100 vacancies showcased at Sunderland Software Jobs Fair

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WEARSIDERS hoping to land a job in Sunderland’s burgeoning hi-tech software sector can speak directly to employers at an event this week.

Around 100 new software vacancies are up for grabs with employers including Sunderland’s own home-grown software firm Leighton, internet shopping cart recovery company SaleCycle and global IT business Saggezza, which recently announced its move to Sunderland Software Centre.

The firms will be on hand to meet potential candidates for the range of IT and customer relationship roles they have available at the two-day fair organised by Sunderland City Council.

The event is a chance for people interested in joining the companies to find out more about the vacancies available at the firms, and to chat to existing employees about their own experience of working in the sector.

The first event will be held at the Evolve Business Centre at Rainton Bridge on April 29, with a second taking place on April 30, at the city’s flagship new business base, Sunderland Software Centre.

Both events will run from 11am until 3pm. All of the businesses taking part in the event are based in the city and between them have around 100 vacancies to be filled.

Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson said: “The Sunderland Software Jobs Fair is a fantastic opportunity for people already working in the sector and looking for a new challenge, or those who are working in other roles but have the skills and qualifications to pursue a career in the sector, to come and find out what’s on offer in the city.

“Sunderland is home to so many world-leading software, IT and gaming businesses and this event really does prove that it is a sector on the up.

“Having so many high-end jobs on offer, and bringing all of those employers together in one place, represents a great opportunity for people who are out of work, or those looking for their next career move and we expect to see a really good turnout across the two days.”

Many of the roles on offer are open to people with no formal qualifications in IT, and those who are interested in developing their skills can also gain help and support from Sunderland College.

Newly launched Geek Talent will also be attending the event, along with Rymote, a company that specialises in Cisco network and telephone systems, in the hope of finding new people to join their growing teams.

Martin Williams, managing director of Saggezza UK one of the companies that will be attending the event, said: “This is a unique opportunity for people in the city to meet businesses that could soon be their employer.

Saggezza is a fast growing company and it is vital to us that we have a pipeline of skilled people to help us to continue with this growth.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing what talent is out there, and hopefully unearthing some great new people to bring into our business. We hope to find some great local talent that can offer an innovative mind and a passion for the technology industry. We’d encourage anyone who fits that mould to come along and find out more, and fully expect some of those we meet will be future Saggezza employees.”

For more information about the event, visit www.makeitsunderland.com/jobsfairs. Those who plan to attend should follow the link from the site to register their attendance.