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Non-American nerds jam immigration pleading for right to live in the US

Just one week after announcing it is once again accepting H-1B visa applications, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has slammed the floodgates shut. H-1B visas are like Willy Wonka's golden tickets: they are granted to skilled foreigners – such as software engineers and other techies – allowing them to live …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Apr 2015
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A nation of CODERS? Yes, says UK.gov, and have some cash to do it

A National College for Digital Skills is to open in London in 2015, as part of a raft of government measures announced on Monday intended to improve Blighty's economic output. The college aims to teach digital and coding skills to 5,000 learners within five years, and will focus on "higher level technical provision, through a …
Kat Hall, 8 Dec 2014

How to get ahead in IT: Swap the geek speak for the spreadsheet

Increasingly, we're told, IT types who "understand" their organisation's business can help their business and get ahead. But what does “understanding” the business actually mean? Why does it matter and how does an ambitious IT professional get the mix of skills needed to attain that understanding and also hit the fast track? …
Rachel Willcox, 28 Nov 2014

Forging administrator cookies and crocking crypto ... for dummies

Security pro Laurens Van Houtven has created a free introduction cryptography course to help programmers lift their infosec game. The Crypto 101 book contained everything needed to understand complete systems including block and stream ciphers; hash functions; message authentication codes; public key encryption; key agreement …
Darren Pauli, 4 Nov 2014
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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

The UK is crying out for engineers and IT staff, according to a KPMG and REC report, which reckons demand for techies is at its highest in 16 years. Most vacancies were spotted in the engineering industry in August, while the medical industry came in just ahead of the IT sector in the nine categories of permanent staff …
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GCHQ recruits spotty teens – for upcoming Hack Idol

The GCHQ-backed Cyber Security Challenge UK is bringing cybersecurity education to UK schoolkids aged from 12 to 18 with the importation of the US-created Cyber Patriot programme. The US Air Force Association ​CyberPatriot youth programme involves as battle of wits in cyberspace involving 1,500 international teams of under-18s …
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2014
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'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct

The rise of the cloud is wiping out the next generation of valuable sysadmins as startups never learn about how to manage data-center gear properly, a Pasadena tech biz boss has said. The problem, according to Steve Curry – the president of managed OpenStack provider Metacloud – is that modern upstarts are going directly to …
Jack Clark, 14 Mar 2014
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Singapore itching to hire new IT pros

Things are looking up for ex-pat IT pros on the hunt for jobs in Singapore, with confidence about growth levels in the city state’s technology sector through the roof, according to a new skills report. Recruiter Robert Half’s latest employment report for Singapore collected info from over 400 business leaders. It revealed …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Jan 2014
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UK.gov chucks another £260m at MOOC-based cyber security training

The UK government has published a progress report praising its own achievements in the two years since it launched an ambitious plan to make Britain the best place to do e-commerce. The National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS), launched in November 2011, also has the goals of making the UK more resilient to cyber attack, …
John Leyden, 13 Dec 2013

It's now or never for old sysadmins to learn new tricks

Sysadmin blog In most fields of human endeavour the complete invalidation of a person's formal training and skillset generally takes decades, if not generations. Within IT the tools, applications, operating systems and cloud services learned at the beginning of a bachelor's degree can already be defunct before that degree is completed. I …
Trevor Pott, 9 Aug 2013

Think you're ready to make a big career bet? Read this first...

Feature Disclaimer: Before taking any of my advice be aware that I once bet my career on OS/2 and that in all my careers articles my ambition is to help you avoid some of the mistakes I have made. The Politburo at The Reg wants me to stick my neck out and show some trends in this “future” thing that young people seem so keen on …
Dominic Connor, 31 May 2013
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Attention, CIOs: Stop outsourcing or YOU will never retire

Walk down the hall. Look into the IT room. How old are the people in there? How are they getting on? Or are they just getting on? Would you trust them to keep the server lights on in a couple of years? Is there anybody actually in there at all? If there isn’t, your company may be part of the problem that’s keeping John Harris …
Joe Fay, 14 Mar 2013
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Ex-pats take note: China IT salaries set to jump 40 per cent

Salary hikes of up to 40 per cent could be on offer for IT pros in China this year as the surging demand for specialised skills offers certain ex-pat professionals some new opportunities for a change of scene in 2013. International recruiter Michael Page’s annual Salary & Employment Forecast (PDF) for China reveals a booming …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Feb 2013
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CIOs: Don't listen to tech vendors on ICT skills, listen to US

An alliance of CIOs at some of the biggest companies and organisations operating in Britain has issued a call to action, saying that it's time the government stops listening to technology firms on IT issues and starts paying attention to the people that actually use the technology. A new report from the Education and Skills …
Lewis Page, 14 Jan 2013

Cisco: Listen up, partners – we need to close the skills gap

Cisco is piloting a graduate sales training scheme for channel partners stateside ahead of an expected launch in Europe next year. For the last decade Cisco has run an internal Cisco Sales Associate programme but given the perennial skills gap that usually exists somewhere in the channel it is trialling a partner version. The …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2012
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Asia skills shortages attract job-hunting IT project managers

There was good news today for IT pros keen on a move to Asia, with new data suggesting hiring expectations in the technology sector better than any other and a notable skills shortage emerging in Hong Kong. It's not all happy days out East, though, as experts also warned of long working hours and risk of employee burn-out for …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Oct 2012
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CIOs' most likely job move is a sideways shift

CIOs have a great opportunity to boss innovation in their organisation, but they’re not valued as strategic advisors by their CEOs, most of whom think they’ll be out of the door soon, according to analysts and IT leaders. Gartner analyst Terick Chiu used a keynote at the CIO Executive Summit 2012 in Hong Kong on Wednesday to …
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APAC CIOs told to take the gloves off

Asia Pacific CIOs had better brush up their combat skills because they’ll need to “hyper compete” in 2013 if they want to attract the best staff and innovate their way to success, according to analyst IDC. Speaking at the Asia Pacific Summit 2012, IDC group vice president Sandra Ng argued that the region is the most …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Aug 2012

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