Number of UK tech jobs continues to grow


New analysis carried out by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the global IT industry body, reveals that the UK technology jobs market got off to a strong start in 2017.

The research shows an increase in IT job postings in the first quarter to 365,000. That constitutes 14% of all jobs advertised (2.7 million job posts in the quarter).

Using statistics from Burning Glass Labour Insights, the analysis found that the number of IT posts advertised has increased from 275,679 by nearly 90,000 since the last quarter of 2016.

Comparing those statistics to Q1 2016 reveals an increase of 4%.

The results are in line with the growing importance of the technology industry to the UK economy. The UK’s IT workforce grew by 2% to 1.22 million in 2016.

While every job posting does not result in a new hire, and often companies place multiple posts for a single position, the data does give a strong indication of where companies are focusing technology investments.

A recent report by Tech UK also highlighted the role of the digital economy in the UK, finding that the nation received 50% more tech investment than any other European country, with £6.8 billion of investment in 2016.

Graham Hunter, Vice President for Europe and the Middle East at CompTIA, has noted that ensuring the UK is skilled to fill these positions will be key in maintaining the digital economy, particularly in light of Brexit:

“It is positive to see that the technology sector is playing such a key role in producing jobs across the country and the growing investment in the nation’s digital economy highlights how the IT industry is contributing to a prosperous UK marketplace.

“We must do everything we can to keep this growth going. An increase in the availability of technology positions means that the UK needs to be producing a workforce with the abilities to meet this demand. There is also the issue of Brexit. We will have to demonstrate to organisations outside the UK that we have the ability to remain competitive in the global market.

“One way we can do this is by demonstrating to firms looking for places to set up business that the UK can provide them with a high quality and capable workforce. The UK needs to be collaborating with global and renowned industry bodies to provide those studying technology courses or on apprenticeships with relevant certifications that provide an internationally-recognised benchmark. This will help ensure we have a highly-trained pool of IT talent that can meet these organisations’ needs, securing the nation’s status as a technological hub and assure that businesses continue to invest here going forward.”

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

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Number of UK tech jobs continues to grow