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May 4, 2017  11:08 AM

Three-quarters of non-tech workers want a job in IT – what’s stopping them?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
"tech skills", Brexit, Digital economy, Digital skills, IT jobs, IT recruitment, IT skills, IT training

For a long time, people working in IT laboured under the knowledge that nobody from outside IT was interested in what they do because it’s all too technical  - a bit boring and geeky. It’s been impossible to have a conversation about tackling the long-term skills shortages in IT without...

March 10, 2017  12:36 PM

NICs increase is least of the tax worries for public sector IT contractors as IR35 fears grow

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Digital government, Digital skills, Government IT, IR35, IT contractors, IT jobs, Taxation

The otherwise obscure topic of taxation for the self-employed hit the headlines this week after chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond announced in his latest Budget a...


March 2, 2017  4:50 PM

UK government’s digital strategy has to be welcomed – but it could have been so much more

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
5G, Broadband, Data infrastructure, Digital government, Digital skills, Digital strategy, Digital transformation, Government IT, IT training, tech startups

The very best thing about the government digital strategy is that it exists. The areas covered by the strategy are vitally important for the UK’s economic future...


October 7, 2016  11:17 AM

Government must not ignore the historic international nature of UK IT

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
"Theresa May", Digital economy, Digital government, Digital skills, Government IT, IT jobs, IT skills, IT training

We didn’t hear much about the digital economy during the recent political party conferences. Prime minister Theresa May made a throwaway comment in her big set-piece...


June 15, 2016  1:10 PM

Remaining in the EU is essential if the UK wants to be a global technology leader

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Brexit, Broadband, CIO, Digital economy, Digital skills, DigitalEurope, EU, Europe, European Commission, innovation, IT skills, Startups, tech startups

Here at Computer Weekly, we want what’s best for the UK tech sector and the people who work there – that’s why we believe that remaining in the European Union (EU) is vital at such a critical time in the transformation of our industry. But...


March 10, 2016  2:45 PM

The future is here, now – if only our political and business leaders had the vision to see it

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Artificial intelligence, Digital skills, innovation, Internet of Things, ROBOTS, Virtual Reality

If you had the time-travelling opportunity to read the forthcoming issue of Computer Weekly magazine just a few years ago, you might have assumed it was a review of BBC Tomorrow's World. There's


January 18, 2016  3:30 PM

We need coordination between old economy job cuts and digital economy job creation

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
BT, Digital skills, jobs, recruitment, Skills

BT has one of its main contact centres in a tower block in Swansea city centre - it's the highest office building for miles around, just a short stroll to the sea front. From its upper-floor windows you can see across Swansea Bay to the lights and smoke from the giant steel works in neighbouring...


December 4, 2015  12:02 PM

All of us need to play our part to influence the role of technology in the UK economy

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Broadband, BT, Digital skills, Mobile, uktech50

Influence is a wonderfully subjective measure by which to gauge successful people in the UK technology scene.

Influence can be negative as well as positive. You might be influenced by a particular IT leader, while others may see the same person as thoroughly lacking the quality.


September 11, 2015  1:37 PM

Buy vs build and the rise of open source are driving digital transformation

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Agile, commoditisation, Digital skills, Digital strategy, Linux, OpenSource, Software, Software development, Software licensing

One of the defining characteristics of digital transformation for most organisations is the realisation that software development is a core business activity. For much of the 1990s and 2000s, building your own software was something to be outsourced - often to low-cost offshore providers. "We're...


July 3, 2015  1:23 PM

Immigration is a dirty word – but it’s one IT has to address to solve digital skills gap

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Digital skills, Employment, government, offshore, Outsourcing, recruitment, Skills, Startups

The political climate in the UK makes it difficult to talk about immigration and its effect on the IT sector, given the wider sensitivities around the subject. But it's a topic that needs to be considered if the UK is to make the most of the opportunity to become a world leader in the digital...


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