A new tech job in London
Sales engineer and process engineer jobs in London have hit record highs, with over 300,000 vacancies and more than 40,000 people applying for each position.
Job growth for the industry has been in a steady decline over the past 12 months with the number of vacancies up by almost a third, with the UK economy now forecast to shrink by 2.8% this year.
“The job market is not going to recover this year as it’s not sustainable, so the outlook is not good,” said Mark Coker, chief executive of recruitment agency CDP, adding that the job market had already deteriorated for years.
“We need to change our business model and start again from scratch, we need to make the change, the skills, the temperament, the ability to do the job.
We need to hire the right people, and that’s what we are doing right now.”
While there are a number of key reasons for the growth in the UK tech industry, the biggest driver is the influx of people from the developing world.
Job seekers from South-East Asia, Africa and the Middle East have been flooding into the UK in search of jobs, as well as from the UK’s booming tech sector.
The surge of new talent is causing an enormous demand for new talent in the industry, with demand for technical roles expected to grow by an incredible 60% in the coming years.
But the job prospects for new tech graduates are still not great.
A recent report by Jobcentre Plus revealed that just over one-third of those who had started a career in the tech sector in the previous year were unemployed, with just over half of graduates saying they were not currently working.
As well as this, it was also found that over half said they had not had enough time to learn the skills they needed to be successful in the field, with many leaving the sector with no clue how to get back on track.
JobcentrePlus chief executive John Thompson said: “As an industry, we are not doing enough to get new talent into the market and that is not sustainable.”
Our industry needs a strong support network and we need new talent to step up to the plate.
“Jobcentres in London are offering support for new and returning graduates, including online coaching, mentoring, and job placement.
The National Union of Students has been one of the most vocal supporters of the tech industry in the capital, saying that tech jobs in the city are a great way to improve social mobility.
The union said that the tech jobs available in London had “changed the face of London for generations” and said it hoped the growth would continue.”
If you want to work in tech, you’re going to have to learn to code, you’ve got to learn how to work with software, you have to do things like coding, web development, social media, and web analytics,” said NUS’s tech policy adviser, Emily Higginson.”
It’s really important that people who are trying to make it in tech have the skills to do it and we know that the UK is a great place to do that.