London is without doubt the hottest startup and technology hub in Europe. Public initiatives such as Tech City UK, together with a significant increase of venture capital fundings (USD 1.4 million in 2014, double as the previous year) have contributed to create and consolidate their blooming digital industry.
Actually, the digital economy has been expanding quickly in the United Kingdom during the last five years and it will continue growing at a rate of 11% each year at least until 2016.
Besides that, the tech industry already creates more than 1 out of 4 new jobs in the British capital, and the app development business is flourishing: The UK accounts for 18% of app developers and 32% of app revenues in EU28, and the app companies are expected to generate 30.000 new jobs during this year. Almost 25% of all the british software companies are dedicated to develop mobile apps.
London is also the leading European city when talking about Big Data, and it’s the world leader in financial technology. There are an estimated 44,000 fintech workers within 25 miles of London, compared to 43,000 for New York and only 11,000 for San Francisco-Silicon Valley.
We have looked for some facts and figures about London’s startup & high tech business and gathered them together in an infographic, take a look and let us know what your thoughts are.
Over 30 companies, 350+ professionals and more than 100 job offers!
Once again, the JobFluent Barcelona Startup Job Fair was a big success! Over 30 fast-growing startups and high tech companies gathered at the Barcelona Growth Centre together with 350+ talented professionals.
We want to thank all the companies and attendants, and hope you all had a great time during these two and a half hours of intense networking and conversations.
Of course, the event wouldn’t have beeen possible without the support of our awesome sponsors: Startup Bootcamp IoT&D, Barcelona Activa, m-startup-barcelona, Estrella Damm, Novobrief, Barcinno and MediterráneaJS. We are vey thankful!
The largest Startup Job Fair in Europe is back!
This coming Tuesday, February 10th, more than 30 startups and tech companies will gather at the Barcelona Growth Center together with hundreds of talented professionals from different areas.
If you are looking for a new job, networking opportunities or just to check out a nice group of tech companies in town, this fair is for you.
This Startup Fair is FREE to all jobseekers and will have its primary focus on the following areas:
- Development/Engineering: Web Developers, Mobile Developers, Software Engineers, QA/Testing
- Design: Web Designers, UX Designers, Creative Directors
- Product: Product Managers, Project Managers, Analysts
- Marketing: Marketing Directors, Functional Specialists (SEO, SEM, Social media, PR)
- Sales: Sales Directors, Business Development, Account Executives, Account Managers
Be sure to register for your Free Entrance Ticket here.
Meet the companies that are going to join us!
Aside from the Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, London is also home to a really pumping startup scene. During the past years, the city has become one of the hottest international startup hubs in the world and year 2015 promises to be an exciting year for the British capital.
In the upcoming months, London will host many tech and startup-related meetups and conferences, such as BitcoinEXPO 2015 (January 24th-25th), The Europas Awards and Conference (June 16th) and London’s Second Fintech Week (September), among many others.
The London startup scene has been buzzing since 2010, when Prime Minister David Cameron launched Tech City UK, a publicly-funded organization which aims to accelerate the growth of digital businesses. Plenty of tech startups have been created in England in the last years, and many of them are already reaching global success. We have been following many of them and gathered a short lists of some we really like…
Here are 10 London startups you should follow in 2015:
One of the best ways to get yourself out there and make contacts in the professional world is by attending job fairs. In the era of online job applications and e-mailing CVs, job fairs are the perfect opportunity to focus on the best way to interact: live conversations.
At JobFluent, we’re convinced career fairs are a great way for both companies and jobseekers to connect and create relationships. For this reason, we’re excited to bring you the 6th JobFluent Barcelona Startup Job Fair coming up in the beginning of 2015.
We’d love for you to get the most out of this opportunity, so here are some tips for the day of the fair:
Technology not only affects people and jobs, it completely transforms lives. Almost every aspect of our everyday lives can be linked to technology in one way or another. How can a city use all of the power technology has to improve the lives of their citizens? Smart cities are doing just that.
Want to know more? Take a look at this infographic
Hundreds of tech companies are created each day all around the world and developers play a key role in all of them. There’s no question that developer jobs have been very popular lately. But these startups are looking for very specific profiles.
According to a study based on hundreds of job offers posted on JobFluent, more than 30% of job descriptions mentioned “passion” as an important trait in a developer, while “talent” was mentioned only in 20% of the cases –interesting, huh?
If you’re a passionate and talented developer looking for a new job, note interviewing for a web developer position is challenging and full of competition. Before you start applying for positions:
- Work on a portfolio of your work
- Clean up your code
- Think about the interview from the beginning
And in that last one is when we come into the game. At JobFluent, we truly value the work of developers and want to ease your experience when job searching. We have put together a list of possible questions you may get asked by a recruiter.
Let’s tackle them!
If you are thinking about working at a startup, specially an early stage startup, you’ve probably heard about the risks and possibilities. You are right to weigh the negative against the positive but keep in mind, there are many tangible and intangible perks to working at a startup that you should consider. Stock options are a very popular one!
Stock options are the right to buy a share of the company stock at a certain time for a certain price (the so called “strike price”). So basically, if the startup you work for is sold (like Whatsapp was sold to Facebook) then you, as an employee, will have the right either keep or exercise your options.
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There’s no way I can justify my salary level, but I’m learning to live with it. –Drew Carey
The stress of job searching ends the moment you receive that very expected “offer”. But what happens if the pay is not right up your alley? Well, life’s not over – it’s time to negotiate.
Negotiation is not a discussion, on the contrary, it’s a win-win situation. Regardless of whether you’re starting your first job or you’re already a veteran in your career, never be afraid to negotiate your salary and perks with your employer.
I know it’s not the easiest thing to do and sometimes it means stepping out of your comfort zone. For this reason, I thought I’d gather 7 rules to help you get started on your quest for a fairer salary. Check them out:
I think the person who takes a job in order to live –that is to say, for the money– has turned himself into a slave. –Joseph Campbell
Have you found your dream job? If your answer is yes, I have to congratulate you! But for the rest of you who responded negatively, you’re not alone. Sadly, according to many job satisfaction surveys, 1 out of 3 people would like to change their job.
During the last decades, psychologists have been trying to define what “job satisfaction” is, while attempting to find a way to measure it. Edwin A. Locke’s “Range of Affect Theory” stated that satisfaction is a matter of expectations determined by the range of discrepancy between what one wants and what one gets.
According to Locke, job satisfaction depends as much on external factors (your job) as on personal aspects (what you want).
If I asked you about your level of satisfaction with your job, you’ll probably think about many aspects including your daily tasks, your coworkers, your boss, the company, your salary, the time you dedicate to work, the work environment… However, each person will provide different value to each of those.
Thinking about that, we have gathered some indicators that can make you think about your current job and decide whether or not you’re one of the lucky ones. Let’s go through them!
Creativity is a mental process that consists in the generation of new ideas or the creation of new associations between old concepts. It is employed in many aspects of life including artistic creation, scientific thinking and even problem solving. Renowned South African writer William Plomer, said that “creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected”. What a great way to put it!
Creative individuals are believed to be introverted and kept to themselves. But also, unafraid of challenges and changes. It is important to know that creativity is not directly related with rational/logical intelligence and unfortunately not everyone is creative. According to psychologists, you can’t become creative overnight the same way you can’t raise your intelligence level. Bummer!
Luckily, we’re not all lost in the uncreative space. There are several tips and techniques that can help us enhance and develop those highly demanded creative traits. I’ve put together a list to get started. Let’s dive in!
I think a lot of times it’s not money that’s the primary motivation factor; it’s the passion for your job and the professional and personal satisfaction that you get out of doing what you do that motivates you. –Martin Yan
Moving from one job to another is a natural progression in anyone’s career – so hopefully you’re always moving up, and not sideways or backwards. Whichever direction you find yourself heading in your working life, it’s best to do so gracefully, especially when it comes to quitting your job. No matter how unhappy you may be, hot-headed behavior will only land you in hot water; whether on the spot or further down the line.
The phrase “burning your bridges” has never been more apt than when it relates to your career. Don’t do it. You never know when you might come into contact with a previous employer, or need a positive reference from your old boss.
Here are a few pointers as to how to quit your job gracefully:
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Like it or not, during the last decade, social media has become part of our lives. It’s been ten years since Facebook was first launched (and 8 since Twitter’s birth) and we thought it may be a good moment to take a second and pay attention to some facts and figures about the importance of social networks on the current European society.
More than 3 out of 4 homes are connected to the Internet, 97% of which have a broadband connection (DSL or fiber-optic). According to this, it’s not a surprise that as much as 62% of European citizens between 16 and 74 years old use the Internet on a daily basis, and that percentage climbs up to 88% when we focus on the younger ones.
Let’s stop and wonder, how skilled are european internet users? In an attempt to shed some light on it, Eurostat made a list of 6 basic Internet skills and asked individuals how many of those activities they had done at least once during the past three months (used search engine; sent mail with attachment; posted messages to chatrooms/newsgroups or online discussion forum; made phone calls; done peer-to-peer file sharing or created a web page). People who had carried out 1 or 2 of these 6 Internet-related items, are consider to have low Internet basic skills; people who had done 3 or 4 of these activities, are considered as medium-skilled, and people who did 5 or 6 of them have high basic Internet skills.
What about social media? According to Eurostat Survey, 43% of all european (and 88% of the students) participate in social networks for private purposes –even when the penetration rate varies from one country to another.
With more than 194 million active users, Facebook is the most popular social network in the European Union, and it’s also the most popular in each and every country, when considered separately.
There’s no doubt Europeans love food and fashion –these are the top industries on Facebook considering the number of fans. Is it a surprise that travel is not among the top 8 industries?
Some of these figures may seem more or less obvious; others, can be revealing. What do you think about them?
“Personal brand is what people say about you when you leave the room.” –Jeff Bezos
Whether you like it or not, you already have an online personal brand. Most of what you do online (and also many things you do offline) is on the world wide web–and traceable. So, in order to build up your online personal brand, the first step is to Google yourself and learn what people can find out about you. Is that the image you want the whole world to know?
If not, follow the steps to make sure you build a great personal brand: