Major jobs fair for start-ups returns

Silicon Milkroundabout III will offer 800 roles at some of the UK's most exciting start-ups

A jobs fair connecting start-ups with talented job candidates will return to London’s tech hub Silicon Roundabout next month, it was announced today.

Following the success of the first two events, Silicon Milkroundabout III will take place over two days for the first time, on 26-27 May 2012. Some 105 start-ups have already signed up for the event, showcasing 800 jobs.

This will be the third outing for the event, which has seen significant growth each time it’s been held. The second event, in October 2011, attracted around 1,500 candidates, three times the number who attended the inaugural event, which began life at a bar in East London in May last year.

Since its inception, more than 168 jobs have been filled at more than 133 start-ups, and Songkick, the fast-growing start-up behind all three events, is expecting to accommodate around 1,500 job-hunters per day next month.

The remit is also expanding this time – while the first two events focused on connecting start-ups with talented web developers, a particularly challenging role to recruit for, this time the companies present will also be recruiting for a number of other roles, such as designers and product managers.

Pete Smith, co-founder of Songkick, said that while there’s no shortage of talent in the UK, trying to lure that talent away from high-paid jobs at investment banks or management consultancies in the City, or tech giants such as Google or Microsoft, is a real challenge for start-ups.

He told Startups: “Silicon Milkroundabout started after a conversation between me and my co-founder Ian [Hogarth] in the pub, when we were bemoaning how hard it was to find good developers.

“It’s really hard to get in front of great people when you’re a start-up. You’re one small voice in a sea of really big brands. So we thought, if we can’t get people to come to us, perhaps if we come together as 20-30 start-ups across different industries, we can present a new career category of working for a start-up.”

The first two events have attracted some of the most exciting and successful start-ups in the UK, including Moo.com, Mind Candy (creator of Moshi Monsters), Skimlinks, and Funding Circle, and May’s event promises more of the same, with short-term lender Wonga.com and GoCardless, a new cardless payment start-up, added to the bill.

Smith added that those involved want to show that working for a start-up is not only a viable option, it’s a highly attractive proposition.

“If you’re working in a smaller team, you can have a greater impact personally – the sky’s the limit. You can fight as hard as you want for the things you want to see happen and have a huge visibility within the company.

“There’s also a really nice feel to the start-up community now. People are willing to help each other out and chat over their problems.”

Silicon Milkroundabout III will take place at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, on 26-27 May 2012. For more information, visit: www.siliconmilkroundabout.com

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