Network Infrastructure…where is all the talent?

30 July 2021

Ken Hillyer, international lead - network infrastructure at CNet Training

Ken Hillyer, international lead - network infrastructure at CNet Training

Earlier this year, the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, praised broadband providers for helping to create more than 22,000 new jobs, this followed an announcement by the UK government on their target to roll out full fibre coverage to a minimum of 85% gigabit-capable at a cost of £1.2 billion by 2025.

Whilst this is great news for the number of recruitment opportunities that will be available within the sector, it comes at a time when there is already a serious skills shortage across network cable infrastructure. The pre-existing skills shortage was further hit recently by Brexit, with less European talent staying in the UK. Now, with this substantial full fibre target to meet, how will the sector be able to find enough people to undertake the essential installation needed? 

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Connectivity that’s fit for a world of hybrid working

15 July 2021

Ashish Surti, executive vice president, technology & security, Colt Technology Services

Ashish Surti, executive vice president, technology & security, Colt Technology Services

The early days of the pandemic saw many people forced at short notice to abandon their desks and work from home. Some 18 months on, and for many of us remote working no longer feels like the temporary measure it once did. Pre-pandemic, working in a home setting was the privilege of a few individuals, with most employees travelling daily to an office.

Now we have entire business ecosystems running on a much more blended basis, with a lot of people still based at home 100% of the time, while others have returned to a traditional office setting. Some distribute their time as they choose between home and office. All of these workers expect to be fully functional with secure access to essential workloads and applications regardless of their whereabouts. That’s the reality of hybrid working – whole teams located apart but united by technology on a level playing field. And it’s a phenomenon that’s here to stay. Gartner’s research shows that 74% of organisations have plans to enable hybrid working on a permanent basis post-Covid.

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Managing corporate infrastructures after Covid

07 July 2021

Bob Sims, CHRO, Park Place Technologies

Bob Sims, CHRO, Park Place Technologies

Never before has there been so much flux in managing corporate infrastructures than we experience today through the physical workplace shifts catalysed by the pandemic. Then physical workplace infrastructures quickly made way for remote working and remote services provision. Initially viewed as temporary work from home measures to mitigate the impact of global lockdowns, today these practices continue as the pathway out of the crisis. 

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Cabinet Office boosts cyber spending by 500% amidst Whitehall CCTV security fears

05 July 2021

Full FOI table, provided by the Cabinet Office

Full FOI table, provided by the Cabinet Office

The Cabinet Office has splashed £274,142.85 on cyber security training for staff in the most recent financial year (FY 20-21) - a 483% increase on the £47,018 in the previous year (FY 19-20), according to official figures. The total spend over the two year period was £321,161.66.

The data, obtained by the Parliament Street think tank using Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation, is revealed amidst a series of security issues plaguing Whitehall, including CCTV of former Health Secretary Matt Hancock and his mistress in a passionate clinch being leaked by an unknown whistleblower.


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