Fast growing UK tech industry facing skills shortage

Posted on 2 Feb 2018 by Jonny Williamson

Although tech is the fastest-growing industry in the UK, 85% of hard-to-fill positions are difficult to recruit for because of lack of specialist, technical skills, according to new study.

More than 80% of hard-to-fill positions in the tech industry are difficult to recruit for because of skills shortage – image courtesy of Depositphotos.

Tech workers get paid more and contribute more to the UK economy than any other industry, the Tech City UK’s 2017 report by CV Squad has shown.

And the report has revealed the skill set needed to become in-demand of tech recruiters from within the fast-growing industry.

 Top technologies and predicted market worth

  • Industry of Things: £5.4tn by 2017
  • Wearable technologies: £52.3bn by 2024
  • Big data and data analytics: £24.2bn by 2017
  • 5G and associated wireless technologies: 40-fold increase by 2018
  • Robotics: £21.7bn by 2018
  • Autonomous: £20.9bn by 2020
  • Advanced manufacturing, building automation: £37bn by 2018

The Most In-Demand Tech Skills

The world’s largest professional social network, LinkedIn, analysed the hiring activity that took place on the platform in 2016 to highlight the 10 top skills most likely to get you a new job in 2017.

The Most Employable Skills

  • Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
  • Middleware and Integration Software
  • HR Benefits and Compensation
  • Web Architecture and Development Framework
  • Mobile Development
  • Perl, Python, Ruby
  • SEO/SEM Marketing
  • Network and Information Security
  • Data Presentation
  • Data Engineering and Data Warehouse

LinkedIn careers expert Catherine Fisher said: “While some skills expire every couple of years, our data strongly suggests that tech skills will still be needed for years to come, in every industry.”

Upskilling to Stand Out

To stand out in an industry with such a highly skilled talent pool, employees should take the opportunity to upskill themselves in various prominent areas that are vital to the tech industry’s growth, according to the study.

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