17th July 2018 | Graham Smith
Annie Andrews joins Curo Talent as Head of Technology
Microsoft recruitment partner Curo Talent has appointed Annie Andrews as Head of Technology. In a move that is believed to be a first for a UK recruitment organisation, Curo Talent will be bolstered by Annie’s technology experience and her ability to identify future technologies for Microsoft consultants.
Annie will also be a source of expertise for clients to discuss their talent needs and skills gap. She started her career in Microsoft training and consultancy, covering both programming and systems engineering. From here, she was a technical lead with many other technologies during her later positions at Lloyds Banking Group, where she held the role of Chief Subject Matter Expert.
28th February 2018 | Graham Smith
Could AI bridge the IT skills gap?
Artificial intelligence (AI) has not always had favourable representation in pop culture. In Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), homicidal supercomputer Hal demonstrated how AI could surpass the intelligence of a human — and for humans, the results weren’t so great.
In reality, AI threatens our jobs more than our lives. Since the introduction of robots to automotive production lines in the 1960s, the threat that automation poses to manual jobs has been widely understood. However, the machine economy now comprises of much more than mechanical muscle. Advances in artificial intelligence and automated software are now threatening more functional and intelligence-driven roles, including those in IT.
22nd February 2018 | Graham Smith
How remote working can improve your IT talent pool
In his Autumn 2017 budget, Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced the Government would invest £84 million on training new teachers to improve children’s IT skills. However, skills are not the only problem. Here, Graham Smith, Head of Marketing at Curo Talent, explains how remote working could close the IT skills gap.
Something that isn’t talked about nearly enough is the fact that the IT sector, which, by nature, should enable remote working, hasn’t moved away from the inflexible office environment. Therefore, unless IT students are already living in areas like London, Birmingham, Bristol or Edinburgh, they are usually forced to relocate to find a position where they can put their skills to use. It’s time for a change.
30th January 2018 | Graham Smith
Curo shortlisted for two Online Recruitment Awards
The UK Microsoft recruitment partner, Curo Talent, has been shortlisted for two Onrec Awards. The categories are ‘Creative Online Marketing’ and ‘Innovative Use of Social Media’.
The awards ceremony is in London on March 1, 2018, and the two nominations recognise the company’s space launch campaign that took place in November 2017. This event saw the team launch a Microsoft Surface Book 2 to the edge of space, just days after Microsoft’s official release.
30th November 2017 | Graham Smith
Microsoft Surface Book 2 survives journey into Space
Despite minus 60C temperatures and 212 miles per hour speeds, the robust device survived a fall from 34,000m back to Earth and is in full working order.
On Wednesday November 22, 2017, leading Microsoft talent partner Curo Talent soared to new heights by launching a Surface Book 2 into space. Taking off from a specially selected site near Swindon under particularly difficult weather conditions, the Surface Book 2 travelled over 21 miles into the stratosphere before hurtling back down to earth.
26th January 2017 | Graham Smith
Only 4% of IT leaders are making Brexit a priority
Research into the IT market for 2017 shows that Article 50 is the least of the sectors’ worries. Curo Talent has released the IT Forecast 2017, an independent report into the trends and challenges facing the UK technology market in the year ahead.
The IT freelance agency approached business leaders to discover their key challenges, objectives, and focuses for 2017, and asked them a series of questions including where they plan to invest their budget and their greatest concerns for the market.
It was revealed that while 15% of leaders named improving their current IT offerings as their main commercial objective this year, just 4% agreed their central objective for 2017 would be preparation for Brexit.
26th January 2016 | Graham Smith
Microsoft UK re-appoint Curo Talent to supply freelance IT staff for 2nd consecutive year
Microsoft Services in the UK has re-appointed Curo Talent to supply freelance IT experts to them and their partners. This is the second consecutive year for Curo and will further boost their plan to increase turnover in 2015 by 40%.