The UK has been ranked first of all EU countries for the number of new businesses created. Good access to funding, both through banks and venture capital, have been a prime enabler for start-ups, but relatively low levels of tax and red tape have also been highly beneficial.
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Since the crash of 2007, a number of political figures and commentators have proclaimed that they can see the green shoots of economic growth. The first of these pronouncements was from Shriti Vadera, then Labour Minister for Business, Skills and Innovation, and in hindsight was woefully early. The most recent has been in the past week, and has enjoyed support from a wide range of business leaders and politicians, with the Bank of England endorsing this view by holding back on a further round of quantitative easing.
What’s our view? The past two weeks have seen an influx of new vacancies, with clients under pressure to fill these roles quickly. September holds our record for sales figures since the crash, and we anticipate that October will also be a good month. The outlook from our clients is also positive, with many of our clients increasing hiring over the coming months. This outlook is broad-based, across our technical, executive and defence divisions. Internationally, whilst our business in the Eurozone is depressed, in the wider international market we are experiencing significant growth – something reflected in the wider economy where exports are moving away from the Eurozone.
Our conclusion? Provided that there are no major shocks to the Eurozone, we expect growth to increase.
Getting security clearance for the first time can be a complex and daunting process, but can lead to a world of new opportunities. In this post, we shed some light on the process.
Why do I need clearance?
Clearance is needed for anybody who will have access to sensitive information or artefacts, and is carried out to ensure that there are no circumstances in your personal life that may make you susceptible to pressure to reveal classified information.
What level of clearance?
There are several different levels of security clearance, and which you need will depend on the level of access to classified information that you need to do your job, your employer, and the site you are working on. The lowest levels of clearance, CTC and BPSS comprise of basic identity checks, whilst the more advanced levels of clearance (SC, SC Enhanced, and DV) are significantly more detailed.
SC clearance is needed for frequent and unsupervised access to Secret material. SC clearance typically takes 6-8 weeks to be processed. You must have lived in the UK for the past five years.
DV clearance is needed for frequent and unsupervised access to Top Secret Material. DV clearance is a much more involved process involving interviews with you, your family members, friends, and co-workers. Your personal finances will be reviewed, and they may look at your medical history. DV clearance typically takes 6-8 months to be processed. Different agencies have different requirements for DV clearance, and so transferring between companies may still take some time. You must have lived in the UK for at least the previous ten years and must have British nationality.
More information about the process can be found here.
AltoVenus have just launched a new graduate campaign for 2012 on behalf of four of our clients. Working in conjunction with Britain’s best universities, we are looking for final year students with knowledge of one or more of the following:
• Software development
• Database administration & development
• Systems administration
• Penetration testing / ethical hacking
• Information security
• Wireless telecoms
If successful, you will be working on some the most exciting technology on the planet, with glittering career prospects.
To apply, please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org, or for more information call Henry on 01242 223946.
After much agonising about the format and content, we have finally launched our new website! Please have a look around – at the moment not all our jobs are advertised on here, but they are steadily being added – it’s definitely worth coming back to check if you can’t find your ideal job on here now.
We have also started a new blog, where we’ll be keeping you updated with industry news. Our first post – “Interim or Consultancy?” is already up.