Posted on: 04/07/12
The latest Technology Insights research report from e-skills UK, launched today, reveals that IT employment through to 2020 is forecast to grow at almost twice the UK average.
A record 129,000 new recruits a year are needed to fill IT & Telecoms jobs in the UK, both brand new jobs and to replace those leaving the sector. The highest levels of employment growth are in high skill areas like software professionals, ICT managers, and IT strategy and planning professionals.
The number of advertised vacancies has also recovered dramatically from a low point of 82,000 per quarter in 2009 to more than 116,000 per quarter in 2011. Development, design and support roles are those most advertised, and the most common technical skills requirements are SQL, C, C#, .NET and Java.
Speaking about the research, Karen Price, CEO of e-skills UK, said;
"Technology Insights 2012 shows how important IT and Telecoms is to the competitiveness and economic growth of the UK.
"With IT employment set to grow at such a pace, it is vital that we continue to invest in the skills of those working in technology, and create new routes for young people to enter exciting and challenging careers in the industry."
Click here to access the full 'Technology Insights 2012: UK' report.
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Summary of key statistics
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- There were 116,000 IT & Telecoms vacancies per quarter on average during 2011 – 70% of which were for permanent posts.
- Employment of IT professionals through to 2020 is forecast to grow at 1.62% per annum – nearly twice as fast as the UK average.
- The highest levels of employment growth arising in high skill areas, i.e. Software Professionals, ICT Managers and IT Strategy & Planning Professionals.
- Software professionals are projected to represent over a third of the IT & Telecoms professional workforce by 2020.
- 129,000 new entrants a year are required to fill IT & Telecoms professional job roles in the UK – two thirds of which will be for managerial and senior professional positions.