New research has revealed that organisations across the UK were seeking more IT staff than ever before in 2016, with job postings in the sector increasing by 10 per cent on the previous year.
The analysis, conducted by global IT industry body CompTIA and using stats from Burning Glass Labour Insights and the ONS, found that throughout 2016 there was more than 1.3 million IT job postings, which would equate to more than 1 in 10 of all UK job advertisements being for technology positions. The size of the UK technology workforce has grown year on year, increasing by over 100,000 since 2012.
The results also highlighted how important technology roles have become to businesses across the country. In the fourth quarter of 2016, 13 per cent of all job postings were IT based, demonstrating the need for[TM] qualified technological staff across the working environment.
There have been recent fears that the nation's decision to leave the EU may affect firms' decision making when looking to hire in the UK, with high profile personnel such as the chief executive of the London Stock Exchange warning that Brexit could lead to the loss of 230,000 jobs. These employment figures will come as welcome news to the government and the tech workforce alike. Of the top 10 UK employers with the most IT job postings in Q4 of 2016, nine were private sector organisations, with over half being companies whose headquarters are outside the UK.
Graham Hunter, VP Certifications, Europe and Middle East at CompTIA, believes that the figures are the result of the continued technological innovation businesses are undertaking and highlight the high quality of the UK's technical capabilities:
"Businesses in the UK continue to become ever more reliant on technology and these results highlight that firms are looking for staff to help them meet IT demands in the 21st century. Most organisations now need tech savvy employees across the workplace and not simply in the IT...