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100 start-ups unite for bi-annual jobs fair

Silicon Milkroundabout to showcase more than 800 start-up vacancies

Silicon Milkroundabout returns to East London this weekend to showcase the opportunities in working for a start-up.

The popular, bi-annual jobs fair, will host some of the UK’s most exciting new businesses, with more than 800 job vacancies on offer.

The two-day event hopes to attract sought-after talent such as web developers, software engineers and product designers – who are often lured into working for larger firms without considering alternative opportunities.

Pioneering tech firms including Wonga, Twitter, Songkick, Moo.com and Mind Candy, the company behind Moshi Monsters, will be among those on the lookout for new recruits at Brick Lane’s Truman Brewery – with nearly 100 more start-ups hosting stands.

According to job search engine Adzuna, the number of graduate vacancies for technical jobs has increased by 33% in the last six months alone – totalling 4,167 available jobs.

However, less than a third of these vacancies are in London, highlighting the nationwide demand for tech talent.   Although more than 7,000 computer scientists are expected to graduate in the UK this summer, Pete Smith, co-founder of Silicon Milkroundabout points out that technical roles remain among the hardest to recruit for :

“We estimate there are two applicants for every graduate tech vacancy.

“This sounds a lot but consider that in other sectors there are 50 applicants per vacancy and you realise we have a much healthier imbalance.”

Silicon Milkroundabout takes place from 12-5pm this Saturday and Sunday at The Truman Brewery, Brick Lane. For more information or to register for free tickets, visit the Silicon Milkroundabout website .

Image above: Songkick founders and organisers of Silicon Milkroundabout: Pete Smith, Michelle You and Ian Hogarth

Image below: Silicon Milkroundabout infographic by Adzuna

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