Is your IT department a best place to work?

Computer Weekly's Best Places to Work in IT awards are aimed at companies that achieve a positive working environment. Here's your chance to nominate your firm.

Computer Weekly's Best Places to Work in IT awards are aimed at companies that achieve a positive working environment. Here's your chance to nominate your firm.

Building on the success of the past two years, Computer Weekly is launching the third Best Places to Work in IT awards. This is set to be the most extensive assessment of IT departments in the UK, with equal opportunities for large and small companies to benefit.

The aim of the awards is to identify and highlight employment best practice by asking how departments create a positive working environment, what opportunities exist for IT staff for continued professional development, and how departments promote a healthy work/life balance.

Anyone who considers that their IT department deserves to be recognised as a best place to work can make a nomination.

The awards are split across 11 categories covering all types of IT users and service providers. A new section has been introduced this year: "IT Services Including Outsourcing Providers" so there is a category to suit all. 

To enter your department for the awards simply click on the link at and fill in a nomination form. We will then send the IT manager of your elected department an entry form to complete and return. More information may be requested later in the year as part of the judging process.

The entries will be judged by 30 senior industry figures from the UK's major professional IT organisations. A shortlist will then be drawn up and profiled in Computer Weekly from January 2006, with winners announced at the Park Lane Hotel, London on 1 March.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 7 October 2005.

More details and nomination form:


The judging panel

The members of the judging panel for Best Places to Work in IT2006 combine the best of business, IT and employment expertise. They include:

British Computer Society
The BCS provides service and support to the IT community, including IT practitioners and employers of IT practitioners. It also acts to generate public awareness and appreciation of the associated social and economic benefits in IT. The BCS was formed to establish and maintain appropriate standards of education and experience for people working in IT or studying to enter the profession.

IBM Computer Users Association
The IBMCUA is an independent organisation that arranges briefings on topical business-related IT subjects for IT managers and directors. The objective of each event is to provide attendees with information that can be used in their organisation to realise real benefits. Subjects range from the value of specific technologies to the business and how to deal with the latest issues to technical education for IBM iSeries users.

The Corporate IT Forum (Tif)
Tif is a subscriber organisation representing the corporate IT user community. Members, which come from some of the UK's largest blue chip organisations, work together to find practical solutions to everyday issues facing corporate IT, from technical architecture to policy and managing supplier relationships.

Centre of Computing & Social Responsibility
The CCSR is an academic body that carries out research and provides teaching, consultancy and advice to individuals, communities, organisations and governments at local, national and international levels on the actual and potential impact of computing and related technologies on society and its citizens.

Institute of Directors
The Institute of Directors provides a professional network that reaches into every corner of the business community. Its global membership spans the spectrum of business leadership, from the largest public companies to the smallest private firms.

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