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IT HIRING SLOWING DOWN?

By AI & ML, For the workforce, AR & VR, For ICT professionals, Audience, Basic digital skills, Technology, Robotics, Computing, Software engineering, Telecommunications, Web development, Digital marketing, Mobile apps, Media literacy, Blockchain, 5G & WiFi, Big data, Cybersecurity, Microelectronics, IoT, For all, NEWS
IT Hiring Slowing down?

28.01.2023 |

 After years of global economic growth led by the technology sector, the first signs of a slowdown in the rise of IT companies appeared in 2022. Post-COVID syndromes related to digitalization of businesses and work from home created new opportunities for technology corporations, leading to a significant increase in demand for specialists. Now that economic growth has slowed significantly and inflation has not yet been tamed, the management of most IT companies are cautious about cost management, and this approach extends to the hiring of new personnel, as seen from the new and higher requirements for employees.

A number of international companies, including Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, have cut a significant portion of their staff at the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023 due to the changed economic and business environment. After the COVID measures were lifted, many employers approached their home office policies more strictly and asked their employees to return to the office. This led to an inevitable decline in demand for some software solutions and services offered by technology giants. Additionally, it is important to note that inflationary levels have firmly tied the pockets of ordinary consumers, further contributing to the decline in IT sector revenues. These factors have led to the need to reduce costs in corporations, with the realization that there is no longer a need for all of the employees hired during the rapid growth of recent years.

Against the backdrop of the global threat of economic downturn and subsequent layoffs in the tech sector in Bulgaria, HR experts have not observed unusual layoffs. However, hiring in the technology sphere is visibly changing, with various studies showing that new jobs have decreased at double-digit rates in recent months. The data indicates that the hiring decline is mainly for lower-level positions requiring less work experience. It is also noted that more companies are looking to hire people on a project basis, without wanting to commit to permanent employment contracts, driven by the desire to limit their expenses.

According to Nikolay Nikolov from the Bulgarian Association for People Management and the Bulgarian Confederation of Employers, who is also a partner at “Horizons Bulgaria”, by spring it will be clear what the effect will be for the country – whether the labor market in the IT sector here will follow that in the USA and Western Europe or, on the contrary, Western companies will prefer to rely on even lower costs in Bulgaria. We cannot ignore the fact that salaries in Bulgaria are still below the levels in Western Europe and the USA, which could be interpreted as good news for the labor market here. Expectations are also positive from Nadezhda Vasileva, Managing Director of “Adecco Bulgaria”, as reported by Capital newsletter. According to her, there is always a delay in hiring at the beginning of the year, but with its lower costs, Bulgaria remains attractive and is more likely to attract foreign businesses than to lose them. Whatever the mid-term forecast for the development of the IT sector and hiring new employees in our country may be, one thing is certain – to continue our sustainable development in technology companies, we need to constantly invest in knowledge and quickly retrain to keep up with the dynamic changes in the technological world.

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Target audience

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

 

Digital technology

BULGARIA: THE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION IS RECRUITING PARTICIPANTS FOR ITS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

By Audience, Technology, AI & ML, Robotics, For children, In education, Bulgaria, INSPIRATION: Good practices, Private, National good practice initiative, Local good practice initiative, INSPIRATION, Без категория
BULGARIA: THE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION IS RECRUITING PARTICIPANTS FOR ITS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

29.03.2023 |

The Professional Association of Robotics and Automation (PARA) is recruiting participants for the second time for its educational program, PARA Robotics Incubator. Participants in the program will receive mentorship guidance, hardware, and access to specialized equipment in laboratories. The main goal of the program is for participants to create their own working prototype based on a pre-established project, thereby stimulating entrepreneurship.

To enroll in the program, participants must be at least 14 years old and have basic programming skills. Within the six-month program, each participant is expected to complete their prototype. Projects that are encouraged should focus on the areas of robotics, industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, and intelligent solutions for urban environments.

The program will culminate in 10 selected projects, which will be presented to a jury, with the winner of the student group receiving a prize of 2,000 lev and the winner of the student projects group receiving a prize of 4,000 lev.

Thanks to sponsors from “Sofia Tech Park” and “Rezonator,” access to equipment and resources in Sofia will be provided, while in Varna, Vidin, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, and Ruse, equipment will be provided by other partners of PARA.

The deadline for application is February 20, and the selected 10 projects will begin their participation in the program on March 6.

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Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Robotics

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Advanced

Funding of the good practice

Private

Type of initiative of the good practice

National initiative

Local initiative

Country providing the good practice

Bulgaria

Organisation providing the good practice

PARA- Professional Association of Robotics and Automation

Start date

20.02.2023

End date

06.09.2023

ELEVEN VENTURES WILL INVEST EUR 300 000 IN TECH START-UPS

By Computing, Web development, Telecommunications, Mobile apps, Digital marketing, Blockchain, 5G & WiFi, Big data, Cybersecurity, Microelectronics, IoT, For the workforce, AI & ML, For ICT professionals, AR & VR, Audience, Basic digital skills, For ICT professionals, Audience, Robotics, Technology, Software engineering, Grant, Bulgaria, OPPORTUNITIES: Funding, International initiative, Other, OPPORTUNITIES
ELEVEN VENTURES WILL INVEST EUR 300 000 IN TECH START-UPS

10.09.2023 |

 Bulgarian venture capital fund Eleven Ventures is looking for candidates to invest 300,000 euros in exchange for a 10% stake in the company. The fund also offers support through the creation of an individual growth plan, meetings with business mentors, as well as support in seeking future funding rounds. The Eleven Alpha program is mainly looking for startups from the sectors in which Eleven usually invests, namely fintech, healthcare, future of work and future of food, but the fund also expresses interest in other startups located in Southeast Europe. According to Eleven managing partner Ivaylo Simov, the fund will invest in around five companies from different sectors, as cited by Capital Daily. Simov notes that companies that already have a prototype or experience working with customers are sought, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for early-stage projects. To receive funding, a company must have a good team. According to Simov, this means that applicants should have experience and know-how in the field they are trying to enter, and for the profiles of the partners in the startup venture, it is recommended that they be different to cover the basic needs of a functioning business.

Eleven Alpha is a three-month program with a fast application process and investment receiving within 2 months. The fund reminds that the first Bulgarian “unicorn” Payhawk received a similar investment at its early stage of development.

Applications can be submitted through Eleven’s website until November 19, 2022. The launch of the program and the main activities will start in January 2023.

Details

Website

https://www.11.vc/alpha/

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology 

artificial intelligence
cybersecurity
Internet of Things
big data
blockchain
robotics
augmented reality
virtual reality
high performance computing
machine learning
cloud computing
5G
telecommunications
WiFi
quantum computing
software
mobile application development
web development
microelectronics
digital skills

Form of the funding

Country suitable for the funding

EU

Financial intermediate 

Benefitials 

Startups