TD Weekly (23/08/2019)

From new ONS stats showing that employment is growing in the Welsh technology sector to a major contract win for a North Wales IT company, here are the latest stories from the industry. 

Tech jobs booming

New research from the Office of National Statistics shows that employment in the Welsh technology sector is booming.

Since 2010 the number of jobs in the industry has grown by 83 per cent. And in the past five years, around 400 tech sector jobs have been created in Wales per month.

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “Wales makes a significant contribution to the unique makeup of the UK’s tech industry particularly in fintech, artificial intelligence and cyber security in which Welsh companies such as Amplyfi are leading the way.

“These impressive statistics demonstrate that the growing Welsh tech sector is creating more highly paid, skilled employment opportunities for people across Wales.”

Contractor embarks on digital transformation drive

One of South Wales’ largest multi-disciplined contracting firms has embarked on a company-wide digital transformation drive. 

E.G. Lewis Group is working with Welsh IT firm CSG Computer Services to evaluate its current IT systems and recommend ways it can modernise existing infrastructure. The aim is to ensure performance, availability, storage and security deliver against key project objectives. 

Rhys Perry, general manager of E.G. Lewis Group, said: “The new systems we’re setting up with CSG will help support the continued growth of the business, future-proofing our operations while allowing a robust continuity plan.”

Dameon Merilaht, account manager at CSG Computer Services, added: “Following an audit of the existing IT environment by one of CSG’s Solutions Architects, a solution was proposed that would see all core infrastructure being held within the CSG Data Centre, with leading Sophos Intercept X ransomware protection and Datto BUDR. This would allow for an immediate recovery in the event of a hardware/site failure.

“To complement this, CSG’s IT Managed Service will provide on-going proactive maintenance/support to ensure the network and relationship are well maintained moving forward.”

Gender imbalance in tech growing

Male students are 375%  more likely to take a computing or ICT A Level than women, according to recently published research from ESTnet.

Boys are also dominating subjects other STEM subjects, including physics, chemistry and mathematics, while female students are more likely to study biology. 

Avril Lewis MBE, managing director of the ESTnet, said we are still facing an enormous gender balance crisis when it comes to women in technology.

She said: “Across the country, boys are nearly five times more likely to study computing or ICT at A-level than girls, and nearly twice as likely to study mathematics.

“As such, the results paint a hugely disproportionate picture of those engaging with technology related subjects at a young age, an issue that filters through the skills pipeline and contributes to the wider gender balance issues impacting the technology industry as a whole.”

North Wales tech firm secures prestigious contract 

Pinacl-GDA, a technology company based in North Wales, has secured the contract to provide technology services for the prestigious Circle Square project in Manchester.

Working alongside Imtech North, the firm will supply, install and commission structured cabling and a TV distribution system across the development.  

The project will consist of 1,700 new homes, 1.2 million sq ft of workspace and more than 100,00 sq ft of retail and leisure space, two hotels and a multi-storey car park.

Dave Marsden, business development manager at Pinacl-GDA, said: “We are delighted to be working with Imtech North on this prestigious project in the heart of Manchester.

“The amount of new innovative projects that are being constructed in the North West is incredible and we are excited to be awarded the opportunity to bring our expertise to Manchester’s ever-evolving landscape.”