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As a Database Developer, you’ll be a technical problem-solver and will take responsibility for new and existing databases. This will involve carrying out tests to develop them from their initial planning stages and gathering data to ensure that the database functions to its optimum potential.

Why consider a career as a Database Developer?
The role is typically varied, self-motivated and analytical, so would really suit organisational communicators. Evolving your career as a Database Developer will enable you to understand a broad range of coding skills.

What a Database Developer career or job may entail...
In regards to the working environment, you could be part of an agency team or work in-house, directly for one company.

Specifically, as a SQL Database Developer, you could be part of a data communications team, using strong MS SQL Server 2008 skills including: T-SQL, SSAS, SSIS, MS Excel, database administration/backup, replication etc, Scripting (T-SQL, Powershell, VBScript, JScript, C#), integrating various paid/open data sources via real-time API or batch feed, XML technologies including document creation and querying using XPath, writing and using XSL transformations and creating/implementing XML Schemas. 

Your core duties may include providing secure, robust and optimised data systems to the agency by way of using your expert database development skills. You’ll be monitoring and maintaining scheduled back-end processes, ensuring robust output is supplied within agreed timescales. Other duties include systems modelling and integration, optimisation, introducing and maintaining robust DBA processes with expert DB development and testing.

Typical role titles include
Database Programmer
Database Developer
Database Specialist
Database Designer
Oracle DBA
Oracle Developer
SQL Database Developer

Career progression example
Database Manager
Database Analyst
Lead Database Developer

Salary Benchmarks
At an entry level, junior/graduate Database Developer professionals on average will be earning between £18K-£28K. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £28K-£45K and seniors would be looking to earn £45K+.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
MS SQL Server 2008 | T-SQ | SSAS | SSIS | MS Excel | Database administration/backup, replication etc. | Scripting (T-SQL, Powershell, VBScript, JScript, C#) | Integrating various paid/open data sources via real-time API or batch feed | XML technologies including document creation and querying using XPath, writing and using XSL transformations and creating/implementing XML Schemas | RMAN | DataGuard | PL/SQL | Oracle RDBMS | Oracle E-Business.

What qualifications does it take?
It is essential to contain knowledge of industry software. There are some nationally recognised qualifications that can be obtained to put yourself in the best position and to make yourself most desirable as a candidate.


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  • 16th Mar

    Hot Jobs Technical Lead (Polyglot, AWS)

    — Java, Scala, Python, C#, Ruby or Groovy

    £70K - £95K
    Uncapped holiday, constant transparency & open source contributions.  Dedicated weekly afternoons for company-wide learning.  Pioneering project base making a difference to citizens across the country. A public sector software delivery specialist recently landed in Bristol and are looking for Tech Leads with polyglot tech knowledge and AWS/DevOps experience to join their team. This is a brand-new hub with rapid plans for growth in place, driven by a culture of mentoring and support with dedicated afternoons set aside for research & development. Outcome-based delivery is a big focus for the business; they pride themselves on ensuring that all technology deployed meets the goals & expectations of their customer base. They’re embarking on a pioneering programme of work which will have a positive impact on the lives of UK citizens everywhere. What skills you’ll need Proven experience in technical leadership with a background in mentoring other Engineers and working to architecture/consultant level.  Extensive experience working in AWS environments and its associated tech (EC2, ECS, Lambda, API Gateway, S3, CloudFront etc).  Fluency in at least one server-side language; C#, Ruby, Java, Scala, Python or Groovy. Significant understanding of infrastructure-as-code & automation using things like Ansible, Chef, Puppet, Docker, Terraform, CloudFormation, Kubernetes.  Appreciation of front-end/UI, ideally with exposure to React or similar.  Experience with API development, microservice architecture & databases. Comfortable with TDD/BDD approach. Ability to work Agile/Scrum with regular sprints.  Awareness of paired programming techniques.  What you’ll be doing Joining a brand-new delivery team, you will act as a technical & thought Leader for other engineers internally, offering insight & expertise across a variety of paradigms which includes object-oriented, declarative, event-based and functional. The majority of the project base sits across healthcare & local/central government, a lot of pioneering projects which could involve you in anything from monoliths to microservices, constantly advocating technical excellence and adapting between engineering, architecture, technical direction and consultancy depending on the scenario. You will offer a passion for cloud & automation, seamless tooling and approaching software delivery in a DevOps approach. The business has built an unrivalled support structure which you will contribute to, along with regular client-facing aspects which comes back to the consultative nature of the role.  What you’ll get in return for your experience Where to start? They offer uncapped holiday (yes, you read that right), an open source handbook on Github which you’ll be able to contribute to regularly, as well as flexible working hours for those who need it. They offer a culture of learning; they dedicate one afternoon a week purely to research & development to allow their Engineers to upskill in any areas they feel need some attention, plus funding any techie courses/conferences that would be useful for you to go to. You can expect to be sent on annual holidays with the team, regular lunches & socials and will even pay for you to go away on your 3rd working anniversary! They’re very active in the tech community too, speak regularly at meetups, write blog posts and run their own events.  What's next? Sound like the role for you? Send your profile to Joe or give us a call to find out more!
  • 3rd Apr

    Junior Web Developer

    — PHP, Exciting Projects

    Build web applications for international clients. Outstanding career development, training, courses etc. Learn new tech quickly and help lead ground-breaking projects. Web Developer needed to join one of the UKs most established and multi award-winning digital agencies at their beautiful Bristol studio. Operating more like a software house these days, you'll be working as part of an experienced team of developers, testers and creatives on international client projects building outstanding web applications. What skills you'll be needing Competent with PHP, MySQL. Solid HTML5, CSS3, SASS skills. Understanding of Git. JavaScript (jQuery, willingness to learn Angular6). Willingness to learn and work with Drupal8. Any knowledge or experience of the following would be great; JSON. Typescript (or willingness to learn). Cross Browser / Platform / Device testing experience. Docker and Ansible. Elasticsearch. What you'll be doing This is a really fantastic role for a talented Developer to help be a part of the planning, implementation and maintenance of a range of websites and applications. They'll be looking for you to obsess about clean, performant code as you work on a variety of projects that could last days or months. They believe that much of what they do is more to towards software engineering as they try to build API-first applications. Working in this enthusiastic and highly self-motivated team, you'll be eagle-eyed when it comes to detail, with a love of clean, secure, well-documented code. You will be able to debug and investigate problems efficiently and understand the importance of performance optimisation. What you'll get in return for your talents A highly competitive salary with some great bens including pension, training & conference budget, choice of kit, international travel opportunities, weekly training time, techie lunch and learns, cycle to work, private health, childcare vouchers, retail and gym discounts, regular socials and Friday drinks. Plus the opportunity for real progression within one of the UK's best digital agencies, this is a seriously good opportunity you won’t want to miss out on! What's next Like the sound of this one? Send in your CV NOW to Mike.
  • 2nd Apr

    AI Software Engineer

    — AI software for self-driving vehicles

    Flexible on experience
    World-class engineering team, European leader in their field. Work closely with the founders who are well-regarded in the tech scene.  DevOps culture, AWS-based simulation environments. A leading automotive AI specialist is going through an exciting period of growth due to recent investment and are looking for a Software Engineer to join their platform team in Cambridge. With world-class researchers, engineers & scientists already integrated into the business, the support structure they offer is second-to-none and would be a great next step for those looking to progress their career within the AI space. What experience you’ll need Proven experience in Python development. Any knowledge of C++ would be useful.  Significant knowledge of containerisation (Docker, Kubernetes) and infrastructure-as-code (IaC) using Terraform, Ansible or CloudFormation. Solid understanding of AWS or a similar platform. Experience working in Linux environments, using build tools like GCC/CMake.  Awareness of CI/CD tools such as Gitlab, Bamboo or Jenkins.  Passion or interest in Artificial Intelligence would be useful.  What you’ll be doing  Joining the platform team in Cambridge, you’ll play an integral part in deploying and optimising the business’ self-driving technology onto both cloud-based simulation environments and their own in-house fleet of vehicles. R&D is a massive focus for the company with regular data collection initiatives put in place to ensure continuous testing with the latest software releases. You’ll be involved in developing tools to launch, maintain & monitor their autonomous stack, working closely with other areas of the business (including Machine Learning) to maintain communication & seamless releases. What you’ll get in return for your experience   On top of a flexible salary range, the business offers 25 days holiday, stock options, a health pension scheme, BUPA healthcare from day one, as well as flexible/remote working options. The support structure is unrivalled with constant access to training courses, personal development plans and R&D sessions. You’ll be surrounded by experienced founders in the tech scene, world-class scientists and renowned engineers so you’ll constantly be progressing your career forward.  What's next?  Want to find out more? Give Joe a call or send your CV over to be considered! 
  • 2nd Apr

    Senior/Lead Ruby Developer - Remote

    — Work remotely 3 or 4 days a week

    Remote - 3 or 4 days a week
    £65K - £80K
    Innovation Agency supporting charities for over 10 years.  Chance to learn Elixir & React Native. Fully remote with travel to London once a week. A digital innovation agency in London are looking for a Senior/Lead Ruby Developer to work fully remote with a trip to London once a week to liaise with the team. This agency are specialists in digital strategy, user research and application development, boasting a diverse customer base which spans across large corps, not-for-profits & start-up organisations.  What experience you’ll need  Demonstrable background in developing complex Ruby on Rails applications, ideally with exposure to multi-project environments. Experience in mentoring other Developers and acting as Technical Lead on projects.  Awareness of the “DevOps” culture of working (CI/CD, IaC, automation, containers etc.).  Knowledge of SQL/NoSQL datastores.  Ability to write reusable, reliable, scalable code, as well as supporting live apps in production.  Drive to learn new & emerging tech, for example Elixir or React Native.  What you’ll be doing  As a Senior/Lead Developer here, you’ll report into the Technical Director, acting as Technical Lead across a diverse project base, playing a key part in the build of solid, scalable products in Ruby on Rails. Communication is key, you’ll take ownership of technical strategy, providing consultancy to their customer base and often working across multiple projects concurrently meaning you’ll need to be adaptable. These applications often have complex workflows & database schemas so you’ll need to be confident in making positive technical architecture decisions and providing direction to other more junior developers in the team. You’ll embrace & advocate the DevOps culture of working, offering a passion for automation and supporting the contribution towards writing excellent software & automated tests.  What you’ll get in return for your experience   As well as being able to work remotely most of the week (unless you’d rather be in the office), you’ll be based in smart offices near Kings Cross Station, with 25 days holiday (+ your B’day off!), gym membership, medical insurance, annual training budget, even a free bar and roof terrace in the office! They also offer a culture of learning with access to a variety of courses & conferences to upskill in the areas you’re perhaps not as confident with.  What's next?  Want to find out more? Give Joe a call or send your CV over to be considered! 
  • 1st Apr

    Principal Software Engineer

    — AI start-up, complex simulation development

    Gain cloud and DevOps experience. Clear progression path into more managerial role.  Flexible & remote working options. An AI start-up based in Bristol is looking for a Principal Software Engineer to join their growing team. They are looking for someone technically strong who can bridge the gap between management and the development team. You will still be hands-on, and you won’t be asked to people manage however you will be on hand to direct the team and offer advice on approaches. You will be working on Greenfield projects across a variety of tech stacks so this would really suit a polyglot developer who is happy working across different technologies. What skills you’ll need Strong communication skills are essential. Experience with Android development. OOP languages C#, Python, C++ etc. Experience juggling multiple projects at one time.   Ability to pick up technologies quickly. Bonus skills  Cloud experience (Azure, AWS, GCP). DevOps and DevSecOps.  Kotlin.  What you’ll be doing This is an exciting business with interesting projects using cutting edge technologies but as the company grows there is a real focus on communication across the teams. You will help to bridge this gap. You will be carrying out development as well as being the technical point of contact for the team. You will be using a wide range of tech and be working on some of the most interesting projects globally from machine learning and deep learning to lean services architecture. What you’ll get in return for your experience  On offer is a salary between £60,000 - £80,000, you will also receive a benefits package, an on-site gym, flexible/ remote working, free food and drink. This would be a great opportunity for anyone wanting to get into a more managerial position in the future as there is a clear progression path available within a growing team.  What's next? Sound great? Send in your CV now for more info to George or call 01179 269 530.
  • 1st Apr

    QA Engineer

    — Thriving start-up, lots of autonomy

    Make the role your own, take a lead position. Start-up that have turned down investment due to own success. Remote working, flexible hours, nice benefits.   A brand-new start-up who create intuitive software solutions in the form of native applications and platforms are already making major movements in their market; and following an extremely successful period of sustained growth they are now looking for a QA Engineer to take on a variety of important duties within the tech team. Experience you’ll need Have done a variety of testing (end-to-end, manual, automated) You will be confident in performing all integration, regression and functional testing required on your project. Solid principles of TDD & BDD Able to create and deploy test plans Implement the right tools and frameworks for the task at hand Experience in building and leading a team of testers would be ideal Able to work in collaboration with a development team Be familiar with testing websites and apps across a wide range of browsers and devices. Experience working in an Agile environment Interest in developing monitoring and alerting strategies to minimise the impact of bugs found after a product is live Should be security conscious and test according to best standards Help deliver training material What you’ll be doing You will be responsible for developing, maintaining and deploying test plans whilst working closely with developers and product owners to maintain a high level of product quality. You will also be building and leading a QA team, but this won’t be straight away, you will begin as a QA Engineer learning from seniors in the team, as you grow and make the role your own you can step up into a lead position. It is important that you have solid principles, implement the right tools, own the whole testing space in an agile fashion and as time goes on you will help deliver training material and support/mentor more junior people. What you’ll get in return for your talents Along with a salary between £35K-£45K you will be entitled to flexible working hours + remote working, 25 days holiday, private healthcare, pension, choose your own kits, training & conference budget, company phone paid for, hacks/R&D days, team social trips, coffee, fruit, beers etc, cycle to work scheme, hot-desk space, paid for courses of your choice, 5 days off if you’re getting married, the day off if you’re moving house, and charity days It’s a rare position with the opportunity to grow with a thriving start-up. What’s next? If you’d like to apply or find out more just give George a shout (; 01179269530)
  • 1st Apr

    JavaScript Engineer

    — World class tech start-up, work with great talent

    Learn from very talented senior engineers. Work with the latest languages – Node, React, React Native Remote working, flexible hours, nice benefits.   A brand-new start-up who create intuitive software solutions in the form of native applications and platforms are already making major movements in their market; and following an extremely successful period of sustained growth they are now looking for a JavaScript Engineer to take on a variety of important duties within the tech team. Experience you’ll need You will have been working with JavaScript commercially for a few years. NodeJS experience is essential. Good experience of ES6. Good understanding of Unit testing and TDD. React / React Native Experience beneficial. Any cloud experience would be very beneficial e.g. AWS or GCP. Exposure to CI/CD. Exposure to Git flow or similar. Experience working in an Agile environment. Passionate about learning the right technologies for the task. What you’ll be doing You will be joining a small team of senior engineers who will support you on your journey, which involves responsibilities such as developing, testing and maintaining backend API’s with some front end and mobile development, which will be React, Node and React Native. You will work with the QA lead and other developers, using the right tools and languages to ensure a high quality of product. As time goes on you will have the chance/be expected to research new technologies/tools that could benefit the tech stack, you can then implement those with support from other engineers, it’s important to stay up to date! There will also be opportunities to travel for meetings and client presentations. You should be comfortable in this environment and thrive when presenting the product. What you’ll get in return for your talents Along with a salary between £30K-£45K you will be entitled to flexible working hours + remote working, 25 days holiday, private healthcare, pension, choose your own kits, training & conference budget, company phone paid for, hacks/R&D days, team social trips, coffee, fruit, beers etc, cycle to work scheme, hot-desk space, paid for courses of your choice, 5 days off if you’re getting married, the day off if you’re moving house, and charity days. It’s a rare position with the opportunity to grow with a thriving start-up who will reward you for your efforts. What’s next? If you’d like to apply or find out more just give George a shout (; 01179269530)
  • 30th Mar

    Full-Stack Developer

    — Green Energy, Amazing Product

    £38K - £50K
    First of its kind green energy project in the UK. Flexible & remote working / interviews. R&D time with scope to pick up new & emerging tech.  Full-Stack Developer needed for a unique energy company in Gloucester. They are developing first-of-its-kind energy storage systems in the UK and are looking for a developer who can play a leading role in how their applications are built. The company have already taken the equivalent of c200,000 cars off the road through their innovative storage solutions and with over £100 million in funding they're looking to invest heavily in new power stations over the next couple of years to be the clear market leaders in this exciting industry. What skills you'll need Proven background in Python development using Django. Significant knowledge of JavaScript and at least one modern library. Understanding of database design and cloud technology (preferably AWS). Experience with responsive websites and API development.  Background in engineering or physical sciences would be preferred though not essential. An interest/passion renewable energy and sustainable technology. What you'll be doing  Working in a small agile team your role will be broad and varied. You’ll play a key part in ensuring the quality of products through code reviewing and regular training. The core part of the role will be spent developing real-time energy monitoring applications from inception through build to operation and working on their innovative energy trading platform. They’ll also involve you in gathering and analysing project and customer requirements alongside the project management and engineering team. They need someone who can bridge the gap between their real-time back-end system and the web user interface, with good scope to integrate new & emerging tech into their wider stack.  What you'll get in return for your experience You will be joining at an exciting time in the company’s journey as they look to build on their strong market position and expand into new areas. They offer competitive salaries based on skills and expertise with an excellent benefits package that includes; annual bonus, flexible working hours, 2 days a week remote working (full-time during coronavirus!), a stimulating working environment and the knowledge that your code is contributing towards a greener planet. What’s next? Send in your CV to Joe or give us a call to find out more.
  • 30th Mar

    Full-Stack Developer (C#, JS, Azure)

    — Rapidly expanding FinTech scale-up

    £30K - £45K
    Forward-thinking scale-up with the security and financial stability of a larger business. Opportunity for future progression. Events, conferences, training, great offices and more! An exciting FinTech scale-up are continuing their growth and are now looking for a Full-Stack Developer to help better app functionality & customer experience moving forward. You'll be based in nice, modern offices in Cardiff, complete with a games oom and free on site gym! They were named as one of Techworlds Top 10 UK FinTech Start-ups to watch in 2016 and have only continued that success since. Significant new revenue and investment has allowed then to begin realising their ambitious growth plans and they have only followed on from that journey since.  What experience you'll need Understanding of C#.NET, MVC & SQL Server on the back-end. Significant front-end knowledge using things like Angular//React/TypeScript. Exerience working with Visual Studio and Source Control (TFS, VSTS). Experience working in a Scrum environment. An awareness of cloud technologies (Azure, AWS, Docker). DevOps/Automation experience is a bonus. What you'll be doing You will be working closely with the rest of the development team on a range of web applications, focused on adding new functionalities & improving customer experience. You'll need a proven & extensive understanding of the back-end as you'll be working on things like web services and their mobile app (iOS & Android, built using Ionic/Angular). It's an Agile environment and fast-paced with regular releases. Following a major partnership with a larger organisation, there are a number of key projects both ongoing and greenfield, primarily centred on continuous improvements to their product and maintaining the service/software that has been integrated into their partner's website and mobile app. What you'll get in return for your talents For starters, you will be in an environment that encourages personal development and wants to continue growing a progressive tech stack. You'll work in sweet offices with a games room, free gym and a sociable group who do everything from the standard Friday beers to attending events and hosting hackathons. Given their major partnership / investment, this is the perfect time to join the expanding team and there's excellent future progression available for all staff. What's next? Do you want to be a part of a truly exciting company? Then apply now or contact Joe for more information!
  • 27th Mar

    Node Developer

    — Innovative, progressive, seriously talented

    Opportunity to work collaboratively with some seriously talented Node developers. Quality driven with innovative thinking, amazing clients and strong R&D. Friendly, sociable team, fantastic career development. Top digital product specialists are looking to take on a talented Node Developer to add to their 18 strong development team. This is a rare and very exciting opportunity to work for one of the South-West’s best and most innovative digital development businesses at their beautiful countryside studio near Bath. What skills you'll be needing Extensive software engineering experience in Node. Experience in Git. Experience of testing frameworks (Jest). Understanding of Service Oriented Architectures, integration patterns and RESTful web services. Experience of API integration. Experience of supporting and extending systems and code developed by teams other than your own. Experience creating high volume, complex applications using Internet technologies. Experience of working in a fast-paced commercial environment where products have to be delivered to fixed timescales. Experience working with operations teams to troubleshoot problems throughout the lifetime of an application. What you'll be doing You’ll be helping this ambitious innovator to deliver outstanding web and mobile apps within multi-disciplinary teams. You will encourage and drive best practise Test/BDD principles along with best practice software engineering standards. You'll be taking a lead role in the design and build of all backend components and working to best practice when it comes to software engineering. They will look to you to help them create amazing, complex and mission critical digital products for some of the world's most recognisable brands.  Although not in a formal capacity, it would be great if you could share your knowledge and experience with junior developers. A key part of the role will be to take ownership of solutions, liaising with clients to simplify complex problems and processes and the creative thinking to turn ideas into reality. What you'll get in return for your talents This role is working for one of the most progressive technical businesses in the South West and you’ll be able to learn cutting edge tech with the freedom and autonomy to introduce the business to any you’ve evaluated yourself.  With a large development team, you’ll feed off the buzz of creativity and innovation here. They’re relatively flexible on level of experience from midweight to lead as long as you have an ingrained passion for technology that extends to open source contribution, reading blogs, personal projects etc and some great examples to show them. Generous salary up to £55K DOE and holidays, gym membership, pension, electric car scheme, conferences/course access, regular socials and more await. What's next Like the sound of this one?  Send in your CV for more info to Tareek (01179 269530).

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  • SCISYS are a leading an international software and solutions company.
  • Enjoying a period of high growth SCISYS were looking to expand their technology team at pace and required an agency that would not only find the right talent, but also support the development of their employer brand. 
  • To achieve this, we introduced SCISYS to our tech community partners, helping them to raise their profile in the developer community, placing them solidly on the map as an employer of choice for developers and wider technology people. 
  • Through our consultative approach, we provided market guidance and knowledge, along with a comprehensive resourcing campaign that resulted in the successful hire of several hard to fill vacancies, from Developers to Solution Architects. 

“ADLIB have been a huge help throughout a very busy year of growth here at SCISYS. Not only have they supported with live requirements, they have also provided valuable market information throughout the year which has in turn supported with our hiring decisions and future growth plans. We look forward to a continued partnership throughout 2019.”

Mollie Hatton, Recruitment Manager, at SCISYS 

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  • Immersive Labs help reduce the risk of attacks via a class leading cyber-learning environment. 
  • As a fast growing business, Immersive Labs needed to work with a recruiter that was able to get to the heart of their culture to deliver hard to find technology expertise. Step forward ADLIB's technology recruitment team. Through our in-depth knowledge of the local candidate market skilled in JavaScript libraries such as React and Ruby on Rails and our ability to find the right personality match, we quickly identified the talent required and all in line with critical business timings.
  • With more and more companies hunting out similar skill sets, a major contributor to the success of the campaign was them being a business with a culture for R&D, cutting edge technology, highly competitive salaries & benefits and the opportunity to be part of a tech-first and people focused culture.

"ADLIB's comprehensive understanding of the local tech market and the challenges faced by quickly growing start-ups has been significant in helping us grow over the last two years"

Greg Craft, Talent Director at Immersive Labs 

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