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Nine Nine Six

Nine Nine Six

Posted on 12th March 2018

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We write about all sorts of things on the Be-IT blog/news pages. One of our recurring themes is the need for the UK to educate and train as many high quality techies as possible (and another recurring theme is our continuing inability to do so), particularly because this will allow the country to stay competitive in the decades ahead.  However, it seems that educating and creating these skilled people may not be enough.

Today's Times newspaper has a fascinating article under the heading "Fear the great  tech armoury of China," which explains how Chinese working practices firmly put "the lifestyle startups of Shoreditch or Silicon Valley"  in their place.  Never mind "lunch is for wimps", concentrate on the fact that China is now less geared to copying western software but instead is riding a wave of creative and original digital thinking - and doing so on the back of what are called nine-nine-six companies.

What are nine-nine-six companies?  Well, at Be-IT we think we are pretty good at working hard, but we also think we're really good at work-life balance.  ​I don't think we could compete with the likes of smartphone manufacturer Xiami, whose staff are expected to work a minimum of 9am to 9pm, six days a week.  To say this makes it even more difficult for the UK and other western countries, despite our undoubted excellence in tech and creativity, is an understatement, and it illustrates yet again why we are unremitting in calling for yet more investment in IT/computing education from primary through to tertiary levels and beyond.

Gareth Biggerstaff, CEO, Be-IT

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