Adzuna raises £2m from the crowd to ‘Get Britain Working’

Posted on July 7, 2015 by

What a week we had last week at Adzuna Towers! We are pretty thrilled to report, as our 6 week crowd-funding campaign closes, that we’ve now raised more than £2m through the UK’s leading equity crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube.

More than 500 ‘crowd’ investors backed the ‘Get Britain Working’ campaign so far ranging from CEO’s and Tech Celebrities such as Sherry Coutu (CBE) and Klaus Nyengaard (former Just Eat CEO) to university students and plumbers.  The largest single investment was more than £200,000. The average investment size is £3,837 and the smallest amount invested is £13.

 Launched in July 2011, Adzuna aims to become the world’s leading job search engine, by bringing together all the vacancies in one place and connecting users with them in new ways. The site already attracts six million visits a month and has helped hundreds of thousands of people find jobs. In addition to listing over 1m UK vacancies, the sites ‘ValueMyCV’ technology helps British jobseekers understand what they are worth in today’s job market and helps match them to better, more fulfilling careers.

More than 500 ‘crowd’ investors backed the ‘Get Britain Working’ campaign so far ranging from CEO’s and Tech Celebrities such as Sherry Coutu (CBE) and Klaus Nyengaard (former Just Eat CEO) to university students and plumbers.  The largest single investment was more than £200,000. The average investment size is £3,837 and the smallest amount invested is £13.

Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, commented: “We are proud of the world-class team and platform we have built at Adzuna, but we still have a long way to go in job search innovation, mobile apps and internationalisation.”

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Existing Adzuna investor Robin Klein, founder of The Accelerator Group and widely recognised as one of Europe’s top investors, commented: “We’re delighted to be working with Andrew and Doug, experienced entrepreneurs with great track records from Gumtree, Qype and Zoopla.  The Adzuna team has achieved a great deal in a short period of time, and we believe the innovations they continue to bring to the market will change the way people search for jobs, globally.”

Capital raised from the campaign will be used to grow internationally and invest in Adzuna’s technology, building on a market-leading search and machine-learning platform that brings together over one million UK job ads in one place, and adds smart search options and powerful data about the job market.

 Although this round of investment has closed, there is still plenty of opportunity to participate in the Adzuna journey – if a next step on the ladder may be on the cards for you, check out the latest opportunities in your field on Adzuna.co.uk.

2015 Graduates could earn £500,000 more over working life

Posted on July 6, 2015 by

According to analysis conducted by job search engine Adzuna.co.uk, jobseekers without a degree should expect to earn up to £12,000 p.a. less than their undergraduate or postgraduate peers entering the job market, a potential deficit of over £500,000 over an average working life.

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The study analysed Adzuna’s comprehensive search index of over 1,000,000 live jobs to reveal the difference in salaries between jobs for university graduates and jobs that don’t require a degree. The research also highlighted a huge divide in salaries between the best and worst paying degree subjects. Further analysis detailed the distribution of graduate jobs to determine which jobs are in hottest demand in each region.

The data shows that there were 62,750 entry level jobs available to graduates in June 2015 across the UK, a 15.7% increase on 2014. As the end of the academic year approaches, over 350,000 graduates will be preparing to fight it out for these coveted positions. On average there are 3.98 applicants to every graduate position, a figure which rises to over 35 in the more competitive regions of London and the South East. Competition for graduate roles this year is set to be 9.2% lower than in 2014, a marked improvement in fortunes for university leavers,

Graduates looking for highest paying entry level roles should head to Cambridge, where advertised vacancies for the newly qualified can result in average pay close to £40,000 p.a.. The worst paying cities for graduate jobs include Sunderland and Cardiff where grads can expect to earn significantly less than the national average salaries.

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Adzuna’s analysis of the highest-paying jobs for those without degrees found a large range of jobs paying upwards of £35,000 per annum, showing that university education isn’t the only route to a high-paying job. Equities trading roles topped the list of best-paying professions that don’t require a degree with an average yearly salary of £59,475. Mining Construction, Air Traffic Controllers, Offshore Oil Platform Work and Military Security also rank highly.

Where are all the graduate jobs?

London and the South East boast the most opportunities for newly qualified job seekers, with almost 50% of all entry level opportunities centred in these regions alone. Graduate salaries in Eastern England also rank amongst the highest in the country, buoyed by booming science and technology industries in hub cities like Cambridge. The worst paying cities for graduate jobs include Sunderland and Cardiff, where grads should expect to earn less than the national average pay rate.

Advertised vacancies soar, while salaries stagnate

Despite an annual 15.7% increase in the number of available advertised vacancies for the newly qualifies compared to 2014, this year’s data showed a dip in average graduate salaries, with many of the top-paying roles offering less for the Class of 2015. Mechanical engineers were faced with the steepest salary decline, as average starting pay dipped 3.8% year on year.

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, commented: “Employers looking to recruit recent graduates need to act more decisively than a year ago, as the best talent is being hoovered up rapidly. Offering internships is one way to make a company stand out, without the bottom-line impact of the traditional route: offering more competitive salaries. Aside from helping develop the skills of our youth, internships provide a good pipeline of future talent for a firm. Being proactive with hiring pays dividends.”

Graduate of the Year

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In conjunction with this real-time analysis of graduate job market data, Adzuna have launched their 2015 Graduate of the Year competition: an international search for top-performing graduates, offering some great prizes to the brightest and best in their field. In partnership with some of the sharpest business minds and best companies in the UK, Adzuna will award winning candidates with several amazing prizes, including £1,000 cash, an internship at a top UK company, and a CV clinic with a famous entrepreneur.

Graduation just a distant memory? Don’t worry, you can still land your dream job! We list every advertised vacancy in the UK, including graduate jobs and internships, on our website, so take a look to see if anything catches your eye!

 

Career paths for people who are great at gaming

Posted on July 3, 2015 by

Welcome to Guest Post Friday, where today’s words of wisdom come from John Baker at Zazzle, as he weighs up the career options for games enthusiasts:

Long-time players will remember video games taking 15 minutes to load on a flickering screen, literally screeching data from a crude device called a tape into the machine. Blocky, simplistic graphics, poor sound, and no interactivity with the outside world other than shouting for a cup of tea from your mum.

That era is long gone, shifting so momentously from the 1970s and 80s days of the Sinclair Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Sega Master System that comparing Jet Set Willy and Outrun to The Witcher and Gran Turismo 6 is akin to equating Shakespearean English with emojis and text speak.

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In those days gaming was only a hobby or distraction to working life, unless one actively pursued a career in programming. But the shifting sands of the technological world have opened up to a completely different level in imagination and potential for those on both ends of the gaming experience, an industry predicted to hit $113bn by 2018.

Gamers and game creators alike need to think laterally and creatively. They need to make real friends on the other side of the planet to overcome adversity. They need to plan ahead, think on their feet one moment and be patient the next, and be adventurous and stealthy in equal measure. If a serious gamer can harness these skills in ‘real life’ they can be taken forward and applied in the professional world – and not just into a sole career in gaming. A knowledge of the industry could take one from gaming into programming, design, coding, website maintenance and architecture, and even engineering, writing or marketing.

For those who do wish to work in gaming there are some big paying opportunities, even for those who aren’t experts at actually playing. Devouring comedic commentaries via vlogs of games such as Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto can become a part of the 21st century experience to some gaming obsessives. These videos, which might show how to progress through a particular level, or highlight a quirk of the programming, or just showcase game-related silliness, are part soap-opera, part-learning matter, part comedy to the devotees.

It’s no laughing matter for the video creators who have crafted careers and movie- star lifestyles from spotting a gap in this new market, and attracting the advertising, and product placing of giant companies desperate to find the ears and eyes of receptive youngsters. Take the example of Swedish sensation PewDiePie, a multimillionaire at 24 with more than 25-million YouTube subscribers known as the

Bro Army. PewDiePie, Tom Syndicate and others have found a niche that could not have existed even 10 years ago (YouTube was only launched in February 2005), combining gaming and entrepreneurship into dream lives.

These guys know how to analyse a game and its nuances, but what about the elite gamers themselves? Esportsearnings.com has assembled a table of earnings for players across the world, topped by Chen Zhihao who has garnered more than $1.2m in prize money through the multiplayer battle arena game Dota 2 – no small beer for a 24-year-old. Events such as Gamehack take the elite players around the world, to raucous arenas packed with thousands of disciples while commentators unpick strategy.

As in any industry, these are the megastars. Not everyone can make it to the big bucks in the esports arena, just as not all ‘traditional’ sportsmen can be Lionel Messi or Floyd Mayweather. What gaming virtuosity can be, however, is a tool to impress potential employers to recognise the extensive talents that knowledgeable players can bring to the table and pay handsomely in their own right.

For example, Peterborough hosts its first ever gaming experience in August in the form of CityLan, an eSports careers and technology expo which is expected to bring in more than 600 gamers and teams and a cash pot of more than £10,000. Some Halo and FIFA devotees will no doubt only want to see the gaming action but for those who are looking for career direction there will also be stands promoting careers in digital, IT, and gaming industries, while promising app and game designers can showcase their work on 42ft screens before an expected 200,000 shoppers in the city centre.

CityLan marketing manager Nick Betts – who went from first person-shooters as a youngster to learning to code and run his own gaming server, said: “Young people today are growing up surrounded by new forms of electronic media and are therefore developing new ways by which to interact with the world.

“Video games are a part of their play. They are the toys of today, as much as items like Barbie, G.I. Joe and Hot Rods were for other generations. Video games are a part of how children develop their imaginations and how they play independently as well as with their friends.

“Patience, perseverance, forward thinking and strategic planning, leadership, socialisation, mental and creative prowess, sympathy and empathy are just a few of the skills people young and old gain from playing games.

“From games that are designed to improve and train brain functionality to games with such powerful story-lines they are considered a work of art by many, not just a game.”

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The fact that events such as CityLan exist to integrate gaming and careers should be heartening to parents of young gamers, perhaps concerned that their offspring’s apparent love of the console or PC could threaten their life progress. Gaming can be a platform for a career, both at the start and further down the line.

Case in point: Andy Gray. Andy progressed through the various platforms from the humble Commodore 64 through Gameboys, Atari, N64, Playstation, and many more. That took a love of gaming and sport into a job as a PR manager for a small games company in Sheffield, and then eventually to a role as global PR manager with long- established gaming company Codemasters, for the official Formula One and Ashes games. His jet-set lifestyle took him across America and Europe, to glamorous parties and promotional events. And then he decided he wanted to leave.

Andy said: “They were amazing times. I was there for five years, won a BAFTA, had a few number ones and generally had a good laugh while working with some incredible people. There were a variety of reasons behind me moving but essentially I had been there for too long and needed a new challenge.

“I knew F1 the sport and the game inside out and it felt like a rinse and repeat process year-on-year. I also felt it was time for me to ‘grow up and get a proper job’ which was a very gradual process. After all I didn’t want to be the oldest person at E3 (entertainment expo).”

So Andy departed, spending time in London before finally applying for a job at insurance giants The BGL Group, where he became PR manager. It’s not a decision he regrets, but one made easier by his former role.

“My gaming background has proven invaluable. I have a different way of thinking about things compared to ‘traditional PR’. Games, by their very nature, have tech savvy audiences so social media and video play a huge part in any of your campaigns. I’m always happy to try something new and change things. If it doesn’t work then so be it, but if it does then you can really effect change across your organisation and having that freedom to try things out definitely speaks to my days in gaming.”

Some of Andy’s friends have remained in the industry and have no plans to follow him to BGL or Comparethemarket.com, where a variety of potential jobs exist that could be of interest. Should they change their mind they might be aware that young people have never had more of an opportunity to take their love of gaming into a career, in computer laboratories or arenas; in their own bedroom with a headset, or a corporate setting employing thousands.

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Gaming is as close as many will ever get to warfare in foreign lands or racing around Monaco in a grand prix car. The good news is that even if they ever put down their controllers and want to move on, the skills they will have acquired will stand them in good stead – so that for their career, it definitely won’t be game over.

Inspired by these stories? Check out Adzuna for your next step on the ladder.