The latest research from the Robert Walters UK Jobs Index has revealed that the number of job vacancies in the UK has risen by 4% in the second quarter of 2017.
This increase has reached all levels of business, particularly large employers and SMEs, triggering a demand for specialists in cyber security and development.
While economic and political uncertainty has led employers in certain sectors to take a more cautious approach to hiring, tech professionals have enjoyed ongoing demand for their skills, with cyber security and development being key skills which are highly sought after.
“IT professionals have been in high demand from employers for some time, and this trend has continued throughout 2017,” said Ahsan Iqbal, Associate Director at Robert Walters.
Demand for IT specialists
IT specialists in areas of high demand are in a strong position to command high salaries and generous benefit packages. With many IT professionals who specialise in these areas already receiving multiple job offers simultaneously, employers looking to secure top calibre professionals will need to move rapidly during the recruitment process, making sure to take a progressive approach to work life balance initiatives.
"Large multinational firms are responsible for creating steady demand for IT specialists, particularly at large shared service centres which provide technical support across a range of disciplines including cyber security and systems development."
“The recent Wannacry cyber-attack has once again highlighted the importance of robust cyber security systems, and specialists in this area are highly sought after by employers.”
“In addition, ongoing digitalisation projects from employers across a range of industries are driving demand for developers,” added Ahsan Iqbal.
The growing tech industry
Urban centres such as London, Birmingham and Manchester have developed into major hubs for tech firms, which in turn is driving demand for IT professionals.
In addition to large firms looking to recruit IT professionals, SMEs and start-ups are playing a critical role in driving demand.
“Large multinational firms are responsible for creating steady demand for IT specialists, particularly at large shared service centres which provide technical support across a range of disciplines including cyber security and systems development.”
“This demand is supplemented by expanding start-up communities in major cities. These businesses are often attractive to tech specialists, offering the opportunity to work on new projects, achieve rapid career development and embracing innovations in work life balance such as remote working,” concluded Ahsan Iqbal.
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