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North East’s biggest tech careers event to support tech employers and jobseekers during pandemic

The North East’s biggest tech-specific careers fair, Tech Talent, is adjusting to the pandemic to help tech employers and jobseekers connect and address gaps in talent.

Set to support job creation and growth within the technical and digital industries, Tech Talent will now be bringing its recruitment event online on February 24th.

Alongside the flagship Tech Talent event, the team has now also launched Tech Talent Jobs, a free online vacancy platform for North East employers.

“People are struggling. Employers are upping their recruitment for digital roles but are having difficulty finding the right talent. At the same time, the number of job seekers looking for the right fit is bigger than ever”, says Jill McKinney, Head of Skills at Sunderland Software City – which is responsible for delivering the Tech Talent initiative.

“So we wanted to do something about this. We saw an opportunity to help companies and job seekers in the digital industries by providing a free online jobs platform through Tech Talent. We also made the decision to move our event forward to cater for this demand in need. The event, which was set to take place in May 2021, will now be taking place virtually in February.”

The most recent Tech Talent event, in 2019, attracted over 1,000 jobseekers to the Boilershop in Newcastle and over 50 employers and training providers. By bringing the event online, Tech Talent will now be able to continue to support employers and jobseekers in the digital industries, and grow jobs in the region.

The move is made possible by Tech Talent sponsor Avanade. Magda Hoffman, Senior Technical Recruiter at Avanade said ““Both the demand for talent and the number of employers in technology is ever increasing. For Avanade, it is crucial to show presence where the top talent of the country gathers to find jobs, develop their skills and discuss the latest trends in tech.

With our Avanade Newcastle Technology Centre expanding, we take great pride in sponsoring TechTalent 2021. We want to encourage all job seekers in the North East to register and join us in a journey to shape their future in tech.”

Delegates and employers will be able to sign up to Tech Talent and view vacancies via the website: