Top telecoms news – Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent merge, Google face EC charges and Huawei show off their smartphone credentials

All the top news stories from the telecoms market for the week ending 17th April 2015. This week saw the confirmation of the merger of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent which could lead to greater consolidation in the telecoms technology market, Huawei show off their smartphone credentials with the release of their P8 phone and Google face EC charges over alleged abuse of its market position. 

A new wave of telecoms mergers - Nokia buys Alcatel-Lucent

Nokia has confirmed that they will buy telecoms equipment company Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6 billion ($16.5 billion). This will be paid in shares in the resulting company which will be 33.5% owned by Alcatel-Lucent shareholders and 66.5% owned by Nokia shareholders. This represents a 34% premium over Alcatel-Lucent’s average share price for the last three months.


Increased reporting requirements for recruitment companies placing contractors – What you need to know

In the 2013 budget the UK government announced that they would be consulting on making changes to the regulations on Offshore Employment Intermediaries. This was in response to growing concerns about NIC and PAYE avoidance schemes. The consultation is now over and the legislation is now in place.


Top telecoms news – Vivendi seeks control of Dailymotion, electromagnetic break through and augmented reality disrupts mobile

All the top news stories from the telecoms market for the week ending 10th April 2015. This week Vivendi seeks to gain control of Orange's Dailymotion, a break through in electromagnetics could see antennas on a chip and augmented reality looks set to disrupt the mobile market by 2020. 


The mobile money market will be worth $78 billion by 2019 – What this means for telecoms recruitment

According to research by MarketsandMarkets, the global mobile money market with be worth $78 billion by 2019. This represents a whopping 45% compound growth per year. With such an incredible growth rate, there will no doubt be a shortage of talent in the mobile money market and companies in this area will be forced to look at their attraction and retention strategies along with alternative staffing solutions.


Top telecoms news – Huawei profits surge, moon connectivity by 2020 and more mergers and acquisitions

All the top news stories from the telecoms market for the week ending 2nd April 2015. This week Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has seen its profits surge, Virgin Media has started work on having connectivity on the moon by 2020 and yet more mergers and acquisitions take place across the global telecoms market.



Living and working in the Netherlands – Part I

This blog is the first in a two part series about living and working in the Netherlands. It gives a broad overview of the country and information on what it is like to live there.


Why everyone hates recruiters – Changing the face of recruitment

Have you ever typed “recruiters are…” into Google? The results are comical to say the least…


“Recruiters are scum”

“Recruiters are useless”

“Recruiters are evil”

“Recruiters are annoying”


Top telecoms news – BT re-enters the mobile market and Apple breaks with the Steve Jobs playbook

All the top news stories from the telecoms market for the week ending 27th March 2015. This week we see BT re-enter the mobile market as 3UK and O2 finalise details of their merger. Elsewhere Apple break from the Steve Jobs playbook by making their first acquisition of an enterprise software company, the EU outlines their strategy for creating a single digital market and Oracle deliver an industry first in end-to-end NFV orchestration.

3 and O2 become 1

News released yesterday is that Hutchison Whampoa, the Hong Kong conglomerate, has finalised a deal to purchase British operator O2 from Telefonica. Like the BT/EE merger, it is yet another example of consolidation in the European telecommunications market. It is however a completely different kettle of fish, built on different motivators with an entirely different set of consequences for telecoms recruitment both in Europe and across the globe.