Silicon Milkroundabout showcases 800 start-up jobs

More than 800 developer and design jobs will be up for grabs at a start-ups jobs fair in May.


More than 800 developer and design jobs will be up for grabs at a start-ups jobs fair in May.

Some 105 businesses at various stages of growth will be looking to fill job vacancies at the two-day event in east London. Confirmed start-ups at the event include Wonga,, Just Giving, and Twitter (through its acquisition of TweetDeck).

When the jobs fair took place last October, 1,500 job hunters attended the event – and 168 were lucky enough to be placed in new jobs at 133 start-ups, said Pete Smith, co-founder of concert alerts service Songkick, which is running the event.

However, while previous job fairs have focused on software engineering, the May event will have a day dedicated to product management, user experience design, visual design and analytics.

The organisers hope to reverse the negative connotations around start-ups and turn the entrepreneurial career path into a viable option.

"Because all the start-ups are working together on this, we're able to present a career category to people – 'working for a start-up',"said Ian Hogarth, Songkick co-founder.

"Having one voice means that when great people are figuring out their next career move, we are considered alongside established options like working for a bank, freelancing or working for Google or Facebook."

Talented jobseekers at any stage of their career are invited to register, from new graduates to the more experienced.

"You can't build a company just with people straight out of university. It's a real mix," said Smith.

The Silicon Milkroundabout is taking place on 26-27 May 2012 in the Old Truman Brewery warehouse in East London. Tickets are free, with 1,500 available for each day. Saturday 26 May is dedicated to product management and design, while engineering will be the focus for Sunday 27 May.

More information on how to register for the event can be found here.

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