Wednesday, 10 April 2013

IT job vacancies in the UK at a record high



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In a recent jobs report by REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s), it was found that we are currently seeing more Tech jobs being advertised in the UK than we have ever seen before. And because of the troubling skills shortage in the market, the imbalance is pushing employers to pay top dollar for developers and other technical staff. The average pay is £38,185, a massive 15% higher than the national average.

According to the report, there were 1,196,227 vacancies in 2012 for the IT sector, making it to the UK’s top hiring sector. This is expected to rise in 2013.

REC found that companies are struggling to find permanent staff with the following skills: business intelligence, DBA, developers, digital marketing, Java, .Net, online marketing, PHP, PPC, SEO and SQL server.

Kevin Green, chief executive at REC said that “Recruiters report that businesses are willing to pay better starting salaries to get the right talent but are struggling to find people with the right skills and experience as candidate availability declines”.

The report also revealed that salaries for technology jobs in London have risen by 26% in the last year and that vacancies in the capital are at an all-time high.

But although the skills gap is still worrying, interest in this sector seems to be growing, with an 18% increase in the number of searches for Technical jobs on Adzuna over the past 6 months. There are now 50,715 technology vacancies in the UK, a record level.

The average salary for a vacant technology role in London is now £48,307, compared to £38,274 a year ago and a national average of £38,185, according to figures from job listings service Adzuna. 

Number of available Tech Vacancies:


Job Title
Number of  Vacancies Sept 2012
Number of Current Vacancies
% Change 
(6 months)
Year on Year Growth in Search
Objective C
781
1150
47%
1%
Python developer
872
395
-55%
88%
Java developer
1247
4312
246%
-3%
Android developer
721
893
24%
6%
Ruby developer
765
283
-63%
17%
Games developer
881
801
-9%
38%
Perl developer
743
276
-63%
-1%
Hadoop
207
293
42%
110%
Javascript Developer
1484
1434
-3%
67%
HTML5 jobs
2194
2980
36%
1%

You can find out how much the salary is for a specific job and the amount being advertised in which ever city in the UK you're interested in by going to Adzuna.co.uk.

The career opportunities for coders is vast, the sector skills council predicts employment growth in IT to grow 1.62 per cent per year till the year 2020. On average that's an expected growth of 129,000 new job opportunities  for the next 7 years. Amazingly this coincides with a fall in the number of students taking IT related GCSE's and A-Levels.

In 2012, IT represented only 0.4 per cent of all A-Levels in the UK, despite providing more than 5 per cent of Jobs. Campaigns like Little Miss Geek and Code Club are fantastic initiatives set up to inspire children at a grass roots level.

But you don't have to be 10 years old to get into coding, with numerous job opportunities and an average salary of £35,500 (*source IT Jobs Watch) why not start today and take a look our range of Microsoft MTA Certifications . For the more advanced programmers out there looking to back their experience with a certification, why not check out the latest range of .Net Courses



You can check out the original video on Code.org's YouTube page - What most schools don't teach

About the Author:
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.