Such is the influence of technology in our daily lives that people are able to utilise the latest gadget more seamlessly.
But while society today is more tech-savy than ever before when it comes to workplace skills and representation a digital skills gap exists.
It means employers and the government are in need of IT workers with the right tech skills, knowledge and experience, which means those who tick these boxes will likely always be in demand.
Reasons your future could be in tech.
- salaries offered to digital tech employees are 36% higher than the UK average
- 14% of UK job postings were for technology positions in Q1 of 2017
- the digital sector is creating new jobs at 2X the rate of other industries
- the turnover of UK digital tech companies in 2016 was £170 billion - up £30billion more than five years earlier
- UK tech job postings increased from 275,679 in Q4 2016 to just over 375,000 in Q1 2017
There are currently more than 1.5m digital tech jobs in the UK but to get one your skills and capabilities will need to be up to date particularly in coding languages, protocols and conventions.
The skills gap means those who are able to perform the required tasks are in high demand and that employers have to not only find skilled IT workers in the first place but also hold onto techies and deter them from bigger players who may dangle more competitive pay.
Providing vital training takes employees away from their work for extended periods and adds a further cost. So if you’re wanting to ensure you secure an IT role, stay in the industry or go from contract to contract keeping up with the industry is a must.
With lots of free courses, forums and demonstrations online, from YouTube to MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) then current and potential IT workers can develop even more skills to remain employable and in demand throughout 2017 and beyond.
Find out more about the digital skills gap in our whitepaper: https://www.randstad.co.uk/it-skills-gap/download-the-report/