Digital workers ‘climb the career ladder faster’

Digital workers ‘climb the career ladder faster’


Employees working in the digital sector are likely to reach senior positions more quickly than their non-digital counterparts, according to research published today.

Digital recruitment agency The Candidate carried out research into the career paths of people working in the digital sector and compared them to non-digital workers. The research found that three times more digital employees aged 29 or younger were in high-level roles than individuals working in other industries. 

According to the research, the digital skills gap means some businesses in the sector are understaffed due to the lack of skilled candidates to handle output. As a result, staff tend to be trained more quickly and therefore move up the ladder faster than in non-digital sectors.

The research also highlighted that those working in digital roles can expect higher salaries than other sectors, with people in senior management positions in the digital industry earning up to £30,000 more than those at the same level in non-digital sectors.

Brian Matthews, managing partner at The Candidate, said: “Due to its rapid growth, the digital industry really needs more skilled staff, which is reflected in the far higher salaries on offer.

“This is encouraging for candidates as it offers significant career progression. For businesses, meanwhile, it’s worth noting that companies are likely to reap the rewards if they fast-track the training of their most promising staff regardless of how old they are. Our research suggests that age is no barrier in the digital sector.

“Through businesses developing their employee’s skills, moreover, the digital skills gap will gradually reduce. In the long term, this will help the entire sector to grow and reach its full potential.”

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

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