Analysis reveals job search trends in 2017

 

Jobsite Indeed has analysed the nation’s job searches since the start of 2017 and revealed how they closely align to major economic and political trends, particularly in technology.

Searches for Blockchain jobs have increased by 223% with the rise of Bitcoin, issues in the NHS have driven up searches for overseas nursing jobs by 243%, and with turbulence in the airline industry, searches for airline cabin crew opportunities have taken off by 202%.

The Bitcoin bubble and high profile cyber-attacks have triggered an increase in the popularity of careers in digital technology. Indeed reveals a 196% surge in ‘cyber security’ job searches in the wake of recruitment drives by both public and private sector employers.

Perhaps most notably, 11% of advertised London jobs are in tech: the same proportion as those advertised in world-leading tech city, San Francisco. Also, that 11% translates to more than 30% of all available tech opportunities across the nation, making London’s tech centre the most dominant region in the UK.     

However, Indeed also reveals that many London-based tech professionals are twice as likely as other London professionals to look for jobs beyond the capital.

This restlessness of the tech workforce may have negative implications for the future of London’s technology sector if not addressed. Indeed concludes that London-based tech sector candidates are nearly twice as likely as the average Londoner to be looking for a new opportunity in the North West or Scotland because of London’s high cost of living. Booming regional tech hubs like Cambridge are also tempting tech professionals away from the capital.

The huge increase in job searches for overseas nursing opportunities also sets off alarm bells for the NHS, especially given that, currently, 22% of NHS nurses and health visitors are foreign nationals and may be included to leave the UK given uncertainty around Brexit in particular. The NHS is Britain’s largest employer and already has thousands of vacant nurse and midwife posts. 

Also interesting is a 69% fall in searches for ‘professional driver’ vacancies, which may be explained by the rise of the gig economy and self-employed driver opportunities.  

Mariano Mamertino, Indeed’s EMEA economist, commented: “London still boasts nearly a third of the nation’s available tech jobs, meaning the capital’s dominance of the UK tech sector is under no immediate threat.

“While London’s tech hub crown is not yet up for grabs, such an exodus could make it harder for the capital’s tech employers to find the skilled people they need to grow further.”

Thursday, 23 November 2017

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