This month on TechdeckTalks we are talking to Roman Tyden, a Ukrainian IT professional living and working in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

Roman has been working in the IT industry for nearly 20 years. He began his career as a Systems Administrator after studying at KROK University and IT Step Academy in Kyiv. Since then, he has gone on to work as a remote support engineer; Virtulisation engineer, Freelance Field Support Engineer and more recently, as a Site Infrastructure Manager.

Read more below and find out Roman’s first-hand experiences of working in IT during the ongoing war and how the invasion is impacting the industry as a whole

Many IT Professionals are now defending the Country

The Ukraine has always had a reputation for being a prominent force in the IT industry, we have a lot of talent here, with our major tech hubs being in Kyiv, Lviv, Dnipro and Odesa. The country’s strong tech background is recognised around the world. Recently, whilst volunteering in Bucha and Gostomel, two small towns near Kyiv totally destroyed by the Russian offensive, an Australian IT colleague commented, “…eight of ten Ukrainians must be from an IT background.”

At the end of 2021, a survey revealed that around 285,000 people worked in IT and by June 2022, this had dropped by 60,000. The war restricts all men aged 18-60 from leaving the country. Many IT professionals have now been enlisted to the territorial defence and the armed forces or they have relocated abroad.

Companies are relocating their IT workforce to other countries

For tech companies, people are their greatest asset, so it is no wonder that they are encouraging workers to relocate abroad. Around 50,000 – 57,000 IT professionals are known to have moved to work abroad since February 2022. However, a vast majority of people, like myself want to stay here in the Ukraine, no matter what.

The war has bought uncertainty around housing and jobs, so understandably many younger families are looking to relocate abroad for more stability but ultimately, we want to remain in our own country.

Ukrainian refugees, including those with a wealth of IT experience are actively seeking employment, even if it is temporary, and not just waiting for help from the authorities in the host countries where they have been granted refuge.

Business activities are almost fully resumed

It isn’t all negative though, according to the recent IT Research Resilience survey, 85% of companies have reported that, as of May 2022 they have managed to resume their business activities fully or almost completely. 63% noted a positive financial result, with 13% stating an increase in income by 25-50%.

There is no doubt that when Ukraine wins, and in the years to follow, the country will be very attractive to entrepreneurs and investors, especially with our wealth of IT experience and strengths in the industry.

From a Personal Perspective

The conflict continues to have a huge impact on my career and personal life. My family are currently living in Poland, and I’ve remained here in the Ukraine to work and support them the best I can. The company I work for have relocated many of the workforce but only the women, so most of the local offices here are all empty.

The separation from my family is by far the hardest thing to deal with – I haven’t seen my one-year-old daughter for 6 months.

For further information on the impact of the war on the IT industry in Ukraine, please visit: https://itcluster.lviv.ua/projects/it-research/

If you would like to get in touch with Roman, please get in contact at info@techdeck.io.

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This month on TechdeckTalks, we hear from Ezequias Serra about his experience of working as an IT freelancer across Europe.

Ezequias has been working as a freelancer, specifically in IT field infrastructure for over 8 years. During that time, he has undertaken tasks all over Europe including, work at the European Parliament, Microsoft and Warner Bros, to name a few.

Read more about his first-hand experiences and his thoughts around the benefits of being an IT freelancer.

The Benefits of Being an IT Freelancer

I became an IT freelancer in 2014 and haven’t looked back since then. For me, being employed was becoming boring and quite static. I found that I was working on very similar tasks without much satisfaction, reward, or professional development. Freelancing opened up so many more possibilities for me. If you are thinking of making the switch to freelancing, here’s why I think you won’t regret it!

Variety

 In IT freelancing, variety really is the spice of life! One day, I can be working in a datacentre for a major bank, onsite in a retail store, or performing installations in a government building.

The best thing about the vast variety of jobs in freelancing is the valuable hands-on experience I am gaining every day. My resume is constantly being added to and I thrive on the different challenges of every task.

In addition to this, I am constantly meeting new people, networking, and building up my professional contacts.

Flexibility

 Being your own boss is such a plus point of freelancing. You make your own schedule. If you would like an afternoon to visit family – you can do it. If you want to go to the gym in the daytime, it’s your choice! You take on the tasks when and where you want to.

No more applying for holiday or explaining to a supervisor why you want the time off. Of course, if you don’t work, you don’t get paid but ultimately it is up to you.

Professional Development

 IT freelancing is a superb way of progressing professionally in your specialist field. For those who are just starting out, it gives the opportunity to build your resume quickly into a full-blown portfolio.

You are gaining the best possible hands-on experience by taking on a variety of tasks in different working environments. This proves you are adaptable and can learn fast under pressure.

The diversity of the challenges will allow you to accumulate a lot of experience in a short period of time.

An Example

 Recently, I worked onsite for a major betting site building a network from scratch. There were multiple devices to be set up in 5 48RU racks and puffs. It took eight long days until I could see everything come to life and work properly. The satisfaction when everything came together filled me with a great feeling of accomplishment and more than that, the customer was delighted with the outcome.

In Summary

 As an IT freelancer you will:

IT freelancing is definitely for the individual that loves to try something new every day and who is open to new challenges at any moment.

If you are thinking about switching your career to being a freelancer and have any questions for Ezequias, please get in contact at info@techdeck.io.

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Techdeck are proud to announce our upcoming partnership with Computer Aid, a non-profit organisation with a mission to empower the developing world by providing access to education through IT, implementing technology and supporting environmentally responsible solutions.

With the COP26 climate change conference drawing to a close on the 12th November, sustainability is very much at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Companies large and small are under more pressure than ever to reduce their carbon footprint and get on the path to net zero emissions, including companies across the IT industry.

With that in mind, our partnership with Computer Aid is set to develop over the next 12 months and become a long-term commitment. All future users of our platform, both businesses and IT professionals alike, will be able to support global Green IT initiatives by just using our online service. In the future, this will mean direct donations from each transaction on the Techdeck platform will go directly to Computer Aid.

What is Green IT?

The term Green IT has been around since the US Environment Agency launched ‘Energy Star’, a labelling program used to promote and recognise the energy efficiency of equipment in 1992. It is the practice of environmentally sustainable computing which aims to lessen the harmful impact of all IT operations on the environment. From the design and manufacturing through to the operating and disposal of equipment in an environmentally friendly way, the practice of Green IT is now more imperative than ever.

About Computer Aid

 Since 1997 Computer Aid has helped over 14.5 million people worldwide by providing over 260,000 computers in over 100 countries, enabling over 1 billion hours of learning.

How?

A large part of what Computer Aid do is around the ethical and secure disposal of IT equipment. They work with companies across the UK and Europe to reuse their computers and other electronic devices. The equipment is given a second life whilst remaining compliant with GDPR, WEEE and hazardous waste regulations.

Many charitable organisations, individuals and communities have benefitted from Computer Aid’s repurposed IT equipment across the world. Here’s a snapshot of what they have achieved:

Global Projects:

Training:

Equipment supplied:

IT Disposal/Environmental:

According to a recent UN report, electronic waste or e-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. 50 million tonnes of e-waste are created every year, with that looking likely to more than double by 2050 to a staggering 110 million tonnes.

Some IT Disposal companies often don’t refurb the equipment, instead they strip it down for precious metals. The Computer Aid Service is different, they only recycle equipment when it can no longer be used with 0% going to landfill.

To learn more about Computer Aid and how you can donate, read more here.

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Technology start-up, Techdeck.io has been successful in securing consultancy funding towards start-up development costs.

Techdeck is an online platform that will connect IT professionals with businesses that need their skills around the world. Businesses will have access to a global talent pool of qualified and trusted IT professionals on every continent, including specialists in: hardware; networking; maintenance; software development; cabling; audio visual equipment; wireless; IT security; telecommunications and more. The platform will make it quick and easy for businesses to source, hire and manage the skilled professionals they need for ad hoc work, projects, and longer-term contracts.

Charlotte Rose, Co-founder of Techdeck was introduced to BIC Staffordshire and the work they do with local businesses by Jonathan Percival, Economic Development Officer at Lichfield District Council. The Staffordshire Business Innovation Centre (Staffs BIC) encourages and promotes innovation within Staffordshire by helping individuals and companies with their start-up ventures and innovations. They offer: one-to-one practical advice; grant funding; workshops; webinars and networking events.

Charlotte commented: “After being introduced to BIC and the services they offer, I met Sandra Butterworth, Director of Innovation, who explained about the start-up grant which covers 37% of Consultancy Fees. Building an online platform such as Techdeck requires hours of software development and extensive specialist advice, so I decided to put in an application. Sandra was extremely helpful and assisted me with the application and provided advice towards my business plan. I was absolutely delighted to find out my application had been successful.”

   

The funding will be vital towards the development of the Techdeck platform, it will enable completion of the platform in a quicker timeframe and allow other areas of the business, such as sales and marketing to benefit from a boost in budget allocation. This type of support in the start-up phase of any business is critical and Techdeck will continue to work with Staffs BIC and their knowledgeable team to learn and grow the business by attending their informative webinars, networking events and one-to-one business advice sessions.

For further information about BIC Staffordshire visit: www.thebic.co.uk/about-us

To read more about the Techdeck platform visit: www.techdeck.io

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Hello world! It’s Techdeck here. Read on for an introduction to what we do, who we are and what our vision and mission is.

Who is Techdeck?

We are on an epic mission to simplify the way businesses and IT professionals connect, not just in the UK but around the globe.

The Techdeck story was born in 2020 during a national UK lockdown and at the height of the global pandemic. Having worked in the IT industry for over 15 years, Techdeck Co-founder, Charlotte Rose, identified the need for a quick and easy way for businesses to access global IT talent at a fraction of the cost.

What Do We Do?

The Techdeck platform operates as a hybrid model. It has the simplicity of an online freelance platform, paired with the professional processes of a recruitment agency. This is all backed up with access to a support team available to assist 24/7.

Our aim is to be the go-to platform for IT professionals to find work and to create a valuable tool where businesses can source, hire and coordinate the best in IT talent around the globe.

IT Support Job Opportunities

If you are an IT professional looking for work, search no further than Techdeck. You can find your next exciting opportunity in IT with our easy to use platform. 

Create your free profile today and become part of the Techdeck network. Connect with businesses that need your skills and network with like-minded people. It couldn’t be more simple and the pathways ahead of you are endless! 

We offer opportunities for a wide range of IT specialist roles in the following categories:

Outsourced IT Support

Watch this space if you are a business looking to outsource IT support and expand your global resources. We will soon have qualified IT professionals 
on every continent ready to 
start working with you.

Our bespoke platform has been specially designed to allow businesses to sign up and find IT specialists easily. Our system allows businesses to refine their searches, meaning only the most suitable professionals are presented as potential candidates.

Find the perfect IT professional for you and your business needs with our spectrum of prospects, boasting a variety of skill-sets, global coverage, flexibility and verified professionals. 

Sounds interesting? Great, because Techdeck for businesses is launching very soon. Register your interest now and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your requirements.

Bespoke IT Job and Prospect Platform

Our unique online platform has been specially designed to allow IT Professionals to sign up and find work with ease. It will also allow businesses looking for IT Support to find the perfect professionals available for job roles. 

Our amazing community allows you to network with like-minded members of your profession and discuss opportunities openly whilst cutting out the unnecessary margin stacks. We also strive to make the payment processes effortless so that every step of your journey with us is smooth.

Finding jobs and employees in IT shouldn’t be difficult, but in the current climate, it can pose certain challenges. Techdeck is a simple but effective platform that strives to provide you with the answer to all of your IT job needs. 

Why Choose Techdeck?

Techdeck is an IT platform that provides ease of use, flexibility, value and simplified payment methods throughout. We allow businesses to search for suitable IT specialists at the same time as them being able to apply for your job posting. 

We will provide you with a personalised experience, making sure we understand your needs and goals to find the perfect solution for you.

Calling all IT professionals and businesses – we want to hear from you! Get in touch with us today to find out more about how we can help transform your journey in sourcing IT support opportunities and global skills.