'500 tech jobs available' at London start-up event

'500 tech jobs available' at London start-up event
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

September 26th 2011 at 12:44PM

New jobs fair defies economic pessimism across Britain

A new tech start-up fair in London is to promote more than 500 jobs in a single day, event organisers claim.

Called the Silicon Milkroundabout, the jobs fair is in response to the apparent rise in tech-based vacancies available in the UK.

The jobs available are said to include graduate places through to senior-level developer positions for around 100 start-ups such as Mind Candy and Bossa Studios.

Live music firm Songkick says “just three per cent” of graduates are considering careers in tech compared to almost ten per cent considering working in the city for big companies.

“We have brought back the Silicon Milkroundabout as this message came across clearly during May’s inaugural event,” said Songkick CEO Ian Hogarth.

“We were oversubscribed with companies with jobs to fill and with developers and graduates looking for new challenges.”

He added: “Big corporations spend a fortune on advertising and recruitment, with the effect of drowning out the noise that start-ups have made until now.”

The move comes despite tough economic times for the UK and shows the positive impact the industry can have on the country.

“The technology industry is flourishing in the UK, and digital and tech companies are providing increasing opportunities for employment,” said Tech City chief executive Eric Van Der Kleij.

“While the sector contributes £66.4 billion annually to the economy, one of the biggest challenges is finding the very best tech talent and convincing them that start-ups are the place to be.

“This is where Silicon Milkroundabout comes into its own – it’s a jobs fair hosted by the very people who are hiring.” 
 
The Silicon Roundabout is the UK’s answer to the US’s Silicon Valley, which is home to industry giants such as Google, Twitter and Zynga.

The event will take place on 30th October between 11am to 5pm at the Truman Brewery, Brick Lane; London.