Clean code or clean cars….the choice is yours…

Fastest Growing Jobs in the UK.

As I watch my children take their first steps into School my mind wonders to where education will take them and ultimately what career choices will be open to them. Recent data from Indeed (the largest job website in the world) would suggest technology is a really good sector to future proof your career showing a huge increase in requirements for IT Engineers (33.7% increase from April 2018), Product Design in technology (31.8%) and Mobile Developer (28.2%).

However, the numbers also indicates a significant increase in the demand for Salon Assistants, CNC Machinists, Assistant Teachers, Recruitment Assistants, Conveyancing Assistants and Car Wash Attendants. Clearly this is not regional data but something that would be useful to have a chat with your children about to show the importance of paying attention in technology class.

“OK Son, clean code or clean cars….the choice is yours”

Data reference The Recruiting Times

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These are the fastest growing jobs in the UK

Cobol – Happy 60th Birthday (but….not dead yet, with millions of lines of code still being written everyday!)


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As recruiters we often lose sight of legacy languages as our clients ask that we focus on the new shiny toy in the box; which usually means the newest version of .Net or a trendy new Microsoft development focused framework.

It is worth noting that what underpins the very foundation of society could still be the grandfather of code, Cobol.  Major government and financial institutions still have millions of lines of Cobol code embedded into the very core of their operation.  Code that still performs invaluable tasks and is perhaps the very foundation of their entire organisation.

The facts are that 95% of ATM cash transactions rely on Cobol, even today. And the approx level of Cobol developers comes to 2 million that are active in the working world; developers that are, as we speak, writing 1.5 million lines of Cobol code – per day!

Here we have attached two interesting blogs about the history of the ‘parent’ language and how it has stood the test of time and may well continue to do so, for many years to come.

Cobol – a history of the language

Happy 60th birthday Cobol

Yorkshire Skills Hubs….certainly worth investing in….

It seems incredible, given the current economic and business climate, that a local councillor would argue against promoting a new financial services offering into the region. This deal clearly has numerous benefits but one stand out reason for this being a ‘no brainer’ is that the local region already has a thriving financial services sector and therefore the skills required to build and sustain an organisation are already here. The competition for these skills aids in driving up salaries and standards of living in the local economy also adding revenue streams into secondary and tertiary markets. The area therefore becomes more attractive and essentially a much stronger hub to help attract skills out of London and Southern regions who are already blessed with having an embarrassment of riches where inward investment is concerned.

Our local region will obviously need to diversify and ensure we invest in a range of sectors but building skills groups and a community around certain sectors promotes a much more long term and sustainable platform that we can rely on.

Interface Recruitment have are a proud Yorkshire focused IT Recruitment Agency in Leeds with a footprint across the region. Whilst we work across a diverse portfolio of clients in numerous sectors, Financial Services is core to our success and accounted for 37% of our business in 2018. We welcome the opportunity to discuss the individual or business requirements from professionals and businesses in the FS community.