Almost a third of respondents to a poll carried out by global recruiter Randstad Technologies want to work in the IT and telecoms sector, viewing it as an attractive career path.
The firm surveyed 10,728 UK workers, and just under a third (30 per cent) picked IT and telecoms as an ideal job, marking the sector’s highest score for more than three years. The automotive industry was seen as the most attractive sector.
This is compared with 2013, when 26 per cent described IT and telecoms as an attractive sector. Twenty-eight per cent said the same in 2014.
Ruth Jacobs, managing director of Randstad Technologies, said: “The sector is thriving, helped by the high-profile development of tech clusters in the UK including Shoreditch’s Silicon Roundabout – which have made the IT sector seem a much ‘cooler’ space to work in.
“IT professionals have moved away from being back-office support staff and are now on the front line, providing fundamental support across all industries and fighting cyber fires. Over the past few years, several high-profile hacks have demonstrated the importance of well-trained cyber professionals, and IT security jobs and IT support jobs are now rightly viewed as integral to all firms.
"Most recently, a hack of Sony Pictures resulted in the film production company pulling distribution of the film The Interview in a cyberattack which sent ripples throughout the film industry and highlighted the growing threat of cybercrime.”
She added: “The IT and telecoms industry has become much more high profile, as recent Tech city floats illustrate how tech firms can experience exponential growth over a very short span of time, developing from small start-ups to multimillion-pound enterprises.”
At the other end of the scale, the least attractive sectors were business services, utilities and energy, leisure and insurance.
John Lewis was named as the most attractive large employer, followed by BMW, and British Airways in third place.
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