The UK economy might be starting to see the negative impact of Brexit and political uncertainty but the technology sector continues to growth apace with the number tech and data roles rising by 12% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same time last year.
Roles for software engineers and developers accounted or 14% of total demand, with mid-level managers accounting or 4% of advertised roles.
The latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index has revealed that job vacancies for tech professionals rose by 12% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same time last year.
Robert Walters associate director Ahsan Iqbal commented:“The UK tech 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.
“However, the start of 2017 has nevertheless see a signifincant increase in technology hiring, with developers particularly sought after. Demand from start-up firms in fintech has played a significant role in this, in addition to large established companies investing heavily in cyber security.
“With several high profile data breaches over the past few years involving prominent companies, employers are increasingly recognising the importance of a robust cyber scurity function and are prepared to invest in securing top talent in this field.”
In addition to the need for professionals with strong technical skills, employers are also increasingly recognising the importance of tech staff who can play a critical role in ensuring IT policy is integrated with other departments across the business.
Iqbal added: “IT professionals with strong technical proficiency are highly sought after by firms across a range of industries, but 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 tech teams to liaise with other areas of the business to develop effective strategies is becoming increasingly vital.”
“As a result, 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.”
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