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US job market sneezing, blowing nose: Will we catch cold too?

The way the US economy is adding jobs each month – or rather, not adding a sufficiently large number of new workers – Mitt Romney will be six months into his second term or Hillary Clinton will be a half-year into her first term before the unemployment rate comes back down to levels before the Great Recession hit in December …
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Amazon to create 5,000 UK jobs in Kindle Fire hire

Amazon is to bolster the UK launch of its Kindle Fire tablet by creating 5,000 full-time and temporary jobs in Blighty. The web retailer will open three new distribution centres in Britain, and claims it will recruit 2,000 people on a permanent basis over the next two years - as well as 3,000 temporary workers during the run up …
Gavin Clarke, 7 Sep 2012
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Ex-pat IT pros have oversized packages

Ex-pat IT bosses working in Asia receive a gross pay package of more than $230,000 (£144,566) a year on average, but those fancying relocation may be better off financially if they head to less well-known parts of the region, according to new research from ECA International. The consultancy, which helps firms manage …
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Fired Toyota coder trashes systems, steals data

A fired former IT contractor for Toyota's US manufacturing wing has been ordered not to leave the country after allegedly accessing the company's servers, downloading proprietary information, and sabotaging its systems. The automaker accuses Ibrahimshah Shahulhameed, who was dismissed from his contract programming job on August …
Neil McAllister, 29 Aug 2012
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Leaked Genius Bar manual shows Apple's smooth seductions

A copy of the training manual used to prepare Apple employees for work at its in-store Genius Bars shows the smooth patter and sales mindset Cupertino seeks to indoctrinate into staff. Before donning the sacred blue t-shirt and becoming a Genius Bar operative, staff must first pass through a 14 day training course teaching not …
Iain Thomson, 29 Aug 2012
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Google crafts algorithms to get more women in more positions

Google has fine-tuned its search algorithms to hone in on many things, from web pages to stock quotes and flight times, but its latest challenge may be its most ambitious yet. It's hoping its vaunted data-crunching prowess can help it bring in more women. By most accounts, geeks worldwide are falling all over themselves to land …
Neil McAllister, 24 Aug 2012
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Technology tops Forbes list of 100 most powerful women

The latest list from Forbes of the 100 most powerful women on the planet suggests that the technology industry is leading the way in promoting sexual equality, contributing 15 per cent of the spots overall and a quarter of the top 20 positions. The technology industry contributed more names to the list (see below) than any other …
Iain Thomson, 24 Aug 2012
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Work for the military? Don't be evil, says ethicist

Engineers should refuse to work on killer robots, says Australian ethicist Dr Robert Sparrow. Sparrow's definition of a killer robot includes the Predator drone, a weapon he finds objectionable because “Military robots are making it easier for governments to start wars, thinking that they won't incur any casualties on their own …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2012
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Mining boom sparks IT jobs rush

Australia’s mining and resources boom is driving demand for IT workers, as new, lucrative tenders see vendors and miners alike start work on new projects. Kordia Solutions Australia snared a flagship coal seam gas tender this week with the AUD$90 million communications services contract from Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG), after …
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High Schools putting kids off IT careers, deepening skills shortage

High School teaching of IT as a career actually puts kids off pursuing careers in the field, according to John Ridge, Executive Director of the Australian Computer Society Foundation Trust Fund (ACSF). Ridge says general computer literacy courses in early high school are important and welcome, as employers expect some level of …
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Why women won't apply for IT jobs

Women won't apply for IT jobs unless they are certain they meet every single criterion for the gig, according to John Ridge, Executive Director of the Australian Computer Society Foundation Trust Fund (ACSF). Ridge and the ACSF run a national Work Integrated Learning scholarship scheme for IT workers in Australia and have, over …
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IT job creation bucks up US economy

The US economy added more jobs than economists had been expecting in July, according to a report released Friday from the Department of Labor, and the IT sector did its part to push up the numbers once again as it has since the beginning of the Great Recession five years ago. According to the July jobs report (PDF), the private …
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Job ad seeks 'mediocre' developers

Are you just scraping by coding in Ruby? Are you not prepared to pull infinite all-nighters? Are you less than amazingly fast? If you answered yes to any or all of the above, worry not: Melbourne, Australia, company Flippa has advertised for “Mediocre Ruby Devs”. The ad is not entirely serious, as Flippa does want good …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2012
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How do you measure up at the Olympics?

In Rome in 1960, a very strange thing happened in the men’s 100m freestyle Olympic swimming final: the man who recorded the fastest time was given the silver medal. In the absence of touch pads to record a swimmer’s finishing time, the method of determining the winner was complex in the extreme. Firstly, there were finishing …
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Jul 2012
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Australian government wants IT apprentices

Australia's Federal Government has opened its 2013 ICT Apprenticeship Program, and hopes bright young people who can spell HTML and pass a security clearance will jump at the chance to earn up a wage of around AUD$40k (actual pay varies by agency and seniority) slaving away amid crushing bureaucracy advancing the cause of the …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jul 2012
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Axe hovers over John Lewis IT jobs

The Reg understands that an "increase in efficiency" at John Lewis's Computer Services team could involve job cuts. Computer Services at John Lewis handles the back-end IT for John Lewis, Waitrose, johnlewis.com and waitrose.com. It would appear that over 100 jobs in the department are facing the axe. A reader has told us that …
Anna Leach, 26 Jul 2012
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Indian outsourcers Infosys outsource to WISCONSIN

Indian outsourcing company Infosys has set up a new software centre in Wisconsin, and a much bigger one in Bangalore. The new American office will service a Harley Davidson contract and will house 125 staffers in the MidWest. The new Bangalore office will be the base of 1,400 software engineers and developers purported to be …
Anna Leach, 25 Jul 2012

Hong Kong IT pros gloomy about the future

IT pros in Hong Kong are the least optimistic about their job prospects of all professionals, as Asia’s financial services hub struggles to adapt to continued global economic instability, according to a leading recruiter. Michael Page International’s latest Employee Intentions Report (PDF) for the Special Administrative Region ( …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Jul 2012
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Where there's brass, silver and gold ... there's also muck

“Danny Boyle wants to give the impression of 'British countryside' at the opening of the Olympic Games, but he appears to have missed out a few items,” writes Ann McLachlan of South Lanarkshire in the letters page of the Daily Express. “Where is the graffiti-decorated bus shelter? The burst mattress at the field gate? The …
Tim Phillips, 20 Jul 2012
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How to screw LIBOR and alienate people

The financially illiterate arts graduates MPs who tried to question Bob Diamond last week never stood a chance of getting down to how it was possible in the first place to screw with the single most important set of numbers in finance. So if you know an MP or someone at the Financial Services Authority, pass this on to them. …
Dominic Connor, 10 Jul 2012
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IT pulls its job creation weight in June in the US

A lot of things might be sizzling or even on fire right now in the United States, but job creation is not one of them. The monthly jobs report put out by the US Department of Labor is sure to put everyone in a bad mood for the long, hot weekend, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that only 80,000 jobs were added to …
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So, that vast IT disaster you may have caused? Come in, sit down

The RBS computer fiasco gives me an excuse to write about a sideline I have in interrogating IT professionals who are suspected of doing bad things. Sometimes it is quite hard to objectively tell the difference between incompetence and malice. In fact it is rare that either are the root cause of the worst screw-ups. The most …
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'Young people don't want to become like us', say IT pros

A third of IT professionals say their jobs appear geeky and boring, according to a study into why tech careers are not particularly popular with da yoof. Employment site CWJobs polled 576 working IT pros on fresh talent entering the industry and quizzed them on why young people weren't applying for techie positions despite …
Anna Leach, 3 Jul 2012
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Do you work in IT at RBS? Or at the next place to get hit ...?

Those nice people at RBS have provided me with a worked example for how you can best get through fan-hitting situations without having to take up minicab driving or going to work in local government. What I’m writing applies to the any of the very worst of screw-ups, when technology has gone so wrong that the IT director cancels …
Dominic Connor, 29 Jun 2012
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'Inexperienced' RBS tech operative's blunder led to banking meltdown

Exclusive A serious error committed by an "inexperienced operative" caused the IT meltdown which crippled the RBS banks last week, a source familiar with the matter has told The Register. Job adverts show that at least some of the team responsible for the blunder were recruited earlier this year in India following IT job cuts at RBS in …
Anna Leach, 26 Jun 2012
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Arts & social-sci students briefly forced to do useful work at Foxconn

A Chinese student forced to intern at Foxconn has complained that his two months on the gadget assembly line was like "military training" and unrelated to his degree, according to a local Chinese news site. A group of students at Xi'an Technological University have complained about having to do work with with the iPhone …
Anna Leach, 22 Jun 2012

Pricey China could put off ex-pat IT pros

Ex pat IT professionals could soon find more job opportunities appearing in Hong Kong than on the mainland after new research revealed rocketing living costs in some Chinese cities, forcing employers to reconsider where they locate candidates. The rankings for HR support firm ECA International’s Cost of Living Survey are based …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Jun 2012
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IT pro or manager? Go East, young man. But don't expect servants

Analysis Ambitious Britishers have long looked abroad to make their fortunes, and the rise of China and its satellites is drawing a new generation ready to swap family ties and predictable working hours for a slice of the new Wild East. But while the booming Asian economy is generating a raft of new job opportunities for senior IT …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Jun 2012
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Introduction to Virtualisation, Microsoft-style

Review Microsoft has introduced a new series of tracks into the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). These are introductions to various topics targeted at Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). SMEs being the bulk of my professional experience, I am curious, and have taken the opportunity to give one of these tracks a go. The pick of the …
Trevor Pott, 19 Jun 2012
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So you wanna be a Wall Street techie? Or anyway, get paid a lot

For at least a couple of decades now, if you’ve been a technologist and wanted to get paid as highly as possible for your work, there’s been pretty much only one place to go: the financial industry. meeting_room_empty_chair Have a seat, chum... we'll be in shortly to pick up the questionnaire on the syntax of complicated and …
Dave Mandl, 19 Jun 2012
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Steely Neelie: EU is crippled by its clueless tech-ignorant workforce

Half of Europe's workforce is too tech-challenged to fill all the extra ICT jobs that will be knocking around in the next few years, the European Commission has said. Digital Agenda Scoreboard 2012 The EC's Digital Agenda crew released its scoreboard of how well the continent is doing on figuring out the interwebs today and …
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Honour for Queen's IT manager

The Royal Household's IT systems manager Toby Zeegen made it onto The Queen's birthday honours list today. He is now a member of The Royal Victorian Order, given by The Queen to people who have "served her or the Monarchy in a personal way". There are five classes of the order, and the top two confer knighthoods on the holder. …
Drew Cullen, 16 Jun 2012
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Unilever cutting tech bods, moving jobs to Bangalore: 800 face axe

Unilever is entering into a redundancy consultation process with techies amid plans to relocate the UK tech hub from Ewloe in Wales to its head office in Merseyside and outsource "some" roles to India, although it would not confirm how many. Around 800 staff will face the chop by 2013. The move is part of a wider cost-cutting …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jun 2012
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Girl Geek Dinner lady: The IT Crowd is putting schoolgirls off tech

Sexism in The IT Crowd and other TV shows that chronicle of life in the tech industry is preventing women from considering a career in IT, said Sarah Lamb of women-in-tech-group Girl Geek Dinners. Jen from the IT Crowd The IT Crowd's Jen: Not an inspirational role model The portrayal of IT workers as sexist and women as …
Anna Leach, 14 Jun 2012
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How to put "Stuxnet author" on your CV

With Stuxnet outed as a government-sponsored project by none other that one B. Obama of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the world has concrete evidence that states commission the coding of malware. That evidence led Anton Chuvakin, a research director in Gartner's IT1 Security and Risk Management group, to ponder just what the coders …
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How to get a job in Australia

Here in The Register's antipodean eyrie, we have good economic news! Australia skipped the worst of the GFC and avoided a recession. Annual growth remains close to three per cent and unemployment hovers near five per cent. We gather things aren't so good elsewhere. Brits seem to be grumbling about a double dip recession and …
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TomTom does the dream-job-onna-island bit

Yet another competition for a dream job on a tropical island has sprung up: now satnav biz TomTom is offering two weeks of mapping and holidaying to five groups of five people this summer. The Map Paradise Project will send the winning teams on an all-expenses-paid holiday to Fiji, St Lucia, Mauritius, Cape Verde and the …
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Jobs gloom in the US: But a few bright spots in IT

Factory output is slowing in China. Europe is still struggling with debts in Greece, Spain, and Ireland. And now the United States is adding a lot fewer jobs than needed. And, as it turns out, American companies have in the past few months added even fewer jobs than the Department of Labor originally thought. According to the …
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Flexibility needed to score expat gigs in Asia

Ex-pat IT pros are finding it increasingly difficult to persuade Asian employers to put them on the payroll, but opportunities exist for those who prove they can be flexible, adapt easily to a new working culture and have deep knowledge at the cutting edge of technology, according to experts. International recruiter Hudsons …
Phil Muncaster, 31 May 2012

Foxconn to create workers' paradise?

Foxconn plans to double the minimum wage of its mainland China workers by 2013 as part of a renewed attempt to soften the image of the ultra-secretive company, says Taiwanese site Want Daily. The outlet reports that Foxconn president and chairman Terry Gou said he wanted the firm’s Chinese workers paid at least 4,400 yuan (£441 …
Phil Muncaster, 28 May 2012
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Silicon Roundabout touts startup jobs for 'ninjas' this weekend

Got your own nunchuks? Spent a day learning HTML? Get down to Shoreditch's Silicon Roundabout this weekend and get yourself a job at a startup. A waged job. Silicon MilkRoundabout, the hiring fair for startups, hits London this weekend, and 800 jobs are going at over 100 of the "top tech startups in the UK", according to the …
Anna Leach, 25 May 2012
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The most dangerous job in America: Keeping iPhones connected

An investigation into the deaths of workers putting up cell towers has shown how US network operators distance themselves from those taking the risks, with AT&T's dash to provide iPhone connectivity allegedly killing more than most. The investigation was carried out by ProPublica and (US TV show) Frontline, which have spent the …
Bill Ray, 23 May 2012