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Australian spooks want mobile dev to build ... something

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) seems set to equip Australian spooks with mobile apps. The Reg is happy to make that assertion on the back of this job ad seeking a “Mobile Applications Developer” with “Development experience with iOS and/or Android (desirable).” We asked ASIO why it needs a mobile …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2013
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China visa changes could attract job-hunting IT pros

A change to China’s visa laws due to come into force this (northern) summer could make the People’s Republic a more attractive destination for ex-pat IT professionals up for the challenge, but the vital details on exactly which skills are needed are still being worked out. The Exit and Entry Administration Law comes into force …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jan 2013
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EMC anoints ‘Elect’ group of IT pros

EMC has named the first 75 members of the “Elect”, a group it says will “span the gap between brand loyalty and brand advocacy.” Announced last November and pitched as a “community-driven, peer-nominated recognition program that acknowledges distinguished contributions to the EMC community by employees, customers, and partners” …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jan 2013
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IT boom driving candidate hungry Honkers

Ex-pat IT professionals looking to kick start the new year with a new career in a far-flung destination could do worse than Hong Kong or Singapore, where the tech sector is short of job candidates and is snapping up new recruits, according to international agency Hudson. The recruiter‘s Employment Trends report for Q1 2013 …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Jan 2013
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Switching to IT: Which qualifications are worthwhile?

From time to time we dip into El Reg Forums to highlight questions raised by our commentards. Today we republish this post from Thomas 4, who writes: I'm considering a change of career from my current medicinal line of work and stepping into the great grand world of IT. My current plan is starting in helpdesk work and moving up …
Drew Cullen, 8 Jan 2013

IT sector bumped up jobs in the US in December

Economists had been worried that late October superstorm Hurricane Sandy, which didn't show an immediate effect on the employment situation in November, would wallop job creation in December. Because of this, they predicted, the Bureau of Labor Statistics might have to go back and revise its November figures downwards when the …
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Vodafone India appoints SECRET SNITCHES

Vodafone India employees could find themselves kicked out of the company if they break a tough new set of safety laws, with specially-designated members of staff granted police-like powers to check compliance. The firm’s global health and safety goal is to “drive a zero fatalities culture, mindset and behaviour”. Although …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Dec 2012
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VCDX: The elite certification just 105 people hold

On 28 February next year in Las Vegas, a group of brave IT professionals will go before a jury of their peers and spend half a day defending themselves and their technical skills. The inquisitors will pull no punches and the process will be brutal. Many of those on trial will be defeated, rejected and fly home chastened. Others …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2012

Ray Kurzweil to become Google's top engineer

Futurist, artificial intelligence expert and inventor Ray Kurzweil will join Google as a director of engineering. Kurzweil's profile is such that it was he – and not his new employer – who announced the new gig, and on his own web site to boot. Google is so far silent on the reasons for Kurzweil's appointment, but the new hire' …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2012

Telcos and hosters add US jobs in November, semi manufacturers cut them

In some surprising good news for the US and perhaps the rest of the world in this interconnected global economy, employers added more jobs and lost fewer jobs in November in the wake of Hurricane Sandy smacking into the east coast in late October, and state governments started adding workers, offsetting losses in the government …
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Single? Thrill-seeking? Love selling? I've got a top job just for YOU

Comment We're barely into December, but let's not forget what awaits us when all the parties are over and 2013 rudely slaps us awake. January is a time of festive hangovers, belt tightening and making resolutions that will be broken by February. But the beginning of a new year also tends to spur the more adventurous into a fresh bout …
Tim Ayling, 6 Dec 2012
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Being responsible, creative and motivated means you aren’t

If you try to stand out from the crowd by describing yourself as “creative”, “motivated” or “responsible”, you’re actually making yourself look like you lack creativity and aren’t motivated enough to take responsibility for your career by penning a cliché-free LinkedIn Profile. We make that assertion on the basis that LinkedIn’s …
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Chinese student fails job interview because of iPhone

An incensed university student in China’s Jilin province has taken to the web to vent his frustration at being rejected during a job interview after his interviewer spotted that he owned an iPhone. The unlucky fourth year student, surnamed Gao, attended the interview at the tail end of November in Changchun city, only to be told …
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Raspberry Pi daddy: Stroke your hardware at night, land a job easy

Eben Upton, a key player in the Raspberry Pi's genesis, said out-of-work graduates should get busy with computers in their spare time if they want to land a job. And he didn't mean logging into Facebook. Speaking in a Google Hangout video chat conference call thing, Upton drew on his years of hiring newbies at chip giant …
Anna Leach, 29 Nov 2012
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Cutbacks hit CSIRO wireless unit

One of the CSIRO’s most successful research units – at least measured by the royalties it generates – is being slimmed down, according to the CSIRO Staff Association. The union has called the job cuts “baffling” given the value of wireless research to the scientific body. Through a series of long-running lawsuits with vendors …

Annual reviews: It's high time we rid the world of this insanity

An inescapable and widely dreaded fact of life for people employed in the financial industry is the annual review. Unlike the way this process might have worked a few decades ago, and still does in most other industries, it’s not a simple matter of sitting down with your manager at the end of the year for a casual discussion of …
Dave Mandl, 28 Nov 2012

Skills shortage may crimp Asia's IT rise

Asia Pacific will once again be the envy of the tech world in 2013 as it posts steady ICT spending growth of near eight per cent, but a worsening skills shortage could hamper enterprise technology adoption, according to IDC. The analyst’s top ten predictions for 2013 began with good news for the region (excluding Japan) in the 7 …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Nov 2012
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Outsourcing fingered as UBS cops £30m fine

The perils of outsourcing have again come under the spotlight after regulators investigating the $US2.3bn loss at Swiss bank UBS pointed to key risk management failings at a third party provider based in India. The FSA and Swiss regulator FINMA launched a joint investigation into UBS in September 2011 after it came to light that …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Nov 2012

Chinese cloud firm offers 'love bonus' to amorous staff

A Chinese cloud computing company has taken a novel approach to improving staff morale, ignoring all workplace common sense by encouraging its employees to hook up with each other, and with those of rival firms, in return for a financial reward. Chengdu Cloud Computing, based in the booming tech hub of Chengdu, in western China’ …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Nov 2012
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Facebook gets into jobs market with recruitment board

Facebook has developed an application aimed at matching its users with available jobs as part of an initiative with the US government dubbed the Social Jobs Partnership (SJP). "Nearly a year ago, the US Department of Labor joined the Social Jobs Partnership to explore better ways to connect people with job information through …
Iain Thomson, 14 Nov 2012
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Job ad seeks devs to work two hour days in Australia

Want to work a two-hour work day in Australia, without all the hassle of moving to the anitpodes? Perth company Realcognita may have just the job for you, after it published a job ad seeking staff whose “Working hours must at least overlap 2 hours of Perth business hours (GMT+8).” Right now that means almost anyone from Europe …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2012

Your job's going to Asia, in a good way

IT spending in APAC will grow by nearly eight per cent over the coming year to $743bn, with Western markets set to benefit eventually as successful Asian firms expand and hire abroad, according to analyst outfit Gartner. The firm forecast spending in APAC to increase 7.8 per cent year-on-year in 2013, more than double the …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Nov 2012
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How to spot a terrible tech boss within SECONDS

Part 2 Having been an occasionally competent manager I know that nowhere in the spectrum from micromanagement to management-by-email suits everyone. In fact, you people don’t even know what sort of boss you want. Your imaginary “manager I like” is really just the opposite of your most hated real-life superior, but what's missing is the …
Dominic Connor, 12 Nov 2012

Sysadmins: Basically a happy lot, but frustrated and underpaid

In old days, you used to throw raw meat into the glass house with an occasional paycheck and the mainframes pumped out the reports and processed the transactions somewhat magically as far as managers and users were concerned. But these days, all users are acquainted with computers and they know exactly who to blame – system …
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Mmm, what's that smell: Coffee or sweat? How to avoid a crap IT job

Part 1 Do not try picking up a girl with the line: “You’re not as fat as my current girlfriend; if you sleep with me I’ll drop her as soon as she’s finished painting our bedroom.” Trust me on this, it doesn’t work. It should set off alarm bells in anyone's head. Yet during job interviews, hopefuls are told things like: “We’re ditching …

How IT bosses turned the tables on our cushy consultancy gigs

I think I’ve been through enough economic cycles in my life to say that the nature of employment, at least in the financial-tech industry that I’m most familiar with, has changed fundamentally in the last few years. If you’re a technology worker and your job suddenly seems unusually precarious, that’s because it is: fear of …
Dave Mandl, 4 Nov 2012

IT does its part for Obama US jobs creation in October

The economy in the United States added 171,000 net new jobs in October according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, higher than many economists had expected. Even better, more people were added to the payroll in August and September than the BLS had originally expected. With the economy improving by some …
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Big Data's big issue: Where are all the data scientists coming from?

Analysis Plug “data scientist” into Google and it is clear the job title has finally come of age and, suddenly there is a huge skills shortage. An oft-quoted source about this shortage is a McKinsey Global Institute study, here. This predicts a talent gap of 140,000 to 190,000 people by 2018 in the US alone. I am always sceptical of IT …
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A hundred Brit IT bods' jobs under threat at Direct Line

Exclusive Insurance group Direct Line is considering cutting up to 100 IT jobs in its plan to save £100m a year, some of which may go to outsourced employees. The Direct Line Group confirmed to The Register that 100 jobs are in the middle of a 90-day consultation period that started on 5 September and that outsourcing in general was an …
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IBM slices UK GTS contractor rates

IT contractors working for IBM Global Technology Services (GTS) in the UK are being hit with a 10 per cent rate cut from this week. A Reg reader said that IT bods were being told that they had to accept the rate reduction from this weekend. Recruitment firm Hays confirmed that contractors were getting their pay chopped, but …
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Her Majesty's Secret Service opens a Q-Branch apprentice scheme

A scheme to recruit technical apprentices to work in MI5*, MI6** and UK communications spook central GCHQ*** is now open and accepting applications. Successful Q-Branch apprentices will do paid work tackling cyber threats and organised crime, deep in the intelligence service headquarters in Cheltenham and London. The young …
Anna Leach, 22 Oct 2012
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Good news for Relational DBAs

Comment Those advocating emerging technologies and ideas often talk as if IT is a zero sum game. When something new comes along, the assumption is that something old needs to move aside to make way. We have seen this happen on a number of occasions in the data management space, with frequent claims relational databases becoming less and …
Dale Vile, 18 Oct 2012
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Amazon seeks 50,000 temporary elves to wrap up America's Xmas

Amazon will be taking on over 50,000 seasonal staff in the US to pack up the nation's Furbies, Lego and video games for Christmas. The mega-etailer is already hiring 10,000 short-term staff in the UK and said today that it would need five times that for its centres in America. “We’re hiring at our sites across the US for …
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UNSW offers free online Computing 1 class

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has jumped on the international bandwagon of Universities giving their courses away for free, with a 12-week Computing 1 course starting today. Available here, the course will be taught by Associate Professor Richard Buckland, an academic who specialises in security, cyber crime and cyber …
Simon Sharwood, 14 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

US unemployment dips below 8 per cent, but IT sector takes a hit

The economy in the United States added as many jobs as economists had been expecting and President Obama had been no doubt praying for, and the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 per cent, the first time it has been below 8 per cent since the current Great Recession began in December 2007. The Bureau of Labor Statistics not only …

'It is absolute b*ll*cks that contractors aren't committed'

The academic who penned an Australian study into the working lives of freelance professionals says the results would, if they described full-time employees, mean human resources managers tick all the boxes needed to score a bonus. The study in question, the 2012 iPro Index, was conducted by Monash University Senior Lecturer Dr …
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Big Data skills gap needs filling says tech industry

Oracle OpenWorld Concern is growing in the US technology industry about a skills gap in education and training in the field of data analysis. "Last 50 years arguably have been about computer science," said Jeremy Burton, VP of product operations for EMC, during his Monday keynote at Oracle OpenWorld. "The next 50 years are going to be about data …
Iain Thomson, 4 Oct 2012
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Amazon UK: We're hiring 3,000 Xmas temps? Make that 10,000

Amazon UK has tripled the number of temp box packers it will hire in the Christmas run-up: 10,000 short-term packaging jobs will now be created at the company's UK shipment centres. Amazon has eight so-called fulfilment centres in Rugeley, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, Doncaster, Peterborough, Dunfermline, Inverclyde and …
Anna Leach, 2 Oct 2012
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Microsoft: 'To fill 6,000 jobs, we'll pay $10K per visa'

Microsoft has entered the US immigration debate with a novel proposal for expanding the number of visas available for foreign techies: have companies pay the government a good chunk of change for an expanded number of them. Redmond's general counsel Brad Smith, speaking on a panel discussing STEM (science, technology, …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Sep 2012
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Apple scrambled to hire iOS 6 maps engineers DAYS before launch

Apple posted job adverts for six iOS map engineers within the past ten days, perhaps preempting the storm of criticism over the controversial new map app in iOS 6. Any effort to boost the software's team could be seen as too little, too late after fanbois and fangrrls across the world branded the new satnav-like service as …
Anna Leach, 21 Sep 2012
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CrimTrac seeks new CIO after incumbent joins Gartner

CrimTrac, Australia's agency charged with facilitating intelligence-sharing between States, Territories and the Commonwealth, is looking for a new CIO after incumbent Darin Brumby joined analyst firm Gartner. Brumby's LinkedIn profile reveals the move, as does the fact that CrimTrac has advertised for his replacement. Gartner …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2012