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Meet Bulgaria's TOP ICT Employers of 2013

Computer World

The winners and the organizers of TOP ICT Employer 2013

In 2013, for a second consecutive year, ICT Media and carreer web site and HR company JobTiger organized the TOP ICT Employer annual contest in Bulgaria.

The project, emcompassing a thorough survey, a ranking, a paper-issued annual magazine and a round table, followed the success of the initiative in 2012, and was carried out with the methodological competence of Audit Advice Associates (ААА) and with the assistance of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria (AmCham), the Bulgarian Association of IT (BAIT), the Bulgarian Association for People Management, and the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria (KRIB).

The contest had four categories and an overall TOP ICT Employer prize,

which was won by SAP Labs Bulgaria with a significant lead. The company was also crowned in the Software Development category, while Ericsson Telecommunications Bulgaria announced the best in Telecommunications, Bulpros Consulting won the IT Services category, and 60K became first in IT Outsourcing.

The 2013 survey covered a total of 26 companies

(as much as in 2012), and the number of polled employees went up to 2 151 from 1 771 in 2012.

“We are happy that our company won the best employer prize three times in the ranking of Aon Hewitt Bulgaria. Now, for the first time, we have the honor and the pleasure to become TOP ICT Employer. We represent the ICT sector and this is the greatest recognition we can get, I wish everyone the same,“ said Plamen Tilev, Managing Director of SAP Labs Bulgaria.

“I think we offer good IT services and, inspite of being a young company – only three years old that launched with five employees – we are now more than 155,“ said Marin Raykov, Shared Services Manager at Bulpros Consulting. “I am happy to receive this award. It is important to us that this prize will show everyone on the market that everything that is happening is not bothering us, that growth is possible.”

“This award is not new to us because we are winning it for a second year in a row,“ commented Georgi Nozharov, HR Manager at Ericsson Telecommunications Bulgaria. “We consider it a very serious prize since we have been trying for many years to position ourselves in this sphere and be a provider of ICT solutions, not just a telecom vendor. The award is the same as last year, but the things are not the same because our employees are now twice as more and probably by the middle of 2014 they will triple, as we are developing our team extremely fast. We are successful at this, despite the Bulgarian market, which is rather tough in terms of human resources, and the telecom sector is really challenging. However, I believe the things are positive for us.”

“It is a great honor to receive this award,“ said John Gladwish, cofounder and CEO of 60K. “We got this prize thanks to the efforts of our entire young HR management team, as well as due to the culture we have been trying to build in the organization. This year 60K won several international awards, but I think this one here will be the most valuable to us, the entire team of 650 people.”

The TOP ICT Employer project aims

to identify the preferred ICT employers in Bulgaria, to outline the major trends HR management and development in the sector and to pinpoint the key zones where managers could improve their employees' efficiency.

In order to take part in the ranking, companies have to permanently employ at least 50 people, and a certain minimum percentage of them have to fill in the survey sheet.

The initial methodology in 2012 was based on assessing three key factors and the interconnections they have: company results; the integration of a company's strategy within its own organization; HR management policies and procedures and employee engagement. In 2013, a fourth key factor was added – the proactivity of a company following the results of the survey. The weight these factors in the final ranking in 2013 was:

 1. Employee engagement poll – 45%
 2. HRM poll – 20%
 3. Company results poll – 10%
 4. Follow-up action plan – 25%

The best ICT employer of all participants was the one that achieved the highest overall score. The same goes for the winners in the four categories.

The award ceremony, which took place in October in Sofia, was preceded by a round table on the topic of “Training, development and communication – the main challenges in the IT sector!“.