UK tech industry drives IT jobs growth by 12% suggests jobs index

The number of UK IT roles increased by 12% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same time last year.

The latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index has revealed that job vacancies for IT professionals rose by 12% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same time last year. Developers and software engineers were particularly sought after, accounting for 14% of total demand while vacancies for IT managers made up 4% of the total number of roles.

“The UK it sector has enjoyed strong steady growth over the past several years and was largely resistant to the slowdown in hiring seen by other sectors in the midst of political and economic uncertainty last year,” notes Ahsan Iqbal, Associate Director, Robert Walters.

However, the start of 2017 has nevertheless seen a signifincant increase in IT hiring, with developers particularly sought after.

“Demand from startup firms in fintech has played a significant role in this, in addition to large established companies investing heavily in cyber security.” continues Iqbal. “With several high-profile data breaches over the past few years involving prominent companies, employers are increasingly recognising the importance of a robust cybersecurity function and are prepared to invest in securing top talent in this field.”

Mid-level management in demand

In addition to the need for IT professionals with strong technical skills, employers are also increasingly recognising the importance of IT staff who can play a critical role in ensuring IT policy is integrated with other departments across the business. Iqbal adds: “IT professionals with strong technical proficiency are highly sought after by firms across a range of industries, but IT managers with effective communication and stakeholder management skills are in particularly high demand.”

As effective cyber security policies become an increasingly high priority, the ability for IT teams to liaise with other areas of the business to develop effective strategies is becoming increasingly vital.

“As a result, IT managers who can demonstrate the ability to collaborate with other teams and develop strong internal working relationships are highly sought after, with employers prepared to offer generous salaries to secure top talent.”

Launched in 2013, the Robert Walters Job Index tracks advertising volumes across leading job boards in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.