Meet Sarah – Consultant for Technology at Nakama Sydney

Sarah Clayton Sydney

Name: 

Sarah Clayton

Title: Consultant – Technology

Which Nakama Global office do you work within? Sydney

What sector do you specialise in? Technology covering Contract and Freelance

What are you known for professionally? Being honest with how I work, I’m always upfront and approachable to clients and candidates.

What do you love about recruitment? The fast pace of a contract desk, the downs and then the ups! When something pulls through, when you thought it wasn’t going to, creates a real buzz.

What intrigues you most about your sector? At the moment EVERYTHING! I’m amazed by all the things the candidates are showing me in interviews, cool apps and games they have developed!

What’s the next big development in your sector? IoT –  We’re seeing a lot more roles in developing apps which are focused on Technologies that speak to each other – essentially giving users the ability to control their homes from their mobile.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done while being in your city? Jet boating around the harbour on my first day in Sydney!

What would be impossible for you to give up? Chocolate! (of course!)

What is your social media channel of choice? Facebook

Any hidden talents/hobbies you want to let us know about? I did an art degree back in the UK and still like to have a dabble now!

If you’d like to speak to Sarah at Nakama Sydney about a role in Technology or you have a vacancy and looking for specialist talent  – get in touch by emailing sclayton@nakamasydney.com

If you’d like to know more about digital recruitment specialists Nakama Global visit www.nakamaglobal.com 

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Nakama Melbourne at Pause Fest 2016 – Highlights from the day

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Pause Fest 2016 – Overview from Nakama Melbourne

Last week Nakama Melbourne visited the city’s premier Digital, Tech & Design innovation event Pause Fest, where our very own Social Media and SEO Specialist Consultant, Maggie Partsi was representing her side project “VibeDate” among the start-up exhibitors.

Pause Fest brings together Australia’s brightest minds in the digital space to showcase over 3 days ideas, knowledge, thought leaders & products that are putting the land down under among the forefront of the technology – in essence a creative environment to foster new ideas! We were able to get a few shots of the day and attend some great sessions delivered by the likes of Sina Krisse from Yoke, Tony Lees from Ntegrity and Gavin Becker from Clemenger BBDO.

PEOPLE POWER

Envato’s HR Director, James Law hosted a presentation around ‘People Power’ and creating experiences your talent will love. It was great hearing how a company voted ‘Coolest Tech Co. 2015’ and ‘Coolest Co. for Women 2015’ attract and retain staff.

Three key take away points from his presentation were:

  • The only thing that matters is relationships
  • Place focus on trust this needs to be the “default” and flow through the entire business
  • Focus on output not input

 

SURVIVING AND THRIVING THROUGH BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION

Presented by:

  • Sina Kresse, Yoke
  • Tony Lee, Ntergrity
  • Mark Cowan, Acorn Brands

Sina said perfectly that “Digital business transformation is not that hard” and the adoption of it should be approached with this mindset.

They identified that businesses fall into three groups when it comes to digital transformation:

The Dead (or laggers): This defines more than half of Australian businesses (67%), this can be mostly attributed to not having the right culture in place.

The Try Hard (or barely surviving):

“Most business’ fail at digital branding”

It’s a digital jungle out there and to be successful you need to self educate, be proactive and be hungry to learn.

You have to keep learning, educate the leaders in your business, become industry experts and give back and share the knowledge.

The Savvy Operators (or the thriving)

What sets the Savvy apart from the rest?

Robust strategy = Drives innovation = Success

These companies are humble and are not scared to go back 3 steps if something is not working.

Focus for the stage of transformation is to create a shared language!

A brilliant point made by Sina, something that really resonates with me working in the digital space, I too believe that we need to standardise the language, titles and roles in digital to avoid confusion and replication of titles and roles.

Tony Lee of NTegrity also gave an excellent overview of the digital space in Australia, from pace to adoption, to how the space can respond to the digital talent shortage:

“In the last two years we have seen more change in marketing then in the last two decades”

“Digital is moving and evolving faster then the industry can keep up”

My favourite quote of the day was “Digital Distress” – I absolutely love this and have been using it a lot this week – it’s my new buzzword (for anything digitally distressing…)

Tony also spoke about the talent shortage in the market and how we should be educating the teachers not just the students, which I agree with 100%.

How Creativity is driving innovation in Australia

BBDO clients were among the open table discussions, with big name clients on board like: Mars Petcare, Drinkwise, Visit Victoria and TAC.

Moderator was Gavin Becker, Creative Technologist at BBDO spoke about the importance of creativity in producing solutions and customers today having a ‘voracious appetite for new content’.

It was great seeing and hearing from BBDO’s clients on how the campaigns were successful and the results they achieved for them. I really loved the Mars Petcare app ‘Found’, a brilliant use of mobile tech that helps owners find a lost pet – the uptake by owners was incredible and subsequently they won a lot of awards and received recognition for the app – of course I downloaded it while I was listening to the presentation, and it has my seal of approval.

Julia Falcone, MD Nakama Melbourne 

If you wanted to know more about Digital Recruitment Specialists Nakama Melbourne visit our website Nakama Global

Nakama London to sponsor London’s first Vue.js Meet-up

Nakama London is very pleased to announce that we’ll be sponsoring the very first London Vue.js meet-up.

Vue.js is a library for building interactive web interfaces, powerful enough to build full-scale applications. The framework is still fairly new but the uptake by the development community has been very strong, from those with intermediate JS knowledge through to full-time JavaScript developers.

With the popularity of the library predicted to grow even more in 2016, we’re expecting it to be a required skill by employers. The evening will (re)introduce the framework, and explore topic which will show you why it’s getting a lot of attention from the developers across the board.

Talks on the night include:

Building a UI style guide with Vue.js components

– By Jack Barham @jackbarham. Product designer and developer.

Vue.js, Vuex and Redux-like State Management

– By James Browne @onejamesbrowne. Full-stack engineer.

There are limited numbers for the event and registration opens today via the meet-up link.

The event will be held at The Nakama London offices, Thursday the 3rd of March, 2016.

Nakama London Tech team are really excited about the future of Vue.js and will be actively seeking out opportunities within the market, meanwhile if you’re a looking for a contract or perm role across the following skillsets speak to David Riley at Nakama London or email: driley@nakamalondon.com.

  • ReactJS
  • AngularJS
  • BackboneJS
  • Ember
  • JQuery
  • Underscore
  • JS

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Merry Christmas from Nakama Global

A big thank you to our wonderful clients, candidates and suppliers for a brilliant 2015! Here’s to another big year of All Things Digital in 2016.

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Nakama London is Growing! Meet Eimear – Resourcer – Technology

Eimear Walsh

Name: Eimear Walsh

Title: Resourcer – Technology 

Sector you recruit for: Technology

What are you known for professionally? Coming from a Speech and Language Therapy background, I’m known for my strong communication skills!

Why did you want to pursue a career in recruiting for the Technology sector? I’ve always had a keen interest in Tech and also in people. As such recruitment with in the Tech sector is a ideal marriage of these two interests.

What intrigues you about the world of Digital/Techology? Everything!! I’ve always had a keen interest in the area but now that I’m becoming more immersed and I’m learning more, my intrigue has been heightened to new levels.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done while being in London? My sister managed to wangle some VIP tickets for the Alexander McQueen exhibition in the V&A which was pretty amazing! 

What would be impossible for you to give up? Coffee…. I’ve tried and failed! 

What is your social media channel of choice? Instagram

Any hidden talents you want to let us know about?  I’ve been know to pick up a guitar and attempt some bad covers… But what I lack in talent, I make up for in enthusiasm.

Why Management Doesn’t Get Millennials

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So here we are, Generation Z ‘mobile only enabled’, Millennials, Gen Y, Generation Slashie and the Yuccie all co-existing. In a period where consumers are more confused than ever (see PepsiCo CEO: We’ve never seen consumers so confused) you can’t help but feel sorry for the manager of the truly diverse work force. At a time when the global workforce and economies face two key issues – a labor shortage and an ageing population – the contingent workforce is set to be over 50% contract globally by 2020.

Your average worker in the next decade could have over 7 jobs. It’s an increasingly common view and one held by Anton Andrews, Director of Microsoft’s Envisaging Lab, that the jobs of the future will involve a series of interactions over an increasingly short space of time. To put it more succinctly, it’s not just the workforce and consumers that are struggling, it’s the management teams and leaders of today and tomorrow.

The workforce around the globe has found it increasingly difficult to balance the demands of work and life. Many of us are working longer hours than ever before, delaying starting families or struggling to understand how their children are going to cope financially. Herein lies one of the key issues; the multi generational workforce is now so fragmented and different that management are faced with the task of engaging a workforce with multiple priorities. This raises the question, ‘does a company vision and culture suit all, or does today’s workforce require multiple visions and sub cultures to function?’ …A question for another time.

Back to the initial idea, the millennial workforce has been more affected than perhaps the newer generations entering the labour market specifically by the economy; workers in companies that shed employees are still doing the work of multiple people. Salaries have not increased in line with costs of living. This is certainly a contributing factor, however an important point to make is that most bosses just don’t get Millennials.

Research suggests that over 80% of Millennials are engaged in a dual income situation, with both individuals working full time. With Generation X, this figure drops to 70% and out of the generation of baby boomers born just after WWII, who incidentally occupy over 60% of top management jobs, only 45% have a full time working partner. More typically, this partner will work part time and will be responsible for taking care of home life duties. This leads to what Karyn Twaronite, EY global-diversity and inclusiveness officer, sees as an empathy gap in the workplace. Her view is one that I agree with: “when there’s frustration about work-life balance in the workplace, and you think your boss doesn’t get it, that very likely could be true.’

One of the key shifts in the workplace moving forward will be around real time communication and real time tools; responsive networks creating dynamic participation. In short technology, in the eyes of a modern workforce, frees them up to work from anywhere. The traditional management, who are more accustomed to work cultures with more face time, may start to see only empty cubicles. Crazily enough, at a recent Microsoft talk the audience of leaders were informed that 60% of desks in any organisation are empty at any moment!

The modern workforce are more about social, physical face to face moments, with 96% of people wanting a community and co-working human relationships, as a community increases productivity by 20%. For companies that are desperate to hire workers, specifically Millennials, the group that is apparently the one companies are desperate to attract and retain, is the most dissatisfied.

There have been multiple surveys from the likes of EY and BCG that show what Millennials most want is flexibility in where, when and how they work. Most would take a pay cut, turn down a promotion or be willing to move to manage work-life demands better. Only in Australia does the pay issue buck the trend. As a result, a key reason for moving in Australia is increased pay in line with work life balance.

Old school management styles have led to the millennial workforce feeling that having a flexible schedule leads to negative consequences. A lack of flexibility has been regularly cited as one of the top reasons in this generation for workers to quit their jobs.

Working in recruitment in a variety of different geographical areas, one of the key requirements from the millennial workforce we see focuses around work-life balance. This was increasingly uncommon in Asia until 18 months ago. The mindset of management needs to change from seeing flexibility as making an exception to the norm. The reality is that a large proportion of management are still managing the way they have been for over a decade, and a large proportion of companies and management teams have been slow to realise that the Millenials are feeling burned out; they seek a balance that a large proportion of the newer generational workforces demand.

Today’s management teams need to navigate a tricky environment, however they also need to realise that the workforce of the future and the work of the future will be technology based, require trust, empathy, collaboration and flexibility, and that if they want to hire and retain a millennial workforce the focus is on flexibility, health and relationships in equal measure.


Rob Sheffield is Nakama’s APAC CEO and is based in Sydney.

Meet our new NAKAMA Consultant

Get to know Martyn, our new Consultant in Melbourne!

Martyn Tomczuk

Name: Martyn Tomczuk

Title: Recruitment Consultant

Sector you recruit for: Technology

What are you known for professionally? Customer service and putting my client/ talent needs before anything else.

Where can we find you when you’re not working? I’d like to think in the gym.

What would be impossible for you to give up? COFFEE!

Any secret/special talents? Coffee Connoisseur. I can tell you all about it.

What is your favourite app? Spotify or Instagram. Could never decide between the two.

Why do you love working in Melbourne? I love how it’s different from street to street and suburb to suburb. You can always find something to do, even when the 4 seasons happen in a  day.


Follow Martyn on LinkedIn or if you’d like to chat with him about a role or sourcing your team, email mtomczuk@nakamamelbourne.com or call +61 (0) 499 248