APSCo Professional Recruitment Trends – IT Special Report
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APSCo Professional Recruitment Trends – IT Special Report

APSCo Professional Recruitment Trends – IT Special Report

Posted on 28th February 2018

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APSCo Professional Recruitment Trends is produced monthly by Staffing Industry Analysts for APSCo and provides a range of comprehensive insights into the state of the recruitment market.  Their most recent report (February 2018) is of interest not just for the update on the market but also because it contains a special report on IT recruitment specifically.

As regards the overall UK recruitment market, APSCo is very upbeat. The report’s headline, “Jobs growth up 10% on last year!” is short and to the point.  The good news from IT candidates’ perspective is that our sector was one of five in which salaries increased in January and APSCo reports that, contrary to much of the doom and gloom that we read elsewhere, the overall employment market is getting tighter as “improving economic forecasts have intensified the race to secure rare skills in core professional sectors such as Finance and Technology.”

When it comes to their report (carried out by Burning Glass Technologies) into the IT recruitment advertising market in 2017, it’s clear that London and the SE of England have the lion’s share of demand as represented by the 1.3 million IT postings on job-boards. In fact, Greater London had almost one third of all IT job-postings last year, with the South East having about half of London’s total.  In Northern Ireland and Scotland,

APSCo Feb 18 IT reportBelfast, Glasgow and, in particular, Edinburgh were highlighted as areas of demand for IT jobs while across the rest of the country, as the table (source: Burning Glass) here shows, there are considerable variations.

The professional IT sector represents 14% of total workforce in the UK making it one of the three largest sectors. Burning Glass’s study also points out that “Cisco and Microsoft certifications dominate the IT domain” and that those holding a certification can command salary premiums of £6k - £13k per annum. Cisco Network certificates such as CCNA and CCNP are the most common qualifications and almost  25% of IT job postings which call for a certification call for a CCNA.  The benefit is quite clear: IT certifications come with up to £13,000 on top of the average annual advertised salary of £33,400.  On average, 6% of all UK job postings ask for a qualification or licence.

The report also notes that essential skill groups in the IT sectors include web development, SQL databases and software development tools and that knowledge of web application frameworks and markup languages are also key, while “SQL and relational database management systems are also considered integral competencies” and “within software development, experience working in a DevOps or Agile environment is vital.” Finally, the principal JavaScript-based languages and development tools requested in job adverts include JavaScript, AngularJS, Node.js, as well as the programming language Microsoft C#. 

Nikola Kelly, MD, Be-IT

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