Everyone can be a headhunter

Rob Fanshawe is the latest online disruptor to take a tilt at the recruitment industry.

Sylvia Pennington   Technology is making it harder for traditional recruiters to keep exclusivity on the job market.

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Twitter admits to diversity problem

Twitter's diversity report is out.

Twitter says it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley.

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Big Apple leads technology-sector investment to boost jobs

Flatiron School tech students

Matthew Hall   As Australia’s federal government looks to make controversial budget cuts to education, innovation and science research, New York City is partnering with schools and private companies to fund training and jobs.

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Microsoft expected to announce job cuts this week

REBOOT: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers the keynote address at Build earlier this year.

Dina Bass   Microsoft is planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years, as the software maker looks to slim down and integrate Nokia Oyj's handset unit, people with knowledge of the company's plans said.

Women hacking the boys' club

White hat: Tiffany Rad at work.

Jordan Robertson   Tiffany Rad is turning software industry gender stereotypes on their head.

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Former exec sues dating app Tinder for sexual harassment

Former Tinder marketing vice president Whitney Wolfe.

Sarah McBride   Popular dating-app company accused of sexual harassment and discrimination, is the latest technology business to face challenges over treatment of women.

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News Bytes

News bytes for week of June 30, 2014

Hewlett-Packard HP.

Shell refuels with HP; Telstra invests in security software outfit; NAB's top tech women, Bitcoin start-ups wanted.


Top job searches show disconnect between offer and demand

There's a mismatch between jobs people search for and what is advertised.

Sylvia Pennington   Does everyone want to work as a graphic designer or are there scores of unemployed ones sitting around now that online marketplaces are sending their work offshore?

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Status update: Facebook not so diverse

Lack of diversity: Facebook's workforce lags behind its user base.

Jessica Guynn   The world's most popular social network, released statistics on the makeup of its workforce that do not reflect the demographics of its users around the globe.

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Banks prepare for new technology era


Beverley Head   Australia’s financial sector's top technology echelon is undergoing a once-in-a generation churn just as the big banks prepare for the next battle in the digital war for supremacy.

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Futurist: how can I get a job like that?

seeing the future

Sylvia Pennington   Think you’re all over the latest trends barely before they emerge and like the idea of being paid to ponder what’s coming up next?

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Science key to economy, Tony Abbott admits

Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited the Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn on Wednesday 11 June 2014

Paul Osborne   PM said science was at the heart of a country's competitiveness, as he toured a tech school in the US.

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Tech darling Atlassian in sexism row


Mahesh Sharma   Software tools are like a "demanding," "complaining," and "interrupting" girlfriend, according to an engineer at Atlassian, one of Australia's most successful technology companies.

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Why would you pay higher uni fees when MOOCs abound?


Beverley Head   A budget snub and massive open online courses from elite universities will make it harder to justify an Australian education.


Call centre jobs ... dead end or tech career stepping stone?

Finn Sheridan, 21, with Macquarie Telecom boss David Tudehope (left).

Sylvia Pennington   Call centre roles do not usually score high on the glamour, intellectual stimulation or job satisfaction fronts - so when does a gig in one not represent a long road to nowhere?


Chief information officers must innovate to stay relevant

New tricks: technology chiefs and departments must come up with innovative ways to solve business problems.

Stuart Corner   Technology chiefs must come up with new ways to solve business problems or risk becoming irrelevant as more non-tech executives press ahead with their own technology decisions.


Optus restructures, announces 350 job cuts


Optus will cut 350 jobs from its workforce in the next four weeks as a result of a corporate restructure to improve sustained profitability and increase efficiencies.


What do men think of women in leadership?

Gender diversity brings high performance teams and a high performing business, managing director for IBM Australia and New Zealand, Andrew Stevens.

Cynthia Karena   More confidence in the business, increase in share price, more collaboration. What's not to like about gender diversity?


Westpac's multimillion-dollar promise to geeks: we will nurture you

Former teacher: Gail Kelly, CEO, Westpac.

Heath Gilmore   Westpac chief executive Gail Kelly will put up $100 million of the bank's funds towards the largest education scholarship program in Australian history, emerging as an unlikely champion for geek girls nationwide.


Public sector technology jobs take a dive

Out of work: The Queensland public service is employing fewer people  in technology.

Sylvia Pennington   Public sector technology workers are becoming an endangered species in Queensland with the latest figures suggesting their numbers fell 24 per cent in the past 18 months.