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Samsung Job Creation may drive demand for cutting edge Software Engineers

The Managing Director of Vertex Solutions, Mark Beard, told The Recruiter “There is a lot of competition in the slate marketplace where Apple’s iPad is dominant. Twenty-five thousand is a huge number. If they were looking to do that in Europe, it would be very challenging and nigh on possible without making an acquisition. A lot of that talent will be software engineers; the war for that skillset is returning. That is a global war and it will be a big task for Samsung. A lot of companies have done a lot more in-house recruitment and direct recruitment during the downturn with more access to active candidates. Clients will need to continue to invest in their in-house recruitment to develop more proactive methods of candidate generation. I think there will be a more of a reliance of specific niche recruiters that know the marketplace and can reach the talent not in the public domain. You need to apply some relatively sophisticated techniques to reach these candidates, which niche recruiters are skilled at doing.”

This week has also seen the new research from the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology that has revealed that the number of Information Technology jobs in the UK is set to grow by 2.19% per year; a growth rate of almost five times the UK average. The councils report, titled ‘Technology Insights 2011’, predicts that in 2011 alone the Information and Technology Industry will require 110,000 new candidates to satisfy rapidly increasing demand.

The report predicts that more that 50% of new candidates will move from other occupations, 17% will be new job seekers making the move directly from education and the remainder will be those re-entering the workforce following a period of unemployment or a career break. The report went on to predict that job creation will primarily be in ‘high value roles’ with individuals expected to utilise new skills.

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IT Jobs set to grow by 2.19% per year

The report predicts that more that 50% of new candidates will move from other occupations, 17% will be new job seekers making the move directly from education and the remainder will be those re-entering the workforce following a period of unemployment or a career break. The report went on to predict that job creation will primarily be in ‘high value roles’ with individuals expected to utilise new skills.

A number of recent surveys and reports seem to back up many of the claims of large scale job creation in the future. A recent study by Orange found that more than 50% of its customers are planning to increase spending on Information Technology (including IT professionals) in 2011. The survey of more than 2,000 SME customers found that 52% of respondents would spend more on Information Technology over the next year, with communications equipment identified as the technology to best support their business. The Managing Director of one of Orange’s customers, Dr Andrea Ercole, said that \”We\’re planning on hiring more staff and doubling our headcount. We\’re also seeing many businesses now collaborating through social media, and plan to invest more in this area in order to reach out to new and existing customers.\”

The latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) JobsOutlook survey also revealed that although many employers are remaining cautions with regards to recruitment early on in 2011 many expect to add to their permanent and temporary workforce over the course of the year. The survey revealed that many UK employers are taking a cautious approach to the early part of the year following the recent increase in VAT (from 17.5% to 20%) and looming public sector job losses.  Key figures included;

  • 21% of employers said that they will be adding to their headcounts during the course of 2011
  • 74% said that they plan to keep their workforce numbers static in 2011
  • 5% intend to reduce their permanent and temporary headcount during the course of the year
  • 95% expect to grow or keep their permanent headcount the same over the course of the next 3 months
  • 32% plan to grow their agency workforce over the next 12 month
  • 20% intend to increase their temporary staff within the next three months

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Data theft by employees common in the UK

The survey revealved that:

  • 26% of the 1,000 polled had stolen customer data
  • 25% had removed HR records
  • 25% had taken marketing data
  • 10% had lifted redundancy lists
  • 23% used USB memory sticks to take the information, 23% used laptop computers, 13% used mobile phones

The Chief Technology Officer at Imperva, Amichai Shulman, said that \”That employees steal data is nothing new, but it is surprising to see the number of people who think they are entitled to do so. By creating policies that staff adhere to businesses can ensure that everyone knows where they stand and what is expected of them\”.

Recently Gartner, the Information Technology research and advisory firm, said that 20% of employees will be using social networks to communicate by 2014, rather than via traditional structured email systems. The firm predicted that new business focused social networks and more advanced information sharing between traditional business email systems and social networking will drive the change. However businesses will need to become more comfortable with social networking tools in order for greater collaboration and efficiency to be achieved. Social networking tools offer those workers planning to take key information from businesses with an easy way to left important contacts in particular.

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Milestones for radical new PAYE system announced

Earlier in the year the Coalition Government conducted a consultation into radical plans to modernise the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) scheme and save substantial amounts in annual operation costs. The PAYE scheme currently costs the Government £1 Billion per year to administer however the new Government does not believe that this represents good value for money. Therefore a Real-Time Information System will be set up to improve information transfer and if successful implement a radical Centralised Deduction System at some time in the future.

Reasons to Modernise the Pay as You Earn Scheme

The Pay as You Earn Scheme was introduced back in 1944 however much has changed in the UK labour market since then. Back in the 40s and 50s most employers ran a weekly payroll rather than a monthly payroll and made payments in cash rather than via an electronic payment system. When people left an employment an employer would quickly make payment and issue a P45 so that the worker could take the document to their next employment and keep everything in order. Today most employers make monthly payments and use an electronic record system meaning that it often takes a while for leaving employees to receive their P45. Often this means the new employer will use a P46 and consequentially a temporary tax code.

The complexity of the workforce has also increased substantially over the years with many workers receiving multiple sources of income today. The drive to a temporary workforce has driven this change. People in these situations may require several tax codes so it is harder to ensure the correct amounts of tax are deducted from each payment.

Overall the Government is looking to modernise the system in order to:

  • Reduce the private sector cost of administering the system (the Government estimates UK businesses spend a combined £0.7 Billion each year running PAYE)
  • Reduce the public sector cost of running the PAYE scheme. The HM Revenue & Customs spends around £1 Billion on PAYE each year
  • Improve tax deduction accuracy and reduce the need for repayments (at present around five million people receive a repayment each year)
  • Improve the efficiency with which student loan repayments are collected

National Insurance and PAYE Computer Service (NPS)

The HM Revenue & Customs now have a new National Insurance and PAYE Computer Service (NPS) up and running which is expected to significantly improve certain aspects of the PAYE scheme by creating a single tax account for each employee and pensioner. The record will include details of each persons:

  • Employment History
  • Historic Earnings
  • National Insurance Record

Previously, the HMRC system held details at employer level, so if an individual had more than one job, the record for each would be held separately. Details were not brought together until all the sources of an individual’s income were consolidated at the year end. The new service provides a joined up view of an individual’s employment and pension income and a complete contact history in which all information about an individual’s contact with HMRC is attached to their tax account.

Step 1: Real Time Information

In the consultation document the Government proposed a two step solution to improve the PAYE scheme, step one being a Real Time Information system and step two a radical Centralised Deductions system.

Under the Real Time Information System employers paying electronically would send the HM Revenue & Customs details of an employees gross pay, income tax, national insurance and student loan deductions along with details of an employees identity. This information would be passed to the HMRC at the point that payment is made to the employee. The HMRC believe that such as system would:

  • Simplify the P45 / P46 procedure for people leaving the employment of one company and joining another
  • Reduce end of year workload for employers and the HMRC
  • Streamline the administration of the current system
  • Reduce fraud, errors and overpayments

Under the real time system employers would still remain responsible for the calculation and deduction of Income Tax, National Insurance Contributions and Student Loan Repayments.

Step 2: Centralised Deductions

Centralised Deductions represents a radical proposal to modernise the system, however it could only be implemented if the Real Time Information system ran efficiently.

Under the proposals the responsibility for calculating deductions under Pay as You Earn would move from the employer to the HM Revenue and Customs with employers sending the gross payment to the HMRC and the HMRC using a central calculator to calculate the deductions and then make payment to the worker minus the correct tax deduction. The HMRC would at the same time send the tax deduction directly to the Treasury.

The big benefit of this system would be the ability to do away with tax codes meaning a significant reduction in administration for the HMRC and UK employers. Information about deductions would not however appear on an employer generated payslip, instead individuals would be given access to their consolidated tax account which would show how the deductions had been calculated by the HMRC

The big issue with this system of course is the HMRC’s ability to administer the system without issue. At present it is difficult to deal with the HMRC and they do not have the best record in dealing with IT implementations.

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Employees to communicate through Social Networks not email in the future says Gartner

The Research Vice President at Gartner, Monica Basso, said that “In the past, organisations supported collaboration through email and highly structured applications only. Today, social paradigms are converging with email, instant messaging and presence, creating new collaboration styles. Technology is only an enabler; while changes in culture are essential to widespread adoption”.

However in order to be convinced of the merits of social networking technology firms will need to develop systems that (1) provide information security and (2) genuinly improve worker productivity (and do not simply increase the length of time that employees spend discussing social lives).

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Spending Cuts may be achieved through Out-souring or back office consolidation

Sarah Burnett, a senior analyst at Ovum, said that \”Demand for off-shoring will grow as a result of the government\’s negotiations with existing IT suppliers to deliver the same for less. Off-shoring is one way for suppliers to deliver the requisite cuts in prices.\”

The Director at Burnt Oak Partners, Robert Morgan, said that “off-shoring is absolutely not the only way to meet targets. The waste is within the old system and it can be consolidated. The removal of duplication across departments through shared services is an attractive option. You can take out 80% of costs if some back offices come together. Departments always hire too many people upfront for projects and often end up paying many for twiddling their thumbs. Also, you cannot send applications to a country that does not have a solid data protection act.\”

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HMRC to achieve 15% savings through smarter Information Technology

The Director of Information Technology at the HM Revenue and Customs recently said that \”It does not matter who you give the services to, the IT department will still retain accountability. This is a significant task to undertake. But organisations like HMRC and DWP are committed to doing this. We are in a situation where it is a no-brainer going forward. But it will take time and sequencing. The spending review will help the sequencing and achievement of that strategy. There still remains a significant duplication of effort in design and service management between the retained and outsourced functions.\”

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Transport for London to let commuters use contactless payments

The Mayor’s transport advisor, Kulveer Ranger, said that \”These technologies have the potential to take us into a world where travelling around London can be easier and even more convenient for passengers. This technology is now maturing and could enable people to pay for their travel using credit or debit cards – resulting in a simpler process for the customer, and reducing commission and processing costs for TfL. This type of evolution to the next generation of emerging technologies would be a big step for the Oystercard. Any improvements we introduce would clearly need to deliver value for money but we are excited about the potential benefits there could be for the London commuter.”

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International IT Service Firms encouraged to bid for Public Sector Contracts

In an interview with Computer Weekly he said that \”As far as we are concerned, the more suppliers bidding for government work, creates a positive, vibrant, innovative IT community and that is what we ought to promote. I spend a lot of time with our Indian colleagues, they are hugely talented and I encourage them to bid: it\’s their commercial decision whether do so and they will be treated like anybody else. In fact, we have to do that legally under the European Procurement rules. So yes please: bid, bid, bid.\”

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£800 Million To Be Saved In Government Outsourcing & IT Supply Contracts

The new Conservative / Liberal Democrat Coalition Government has been making every effort to cut back on expensive IT development projects in an effort to slash spending and curb the deficit. However, it is also expected to offer new large scale projects to top suppliers in the future as it looks to drive its change programmes. Recently the Government announced plans to drastically reform the National Health Service (NHS) with a bottom up rather than top down system put in place. The proposed changes will mean big opportunities for the service providers involved in shrinking existing supply contracts therefore many are happy to compromise in an effort to secure future business.

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