Tech sector sees jobs boom

06 March 2018

The number of jobs advertised in the technology sector is booming as hiring managers continue to increase spending on new recruits and fight to secure the best talent, according to Reed Technology.

In its analysis of more than seven million jobs posted from 2015 to 2017, the recruitment firm said growth in the tech sector grew by 12 per cent and was second only to engineering (16 per cent).

Andy Gardner, senior divisional director of Reed Technology, believes technology is in the “privileged position” of spearheading the so-called ‘fourth industrial revolution’ and that those within it are “perfectly positioned” to secure long and successful careers for themselves.

“Within the UK tech industry there is a climate of innovation and candidates know that where there is change there is always opportunity,” says Gardner. “Many companies are looking to invest in people with the skills needed to influence and adapt to this new order.”

But he goes on to warn that tech professionals that truly thrive will need to be more than just skilled analysts and developers. “They will need to focus upon business partnering and developing their commercial value to a company by having the ability to give strong commercial advice from a financial perspective.”

Reed also found that advertised salaries in the sector grew by 1.6 per cent in 2017, and that roles for Java developers have witnessed a nine per cent hike in salary since last year. This was followed by a seven per cent increase for BI developers, business analysts and desktop support staff, while network engineers have gained a six per cent jump in their pay.