Austin Fraser 2018 Berlin Tech Salary Benchmark

Austin Fraser 2018 Berlin Tech Salary Benchmark
Austin Fraser, Tech recruitment leader, release its salary benchmark for Tech sector jobs in Berlin, Germany.
Do you know how much you could be making?
We recognise that salary is an important factor when choosing a new role or considering how much your talent, skill and knowledge is worth. While the market is still quite guarded about openly sharing salary information, we’re pleased to release our benchmark salaries available on the market for Junior through to Lead positions, within DevOps, Frontend, PHP and Java/Node.
Use our Berlin salary information to benchmark yourself against your peers, help compare the job market, or even use as a tool to inform pay negotiations and discover your worth.

Technology is evolving quickly and there is a big demand for skilled Tech talent to help deliver the new digital landscape. Businesses need to act fast to stay competitive and companies need the right candidates to keep growing. Technology recruitment is our specialism. We understand the market inside out and can help support your job seeking journey from start to finish.

Austin Fraser Rank 14th in Sunday Times & HSBC International Fast Track List

We’re very excited to announce we have been ranked at No 14 on the annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 list of fast growing international companies. Our international expansion started in 2012 with our Munich office, in Germany, which has now grown to more than 30 people. Since then we have opened further offices in Austin, Texas, USA (now more than 20 people) and Berlin, Germany. Just last week we also announced that we are continuing our global expansion in Denver, Colorado.
As part of our international growth strategy, we identify markets that are aligned with our core UK markets. We have carefully considered our new locations to find markets where we can make the maximum impact and grow a sustainable business. We’ve been able to bring our knowledge of our Technology, Digital and Life Sciences markets to help our clients’ businesses grow by finding the right talent and building some incredible networks.
Our CEO, Pete Hart has shared his thoughts, “I am so proud of all our people and what they have achieved in Germany and the USA. There have been plenty of challenges, but the work ethic and continual desire to improve and adapt, have resulted in this placement in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200. We have had a number of key staff relocate from our UK office over the past 5 years, who have been integral in founding, maintaining and evolving the spark that made us special when we launched in the UK.
“We have built amazing teams with a focus on delivering exceptional client and candidate service. Our approach is to provide the best possible environment, tools and development for our people to do their job to the best of their ability. We invest heavily in the success of our people  and rely on them for the success of our business. We believe it’s right that we create an environment where colleagues respect one another, support one another and have a great time.
“Our plans for growth don’t stop here. We’re looking at where we might grow next and we’re still recruiting in all our offices – Reading, Munich, Berlin, Austin and Denver. It’s exciting times to be a part of Austin Fraser”
To find our more about us and the current vacancies we have open, take a look here:


Delivering new opportunities for tech talent in Denver, Colorado

Delivering new opportunities for tech talent in Denver, Colorado
We are delighted to announce that mid-2017 we’ll be launching a new office in Denver, Colorado, USA. From this new base, Austin Fraser will be able to deliver highly skilled staffing services to the thriving digital and technology scene of Colorado. We’ll be establishing a team of consultants with expertise in specialist staffing within the tech and digital space. It’s our in-depth approach to understanding the markets, businesses and people we work with and how we develop deep long-lasting relationships that mean we’re able to work with employers and candidates to deliver exactly the right talent just when it’s needed.
Commenting, our USA Business manager, James Lafferty, tells us: “We’re genuinely excited by the opportunity that expanding the business to Denver presents. It’s a fantastic city that is rapidly becoming one of the key digital hubs in the US. With businesses like ComCast, Lockheed Martin, DISH Network, IBM and UPS all significant employers in the area and a fast growing number of start-ups, the possibilities for business and personal growth are fantastic.
“Denver is widely recognised as one of the top cities in America to work and live in right now. 300 days of sunshine and a great living standard make it a destination city where the expected influx over the next five years is a further 200,000+ people. Establishing a new base in Denver builds on the success we’ve had in Austin, Texas, where we’ve established a strong presence within the local community and been recognised by the Austin Business Journal as one of the best places to work, one of the Coolest Companies in Austin and on the 50 on Fire list – all within 24 months of starting up.”
Our CEO, Peter Hart explains more: “Austin Fraser is a brand with a strong heritage – we’ve been providing staffing solutions for ten years, and our staff are dedicated, hard-working trusted advisors to some of the world’s leading tech companies. We’re looking forward to becoming a key partner to the businesses in Denver and playing our part in shaping the digital economy of the area. We see this move to Denver as an important step in the growth of our business.”  

web developer

Land your first Web Developer role in 10 simple steps

Taking the plunge and becoming a web developer can be daunting, particularly if you’re a little green behind the ears. Don’t panic, we’ve spoken to two of our specialists, Dan Filmer and Zoe Medcraft and compiled a list of 10 simple steps to complete to help you to seize that first job.
1) Perfect your portfolio
If you’re looking to become a front end web developer in particular, before you do anything else you should create a portfolio. This is the first thing prospective employers will look at when they’re considering you for the role, so it needs to really showcase your personality, flare and technical ability. Once live, your portfolio will be looking a little sparse. It’s time to load up any work you’ve previously done.
If you’re new to the industry it’s highly likely that you won’t have a lot of (if any) work to show for yourself just yet. Don’t panic. Start working on side projects, even if you have to work for free in your spare time. This is your chance to demonstrate your technical capabilities, so make the most of it.
The challenge is to make yourself stand out from other candidates. Don’t be afraid to get a little creative.
2) Go freelance for a while
Perhaps you can’t afford to work on free projects right now, or maybe you’re not interested in permanently working for one brand just yet. That’s OK, go freelance and bolster your experience. It’s a great chance to supplement that bank balance whilst rounding out your portfolio.
3) Get an online presence
GitHub is the industry-standard for web developer collaboration, review and management of code. It also offers a awesome opportunity to showcase your work and show off your best code. What better place than in amongst your peers? Stack Overflow is another great community for building your online reputation in the industry.
Once you’re all setup and have an understanding of how these platforms work, make sure you regularly update your account to show your development. Remember, always keep your code organised. This is your opportunity to show how you work, don’t waste it.
4) Opt-in to open source
If you’ve found that the majority of the experience you have has come from mock projects and solo efforts, it can be really helpful to work on open source projects to show how well you can work collaboratively.
Open source is what publicly available source code is referred to in the industry. This source code can be modified by anyone and includes the likes of Python, PHP and JavaScript frameworks to name a few.
Projects of all shapes and sizes can be found on GitHub. Don’t be afraid to really get stuck in once you’ve found a particular project you like the look of. It’ll really make you stand out.
5) Holy Hackathon, Batman!
Hackathons are an exciting way of getting to know your peers, tackling challenging problems and testing your skills as a web developer. In any role, being able to show that you’ve got the technical know-how is important, but being able to work really effectively in a team environment is what will make all the difference to a hiring manager.
6) Follow industry news
It’s surprising how far a little wider industry knowledge can take you. Being able to fill the gaps at an interview with small talk can really help, particularly if you can show that you really understand what’s going on in the industry, along with where it’s going in the future.
If a prospective employer sees that you’re truly passionate about what you do, how could they not want you to be part of their team?
7) Never stop learning!
Though keeping up with the latest trends will help you on a broader level, learning new skills and tools of the trade will really help to make you invaluable. Be brave — Don’t be afraid to try new tech stacks or tools. Having an understanding of different frameworks, even at a basic level, will help to enhance your portfolio and demonstrate your capacity for learning.
8) Keep that CV up-to-date
If we had a penny for every time we wrote, ‘keep your CV up-to-date’ we’d have, well, lots of pennies! Your CV is your ‘shop window’ to prospective employers and, coupled with your portfolio, it’s your opportunity to really show the world how capable you really are.
You’re THE web developer of the future. If you don’t keep your CV tailored and current, how will your employer ever know that?
9) Make the most of meet-ups
The tech industry is brimming with knowledgeable folk who love to share their ideas and experiences with others. Networking events, more commonly referred to as ‚meet-ups‘ are a fantastic way to get to know like-minded people and top up your wider industry knowledge. We host PHP Berkshire at our Reading HQ and are proud to say that we get involved with and sponsor a wide range of other events in the industry like Glug and many more. Keep an eye out for our blog post coming later this week on meet ups!
If you can’t wait that long, give us a call and speak to our Web and Digital team who can point you in the right direction.
10) Speak to a specialist
Once you’ve got all the building blocks in place and are ready to hit the web development world with full gusto, it’s time to speak to a technical recruiter. That’s where we come in. Start by uploading your CV to our system and then speak to somebody who specialises in placing web developers in the industry. They’ll be able to help you enhance your CV, give you invaluable advice and support open the door to roles you may not have necessary found on your own.
On top of this, a great recruiter will be able to give you advice on the right role for you. Interested in contract or permanent roles? They’ll guide you on rates and help you to manage expectations. Who better to speak to than somebody who specialises in placing these roles all day, every day?
Although becoming a web developer can be daunting, it’s incredibly rewarding if you take the right steps. We’re always here to help, so if you ever have any questions at all, we’d love to hear from you!

LinkedIn job search

How to harness the power of LinkedIn for your job search

The digital age has revolutionised the way we look for jobs. The rise of tools like email, digital CVs, job boards and social media means that candidates have access to more job vacancies than ever before. With so many methods available, the challenge for candidates is working out which platform is right for them and how they should go about presenting themselves in the best light. 
LinkedIn is one particular platform that has changed the way we look at recruitment. As the professional social networking site of choice for most, we thought it was the perfect starting point for advice on your career development journey.
Initially launched in 2003, LinkedIn quickly gained momentum and is now the third most visited social networking site, only falling behind Facebook and Twitter.  It’s a goldmine of opportunity if used correctly and  with over 400 million users worldwide and two users joining every second, harnessing LinkedIn effectively should be the key to making sure you seize every opportunity available to you.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Personalise your account with a high quality profile picture and cover photo. Great images will always help draw people to your profile and demonstrate that you’re a serious professional. If you’re a creative, make sure it comes clearly in the media you upload. Perhaps upload a portfolio or examples of previous work. Remember, keep it visual. Your profile is your shop window for potential employers, it’s important to get your personality across.
Whatever you do, always choose appropriate photos. LinkedIn is a professional social network, so selfies with your friends or those pouting photos in front of the mirror shouldn’t make the cut. Instead, keep it simple and professional. Make sure people are drawn to your profile for the right reasons! Take a look at these profile photo tips from  
Never underestimate the power of a first impression.
First impressions are essential. Once you’ve tackled the imagery on your profile, you need to think about the content. Make sure your profile is complete before you begin connecting with important industry professionals. After all, you only get one chance to make a first impression.
Make sure you do your research. Looking at a range of job descriptions for your ideal role will highlight commonly sought after skills and experience that employers are looking for. Once you’ve done this, you can tailor your profile specifically.
Fill out each section, keeping it short but sweet. Bullet point your key skills and expertise to make sure anybody who views your profile can find this information quickly. Recommendations and endorsements are an excellent way to build your reputation quickly too – Don’t be afraid to ask!
Get creative.
Your LinkedIn profile can be so much more than just a CV. It’s important to maximise the additional capabilities of your profile. Do you have a portfolio of previous work? Attach it! What about a website or blog? Link to it! Perhaps you comment through your own YouTube channel…Include it!
The goal is to make yourself known to the people that count and to stand out whilst doing it. This is your time to shine, invest the time now in creating the content and it’ll pay dividends in the long run.
Use your initiative.
Now you’ve created your profile, it’s time to look for some opportunities. A great general rule of thumb is, ‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get’. If there’s not a job publicly advertised then why don’t you search for employees in the company you’d like to join. Connect with them.
Once they’ve accepted your connect (which of course they will, your profile is now awesome), message them directly enquiring about upcoming opportunities that may be in the pipeline. It’s OK if there aren’t any available immediately, they could still offer valuable insight or tips as to how you could get your foot in the door in future.
LinkedIn is all about building relationships. You never know what’s around the corner or when these connections could come in handy. Either way, people admire the use of initiative, so don’t be afraid of being bold. Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you, create your own.
Influence and engage.
Once you’ve gained the attention of your connections, maintain it. Like, share and create engaging and well-informed content that is relevant to your industry. Videos and images are great for drawing an idol scrollers’ attention to your profile which, after all, is the objective.
Join relevant groups too. This is a great way of interacting with wider industry debates and topics, allowing you to demonstrate your market knowledge.
Above all, always remember to remain professional and respectful. Save political rants and emotional statuses for your other social media, or better still, keep them to yourself or your significant other.
LinkedIn is an excellent tool for developing your career if you use it correctly. Follow these little snippets of advice and put yourself in the best position for the next step in your career.