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a can of rpa soup
I’ve had a bit of a wake-up call in the last month or so.
RPA does sell a bit of a dream.
RPA is certainly different to other technologies in terms of impact and simplicity.
But it is never that simple.
Nor is it as cheap as people have been led to expect.
Knowledge comes at a price.
Licenses on their own are affordable.
Licenses + consultants = a lot more than most people expect.
The alternative is training and education.
As a training provider, maybe I shouldn’t be saying this next bit.
The theory is that anyone can learn RPA.
Business folks can take a great course and walk away comfortable using the RPA technologies in their operations.

While this is generally “possible”, here’s what really happens:

  1. Running a private course with a mix of business and technology people is incredibly powerful
  2. They play off of each other and you end up a) getting the business folks to see the technology and b) the technology folks to see the business issues.
  3. This turns the training into a brainstorming session. Yes, you get through the technology training, but you also get a stream of highly practical ideas for applying RPA.
  4. This starts the pipeline and suddenly  you have a place to get started.

But who does the work?

The answer is the same as it always is when it comes to technology – Developers.
Yes, I know there are lots of examples where the business does do the development, but here’s what I see.
Actually, just look at the job adverts.
No one is asking for “Accountant with 2 years Automation Anywhere experience” or “Customer Services leader with UiPath certification” or “Payroll manager with 12-18 months Blue Prism project experience”.
They are all asking for “Developer with Java, .NET, C whatever, etc. and X months/years of one (or more) of the RPA tools”.
The reasons?
  1. This is still technology
  2. Developers have “that” mentality
  3. Developers come with an evolved methodology
  4. Business folks still have day jobs
  5. They will be great running bots, maybe fixing them
  6. But developing them, not really.
  7. And why bother – in most organisations developers are expected to do this.
In short, yes the business can develop bots.
In reality, it is the developers that are doing it.
IT is not being sidelined.
Regards,
Edward

Kicking Down Barriers; RPA Careers Start Here

The demand to learn RPA is huge.

But I noticed barriers that were stopping people from doing their RPA training.

  1. We all work. So how do you fit it in to work/life commitments?
  2. How do you get hands on practice?
  3. What is the certification process? It seems vague, and many students were doing the training but taking ages to sit for certification.
  4. What I don’t like the training?
  5. Will I get an RPA job, and how will I do that?

So, that is how the 28 Day RPA Certification Course came about.

Here are the key points to note:

  • This is a part time course, to fit round work/life balance
  • It is very hands-on, with full access to either Automation Anywhere or Blue Prism (we’ve got official partnerships with both)
  • It is 10 x 2 hour classes of live, online interactive training across 10 days
  • We run it across 4 regions – so it fits with almost everyone’s timezones.
  • The classes are Monday-Friday evenings
  • Note – We record every class. If you miss one or want to review the content all the videos are there for you.
  • If there are topics that need deeper training, we’ll schedule special sessions for them
  • You’ll always have access to the instructor for help and support
  • Across the 28 days there are tests, Q&A, and case studies for you to get real hands-on practice
  • The goal is to get you ready for certification within 28 days. BUT you can sit the exam whenever suits you – any time before or after the 28 days. 28 Days is just a target to keep us all focused.
  • The course is 100% refundable for any reasons during the first week, no questions asked
  • And we’ll directly introduce you to hiring managers and recruiters who need trained RPA developers (plus help you with your resume and LinkedIn profile).

As I always say, the Payback Period on this training – even if you only earn $10 per hour more – is less than 14 days.

But for me, the biggest reason for learning RPA now is where this really leads you… There really are an exciting 10-15 years of growth from RPA all the way to AI.

And the entry point to all of that is here and now.

Sign up on the link below for more information and I’ll help answer your questions directly.

Regards,
Edward

Full Details Here

https://therpaacademy.com/rpa-training/28-day-rpa-certification

62% Job Growth. Just a Start. Europe Next…

62% Jobs Growth in RPA, And That’s Just the Start; Europe’s next

Finally – real proof of how big RPA is getting.

Listen to the full analysis on the link below, courtesy of Carrie Collier at Apex Systems.

But the key number is 62%.

That’s the growth in US RPA jobs during 2017.

And all the evidence from first few weeks of this year is that it will probably double again in 2018.

The UK is already experiencing this growth. Australia is trying to hire people from the UK to fill their shortages. Toronto on it’s own is fuelling Canada’s rapid RPA adoption.

Last week we were in Amsterdam and Europe is about to explode.

So, this is real.

Regards,
Edward

https://therpaacademy.com/course?courseid=rpa-trends-tips-update-webcast

 

#LeanRPA

We’ll share the full story about this next week.

But amusingly, someone on LinkedIn tried to ban us from using the title “Lean RPA”.

Anyway, Rob King’s course really is great content, for anyone looking to understand RPA in the real world.

 

The Lean RPA Course

 

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RPA JOBS
APEX SYSTEMS
For more information on each job posting please visit our TALENT NETWORK and input the 6 digit number found in this job listing – (Keyword Section) and hit SEARCH. You may also apply directly to Carrie Collier at ccollier@apexsystems.com

TEXAS

NEW:  Senior RPA Developer – Irving, TX – Direct Hire – 817568
Our client has an Urgent need for a Senior RPA Delivery and Support Manager.  The Hiring Manager is looking for a high level RPA Resource who has started RPA at a company from the ground floor and built it up.  This positon is pivotal for RPA rollouts across the company and working with the production support partner.

NEW:  Junior Automation Anywhere Developer – Irving, TX – Contract – 816367
Brand new automation project – estimated development of over 100 bots. Work hard, play hard environment.  Must be willing to learn! 6+ months Automation Anywhere experience required.  Pluses: experience as a BA, VBA or Macro development experience in excel, SAP Knowledge, PeopleSoft experience, JD Edwards’s experience.

RPA Developer/Analyst – Dallas – Contract to Hire – 811434          
This resource will be responsible for identifying and implementing automation solutions within a specific business area.   The resource will be expected to become an expert in business processes, Winshuttle and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) tool. Develop automation solutions, Trouble shoot automation issues for customers, implement fixes and enhancements

RPA Developer – Dallas – Contract – 808035
Must have 6+ months of Automation Anywhere development experience

INDIANA

Project Manager III – Indianapolis – Contract – 810386       
4 Year/Bachelor’s degree or 5 years of equivalent work experience in lieu of Bachelors (Minimum Required) Experience: 7+ years experience in business consulting and/or program management directly related to the specific responsibilities of this position.  Exposure to, and experience with, Digital Intelligence Automation, Robotic Process Automation Programs, and/or experience in stakeholder management shifting users from legacy technology to digital transformation are a PLUS!

FLORIDA

RPA Developer – Tampa or Jersey City – Contract to Hire – 810706
Blue Prism on .Net platform – .Net development preference (has been a developer for 3 – 4 years), Preferred:  looking for 1-3 years experience with Blue Prism

Senior RPA Developer – Tampa – Contract – 798714          
Must have experience implementing and developing UiPath – Project:  RPA Proof of Concept

Sr. Scrum Master – Miami – Contract – 809557        
We need someone who’s a quick learner and adapts to change well.  Robotic Process Automation (RPA) – Quality (for automation) Preferences: – UiPath software – Financial experience – Experience using Kanban methodology

CONNECTICUT

Blue Prism Administrator – Stamford – Contract – 798884           
Will be working on a large RPA initiative utilizing Blue Prism as the software of choice. Needs strong production support resources that have development background or admin background.  Looking for someone with control room experience.

NORTH CAROLINA

Blue Prism Support – Charlotte – Contract – 800741           
Looking for someone with knowledge and/or training in Blue Prism.

TENNESSEE

RPA Architect – Nashville – Contract – 801476
.NET and UiPath (desired) – Open to considering other experience or knowledge with RPA tools.

CALIFORNIA

RPA Project Manager        Orange County – Contract – 802423     
Experience in managing RPA or RDA projects is highly desirable, Experience in managing projects using Automation Anywhere is desirable. Needed: Experience in managing using Pega RDA projects is desirable.

GEORGIA

RPA Systems Analyst/PM – Atlanta – Contract to Hire – 805486   
Manage RPA requests from internal business stakeholders, Oversee Automation implementations, Experience overseeing projects with RPA integrations with 3rd party enterprise software (any ERP systems would be ideal), No development experience required (will not be hands on!).

WASHINGTON DC

Senior RPA Developer – DC Metro – Contract – 806073        
Senior Developer that has 2-3 year hands-on of experience with Robotics Process Automation (RPA) projects using Automation Anywhere.

Technical Lead / RPA Architect – DC Metro – Contract – 806584  
Technical Lead that has 2-3 year hands-on of experience with Robotics Process Automation (RPA) projects using Automation Anywhere.  Must have leadership and/or RPA design experience

VIRGINIA

CANADA

Junior to Mid-level Developer – Toronto – Contract – 809912        
2-4 years of work experience in development (Java/J2EE) and/or B.S. /B.A. in computer science, engineering, information systems, math or business Accountable for the analysis, design, development, implementation and support of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) application in support of the Lines of Business strategies. Work Experience with Robotic Process Automation technology will be a PLUS!

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Surprise RPA Jobs Data

Surprising Jobs Data for RPA Developers

Big increases in RPA jobs according to recent 2017 data. Expectations for significant job growth in RPA for 2018Salary levels and hourly rates levels in the RPA space in 2017 surprised me.

Basically, they didn’t grow as fast as I’d expected.

I’d assumed we’d see real tightening of the market for RPA skills, but that didn’t happen… until the last few months of the year.

Then we started to see:

  1. mid level RPA jobs coming in at $140k plus bonus and benefits,
  2. increases in hourly rates,
  3. and – most importantly – the continued hiring of RPA resources in the last quarter, traditionally the quietest recruiting months of the year. (Our good friends at Apex were still getting new requests in the last few days before Christmas.)

Europe still has a bit to go before the skills gap is as big as in the UK. However, even now, European employers are looking overseas for RPA talent because there just are close to zero local resources.

All of this opens up opportunities on a personal level. If you do an RPA course at $1500 or $2500 and that leads to just a $10 per hour pay rise, there is a payback of around a month; $20 per hour and the payback is a couple of weeks.

Plus, as I always remind people, this is just the beginning. Getting RPA skills now gets you on a great career path, with immediate opportunities (see below).

Regards,
Edward

RPA JOBS AVAILABLE NOW

 

US RPA Jobs in Tax – Big 4 Employer. Reach out to me directly.

For Canadian RPA/Blue Prism Role. lynnsheth@yahoo.com

For the jobs below contact Carrie directly. ccollier@apexsystems.com

 

810384 (NEW) Project Management Manager 4 Dallas Contract Must Have:  5-8 years experience in project management, BS Degree,understanding of 6 Sigma, Nice to have: 1- RPA experience 2- PMP certification 3- Healthcare industry experience 4- 6 sigma certification green belt or higher
810386 (NEW) Project Manager III Indianapolis Contract 4 Year/Bachelors degree or 5 years of equivalent work experience in lieu of Bachelors (Minimum Required) Experience: 7+ years experience in business consulting and/or program management directly related to the specific responsibilities of this position.  Exposure to, and experience with, Digital Intelligence Automation, Robotic Process Automation Programs, and/or experience in stakeholder management shifting users from legacy technology to digital transformation are a PLUS!
810706 (NEW) RPA Developer Tampa or Jersey City, NJ Contract to Hire Blue Prism on .Net platform – .Net development preference (has been a developer for  3 – 4 years), Preferred:  looking for 1-3 years experience with Blue Prism
811434 (NEW) RPA Developer/Analyst Dallas Contract to Hire This resource will be responsible for identifying and implementing automation solutions within a specific business area.   The resource will be expected to become an expert in business processes, Winshuttle and Robotic Process Automation(RPA) tool. Develop automation solutions, Trouble shoot automation issues for customers, implement fixes and enhancements
792825 Senior Network Operations Specialist Orlando Contract 10+ years Shared Services or Telecom Environment, Familiarity with Robotic Process automation tools like UiPath, Automation Anywhere, Blue Prism, Technical Certifications like CCNP, are highly desirable. Technical Certifications on scripting and automation tools are highly desirable, Additional Information: This job is essentially 50% Networking and 50% programming skills. Code networking skills (standard)- routing, switching, load balancing. Scripting in Python. Understand of all tools at a high level.
798714 Senior RPA Developer Tampa Contract Must have experience implementing and developing  UiPath – Project:  RPA Proof of Concept
798884 Blue Prism Administrator Stamford Contract Will be working on a large RPA initiative utilizing Blue Prism as the software of choice. Needs strong production support resources that have development background or admin background.  Looking for someone with control room experience.
800741 Blue Prism Support Charlotte Contract Looking for someone with knowledge and/or training in Blue Prism.
801476 RPA Architect Nashville Contract .NET and UiPath (desired) – Open to considering other experience or knowledge with RPA tools.
802423 RPA Project Manager Orange County Contract Experience in managing RPA or RDA projects is highly desirable, Experience in managing projects using Automation Anywhere is desirable. Needed: Experience in managing using Pega RDA projects is desirable.
805486 RPA Systems Analyst/PM Atlanta Contract to Hire Manage RPA requests from internal business stakeholders, Oversee Automation implementations, Experience overseeing projects with RPA integrations with 3rd party enterprise software (any ERP systems would be ideal), No development experience required (will not be hands on!).
806073 Senior RPA Developer DC Metro Contract Senior Developer that has 2-3 year hands-on of experience with Robotics Process Automation (RPA) projects using Automation Anywhere.
806584 Technical Lead / RPA Architect DC Metro Contract Technical Lead that has 2-3 year hands-on of experience with Robotics Process Automation (RPA) projects using Automation Anywhere.  Must have leadership and/or RPA design experience
807483 Security and Automation Sr. Project Manager Ft. Worth Contract The Project Manager will be responsible for planning, managing, tracking and reporting the activities associated with the RPA project.  Must have 7+ years experience managing projects, PMP certification and  Bachelors degree or higher from an accredited college/university, 5+ years of Information Technology / Security experience that involved business process change, organizational change, and medium to large scale technology deployments
807813 Junior Developer Richmond Contract Entry/Jr level candidate, Will be joining a team of about 10, SQL or Python skills required,Working to build out data models some of the project will include RPA and AI work, Personality and creative thinking will be a big piece of this puzzle, 80% coding and 20% process management
808035 RPA Developer Dallas Contract Must have 6+ months of Automation Anywhere development experience
809557 Sr. Scrum Master Miami Contract We need someone whos a quick learner and adapts to change well.  Robotic Process Automation (RPA) – Quality (for automation) Preferences: – UIPath software – Financial experience – Experience using Kanban methodology
809912 Junior to Mid level Developer Toronto Contract 2-4 years of work experience in development (Java/J2EE) and/or B.S./B.A. in computer science, engineering, information systems, math or business Accountable for the analysis, design, development, implementation and support of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) application in support of the Lines of Business strategies. Work Experience with Robotic Process Automation technology will be a PLUS!
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RPA Jobs and Salary Information – RPA WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE

How Much Money Do RPA Developers Make?

As many of you know, we’ve been taking the last couple of weeks to survey the RPA jobs market in the US.

I wanted to understand your ROI from spending up $499 to $1499 on our RPA training.

The most tangible good news is that several of you have reached out to tell me that you have got jobs on the back of our training. Nothing makes me happier than hearing that.

Also, we have had a couple of people who have been through our training ask if we have students they can recruit.

In addition, about a dozen huge recruitment firms across the globe have reached out asking if we can create a candidate database for them to access.

But my market research has opened up some interesting details.

I’ve looked at the Developer/Architect market – mainly because I know that many of you are investing in your own training to become RPA developers.

But, is the money there for RPA Developers?

I posted my resume on Dice and here’s what I learned.

  • Generally, there seem to be way more jobs in the South than in North
  • Dallas, Richardson, Tampa, North Carolina are major hubs of activity
  • [And on a global level, from our web statistics, Toronto and Sydney are way busier by relative size than New York or London]
  • $55 per hour is the lowest I saw, in Tampa
  • Crossing the $100 per hour threshold is difficult
  • The most I saw was $120 per hour, and the recruiter was coming out in a rash at that level
  • Even in NYC rates can be as low as $70 per hour
  • Big NYC/Swiss investment bank was struggling to pay $106 per hour
  • One banking opportunity was $66 per hour but they’d not filled the roles in 3 months of trying
  • On an annual salary basis Verizon was sweating at $120k working from home (not bad, depending on where you live).
  • A major consulting firm was recruiting at the rate of $70.42. This was for an internal role – fixing internal operations. Bear in mind that their client-facing consultants are earning $180+k and being billed out for $3000 per day, this seems like a joke. If their clients get value at $3k per day – why pay $70.42 for internal RPA work?!?!
  • A few agencies have said that they have some supply but that clients are in Stop/Start mode – but that’s life

It just feels like the employer market needs to wake up.

I think that good recruiters recognise this – but the robo-recruiters who chase a lot of the market certainly don’t. They really don’t have a clue, let alone have the skills to educate employers. They just want to fill a post quickly.

Anyone looking for an RPA role has to realise that they are in the driving seat.
It is a seller’s market. Learn to say “no”.

  1. Every major, reputable recruiter I know has said the same thing – THERE IS NO SUPPLY!
  2. There is almost no one available with 2+ years experience – on any platform.
  3. The financial impact of a good RPA developer/architect is huge
  4. These are not commodity resources – these are gateways to an incredible journey
  5. For employer’s it is time to invest in your skillset.

But even at $70 per hour that’s a 3 day ROI on your $1499 investment.

Regards,

Edward