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Microsoft cans three 'pinnacle' certifications, sparking user fury

Microsoft has again enraged some of its most committed users, by “retiring” the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM), and Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) certifications. The decision comes just weeks after Microsoft closed its TechNet service, angering users forced into more expensive …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Aug 2013

Ex-Windows chief Sinofsky flogs brains to Valley startups

Microsoft’s former Windows chief Steven Sinofsky is re-inventing himself in Silicon Valley as an investor and startup mentor. In his role as a newbie at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Sinofsky is now an advisor to file-sharing service Box. Co-founder and chief executive Aaron Levie blogged that Sinofsky …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Aug 2013

Met Police spaffs £250m keeping 'ineffective' IT systems running - report

The Metropolitan Police are wasting £212m a year maintaining IT gear including a network based on a 1970s-era baggage-handling system, a damning report from the capital's assembly claims. A full 85 per cent of the force's £250m IT budget goes on maintaining “out-of-date, ineffective and overly expensive technology, some of which …
Gareth Corfield, 30 Aug 2013
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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

Comment I am female, and I work in IT. I’m not in sales or in management; I am a systems engineer on a team that maintains and supports critical systems for an international, multi-billion-dollar company. I fight the fires, troubleshoot the issues and design systems. So much has been written about the need for more women in IT, but I’ve …
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Wait, don't ditch that IT career just yet: UK vacancies hit 5-year high

Britain's tech jobs market is showing signs of recovery with the number of available positions growing across the nation. The number of tech jobs available in inner London has doubled since 2009, from 5,736 to 9,886 in 2013, according to new independent figures. IT recruiters CWJobs handed El Reg data that suggests the number …
Jasper Hamill, 21 Aug 2013
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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

Some of Japan’s biggest technology companies send certain employees to “boredom" or "forcing-out" rooms where they’re forced to undertake menial tasks designed to make them quit. A New York Times report detailed the experience of 51-year-old Sony employee Shusaku Tani who refused to take early retirement after his position at …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Aug 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

IT gear manufacturers trim payrolls in July

The good news in the United States is that the unemployment rate, as gauged by the Department of Labor, was down in July. The bad news is that the economy created fewer jobs than anticipated last month, and that the numbers for May and June were revised down a bit, as well. The unemployment rate dipped a bit in July in the …

Russian Zuckerberg to Snowden: 'Come work for книга лиц  VKontakte'

It isn't clear how NSA leaker Edward Snowden plans to support himself, now that he's been granted 12 months of asylum in Russia. But if he wants a job, the door is open for him at VK, Russia's version of Facebook. Writing that he was proud of Russia for having accepted Snowden's asylum application, Pavel Durov, one of the …

Apple FINGERED our personal packages every day, claim shop staff

Two Apple store staffers, who say they are fed up with out-of-hours bag searches, are suing the iPhone giant for compensation. The pair's class-action lawsuit claims the Cupertino company is bent on preventing "employee pilferage" and forces workers to wait in a queue for up to ten minutes to have their handbags or "personal …
Jasper Hamill, 31 Jul 2013

Oi, jobless yoofs: Upload a witty video bio if you wanna find work

London charity UK Youth has launched a new initiative to help get young folk into work – by encouraging them to post video CVs on Twitter. The charity has teamed up with social media app Videofyme to let jobseekers record a video of themselves to upload to the microblogging site alongside the hashtag #employme, which employers …
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US workforce expands as more job seekers seek jobs

The US is still buzzed with its July 4th hangover, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics is open for business, delivering some good news: over the past three months, despite government job cuts, private-sector employers added enough jobs to keep pace with population growth. According to the June jobs report, the US economy added …
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Big Blue storage supremo Andy Monshaw quits IBM

Exclusive Andy Monshaw, general manager of IBM's storage business from 2005 to 2008 and most recently general manager of the company's PureFlex integrated systems, has left the building. A well-placed source whispered the news to The Register that Monshaw's departed IBM within the last fortnight. Monshaw's LinkedIn profile also reflects …
Chris Mellor, 4 Jul 2013
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A short, sharp tool kit to get you to the top in financial IT

Congratulations, you’ve started moving up the food chain. But there is still a long way to go. Having been an occasionally competent head of IT at a midsize City firm after working my way up, I’d like to share with you things I should have known then. These are the lessons I’ve learned at some cost to both my employers and …
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How City IT is under attack from politicians, diesel bugs, HR

Comment The stupidest thing I’ve ever said was “if it was a jet, the tower would have collapsed” on September 11th and I feel the same about RBS. As I pass it most days, part of me expects to see crowds outside, perhaps including the police and TV camera crews, because I can’t understand why it still functions. The Reg has covered in …
Dominic Connor, 27 Jun 2013
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CSIRO seeks seagoing sysadmin

Fleeing flocks of furious testers who think your last beta was more like a pre-alpha compiled after a Friday night bender? Or perhaps you're more the independent operator who wants an environment in which the PHB* is far, far away and your users are a captive audience. CSIRO has just the thing for you: with a new ship lining up …
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Opportunity knocks? Four jobs for your perusal

Promo Monday and time for our regular outing with reed.co.uk, The Register's UK recruitment partner. Four jobs are presented for your perusal. The Hood Group, a household insurance company headquartered in Southend, is hunting for a group IT director. Responsibilities include the successful delivery of software development, ensuring …
David Gordon, 24 Jun 2013
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FIVE DAY tech job interviews on trial at Oz telco Telstra

Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, has revealed that it's trying out job interviews that run for five days. At the Agile Australia conference in Sydney yesterday, Telstra CIO Patrick Eltridge told his interlocutor in a Q&A session attended by IT News that the company has conducted six such interviews so far, resulting in three …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2013
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IT mercenaries and buy-to-let landlords are my HEROES - here's why

Comment High rates of home ownership increase the unemployment rate, says a new study. This doesn't, at first, sound very sensible; we'd probably think that anyone with a house is working so damned hard to pay the mortgage that they'd have no time to be unemployed. However, it is actually true that there is a correlation between the two …
Tim Worstall, 19 Jun 2013

Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

The venerable PDP-11 minicomputer is still spry to this day, powering GE nuclear power-plant robots - and will do so for another 37 years. That's right: PDP-11 assembler coders are hard to find, but the nuclear industry is planning on keeping the 16-bit machines ticking over until 2050 – long enough for a couple of generations …
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Fifty, fired and fretful: Three chaps stare down CAREER MORTALITY

Donald* guessed what about to happen as soon as the meeting started, so he got in first with a question. “How much will my payout be?” And with that, a fifteen-year stint at a multinational vendor came to an end. Donald's on gardening leave. His employer was obliged to write him a handsome cheque, but his role had seen him …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2013
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When to say those three little words: 'I am quitting'

Feature My despair as El Reg's resident job expert is that you people sometimes can’t even follow basic simple advice. For example, when I wrote about pay cuts, some arts grad commented that he’d immediately quit. I shall type this slowly so you understand: You... quit... when... it... suits... you. Not out of spite, not for revenge, …
Dominic Connor, 17 Jun 2013
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Career opportunities, the ones that sometime knock

Promo Monday morning and time for our weekly promo with reed.co.uk, our UK recruitment partner. Here are four positions for your perusal. Also scroll down to enter our prize draw. Architas, part of the AXA insurance group, wants a lead developer to run the development of legacy and new applications and on-going maintenance of IT …
David Gordon, 17 Jun 2013

Girls, beer and C++: How to choose the right Comp-Sci degree for you

Feature You choose your degree when you’re still a child, even though at 16 or 17 you may not feel like one. When I look back at some of my own teenage decisions, I shudder, and you will too when you think back to your younger years. But perhaps, armed with the advice below, you can avoid the common pitfalls and stumbling blocks on the …
Dominic Connor, 14 Jun 2013
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The Reg's best-looking reader reveals list of jobs for the beautiful

A Register reader has posed as a hottie in order to reveal the positions available on a job-advertisement board for beauties only. Our man told us he employed his professional photo-editing skills to take model-quality snaps (although we're sure he's being modest) and then join beautifulpeople.com, a dating site for sexy folk. …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Jun 2013
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IT did its small part for US job creation in May

The US economy has now created more jobs than economists had projected for the fourth month in a row, according to the Department of Labor, calling into question the wisdom of those economists as much as the mixed signals coming out of various economic indicators in recent weeks. The latest jobs report out of the Bureau of Labor …

Australia shuts up shop for tech temps

That idea you've entertained to enjoy a year or two working in Australia, which hasn't had a recession since the early 1990s, boasts an unemployment rate of just 5.6 per cent, sun galore, beautiful beaches and a shortage of tech workers? Dream on, Reg readers: Australia is clamping down on temporary foreign workers and the “457 …
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Short-staffed website swaps DOGS for DEVELOPERS

Like many companies, Seattle-based dog-sitting-as-a-service rover.com struggles to find software developers. Similarly afflicted companies often make cash awards to those who refer them useful talent. Back in April Rover.com decided to offer them dogs instead. Here's the company's pitch, taken from its jobs page: For the next …

Unemployed? Ugly? Ugh, no thanks, says fitties-only job website

Ugly people have been banned from a new jobs site which only offers positions to applicants who are easy on the eye. The owners of a notorious dating website called Beautiful People have launched a new recruitment service allowing employers to hire good-looking lackeys. Only those deemed pretty enough to join the dating site …
Jasper Hamill, 4 Jun 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 nowadays …
Dominic Connor, 31 May 2013
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SAP launches mostly-free online courseware

Massive Online Open Courses, aka MOOCs, are flavour of the month thanks to the huge numbers of students signing up for courses offered by some of the world's most prestigious universities. Little wonder then that one of the world's more prestigious software vendors, SAP, has clambered aboard the bandwagon with a very MOOC-like …
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2013
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SAP in search of autistic software engineers who 'think different'

SAP wants to hire engineers diagnosed with autism - or people who "think differently" in the words of the enterprise software giant. In a big push to fill out its ranks of developers, testers and bods involved in data quality assurance, SAP has turned to Specialisterne, a group dedicated to finding work for those with autism. …
Gavin Clarke, 23 May 2013
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O2 brushed off outsourcing 'rumour' - but it's happening ... to THOUSANDS

More than 3,000 helpdesk staff at mobile network O2 will be transferred to outsourcing giant Capita and around 600 made redundant by August, according to the Communications Workers Union. The trade union described the move as "a betrayal". O2 owner Telefonica, meanwhile, told the Telegraph that only 2,000 positions would be …
Bill Ray, 21 May 2013
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So you want to be a contractor? Well, here's how it works

Back in the heady days of 1984, working on the development of Microsoft Unix (yes, that was a real product, AKA Xenix), we needed to write an Ethernet driver, but none of us really felt up to that. We needed to hire an expensive specialist. And so I met my first contractor, who turned up in a far better car than anyone else and …
Dominic Connor, 20 May 2013

Cameron's Tech City: Desks? Yes. Cash? Yes. Coders? Nope

Lack of skilled staff is hampering the growth of almost half of all tech businesses based around East London's Silicon Roundabout, a survey has found. Research firm GfK asked top-ranking staff from than a hundred companies based within Shoreditch's Tech City cluster about the problems faced by their businesses. 77 per cent of …
Jasper Hamill, 20 May 2013
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Reg careers live chat: Upgrade or go home with Dominic Connor

Live Chat Are you looking to switch jobs, skill-up or go back to college? Have a browse of The Register’s Careers’ Live Chat now. City headhunter and Reg contributor Dominic Connor and the Reg’s group editor Joe Fay hosted an hour's worth of career-enhancing discussion to help your next steps. We threw open the doors at 1.30pm to allow …
Joe Fay, 16 May 2013
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Has any employer ever delivered the training it promised?

Minipoll Does this sound familiar? You tell the interviewer you're willing to learn, they tell you they are deeply committed to funding ongoing personal development of all their employees. Three months in you're still spending your free time reading through The Idiot's Guide to ERP that you paid for yourself. Six months on you're …
Team Register, 8 May 2013

Dept o' Labor says US created more jobs than it thought this spring

The US economy has been humming along a little more strongly than the Department of Labor originally thought over the past few months – US companies added a lot more workers than expected in February and March, and did better than expected in the shiny new report for April, too. The first Friday of every month is when the Bureau …
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Is the IT industry short on Cobolers? This could be your lucky day

Let's make one thing clear: your previous jobs are not the reason why you were hired. You were hired for having skills that bosses need. People are employed because they are needed to do things that must be done, not because they can do something that is merely desired. It’s not all bad news. The current Big Data hype means …
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Continued lack of women in tech bemoaned by ex-techie lady MP

The number of women enrolled in training courses preparing them to work in the tech industry has not changed for 30 years, an MP has told the House of Commons. Ahead of a debate last Friday on “attracting girls to ICT careers”, Labour MP and former shadow minister for innovation Chi Onwurah warned that Britain's tech sector was …
Jasper Hamill, 30 Apr 2013
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Study suggests US companies use overseas workers to cut wages

An extensive study of the US labor market has shown that the skills shortage which technology firms are constantly complaining about is overstated and firms may instead be using overseas workers to drive down wage costs. In a paper for the Economic Policy Institute by Hal Salzman of Rutgers University, Daniel Kuehn of American …
Iain Thomson, 26 Apr 2013

Harassed Oracle employee wins case, cops huge legal bill

Rebecca Richardson, the former Oracle employee who recently won a case against the company over sexual harassment committed by a former colleague, found out late last week that it was a pyrrhic victory after being hit with a monster legal bill. Richardson's case against Oracle, which was liable for the actions of a harassing …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Apr 2013