Blockchain tops the most in demand skills of 2020 from LinkedIn

LinkedIn Learning recently released its top 10 soft and hard skills in 2020. Whilst most of the top 10 looked similar to last year, there is a brand-new entrant at number 1. Quite unsurprisingly blockchain tops the list in the number 1 spot and interestingly this skill did not occur in the list last year.

According to the LinkedIn results it says… ‘Blockchain has become a line of business for a who’s who of the corporate world — IBM, Oracle, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft (LinkedIn’s parent company), Amazon, and American Express, to name just a few. Blockchain is now being used in industries ranging from shipping to healthcare, from farming and food safety to entertainment and gaming…Blockchain, for example, is the most in-demand skill in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Australia’.

This is something that we at CK Technical can definitely agree with having worked for the last 12 months in the blockchain recruitment arena and due to our pharmaceutical and healthcare clients demanding skills in blockchain, this month we launched a new blockchain recruitment service.

Other technology skills to join blockchain on the list were UX design, cloud computing, analytical reasoning, artificial intelligence, scientific computing. Incidentally, we can also agree with this as we often recruit for all these skills and have seen a definite rise in demand.

Take a look at the rest of the list here:

LinkedIn list of most in demand skills for 2020


If you would like to find out more about our blockchain recruitment, take a look here


Author: Lauren de Frece


Posted in Candidate Research and Knowledge, Industry News, News

Job of the Week: Applications Scientist

We are recruiting for an Applications Scientist to join a scientific leader in developing state-of-the-art chemical simulation software at their site in Cambridge.

  • Our client’s mission is to improve human health and quality of life through the development, distribution, and application of advanced computational methods. They are a global company, who invest heavily in R&D, and continue to develop and refine their scientific platform.
  • A rare opportunity to join an organisation who focus on the cutting edge of computer-aided drug discovery and materials science.
  • The successful Applications Scientist will be based at our client’s site in Cambridge, located not far from the university. It is easily reachable from the main transport links.
  • This is a permanent role with a competitive salary on offer.

Find out more about this job here

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Our Top Tips to Finding a New Role in 2020

The beginning of a new year can often make us reassess our choices and set new goals, particularly when it comes to our career.

2020 is especially significant as it marks the beginning of a brand new decade, so why not take the plunge and find yourself that dream role!

However sourcing and achieving your dream job is sometimes not as easy as it seems. You may also feel a little out of practice or overwhelmed by the process, so we suggest a five-step strategy that will help you stay on-track and ahead of the game.

Take a look below.

  1. Be clear on what it is you want.
    With the start of a new decade, think to yourself: what do I want this year? It might be that you need more flexibility, a higher salary or simply a new challenge to take on, but the main thing is to be clear and honest. It may be worth taking the time to write a list of goals you’d like to achieve or things you’d like to gain before even starting the job-hunt, which will prevent time being wasted on applying for unsuitable roles.
  2. Get your CV recruiter ready.
    Your CV needs to work just as hard as you do, after all, in many cases it’s one of the only windows employers have into your skillset and experience. Consider the situation from an employer’s point of view: what would they want to see? It is important not to be generic, so tailoring your CV to each posting will improve your chances of matching the candidate criteria of the jobs you are applying for. You can read our tips on CV writing for scientific jobs here.
  3. Create your online presence and network.
    Professional networking sites like LinkedIn have become immensely popular with recruiters worldwide – with 90% regularly using the platform. A profile that portrays who you are, what you have achieved and what you can offer in the most positive way possible will make you more appealing to employers. Personalise your profile (you could even upload some of your best work), connect with all the relevant people and then use this network to push yourself in the right direction. Remember to keep it professional, your profile should only consist of elements you want an employer to see.

The rest of this article is on our other division website, CK Science – click here to read the full article.


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CK Technical Expand into Blockchain Recruitment

As of January 2020, CK Technical, part of the CK Group, are excited to announce a brand new service. We are now expanding our IT sector to include blockchain recruitment where we will work with our clients on a global basis to source the leading developers and support staff to deliver projects across the sector.

Blockchain technology has been rapidly expanding across the global landscape delivering a wide range of decentralised technology solutions for various markets including finance, communications, supply chain, and healthcare. This technology is currently undergoing rapid adoption across the globe with large names such as JP Morgan and Facebook entering the space in recent months. The technology can be used as a decentralised ledger for transaction information and is the underpinning structure for Cryptocurrencies.

We have already been recruiting in the DLT and blockchain market for over 12 months with success in multiple countries such as Switzerland, Eastern Europe and UK. We have sourced specialist development and support staff such as Project Managers, Information Security Officers, and Developers to helping clients succeed with their projects. Due to this success and the emerging market of blockchain, we are pleased to be able to launch a new service in this area.

This new team is headed by Alex Tosney who has been with CK Group for over 7 years and has been working within the sector for over 12 months out of Crypto Valley.

CK Technical have 28 years experience recruiting for technical staff to join cutting edge technology businesses, we understand the needs of our clients to deliver bespoke service that works with your needs. If you are looking to hire exceptional talent or find a new role in 2020 in the blockchain arena, please get in touch to find out how we can help you.

Contact Alex here

Find out more about our blockchain service offering here


Author: Alex Tosney – Head of Blockchain Recruitment

Alex Tosney


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If you missed our IR35 Event, watch the video here

The much anticipated the IR35 video is now available to watch. Due to popular demand, we filmed our IR35 Information evening so that delegates could watch it back and those people who missed the event could watch it as well.

Watch it here:

The event was very well attended and it was fantastic to have so many questions and interaction with between the delegates and speakers.

Our specialist speakers are experts in the tax and legal space, Lewina Farrell, the Head of Legal Services at REC (The Recruitment and Employment Confederation) and Chris Humphreys, Head of Tax at BHP, one of the largest accountancy firms in the UK.

If you would like more information then please contact Liam O’Connell here

Posted in Industry News, IR35, News

IR35 Information Event – 7th November 2019

We are pleased to announce that we are hosting a must attend IR35 Information Event on the 7th of November 2019 at 4pm at the Stevenage Football Club, Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

What is IR35? What is changing? How does it affect your business? How will this affect you and your PSC? Why do you need to prepare now?

If you are an employer or you currently work on a contract basis then this is an essential event for you to attend. This event will explain the changes to IR35 legislation in the private sector, how it will affect you and your business as well as the steps that you need to take now in order to be ready for April 2020.

Our specialist speakers are experts in the tax and legal space, Lewina Farrell, the Head of Legal Services at REC (The Recruitment and Employment Confederation) and Chris Humphreys, Head of Tax at BHP, one of the largest accountancy firms in the UK.

They will help you with the following:

  • Explain the changes to the IR35 legislation
  • The implications of the legislation
  • How this will affect employers, agencies and PSC/Ltd company contractors
  • Planning for April 6th 2020
  • Offer information as to the steps to take
  • Get you to think about contractual arrangements
  • What conversations you should be having with your accountants, advisers and/or agencies.

A little bit about our speakers:


Lewina Farrell Head of Legal at REC

Lewina Farrell- Head of Legal at REC

Lewina Farrell qualified as a solicitor in 2004. She joined REC in 2008 and is now Head of Legal Services. She advises businesses on employment and commercial law with a focus on IR35 and data protection.


Chris Humpreys - Head of Tax

Chris Humphreys – Partner and Head of Tax at BHP

Chris is an experienced Tax Practitioner who prides himself on looking at tax issues with a commercial eye and is able to explain them in a way that takes the jargon out of complex tax legislation. Chris has over 25 years’ experience, dealing with a wide variety of owner managed businesses, growing companies and family businesses, and advising on their taxation issues. Chris specialises in Corporate and Personal Tax.



16.00 – Welcome by CK Operations Director Liam O’Connell

16.10 – Lewina Farrell

17.10 – Chris Humphreys

17.40 – Q&A

17.50 – Networking and refreshments.

Don’t miss out on this free event!


Register for the event here



7th November 2019


Stevenage Football Club
The Lamex Stadium
Broadhall Way



Plenty of parking is available at the football club and as well as only 5 minutes by taxi from the train station.

Refreshments will be available on the day.

This event is free.


Find out more about IR35 here:

IR35 – Businesses

IR35 – Contractors


Any questions regarding the event please get in touch with Lauren de Frece: /01246 457705


Author: Lauren de Frece

Posted in Industry News, News

Information for Contractors

What’s changing, and when? In October 2018 the government confirmed that it would be extending the off-payroll rules to the private sector.  As of 6 April 2021, the responsibility for IR35 assessment will shift from the intermediary (usually the contractor’s own personal services company), to the client. The draft legislation was published on 11 July.

For full article click here

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8 Ways to Keep Millennials Happy and Engaged at Work

With millennials currently representing over 35% of the total UK workforce, their influence is quickly defining the workplace culture. Their aspirational nature and knowledge of current technologies make them a vital part of any company. As millennials slowly outnumber Generation X and the retiring Baby Boomers, their presence will only become even more indispensable to all organisations in the future – alongside their successors Generation Z.

However, millennials, also known as Generation Y, are no longer afraid of changing jobs. In fact, it is estimated that 60% of millennials are open to the idea of new job opportunities, and more than half don’t believe that they will be working for their current company in the next two years.

With the average millennial costing companies a lot of of money to replace, high millennial turnover can become a costly affair.

So how can you stop your millennials getting itchy feet and leaving, when you desperately need them to stay?

Here are eight proven techniques for keeping millenials happy and engaged at work, based on figures from the latest market reports.

1. Set out clear career paths

According to the Millennials at Work report, over half of millennials believe that career progression is the most important aspect of a job.

Millennials are ambitious and want to succeed. The reality is that those who feel ‘stuck’ in a job are likely to go looking elsewhere. After all, one of the top three reasons millennials quit their job is to pursue a role which offers more career opportunities.

The companies who succeed in retaining their millennials tend to have a training and progression plan in place, with clear goals for staff to meet to get promoted. In a recent survey by Robert Walters, 69% cited that a clear path for progression and training in a company was critical to keeping them motivated at a job. 

2. Offer better training and development programs

Following on from the point above, millennials want to constantly improve and do better. They love success and need the tools to help them get there. Offering your staff adequate training opportunities will not only benefit your business, but will also make staff feel like you care and that they are improving and developing within their current roles.

Ways to keep millenials happy at work

3. Offer competitive salaries

Progression and promotion need to be met with salaries that reflect success. The ambitious millennial generation ranks pay more highly than past generations, with 25% claiming they would change job if they got offered a higher salary.

The internet and sites like Glassdoor have made salary information much more transparent, and your employees can now compare their salary with your competitors’ as well as the marketplace going rate. Offering less than other companies may mean you lose valuable members of staff to your competitors.

4. Give your employees recognition

Ambitious millennials want their hard work to be recognised and appreciated. Having regular appraisals and offering feedback is a great way to keep them engaged and help them progress and achieve their set goals.

5. Give them accountability

Millennials have grown up being told that they can achieve anything they want to achieve. They thrive on being given more responsibility and delivering results. Companies who succeed at retaining their millennial staff don’t take this characteristic for granted, and instead focus on giving them as much accountability as they wish for.

6. Be flexible

Companies are increasingly offering their staff flexi-time and the opportunity to work from home, in order to please their younger workforce. If your company tends to be quite rigid when it comes to work-life balance, staff could potentially be tempted by alternative jobs offers. In fact, a work-life balance is one of the top requirements millennials look for when choosing a job.  

Offering employees flexi-time means they can work their 37.5 hours when they feel most motivated, and in turn will help them attain a better work-life balance. Flexi-time can also benefit employers, as rested and less stressed employees tend to be the most productive ones. However, saying that, this style is not always possible for all working environments.

7. Create a nice work culture

Good workplace culture is key when millennials are evaluating whether they are happy at work, or not. To understand what job perks employees value the most, take a look at our article The best job perks to attract candidates.

8. Welcome feedback and take it on board

Conducting employee engagement surveys every six months gives staff the opportunity to anonymously flag up any issues and to give recommendations.  Take this information on board, and make sure the employees feel listened to. This, as we have seen, is especially important for millennials.

And finally, when millennial staff do leave, don’t forget to conduct an exit interview and ask them the reasons for leaving and how their experience could have been improved. This may be the answer to improving your retention rate.

For more, read our top management tips

Or, find more employer advice


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Congratulations to the winners of our Advanced Engineering Show competition

We had a fantastic time at the Advanced Engineering UK Show last week, it was great to catch up with some familiar faces and meet some new faces.

We met many engineers who work in the science sectors as well as exsisting clients who were also exhibiting at the show.

We ran a prize draw competition each day to win a bottle of Moet Champagne, this was a success and we had two very pleased winners.

Congratulations to Amy Smith who is a materials engineering student at the University of Birmingham and to Chris Pedlingham who is the Engineering Manager at China Composites Ltd. They both won a bottle of Champagne after they won the prize draw on each day show.

Day 2 Winner of AEUK18

Day 2 winner of AEUK18

1st day winner of AEUK18

Day 1 winner of AEUK18

If you met us at the show and would like to see a range of our latest jobs, take a look here.

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