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Game Development: Graduates Not Welcome? Careers Advice

Game Development: Graduates Not Welcome?

A recent survey has revealed that work placement opportunities at game devs are at worryingly low levels; Skillsearch’s Games & Interactive Manager Giles Fenwick examines the key issues that are preventing the next generation of talent from getting a foothold in the games industry.   It’s a genuinely eye-opening stat for anybody reading Creative Skillset’s ‘Workforce Survey […] The post Game Development: Graduates Not Welcome? appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

6 Tips To Increase Mobile App Downloads & Generate New Customers Industry News

6 Tips To Increase Mobile App Downloads & Generate New Customers

Every day I talk to Mobile App Developers, Directors of business, start-ups and professional contractors and I find it amazing how many apps I come across which are genuinely good….. in fact better than good but nobody knows about them in an increasingly crowded marketplace. When you have been in the industry for a number of […] The post 6 Tips To Increase Mobile App Downloads & Generate New Customers appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

Skillsearch welcomes a new addition! General News

Skillsearch welcomes a new addition!

The Skillsearch Games & Interactive team are pleased to welcome Navina Jaensch on board! Navina will be looking after Business Operations (HR, Finance, Community & Marketing) and is joining us on our noble quest to becoming the go-to agency for all studios ranging from interactive, to indie, all the way up to AAA! Skillsearch are dedicated […] The post Skillsearch welcomes a new addition! appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

4 Tips for Mobile Talent Hiring Success Industry News

4 Tips for Mobile Talent Hiring Success

It was 6 years ago and the demand for mobile software talent exploded before the market stabilised and two platforms; android and iOS came to dominate the scene. Since then demand for these skills has remained extremely high whether you are building apps, marketing them, launching them or testing them. However supply is increasing all […] The post 4 Tips for Mobile Talent Hiring Success appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

Mobile Salary & Satisfaction Survey Careers Advice

Mobile Salary & Satisfaction Survey

We have recently conducted a Salary and Satisfaction Survey across the Mobile Industry and are pleased to be able to publish the results. The post Mobile Salary & Satisfaction Survey appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

A View on Indie Development from the Inside… Careers Advice

A View on Indie Development from the Inside…

    A View on Indie Development from the Inside… By Guy DeRosa The games industry is packed with developers interested in making a jump over to indie development, but where to start, and how do the successful ones do what they do?  Skillsearch Games & Interactive Recruitment sits down with the co-founder of Just […] The post A View on Indie Development from the Inside… appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

So, you want to be a Unity Freelancer? Careers Advice

So, you want to be a Unity Freelancer?

    Skillsearch Digital are the only recruitment agency which specialises in providing games & interactive studios worldwide with experts in the industry’s most dynamic development engine: Unity3D (… Cue heated debate with UE4 enthusiasts)

Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique Careers Advice

Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique

Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique After 20 years of working in recruitment there is a fundamental truth when it comes to negotiating a salary – the client always wants to negotiate at the point of making a formal offer. With more and more clients preferring to negotiate direct with the candidate at […] The post Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique appeared first on Skillsearch Technology.

Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique Careers Advice

Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique

After 20 years of working in recruitment there is a fundamental truth when it comes to negotiating a salary – the client always wants to negotiate at the point of making a formal offer. With more and more clients preferring to negotiate direct with the candidate at offer stage it can put the jobseeker in […] The post Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

6 Best Practice Tips for Smart Watch Developers Careers Advice

6 Best Practice Tips for Smart Watch Developers

6 Best Practice Tips for Smart Watch Developers The tech giant’s latest addition to its family was launched at the end of April and according to CEO Tim Cook is proving to be a massive hit with developers. But what key design guidelines should devs practise to ensure their Watch apps are hitting the mark? […] The post 6 Best Practice Tips for Smart Watch Developers appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

E3 2015: Indie Scene’s In Rude Health – But Risks Remain Industry News - Gaming

E3 2015: Indie Scene’s In Rude Health – But Risks Remain

E3 2015: Indie Scene’s In Rude Health – But Risks Remain By Giles Fenwick This year’s E3 proved that the indie scene continues to go from strength to strength – but behind the positive headlines, there are still very real risks associated with devs striking it out on their own.   The E3 2015 expo […] The post E3 2015: Indie Scene’s In Rude Health – But Risks Remain appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

Time – The biggest Challenge to Bringing on Talent Careers Advice

Time – The biggest Challenge to Bringing on Talent

Time – The biggest Challenge to Bringing on Talent   Imagine dating. You’ve met someone, been out a few times, and you like them. You like them enough to view it as more than a fling – this is someone you can see yourself in a long term relationship with. Perhaps they are even “ […] The post Time – The biggest Challenge to Bringing on Talent appeared first on Skillsearch Technology.

Play@Develop Industry News - Gaming

Play@Develop

Join us for Play@Develop in Brighton 15.07.15 MORE games, MORE talks, BIGGER awards and MASSIVE fun is just around the corner – and so too is PLAY@DEVELOP A FREE charity fundraiser running alongside Develop Conference for Special Effect organised by Skillsearch Games Recruitment. Register for your free ticket on Eventbrite HERE   Special Effect is a gamers charity which puts […] The post Play@Develop appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

CRM Rollout: How To Avoid Implementation Failure Careers Advice

CRM Rollout: How To Avoid Implementation Failure

CRM Rollout: How To Avoid Implementation Failure The benefits of a successfully implemented CRM platform are well-documented but to achieve them, companies must first consider their rollout strategy – and who will be responsible for creating and implementing it. When implemented correctly, a CRM system can transform a business and how it operates. It has the […] The post CRM Rollout: How To Avoid Implementation Failure appeared first on Skillsearch Technology.

Staff Retention: Game Development’s Biggest Issue by Giles Fenwick Careers Advice

Staff Retention: Game Development’s Biggest Issue by Giles Fenwick

Committed, talented employees are the lifeblood of any game developer, so ensure you’re creating the best possible environment to retain them – or run the risk of losing key staff to your competitors.   Staff retention is a critical issue for any industry as companies vie to secure the best possible talent for their projects. But […] The post Staff Retention: Game Development’s Biggest Issue by Giles Fenwick appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

Salesforce Salary & Satisfaction Survey Industry News

Salesforce Salary & Satisfaction Survey

Calling all Salesforce professionals! Take a couple of minutes to complete our survey and see how your experience of the Salesforce industry compares to your contemporaries! TAKE THE SURVEY The post Salesforce Salary & Satisfaction Survey appeared first on Skillsearch Technology.

Salary & Satisfaction Survey 2015 Industry News - Gaming

Salary & Satisfaction Survey 2015

We have recently conducted a Salary and Satisfaction Survey across the Gaming Industry and are pleased to be able to publish the results. Please read it and share it as there is key information for anyone involved in Games. Candidates – we think you’ll be happy with the direction of the market. Clients – there […] The post Salary & Satisfaction Survey 2015 appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

State of the Global Games Market Industry News - Gaming

State of the Global Games Market

  Global Gaming Market to grow by 9.4% this year – it’s already bigger than the Movie Industry globally and the juggernaut shows no sign of slowing down. Asia grows at a higher rate than the rest of the globe. Tablet games up +27% showing that the way we play our games has changed massively. […] The post State of the Global Games Market appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

Games Industry in Asia Industry News - Gaming

Games Industry in Asia

  The Games industry is booming and in Asia the growth expectations are off the scale. We already supply many of the leading Asia gaming companies and they hire people from across the world. This is a market that is too huge to be ignored       The post Games Industry in Asia appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

5 Ways to Help You Get a Job in the Games Industry Careers Advice

5 Ways to Help You Get a Job in the Games Industry

As a Recruitment Agent I often find myself discussing how different the computer games industry is to recruit for versus any other. That’s extremely fortunate as I don’t think the other industries would tolerate me, and perhaps vice-versa (potentially because when I typed the word ‘versus’ I experienced an uncontrollable urge to shout “FIGHT” in […] The post 5 Ways to Help You Get a Job in the Games Industry appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer Careers Advice

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer

In 2014 after a decade in recruitment, my candidates received more counter offers to stay than in any previous year in the industry and it looks like the trend is set to continue this year. I believe there is a famous statistic that 90% of candidates still leave employment after accepting a counter offer in […] The post 5 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

Are ex-hackers the answer to addressing the cyber security skills gap? Industry News

Are ex-hackers the answer to addressing the cyber security skills gap?

There has been a lot written around the KPMG research which indicated that 53% of UK companies would consider hiring ex-hackers to assist in dealing with their cyber security issues. Now considered one of the biggest and most costly threats to UK businesses, cyber crime has been on the rise for a number of years […] The post Are ex-hackers the answer to addressing the cyber security skills gap? appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

Will compulsory coding in schools solve the UK’s IT skills shortage? Industry News

Will compulsory coding in schools solve the UK’s IT skills shortage?

In September this year, Michael Gove launched his new scheme to making computer coding a mandatory part of the curriculum for primary school children in the UK. So beginning this term five year olds are being taught to write and test computer programmes and coding languages are to be learnt at age 11. Although there has been […] The post Will compulsory coding in schools solve the UK’s IT skills shortage? appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer Careers Advice

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer

In 2014 after a decade in recruitment, my candidates received more counter offers to stay than in any previous year in the industry and it looks like the trend is set to continue this year. I believe there is a famous statistic that 90% of candidates still leave employment after accepting a counter offer in […] The post 5 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer appeared first on Skillsearch Technology.

Giles and the Sillsearch team exceptional recruiters, on multiple occasions he has delivered more potential hires (high quality relevant candidates) to interview than any other tech agency I have worked with. I especially appreciate his capacity to understand our need, and adjust as the process moves forward, with minimal need for how intervention.

Gil Teixeira, Head of Production | Arkavis Siam Co. | Bangkok, Thailand

Katie is a great recruiter to work with. She is very efficient at replying and dealing to any form of communication I sent and the wider Skillsearch team are also always very supportive. I look forward to working with you again.

Luke Zammit, Unity Developer | Future Games of London

When we need extra resources, Skillsearch is always one of our first ports of call – Giles has a very good understanding of our industry and can always find the perfect candidate for our needs.

Marina Burton, Plug-In Media

We have worked with the Skillsearch team for almost three years now as our only recruitment supplier, and with great success supplying staff across all disciplines. They are the only agency that seem to truly understand the interactive space and have a genuinely broad network within it! It is also always a nice touch when we bump into the Skillsearch team sponsoring and attending various social events surrounding cutting edge technologies. Highly recommended!!

Daniel Cheetham, Head of Interactive | Happy Finish

I think it's not an understatement to say, I would still be looking for new opportunities without Skillsearch’s help and determination. Their relentless pursuit of my interests with employers never kept me far from their attentions. This led to the lining up of several interviews within days of making contact with Skillsearch. Not only were they quick in finding interviews, but the suitability was spot on. They matched both mine and my employers requirements so well that after my first interview I landed a role. I'd barely made it to the train station on my way home as I was receiving an excited call giving me the good news. The friendliness and the genuine care they had for my success was unmatched from other recruiters I had tried. I can't recommend Skillsearch enough!

Adrian Walton, Senior Game Designer | DR Studios

Through my work at Unity Technologies, and as organiser of the London Unity Usergroup, I have a very close connection with Unity developers throughout the UK. A common theme amongst Unity developers is a call for Unity jobs. On the flip side to this, I visit many studios that are looking for Unity developers to fill vital positions for the development of exciting new projects. It was clear that communication between individual developers and studios needed improving. It's great that Skillsearch have taken the initiative and are focussing on improving the communication between Unity developers and studios.

Russ Morris, Product Evangelist | Unity Technologies

Giles is the best recruiter I had the pleasure to work with. He is very talented and has all the good contacts, he also is unstoppable, once he finds out what you are looking for, he won't rest until he delivers. Thanks again for helping me finding my dream job

Caina Leao, Senior Flash Developer | Endemol UK Limited

Skillsearch work in a very unique way compared to many recruitment companies in the industry. They take the time to understand the candidates and through this have developed a strong network, certainly everyone I have worked with speaks of them very highly. They have put me forward for roles only where there is a good match in skills, so taking the time to understand the in depth roles they fill. Which is echoed in the comments from the companies I have worked for. The proof of this is the contract and a permanent role that they have placed me in, during which time they always act with the utmost professionalism. I look forward to working with them again.

Senior Cognos Consultant

Giles and the Skillsearch team are unbelievably helpful and accommodating, even in the face of last minute requests and difficult-to-fill roles. Highly recommended.

Tom Page, Studio Director | PLA Studios

Skillsearch helped me find my first contracting role in BI. They were very polite, helpful and enthusiastic. They found a very good position for someone with my skills and I was placed immediately. A wholly enjoyable job finding experience and I would definitely recommend Skillsearch to any skilled data analyst.

Data Analyst Candidate