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Surge in UK IT jobs despite BReXIT

James Gray

Owner/Editor at Busara Ltd
I am a published writer, journalist and photo-journalist. I have an MA in Creative Writing and Journalism from the University of Wales and my journalism has been published in a number of UK national newspapers including 'the Observer'. My photo-journalism has been represented by Agence France-Presse.
James Gray

Despite on-going political and economic turmoil, demand for IT professionals increased by 10% in 2019 as the pace of technological advancement accelerates.

That is according to data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) and business intelligence specialist, Vacancysoft.

The research also revealed that, while the Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) sector continues to provide the lion’s share of professional opportunities, accounting for 48% of roles, the largest area for vacancy growth has been within professional services, where job openings increased by 32%. Demand for tech specialists in consumer goods & services was also high, rising by 15% year-on-year. 

In terms of function, IT development and engineering continues to be the strongest area for hiring, accounting for 33% of total vacancies. IT support is the fastest growing, with demand for professionals up by 16%. Growth in opportunities for IT analysts and project managers was also notable, rising by 14% and 12% respectively. 

The data shows that the majority of vacancies are concentrated in London, which accounts for 45% of all roles. Regions outside of the capital, however, are also performing well. The North East, for example, has increased hiring by 25%. Demand for professionals in Yorkshire and the Humber is also high, increasing by 22%. 

Vodafone was the top hirer for IT talent. Demand within HSBC also rose dramatically, with job openings up by 41% year-on-year.