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New opportunities for IT professionals and senior IT consultants for business

London, 13 June 2007: IT training and recruitment company, FDM, today announces the addition of Global Services Technical Consultants to its resource pool. This means that Global Services clients can now source senior consultants, in addition to contractors, from FDM to meet their business needs. To qualify, consultants will be required to complete the company’s award winning Academy programme and acquire a minimum of two years commercial experience as an FDM “Mountie” contractor.

The Global Services Technical Consultants will be supported by FDM to lead projects for clients – designing, deploying and managing IT and business development. They will hold industry-recognised qualifications in their chosen field of expertise, such as Prince2, IAQ and ITIL, enabling FDM to provide a broad spectrum of specialist solutions.
By sourcing Global Services Technical Consultants through FDM, businesses can achieve significant cost savings, as well as minimise the risks associated with staff retention and knowledge management in the fast moving IT staff market.

FDM’s application process for the sought after new role is rigorous, ensuring that clients are guaranteed knowledgeable and committed senior staff. Monthly selection meetings will be run by FDM, where candidates will be questioned by a selection panel of experienced Sales, Human Resources and Global Services executives. Those who successfully complete the application process will receive a salary of at least £41,500.

Rod Flavell, CEO of FDM says: “Our clients work in extremely competitive sectors, including financial services and digital media, and IT innovation underpins their success in the aggressive market. While demand for our developer and tester contractors remains strong, businesses are also asking for more senior IT professionals to provide them with expert consultancy, guidance and project management.”

Alistair Rutherford, Global Services Consultant Manager, says: “FDM’s experience of working closely with clients across different sectors has given us a thorough understanding each industry’s distinct needs. This means we can develop consultants with precise skill sets and business insight to match our clients’ specific requirements. FDM’s Global Services Consultants will not only understand their individual marketplaces, but will advise businesses how they can best use technology to gain a competitive edge.”

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About FDM Group Plc

FDM is an international IT services company with three units: IT Staffing, IT Services and FDM Academy.

Founded in 1984, FDM has headquarters in the UK and offices in the USA, Germany and Luxembourg. The company has a rapidly expanding client base which includes British Airways, JP Morgan, Barclays, HSBC, The AA, Sybase and Reuters.

Its award winning on-line IT training programme, FDM Academy, is the longest running of its kind in the UK, and offers candidates the opportunity to become developers or test analysts and learn JAVA or C#.NET. FDM Academy also provides a Finance Analyst training course, enabling trainees interested in working in this sector the opportunity to gain commercial IT skills combined with certification in the finance market. On completion of the programme, these specialists (known as Mounties), are then placed with FDM’s clients, differentiating the company from the majority of its competitors in the IT staffing market, who rely on a shared database of contractors.

Through the utilisation of Mounties and freelance contractors, FDM can provide clients with a combination of skills, significantly help reduce costs and offer the guarantee that FDM’s permanent staff will remain on site for the duration of the contract. FDM can project manage the whole recruitment function and using the Group’s technical expertise, identify candidates and interview candidates prior to placement.

FDM’s Global Services division works with a range of financial services and commercial clients offering development, support and training within a managed FDM service. The IT services division provides highly skilled teams for on & off-site development, application support and training solutions primarily using Mounties on these projects. With over 15 years experience in offering low-risk services, FDM offers a flexible cost structure that does not burden it’s clients budgets.

The company was listed on AIM in April 2005 and has a market capitalisation of £30m with annual sales of approximately £44.5 million.

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Louise Greeves / Nina Howse
Midnight Communications
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Email: louise@midnight.co.uk / nina@midnight.co.uk

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