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Ocado struggles to fill IT vacancies

Anh Nguyen | April 9, 2014
The online-only groceries retailer announced its hiring spree to find 100 software engineers and other technology specialists in the UK at the end of November. A further 50 tech positions will be based in Krakow, Poland.

Ocado has renewed its call for new tech employees after revealing that just under a quarter (23 percent) of vacancies had been filled since it launched its recruitment drive four months ago.

The online-only groceries retailer announced its hiring spree to find 100 software engineers and other technology specialists in the UK at the end of November. A further 50 tech positions will be based in Krakow, Poland.

However, in a statement today, Ocado said: "Since January, the technology division has hired around 35 people, and currently there are around 75 roles available."

Ocado is looking for technical staff to drive innovation in areas including robotics, machine learning, cloud development and big data.

According to its vacancies, the company is looking for a range of people, including java software developers, wifi network engineers, Unix/Linux systems specialists and user experience designers.

The company said that salaries at all levels are "highly competitive", with premium rates paid to evening or night-time workers. Employees also benefit from a 15 percent staff discount, a pension scheme, share save programme and private healthcare.

In its 2013 full-year preliminary results, Ocado said it was planning to increase its IT spend by 77 percent this year to £25 million.

 

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