventures and that next step on the career ladder. This means one thing; if you need more staff, now is the perfect time to get recruiting! To support our members during this extra busy period, we have created bulk packages to save you money on your recruitment costs, whilst providing even more extra exposure around roles. You find out more about what’s included in the packages below. There is no expiry date on these packages, meaning you have …

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How to find an intern in Sussex

Many Wired Sussex members and residents ask me about how they can employ an intern. As the Skills & Talent Manager for Wired Sussex, I thought a blog post about internships would be helpful. Internships are not free labour! Before you even consider employing an intern, think about the below: Is the work on offer to your potential intern really work? Are you looking for a graduate or a current undergraduate? Consider the time of year you would like to employ the intern, especially around the university academic year. How long do you expect the intern to work for? How …

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Talent2018: showcase your company to great talent

Over three days in June (5-7th), we’re holding Talent2018, the skills festival for the digital sector, to provide businesses with the opportunities and support they need to attract, train and retain talent. Taking place at Brighton Dome on 5th June, Talent2018: Jobs Fair gives businesses the chance to showcase their company and job opportunities to around 1500 jobseekers looking to take their first (or next) step on the digital, media and tech career ladder. Becoming an exhibitor at the Jobs Fair is a great platform for you to raise your company profile; with opportunities promoted heavily to our unequalled network …

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Get involved with Talent2018: a skills festival for the digital sector

Hi I’m Rifa and I’m delighted to be the new Festival Producer for Talent2018. I’m doing all the planning and organising for this three day festival: the Jobs Fair, the Skills Summit and the Portfolio Clinic. I’m your main point of contact. Talent2018 is the highlight of the Wired Sussex calendar so make sure you get involved. See what we did last year. Day 1 – Jobs Fair – Tuesday 5 June On Tuesday 5 June, we’ll have a fantastic Jobs Fair at Brighton Dome with 40 digital companies ready to share their knowledge about the industry with talented job seekers. Expect …

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Salary and Salary Alone?

At the recent Manchester Digital’s skills festival, I attended a workshop about the city’s digital salaries and rewards. What stood out from the discussion was the belief amongst Manchester’s digital employers that they have to routinely offer far greater salaries to remain attractive. From the festivals skills audit 47% of the surveyed Manchester digital businesses have had to inflate salaries to remain competitive. The majority of these salary increases were for developers and digital marketers who consistently receive above average pay rises. This means nearly half of Manchester’s digital business are paying way over the top salaries just to be …

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How To Stand Out as a Great Employer – guest blog by Empowered People HR

What does it mean to be a great employer and why should it matter? Something you may not know, Brighton is home to 3 times as many digital/tech companies than anywhere else in the UK. Aren’t we lucky! Not only do we live by the sea, in our vibrant city, we’re also surrounded by talented people – but we’re all fighting for the same talent. It’s not an employer’s world anymore, so there just isn’t enough talent. When you advertise for a developer these days you’ll be lucky to get 10 decent applications. That’s one of the reasons why Talent2018 …

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