IT industry executives predict another year of challenges ahead on the hiring front as the skills shortage continues to bite in the UK.
Around a third of UK tech executives surveyed by CompTIA think 2018 will be moderately more challenging than 2017 when it comes to recruiting new technology workers. Another 43 per cent of executives say 2018 will probably be on a par with last year.
"With employer demand for tech talent routinely outstripping supply, the year ahead will force more organisations to rethink their approaches to recruiting, training and talent management," said Graham Hunter, CompTIA's vice president for skills certification in Europe and the Middle East.
Among the hiring challenges tech firms face is competition for tech talent from other industries, according to a separate CompTIA analysis of the IT employment scene in the UK.
Beyond the information and communication sector, strong demand for tech workers is present among employers in manufacturing; professional, scientific and technical pursuits; human health and social work; and finance and insurance.
Postings for core IT jobs across the UK surpassed 290,000 in Q4 2017, accounting for 13 per cent of all jobs posted - 2.3 million during the last three months of 2017. It also represented a 14 per cent increase in core IT jobs postings from Q4 2016 to Q4 2017.
"For the full year in 2017 more than 1.3 million job postings for core IT positions were placed by UK employers, a six per cent increase from the prior year," said Amy Carrado, senior director, research and market intelligence, CompTIA. "The number of IT workers in the UK also increased last year, to an estimated 1.23 million."
The top five job categories for core IT workers in the UK are:
1. Programmers and software development pros (242,020)
2. IT specialist managers (216,918)
3. IT and telecommunications pros (other) (173,426)
4. IT operations technicians (114,266)
5. IT business analysts, architects and systems designers (107,154)
The top locations for IT jobs, based on the number of workers in 2017, include London, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, and Manchester.
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