The entry deadline for Computer Weekly's Best Places to Work in IT awards has been extended to Friday 4 November.
If your IT department has been nominated, make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to have your good work recognised by the industry and apply formally for an award.
Hundreds of departments from across the UK have been nominated as part of the Best Places to Work in IT awards, which are set to be the most extensive assessment of IT departments in the UK.
Entries will be judged by 30 senior industry figures from the UK's major professional IT organisations.
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 professional development, and how departments promote a healthy work/life balance.
By submitting an entry you will be supporting the quest to champion employment best practice in the UK IT industry.
The shortlist will be revealed in Computer Weekly in January. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at The Park Lane Hotel, London on 1 March at which government CIO Ian Watmore will be the keynote speaker.
If you have been nominated, make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to have your department's achievements rec- ognised by returning the completed form by Friday 4 November 2005.
More information: 020-8652 8036
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.
CIO Connect is a networking group for chief information officers and IT directors, with regular events around the country, a magazine and membership forums. Part of the National Computing Centre, the purpose of CIO Connect is "to inform and develop CIOs and their core teams to enable organisational success through optimum use of technology".
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 for Computing and 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.
Awards sponsors include:
Atkins plans, designs and enables the delivery of complex infrastructure and buildings for clients in the public and private sectors across the world. It is the largest multi-disciplinary consultancy in Europe; the largest engineering consultancy in the UK; and the fourth largest design firm in the world.
Barclays Service Operations
Barclays Chief Information Office Service Operations team provides global around-the-clock IT support ranging from how staff get their IT to what happens when it breaks. All activities are aligned to ITIL processes with a very strong focus on customer service.
Capita Resourcing is one of the UK's leading IT recruitment providers, combining extensive resourcing expertise with strong knowledge of both the public and private sectors to offer a comprehensive range of tailored recruitment services from contingent recruitment to fully managed services. It is part of the Capita Group, a member of the FTSE 100.
Madison Black is a recruitment consultancy providing permanent and contract IT staff throughout the UK and Europe. Its expertise covers business-critical areas of enterprise planning, IT, finance and executive appointments. Its focus is on recruiting permanent staff in the £40,000 to £150,000 salary range and contractors on competitive rates for long-term assignments.
PSD is a leading international recruitment services organisation operating across a range of disciplines, sectors and countries and providing specialist expertise in each area. Teams of trained and experienced consultants offer expert knowledge of specialist IT markets, operating at the middle to senior executive level. PSD provides comprehensive recruitment services for both single appointments and large-scale assignments.
With UK coverage from three locations and a team of 45 already on board, ReThink Recruitment has quickly established itself as a serious new option in the IT staffing industry. Clients range from SMEs to large corporates across all sectors, and ReThink's expertise covers all skill sets and job roles. The company only employs knowledgeable IT recruitment consultants with a strong track record.
Spring Technology is the UK's leading IT staffing services provider with an estimated 20% share of the UK market*. Spring's proven expertise encompasses permanent recruitment, contract staffing, testing services, campaign management and professional consultancy services. It also operates internationally, supporting clients on a global basis.