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What our clients say ...

Capita plc Financial, Insurance and Business Management Services  
P&Q client: Capita
Q>TAR has been in place for over twenty five years and has been used as our time recording system for monitoring staff attendance, sickness and holidays. The data captured has been instrumental in ensuring there has been sufficient oversight of the company's staff utilisation across its operation.
During this time, there have been minimal issues with the software in terms of reliability and ease of data access. The hardware, as it has aged, has shown an expected level of reliability, with any fix on fail requirements dealt with efficiently under the annual maintenance agreement.
All in all, the use of Q>TAR has continuously satisfied the needs of the company, and the service provided by P & Q International has been very satisfactory.”
(Tim Sill of Capita plc)

Cadbury (Ireland) (Manufacturer of Confectionery products)  
P&Q client: Cadbury Ireland
“We employ approximately 1400 employees between two plants in Ireland. We have been using QTAR since 1987 and operate it in both these plants. Our shift patterns are very variable. The staff at P&Q are always very helpful.”
(Catherine Murphy of Cadbury (Ireland))

Monarch Aircraft Engineering (Aircraft servicing & repairs) 
P&Q client: Monarch Aircraft Engineering
“We installed QTAR in 1991. It revolutionised our whole system of doing the payroll. QTAR is reliable and flexible and P&Q are always ready to help, they respond very fast.”
(Pat Thomas of Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd)

Goodyear Dunlop (world's largest tyre manufacturer)    
P&Q client: Goodyear Dunlop
“At the Wolverhampton site, the rules for calculating employees' gross pay are incredibly complicated, depending on a multitude of factors such as the type of work, when they are working compared with their normal shift, the reason for the overtime or shift swap and even how dirty the work is! So QTAR has to be used to calculate the gross pay for each period of work. The supervisors approve and record reasons for overtime, shift swaps and absences during the shift, directly into the system, which has streamlined the process enormously.”
(Audrey Woolvin of Goodyear Dunlop)

Caparo Precision Tubes (Manufacturer of Steel tubing)       
P&Q client: Caparo Precision Tubes
“We first installed QTAR in 1991. We have found QTAR extremely flexible - it can do anything you require of it. Day-to-day operations are simple. It rarely goes wrong or gives us trouble. The Support team is well-informed and comprehensive. P & Q have kept their focus squarely on T & A - they simply have to be good at it.”
(Bob Sharratt of Caparo Tubing)

Crown Cork and Seal (International packaging company)    
P&Q client: Crown Cork and Seal
“We've had QTAR installed for quite a few years, and we find it to be a good program. P&Q are very friendly and helpful. If I have a problem or question they are always ready to assist me.”
(Christine Wathan of Crown Cork and Seal)

Unisys Insurance Services (Administering Life Insurance schemes)    
P&Q client: Unisys Insurance Services
“We have been using QTAR since 1991. We have a flexitime system with complex flexible working time requirements. It is largely self-administered (within the rules configured into the system) by the 1,500 employees. A competing system was installed and then rejected, since it was unable to cope with our requirements.”
(Julie Coldridge of Abbey Life)

TMD Friction (Manufacturer of Brake friction components)    
P&Q client: TMD Friction
“Our shift patterns are complex – 5-day, 7-day, morning, afternoon, nights and rotating, and we also have people on fixed salaries. QTAR handles these fine. When we upgraded QTAR just before Christmas, that went very smoothly.”
(P. A. Rothwell of TMD Friction)

Kraft Suchard (Manufacturer of Chocolate and confectionery) 
P&Q client: Kraft Suchard
“We have a workforce of about 850 and have used QTAR since 1992 to keep track of shift work, contractor hours and salaried personnel for payroll. We also rely on QTAR in our costing processes, to authorise overtime, book employee holidays, report excessive unauthorised absences, etc.”
(Martin Buckle of Kraft Suchard)

LEONI Wiring Systems (Manufacturer of Lucas brand electronic vehicle parts)    
P&Q client: LEONI Wiring Systems
“We originally purchased QTAR in 1990 purely for payroll management, with up to 3000 individuals on the system. We found that using the system was simple, with a lot of standard reports included. But when we realised how QTAR could be expanded, we had extra ones written for reporting things like absenteeism in different ways that suited our requirements better. P&Q staff give good support and are easy to talk to, even if you aren't very familiar with computers.”
(Stella Pepper of LEONI)

British American Tobacco (Tobacco manufacturer)    
P&Q client: British American Tobacco
“The QTAR system has been in our factory since 1986 and has been very stable with few issues. P&Q support has been reliable and efficient. The application has outlived a number of HR system transitions, and migration of interfaces has not been problematic. A number of custom modules have been designed to meet our special needs, including absence and overtime reporting.”
(Hans Commandeur at BAT)

MBM Produce (Foodstuffs)    
P&Q client: MBM Produce
“We have been using the QTAR system about 16 years. It works well. It's hard to make set rules about this kind of factory. Work patterns change often. People work very variable hours. Sometimes they make time up when they need to come in late. I find it easy to go into the system and override it. We upgraded a few years ago, and we found P&Q very helpful. They are happy to talk me through any problems I may come across.”
(Jenny Hawkins of MBM Produce:)

Dunlop Oil & Marine (Manufacturer of Industrial hosing) 
P&Q client: Dunlop Oil & Marine “Dunlop Oil & Marine has been using QTAR since 1984. We have had no trouble with the system in all that time. Because P&Q concentrate on T&A, the system works perfectly.”
(Sue Thomas of Dunlop Oil & Marine)

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P&Q International Vacancies

Vacancies at P&Q



We have several positions for both experienced and junior Software Engineers, becoming available, from January 2013 onwards.

We are extending both our company and our software, so we are seeking additional above-average people with the skills and abilities to help us extend our software into new areas.

The roles

The positions involve all aspects of Software Engineering (i.e. from analysis and design to delivery and support, not just programming, though good coding abilities are a prerequisite).

The role will primarily be business software development, with regular customer contact during analysis, delivery and support.

As well as using C/C++, the successful candidate will learn and use our 4th Generation Language, which is specifically designed to make it fast and easy to deliver robust and reliable business software for our key markets. This software runs on Windows, Unix/Linux and VMS platforms, from large multi-user Client/Server systems down to hand-held mobile computers/phones, all integrated into a seamless whole.

Part of the role will be to use C/C++ to extend the capabilities of the 4GL to utilise and/or interface with new equipment and technology.

Person Specification

We seek people who have recently graduated with a good degree and who have a good grasp of all aspects of Software Engineering (i.e. from analysis and design to delivery and support, not just programming, though good coding abilities are a prerequisite).

Candidates must:

  • be intelligent and creative;
  • be good communicators;
  • be highly proficient in C/C++;
  • know at least one non-procedural language;
  • take pride in producing high quality work quickly;
  • be self-motivated and self-sufficient;
  • be keen to extend themselves but needing a mentor not a “baby-sitter”;
  • want to join a small and growing company where they can really make a difference.

NOTE: Own transport is essential (no public transport available).


To apply, please apply by email to the Software Development Manager (, attaching your CV, which must include the following information:

  • name;
  • current address;
  • contact phone number;
  • email address;
  • educational qualifications, with details of grade achieved and place of study;
  • courses and subjects studied, highlighting those which particularly interest you;
  • list of programming languages learnt, with current level of competence in each;
  • list of analysis and design methodologies, development environments, etc learnt/used, with current level of competence in each;
  • extracurricular interests, activities and achievements;
  • work experience, including company names, dates worked, position(s) held and type of work done;
  • current or last position, salary and availability.

Please include also:

  • an example of a short program in the language you are most competent in, that you have personally written;
  • an example of your work in a different aspect of software engineering.

References will be also required, but do not need to be provided at this stage.

About P&Q International

P&Q is a small but growing software development company (established 1979) specialising in various forms of real-time data collection. We provide complete solutions (software, hardware, installation, training, maintenance and support) to medium and large organisations – most of our clients are household names. We provide high quality software and support, so many of our clients have been using our systems for 15 to 25 years and more.

Our main applications are currently Data Capture, Time & Attendance, Inventory Management and Access Control. Our QTAR software is under continual development and we frequently need to extend the variety of fixed and mobile devices it interfaces with and/or runs on. QTAR is portable and runs on Windows, Unix/Linux and VMS, from large multi-user systems to vehicle-mounted and hand-held computers (including PDAs and phones).

Our underlying software is written in C and C++ for run-time speed and portability (and so we can get “down to the metal” when we need to), but we use rapid development and prototyping methods to make it quick and easy to develop and extend our business-oriented applications.

We are based near the A10/A120 junction (half-way between London and Cambridge) though part of our team is in Auckland, New Zealand.