With over 28 years' experience of delivering a wide variety of specialist IT resources, ECS has an unrivalled level of knowledge and expertise. ECS helps clients to find the right solution that meets their recruitment demands, adding immediate value and improving quality and service. Our five proven, bespoke services deliver a range of solutions for your specific resource requirements.
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You made the process so easy and I have upmost respect for how you work, and ECS overall. Never a late payment, never a mistake, clear communication. You have made the contractor experience a seamless and enjoyable one.Candidates
The candidate provided by ECS was an excellent fit for our client. He more than matched the required skill set, which exceeded our client’s expectations on numerous visits to the client site. The client originally requested the candidate to scope the work required and was so impressed with his skills that they requested him to complete the project. He regularly participated in conference calls on our behalf and kept us fully up-to-date with the progress of the project. All the paperwork provided (during scope and sign off) was of a very high standard and was extremely detailed. I wouldn’t hesitate in using ECS, and the candidate provided, again.Clients
How do ECS go the extra mile?Candidates
We have been working with ECS for several years and their service has always been excellent. Their understanding of the business needs and culture of our organisation enables them to provide us with high calibre applicants. I know when I interview an ECS candidate they have already been vetted as a suitable fit within our company. They have always been professional, honest and reliable and I would not hesitate in recommending ECS to anyone, working with Natalie, Gemma and the team is a pleasure.Clients
Paul is an experienced first-class resource management partner whose dynamic approach ensure he takes the time out to understand the needs of the business. Paul is extremely personable who holds high values which reflect the flexible way he approaches his work. Paul operates with a high degree of integrity and constantly strives to go the 'extra mile' ensuring he does everything possible to stay ahead in a very competitive and challenging marketplace. Having worked with Paul on a number of key recruitment assignments over the past 10+ years I would have no hesitation in recommending Paul or The ECS Group to other organisations.Clients
After arriving at Arden Group it was important to find a trusted to partner to provide professional services for contractors to work with our key customers. ECS proved to be a very good choice. Carl and his team are a very professional and genuinely listen to your requirements and only fields individuals that fit the bill. - Michael Gowen - Group Sales Director at Arden GroupClients
I began working with ECS when I started with the company, after my colleagues recommended them. Within our industry you tend to stick with who you know and what you know, so I had my reservations. It was my first high profile large project within my role and one that I needed reliable help resourcing. I spoke to Carl, who introduced me to his team and from there I began a journey with ECS I am very thankful to have taken. They were able to find me people who were a perfect fit, not only for the project but to our company. Something I find is often overlooked, this really helped develop PTGs relationship with our customer. The turnaround from engagement to resolution is outstanding, I can’t fault their process. I am often calling out of hours yet I’ve never felt like a burden to any of the ECS team. But most of all ECS deliver people who are always an excellent fit, I don’t have to trawl through endless lists and CVs, or waste time with unsuitable people thanks to their expertise. They have saved me more time this year than anyone else and I can say 100% without their help some of the projects I have undertaken would have overrun timescales and budgets. As well as being great to deal with and delivering excellent people, ECS provides a web portal so I can manage with ease. Everything is automated and easy to use, from contract signing to timesheet authorisation. Overall I can’t recommend ECS enough, not just for their personable approach but the efficiencies and benefits they have imparted on our business. Working with ECS has been a pleasure.Clients
We have been working with ECS for the last 3 years as a resource partner and our relationship has gone from strength to strength in this time, with an excess of 50 contractors now on site. A very important point for me to make is that they are always honest with us! If something is not feasible, whether that be a project or any aspect of a contract, they will always tell us. They never set unrealistic expectations, so this gives us the utmost confidence in them as a partner. They always deliver and if they cannot do something, they tell us! As well as this, they make sure they are contactable (even out of hours when needed) plus make themselves available to be onsite at short notice. It is never an issue for them and they always go the extra mile. ECS ensure they work with us to understand all of our needs and requirements for every role. They even provide additional support to make sure that all of the projects run smoothly and all contractors on site are supported. Their level of contractor care is second to none. They keep in regular contact and resolve any issues or queries that may arise, meaning there are no gaps in communication with our contractors on site.Clients
I would just like to say that I think it is a shame that there are not more agencies like ECS with consultants like Faye. Faye found me a well-paid contract working for a high-profile finance company. The company was friendly and my boss there was a pleasure to work for. The company wanted me to work at their Brighton office for 2 weeks and Fay negotiated an increase in pay rate and expenses quickly and efficiently, enabling me to do this. I would not hesitate in recommending ECS to any contractors I know.Candidates
ECS is easily the best recruitment agency I have dealt with. Their communication and candidate care set them apart from agencies I have been with in the past. They are very professional yet caring and accessible at the same time. My consultant Christina is brilliant, friendly and very relatable. I haven’t come across an agency where consultants personally make an on-site visit to check on their employees but that’s what Christina does which shows a personal touch and it’s very much appreciated.Candidates
Our experiences of working with the ECS back office team over the past year have always been positive and professional. ECS provide us with an exceptional level of support from their back office and clearly have well defined internal processes that mean the information and data we receive from them is accurate and clear to understand. There is full visibly and an ownership culture within their back office. Their consistent work is evidence of the pride they take in their work and passion for their business. From a communication perspective, we have defined contacts and the relationships between the Ricoh and ECS back office teams. It is positive and productive on all levels. The key to this is the cultural synergy between the ECS and Ricoh back office cultures, in particular around our people management and engagement philosophies - this produces a cohesive working harmony between the teams which ultimately makes the ECS back office team feel as a partner or extension of the Ricoh team as opposed to just another supplier. A big thank you to ECS for your commitment and alignment to our Ricoh back office goals over the past year and we look forward to more of the same!Clients
We have worked with ECS for many years, the reason our partnership has continued is undoubtedly down to the great service we receive. That can especially be said for the back office team. They always go above and beyond in order to ensure everything runs smoothly and we never have any issues. ECS make the effort to understand our processes and ensure they are aligned. The back office team are pro-active, professional and friendly. They are a definitely an integral extension of our business that also sees our temporary workforce being supported and paid on time every time.Clients
My experience of working with ECS back office team has been nothing short of splendid. ECS back office has always provided A-class service when it comes to my timesheet or billing queries. They always seemed to know the answers on top of their mind and when this is not the case they update you clearly that they need to verify or ask someone else and would get back to you and they do get back to you as committed. They clearly have very well defined processes not just for documentation purposes but they are adhered to as well. Even senior people with-in ECS are very approachable and never shy away from picking up your call or replying to your emails and even if they do not deal with your query directly, they always leave you in good hands. In the end, you do get your query answered or get the support you were expecting.Candidates
ECS is fantastic to work with. They are very efficient, dependable and provide an exceptional service. Everyone has a unique set of circumstances ECS took time out to get to know me and put me forward for roles that matched my skills sets and my personal situation. ECS kept me informed through the recruitment process they called me each stage of the interview process and were prompt in following up. What makes ECS a cut above the rest in my view is honesty and integrity by delivering on their promises and finding the balance between and candidate and the recruiters requirements. Thanks, ECSCandidates
ECS has been pivotal to my ongoing success. Since beginning in my role through ECS, I have received ongoing support and guidance which has repeatedly resulted in improvements in my position and my ongoing contract. Whilst ECS have been supportive. Professionally, they have also provided a personal element to the situation whereby I’ve felt I’m contacting friends rather than a stranger behind the phone/screen. I would and have personally recommended ECS to others and will continue to do so in the future.Candidates
Daniel and his team at ECS were incredible during my last contract. The occasional confusions and concerns between the client and me were dealt with quickly and professionally – always with a satisfactory outcome to both parties. Regular contact was made to check on progress and my rate was renegotiated to may benefit as soon as requested. This was by far the most positive experience I’ve had with a recruiter in my contracting career, and I hope to work with the team again soon.Candidates
As a contractor, I have worked with ECS for five months and enjoyed every minute of it. It was flexible and easy to talk to the ECS consultants and every query was dealt with in a timely manner. Christina was my main contact throughout my contract period. What a fantastic professional and amazing person she has been. Christina gave me useful advice and was very supportive. - Ahmed Ibrahim - ContractorCandidates
Matt from ECS made the transition into my new contract a breeze! He kept in close contact from the start, updating me at all stages through the process. Where ambiguity became apparent, Matt worked to clarify the situation, quickly and effectively. From a contract administration perspective, I place ECS at the professional end of the recruitment market; their end to end retention process is clear and fair, making the whole experience of client engagement streamlined and productive. - Mark Austin - ContractorCandidates
I'm very happy with the service offered by ECS Recruitment and, in particular, the communication, knowledge, expertise and skills of the consultants. They are very helpful, particularly in terms of finding positions that are suited to my needs and skills. They explain the expectations and requirements of contract opportunities and he explains these very precisely. This makes things easier for me to take on board and helps even further when I'm doing the job itself. It results in me being fully equipped with a wealth of information about what to expect when I visit a client site. In addition, I'm very pleased with all ECS Recruitment staff based in the Coventry branch; they do a fantastic job in looking after me and seeking positions when and where necessary. - Shahzad Ahmed - Contractor
Very friendly and efficient. I have worked several contracts for them and the most impressive thing is that they keep in touch with their contractors to see how things are going unlike some other resource partners, who place you and you never hear from them again till the end of the contract. I would highly recommend ECS. - Witold Dyozinski - Contractor
Arden Group have worked with Carl and ECS to deliver IT projects to our existing client base. Carl and his team have always been super responsive to our requests and only put forward the highest calibre of consultants. We are delighted to continue to work with ECS and look forward to expanding our partnership further on future shared projects.Clients
I would just like to acknowledge how grateful I am for all the dedication, support and professionalism you have not only shown to me but guided my process with over the past few weeks. From the initial call to every stage of the process of my three interviews, contracts, salary (to name but a few) you have been jovial, polite and relentless in your pursuit of me obtaining a fantastic role in a company I could not be more than happy in. ECS staff (major thank you to Matt Bryson) have also always been happy, polite and quick to remedy any situation. To be honest I don't have a lot of good things to say about most recruitment agencies (along with a lot of other people) but wholeheartedly would recommend your agency for an award if I could. Perhaps your agency could teach other agencies to lose the stigma of consultants and move with the times, interests, politeness, professionalism and happiness to work with, that you, Matt & ECS staff do. A massive thank you and much appreciation for helping me to turn my life around.
I learned quickly that I could rely on my contact (Marko) to respond quickly and efficiently to queries and keep me up to speed on progress. Marko went over the top in making sure I had clear and relevant information at each stage and provided a number of useful hints and tips in relation to key events, for example, interview technique. As it turned out my application turned into an offer which I have since accepted. Experience tells me many will appear to have your best interests at heart when you look for employment, few however really care about the end result for you and my feeling is that ECS have this front and centre at all times. It’s been a great experience throughout and I would certainly use them again in future should the need arise.
I choose to work for ECS due to their openness and professional approach. ECS are always gunning for what’s best for me; negotiating the best rate and sorting out any issues that I may have before they actually become problems. I can always talk to someone and I don’t feel like I am always having to fight my corner or justify myself. As a professional, I need to concentrate on getting to the client and doing a fantastic job. ECS sort out the logistics, leaving me free to concentrate on what I have to do and at the end of it all, I am happy to say that I am representing ECS! I DO recommend ECS to others all the time! Faye is a consummate professional. She never sounds like she’s out of ideas, is phased or in any way put out. She is always willing to hear me out, talk through ideas and represent me to clients in the best possible light. Leave it up to Faye to sort out any issues that may rear their ugly head. She is my knightess in shining armour!Clients
I learned quickly that I could rely on my contact (Marko) to respond quickly and efficiently to queries and keep me up to speed on progress. Marko went over the top in making sure I had clear and relevant information at each stage and provided a number of useful hints and tips in relation to key events, for example, interview technique. As it turned out my application turned into an offer which I have since accepted. Experience tells me many will appear to have your best interests at heart when you look for employment, few however really care about the end result for you and my feeling is that ECS have this front and centre at all times. It’s been a great experience throughout and I would certainly use them again in future should the need arise.Clients
David is a rare find in the current recruitment agent market. Prepared to actually talk to you on the phone and keep you updated as to what is happening with your applications. I have badgered David to bits over a recent application, which resulted in a successful offer in place thanks to his help, and he has never once gotten tired of these constant questions, or "are we nearly there yet" annoyances! I would go back to David in a flash should I find myself on the market again (though hopefully not for a few years yet!!), or to help me recruit where necessary, and I believe anybody should consider using David to find the staff, or as an agent to find them work.
Thank you so much. I am so please I cannot put my feelings into words! Thank you for all your support, I have worked with a number of agencies over the years, both personally and through business, and you have been absolutely fantastic throughout.Clients
Natalie has helped place me at various contracts throughout my career in IT. Natalie will often send an email or call me to see how things are going on with my current work assignments whether placed through her or other agencies. Natalie is approachable, friendly and always willing to help. ECS/Natalie are one of a few agencies I always pass onto my colleagues when they are looking for work....keep it up!Clients
Chris I would like to say where the relationship is between Ricoh and ECS. In the last 12 months, the relationship has really blossomed and we at Ricoh have seen what a valued and strategic relationship can look like with a resourcing partner who really knows their stuff, took time to know us and now work side by side with our SME and sales teams. We are seeing significant growth in business because of it, so long may it last, my thanks to you and your staff for the service we are getting.Clients
What services and products do ECS offer that differ to alternative suppliers?Clients
Over the past two years I have worked with ECS on desktop deployments at Turning Point and the University of East Anglia, I have found the pre and post sales service to be highly efficient and have never felt “out of the loop” or “in the dark”, the individuals placed on site have always worked effectively as an extension of DTP and I would have no issues in placing them in any one of my customers.
The ECS Group offers huge opportunities for you to develop your career within a team rich in experience and driven to succeed. ECS is a youthful, fast-paced environment - the aim is to work hard and enjoy ourselves! We have created an exciting working environment and a way of conducting business that enables personal ambitions to be followed and which actively encourages a forward thinking approach.
Many day to day items are more intelligent than ever before. We have hoovers that clean for us whilst we're out, a watch that can make phone calls and you don’t even have to be home to see who’s at your front door. According to technology experts, these devices are all actually ‘dumb items’ that are made intelligent by ‘The Internet of Things’ (IoT) (Wired). This network allows the items to share data with each other and us through this web of connections. In Britain, most people are familiar with smart home gadgets such as home speakers or energy meters that allow you to adjust your thermostat remotely. As their popularity increases, it comes as no surprise that leaders across the world are seeing the potential in making their whole city ‘smart’. This year Eden Strategy Institute revealed its official list of the ‘Top 50 Smart City Governments’ (PR Newswire). London was at the top of the list, with improvements to the transportation system being the main point of contention. Although the cities roads are still considered one of the most congested in the world, they have created an alternative system that is considered world-class. The Heathrow Pods (which are located at Heathrow airport) are a fleet of autonomous vehicles that provide transport around the airport and surrounding hotels. They were created to reduce the emissions emitted by the ‘hopper bus’ and have successfully eradicated 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions (Smart City). London has also been praised for its open door policy and constant connection with the communities that will be affected by their decisions. The ‘London Datastore’ allows every resident to access data, which gives them a greater understanding of events happening in London, whilst also giving them the opportunity to offer solutions. This links to the key insight put forward by ‘Smart City Governments’ who believe the promise of open data is a cost-efficient way to increase ‘civic engagement’ (Smart City Government). Although it's been successful in London, why would other cities want to embrace the IoT? Poor air conditions are a major problem that could be improved by a smart city. Pollution, as many of us know, can have hazardous effects on both human health and the health of the environment. One possible solution to tackle the issue is solar powered air pollution sensors that link to large air purifiers. They can sense changes and increase the purification as and when needed. Air quality aside, smart cities are also using technology to get ahead of crime. In Los Angeles, the PredPol system is being used to create an algorithm that will predict when and where crime will happen and act accordingly. This response has been celebrated as it focuses on helping police officers do their jobs better rather than replacing them with a robotic alternative. Even though this idea seems unrealistic, both Beijing and Zhengzhou deployed armed robots to patrol crowded areas, with some even carrying stun guns (Standard). For some, the prospect of living in a smart city with robots, self-driving cars and giant air purifiers is exciting news, but for those who aren’t ready just yet, what are the implications? Most cities around the world are taking on smart technology in some way and unfortunately the smarter the city the more data it can hold on its citizens, but is that really a problem? CCTV has recorded our every move for years in exchange for the hope it will reduce crime rates. This trade of privacy for safety is one most people are willing to accept but will we ever be happy to trade our privacy for improved travel or cleaner air? This is a question that there will be mixed responses to, but it seems many countries will continue to improve their smart status, due to the belief it will provide a better quality of life. What do you think?Read More
It had been reported this week, that the UK doesn’t seem to be taking the threat cybersecurity poses as seriously as it should (this despite the numerous attacks we have seen over previous months!). In an attack from countries such as Russia, who have openly acknowledged their ability to carry out potentially devastating attacks, UK security would not stand a chance. A Parliamentary committee went so far as to deem the UK’s security strategy as redundant (Guardian)! According to media sources, the critical national infrastructure would be most at risk, which would leave the UK unable to function if that framework was a target. Given that only a year ago, the NHS suffered a serious hack by ‘Wannacry’, in which the breach was so severe that medical trusts and hospitals targeted had to advise patients only to seek medical care if it was an emergency. Furthermore, the NHS suffered a huge loss of £92million following the attack, through a combination of missed appointments and IT upgrades (Telegraph). So, the news that the UK is still vulnerable to further incidents is anything but reassuring. The Government founded National Security Centre (NCSC) have also confirmed that many attacks that they are stopping, are come from 'state-sponsored hackers' employed by hostile states. On top of this, they have also singled out Russia as a country who are actively looking to deploy attacks on the UK's media, telecom and energy sectors (BBC). Therefore, given our awareness of the vulnerability of the UK and the evident target we have on us, why is our security not in place to protect us? Despite the lack of confidence in the Government approach to cyber-security, there is the positive side of the issue, which is the number of jobs being created in this sector due to the high demand for skilled professionals in this field. The rate of growth for jobs in the sector is 'projected at 37% from 2012-2022' (Monster) which is a higher average than all other occupations. Many businesses are also happy to employ professionals without specific qualifications, preferring to focus on individuals with knowledge systems important to security and a greater attention to detail (Target Jobs). It is also expected that training opportunities within cybersecurity will become more available. Cybersecurity is a very real challenge, for both businesses and individuals. Although it seems that the government could be doing more to protect the general public, it is important that everyone takes some personal responsibility.Read More
Yesterday, Theresa May revealed her draft Brexit plan to the Cabinet. This, inevitably, received a dramatic response, which included resignations and serious questions raised over her authority. We have been following the updates and here is what we know so far… Dominic Raab has resigned as Brexit Secretary, after only being in the position since July. This is expected to come as a significant blow to the Prime Minister as Raab was considered to be a prominent 'Conservative Brexiter' (Guardian). Although he generally remained loyal to May, he claimed he could not 'in good conscious' support a Brexit decision that tied the UK too closely to the EU (Guardian). There have been reports that Michael Gove (Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has been offered the position, although at this point it is understood he will only accept the offer if the deal is renegotiated. It seems the Prime Minister offered him this position to prevent him from quitting the government all together. Another Minister to leave his position was Shailesh Vara, the Minister of State for Northern Ireland. May's inability to provide a clear time frame as to when the UK 'will become a sovereign nation' prompted his withdrawal. In his letter, he concluded that the 'people of the UK deserve better' (Independent). At this moment a possible replacement for Vara has not been discussed. The final member of Government to quit (as it stands) is the Work and Pensions minister, Esther McVey. She gave similar reasons for her resignation to Raab and Vara, stating that the deal put forward does not 'honour the result of the referendum' (@EstherMcVey1). Her exit from the Cabinet has left many people wondering what will happen with the Universal Credit benefit that she has spent much of the past year defending. Nicola Sturgeon commented on her exit, asking if the minister was also going to take 'the travesty' of Universal Credit with her. Dealing with Universal Credit backlash is likely to be the last thing on Theresa May's mind as her own politicians are calling for her to quit. Jacob Rees- Mogg (Conservative MP for North Somerset) has hinted he will send a letter of 'no confidence' to Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee. A confidence vote will be triggered if 48 letters are received and the Conservative party will be able to 'unseat' her. Rees-Mogg has also suggested that a leadership contest would be arranged in weeks rather than months (Guardian). Yesterday afternoon two more Conservative MPs, Henry Smith and Sheryll Murray, submitted letters to Brady asking for a confidence vote over May’s leadership. It has also been confirmed that a further two Conservative MPs, Suella Braverman and Rehman Chishti, resigned. This took the tally to three letters of no confidence and five MP resignations in the 24 hours following the announcement of the deal. Two parliamentary private secretaries also left their positions. This morning it has been confirmed that at least 20 MP's have publically submitted letters of no confidence to Brady, It has also been speculated that many more have submitted letters anonymously, only causing further unrest about Theresa May's authority. Changes within the government are happening quickly and more are expected over the next few hours as rumours continue to circulate that more MPs will resign. We will keep you up to date with any more major changes as they happen.Read More
If you had the option to be able to unlock your house, open your car or get into the office just by stepping up to it, would you? It seems that many would. In Sweden, over 4000 people have microchips placed under their skin to assist them with mundane activities such as opening their door or even buying train tickets (Independent). This week the media reported that some British organisations are also considering implanting their staff with microchips to improve security. Many people didn't expect to see this in their lifetime, however the UK company BioTeq, have confirmed they have chipped 150 individuals already (Guardian). The basic principle of implanting a microchip into a human being isn't too dissimilar from the procedure used on pets. A small chip, about the size of a grain of rice, is inserted under the skin and includes a unique ID number to track the data placed on it. When used in Sweden, participants were able to open their doors, use their credit card and even access their gym (South China Morning Post). The benefit of this is that personal security was improved - there was no need to carry a wallet or keys, reducing the number of valuables that were at risk of being stolen. It’s a great idea but what happens if the microchip stops working? Would people be left stranded if they couldn’t unlock their car or their front door? At the moment these type of problems haven’t been reported by the participants, but it is something that would need to be considered if they were being provided to more vulnerable people. The initial research from Sweden has suggested most people are happy with the microchips and they haven’t encountered any major problems. So, it is no surprise that businesses in the UK are exploring the possibility. BioTeq claims that the finance and legal sectors are most interested in this technology due to security concerns. They say microchips are a safer alternative to physical ID cards as they can’t be lost, forgotten or used by other people (Telegraph). It is understandable why industries with sensitive data would want to regularly improve their processes but does inserting a device into an employee risk their safety? People working in these companies could be at risk of attack and serious injury if someone wanted to access the building badly enough. A physical ID card could be removed from someone’s person with little harm done – the same can’t be said for a microchip. Many people also believe that this method is unnecessarily invasive when biometrics offer a similar level of security. They have similar levels of risk for individuals who use the system (violence and force can be used to make an authorised employee allow an authorised person to enter). Biometric tactics include fingerprint access, face recognition and eye iris scanners. Employers can remove these credentials from the database easily when a member of staff leaves their position or their security clearance changes. If a microchipped individual leaves their job, a second surgical operation would be needed to remove the chip. Further to this, the technology is relatively new and will go through many updates in the coming years. Some of the people who have had microchips inserted in Sweden have already needed the initial device removed and replaced as they can’t be upgraded remotely (Independent). At a cost of £70-£260 an employee, this is surely not cost-effective or ethical for many businesses? Some people may be happy with an initial relatively pain-free procedure, but the maintenance and removal of the chips involves a more serious commitment. There is the additional argument that could be raised over whether the act of micro-chipping employees, companies feel they own their staff. The conclusion to draw from these reports is that whilst the advancement of technology is usually beneficial, this particular example may not be ready for the professional environment. The risk to employees, maintenance costs and a surgical procedure are factors that cause concern. The necessity of many technologies (smartphones and laptops for example) has become more obvious as time goes on but the invasive nature of the technology may affect the number of people willing to accept this as the norm in the workplace. It's likely many people who are amputees or have limited use of their hands will use the technology, but it may be a step too far to expect people to have them implanted for work purposes.Read More
For many in the UK, not being 'connected' to the internet means not having it at home, either through choice or cost. So if you wanted to access it, likelihood is you would source other options such as at a public library or a friend's house. For the almost 50% of the world that are not online, the ability to connect is much more difficult. In some countries, for example, the internet is wired to where they live, but they can't afford a computer or smartphone to use it (Guardian). In 2014, the UN predicted that half the world would be online by 2017, so it is interesting that since 2015 the growth of internet users worldwide has dropped dramatically (Guardian). This is a concern as those that aren't connected inevitably miss out on public debates, academic opportunities as well as everyday things we take for granted like controlling our finances with internet banking. Further to this, there seems to be a widening gender gap when it comes to internet access. This is magnified in patriarchal societies where half of the people surveyed believed men should be able to restrict what women do online. We are currently living in a world where technology is progressing quickly, so why isn't getting the whole world online a priority? Predictably, one of the major causes of the slowdown in users is cost. Some people don't see the physical value of the information they would receive as they have not used it before. Due to minimal disposable income, it is hard to justify the cost of a smartphone and internet connection. To counteract this Mark Zuckerberg piloted a technology called 'Free Basics by Facebook'. People were given free access to twenty websites (including Zuckerberg owned sites; Facebook and WhatsApp) that gave them access to world news, education and healthcare services. Although a great initiative, it was widely criticised. Some accused Facebook of spreading 'fake news' about ethnic and religious violence, which has since meant many other technology giants have stayed away from similar ventures. On the other hand, some believe that a lack of relevant content is the reason for the stunted growth. A recent study showed that nearly everyone in Brazil had the ability to access mobile internet, but only 52% of people chose to. Out of those people, 70% stated a lack of interest in the content online as the reason not to use it (Internet Society). This is not surprising as the native language of Brazil is Portuguese yet over 50% of web pages are in English (World Economic Forum). Websites like Google are offering good quality translation tools, so if education could be provided on how to use them, there is potential that interest in being online could increase. The conclusion to draw from this is that potentially the lack of growth is not due to one outstanding factor. Cost, interest and education are all varying aspects in different areas of the world. If governing bodies focus on the downsides (data breach scandals, fake news and inappropriate content) they may see little valuing in investing in technology to support access. The attention needs to be shifted to show the benefits the internet can provide when used responsibly. The internet has revolutionised communication for those who have embraced it and has become an indispensable catalyst for the economy.Read More
Traditional permanent recruitment focuses on live roles. While ECS provides this standard service, we go further: establishing strong relationships with candidates and contractors, and building loyalty. By understanding the motivation behind a candidate's search for a new role, and through getting to know our contractors well, we are able to provide each of them with a unique, personalised and fulfilling experience.
ECS provides a wide range of specialist IT resourcing services to IT solutions companies and end clients. These services come within five tailored packages: Consulting, Accredited, Skills Benches, Project Services and Talent Pools. ECS helps clients to find the right solution that meets their recruitment demands, adding immediate value and improving quality and service.