An impressive parade of new exhibitors has been revealed for Leeds Digital Job Fair 5.0 at the First Direct Arena on Thursday 24 October from 3.30-7.30pm.
They range from long-established automotive industry experts cap hpi through to start-up KwizzBit, a company founded by serial entrepreneur Mark Walsh and quickly establishing itself as an exciting new player in the Leeds digital and tech sector.
They will be joined by Fortune Global 500 firm Accenture which – alongside fellow newcomers Emerald Publishing, AND Digital, Audacia, AHC, Double Eleven, The Stars Group, The Coders Guild, Hippo Digital, Blue Mantis and DMW – will be making a debut appearance at the event.
Meanwhile, Northcoders will be returning to the First Direct Arena together with a host of previous exhibitors including Crisp, Financial Force, Equiniti Credit Services, FDM Group, Age Partnership, TPP Careers, Aire Logic, EMIS, Leeds City College and Leeds Trinity University.
Last month it was confirmed that BJSS, Sky Betting & Gaming, the Department for Work and Pensions, Yorkshire Building Society, First Direct and the British Library will also be present to talk to potential digital and tech recruits.
Sponsored by Leeds City Council, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Bruntwood SciTech and Fruition IT, Leeds Digital Job Fair was established by Herd founder Amy De-Balsi in 2016 to enable employers to talk directly to tech talent of all experience levels.
Keen to reach even greater heights, Leeds Digital Job Fair 5.0 will showcase the new Hey! conference stage in the main auditorium featuring an inspirational speaker line-up including Chris Witham from the NHS Leadership Academy, James Hall of Parallax and Sky’s Sally Bridgewater.
With not long to go until the big day, Ms De-Balsi encouraged employers to grab the last few remaining exhibitor slots.
She said: “Yorkshire and Humber’s digital job numbers have grown at more than twice the general rate of employment as a whole in last six years – five per cent for digital against two per cent overall.
“Within Leeds City Region, there are currently 7,565 digital businesses employing 47,000 people, and those figures are rising all the time.
“However, last year there were 14,000 skill shortage vacancies for digital professional roles.
“Competition for the finest available tech talent is now fierce.
“The purpose of the Leeds Digital Job Fair is to help fill vacancies by encouraging skilled people to consider working in the region’s flourishing digital sector, as well as enabling those already employed as tech professionals to further advance their careers.
“We have achieved remarkable success over the previous four events, helped by the fact that individuals who want to come along to speak to employers are able to sign up free of charge. That will be the case again on 24 October, with the Hey! conference stage certainly adding to the numbers who have already registered.
“The list of confirmed exhibitors for Leeds Digital Job Fair 5.0 is unquestionably the best yet, including our diverse and innovative start-ups section which is now at full capacity.
“A handful of stands remain, but I would urge companies with current or future tech vacancies to get involved by signing up before they all go.”