Pokemon Go: How catching them all could catch you out

Unless you’ve been hiding under a Pikachu sized rock all summer, you will be aware of the latest tech craze to sweep the globe – Pokémon Go. Downloaded more than 100 million times since it launched in July, the virtual reality game has inspired millions of normally console-bound, bedroom dwelling gamers out of their homes...

Barbecue-itis and the Welsh bank holiday

There is something about the gift of a long weekend that tempts staff into taking an extra day – Bank Holiday Tuesdays almost always equal an increase in sickness absence. It’s a problem I see all too often in my role at Activ Absence – in fact, one of our largest customers, a national logistics company,...

Bridging the gender divide to fill the digital skills gap

In 2015, just 27% of those employed in the UK’s digital industries were women, according to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). This is well below the UK average of 47% for female employees. The key to ensuring the skills gap continues to decrease – so that graduates in 10 years’ time are...

How to choose the right software and avoid the geek speak

Despite working with software developers in Wales for more than 20 years, I’ve never written a line of code. I understand more than when I started, but I still don’t speak fluent ‘geek-speak’. Our security cleared developers work regularly on government and blue chip projects, as well as on our own software and they leave...

Five tips for wannabe Welsh tech entrepreneurs

Welsh tech is certainly leading the way, but what’s unique about the digital landscape is the above average number of start-ups and small tech firms driving the sector. Across all sectors in Wales, the percentage of enterprises with fewer than 10 employees is 13% or around one in eight. In ICT, it’s 22% – that’s...

Why performance appraisals are dead – turning to tech

It’s hard to know what is happening in the HR world. One minute we are being told that appraisals are dead, with the CIPD reporting in 2015 that 2/3 of businesses want to restructure the process and 1 in 20 businesses are planning to scrap appraisals altogether. Skip forward 12 months, and the CIPD are reporting...

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