UK tech employment is growing across region, new report from industry association CompTIA says
-37,000 new hires planned this year
–Almost 2.5 million tech workers make up 7.6% of the UK’s total workforce
–Industry’s £ 101.8 billion contribution to the economy
LONDON, July 20, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Technology employment, already 7.6% of the total workforce in the UK, is set to experience widespread growth in 2021 as employers continue their post-pandemic recovery, according to a new report from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).
In its report “UK Tech Industry and Workforce Trends”, CompTIA estimates that technological employment1 will increase by 37,000 positions this year, an increase of 1.5% from 2020. The report also notes that job vacancies from employers for technology positions, which fell in 2020 due to the pandemic downturn, have rebounded in Q1 2021 as employers respond to pent-up demand.
“During the pandemic, technology has been proven to allow businesses to keep working, with automation and emerging technologies playing an important role in helping to streamline the way people work in an ever-changing world.” , said Tracy delivers, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CompTIA and Founder and CEO of Maximity in Birmingham.
“However, cybercriminals have also taken advantage of the situation with a huge increase in attacks against businesses and individuals,” Pound continued. “The demand for technological skills has never been higher, as demonstrated by CompTIA’s research, with the technology industry recognized as an invaluable contributor to the success of the company.”
North Ireland is expected to see the largest percentage increase in net tech employment this year, with 2.4% year-over-year growth and 1,072 jobs added. Scotland (1.8%, +3,567 jobs) and England (1.5%, +32,391 jobs) followed, with technological employment expected to remain stable in Wales. Job growth is expected in 12 of the 13 metropolitan markets included in the report.2
Another trend to watch: One in five job vacancies in 2020 were for positions in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, automation, blockchain and the Internet of Things, or jobs requiring skills in these areas. .
The CompTIA report reveals that nearly 2.5 million people held tech jobs in the UK last year, with employers in consulting and IT services, such as Managed Service Providers (MSPs), accounting for the largest share (595,371 employees). Other well-represented industrial sectors include engineering, testing and technical consulting (458,716), telecommunications, data processing and web portals (278,999), software publishing and custom development (225,030 ) and technological manufacturing (118,067).
There are over 282,000 tech companies with a workforce across the UK. Together they generated £ 101.8 billion in direct economic impact last year, or around 7.2% of the total UK economy. As expected, London dominates with 57,168 technological business establishments. Other markets also have healthy technology sectors, including Manchester (9,853 technology companies), Bristol (5,825) and Birmingham (4,411).
Other data points in the report illustrate the breadth and strength of the UK tech sector. For example:
- Manchester, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham all saw an increase in net technology employment of 1,000 jobs or more in 2020.
- The percentage of vacancies for emerging technology positions is highest in Edinburgh (24%) and Belfast (23%).
- Five metropolitan regions (London, Edinburgh, Leeds, Bristol and Glasgow) have a higher concentration of technology workers than the national benchmark of 7.6%.
CompTIA’s UK Tech Industry and Workforce Trends report provides data and analysis on tech employment, economic impact, tech trends, wages, hiring activity, and other metrics for England, North Ireland, Scotland, Wales and 13 UK metropolitan areas. The full report is available at https://www.comptia.org/content/research/uk-tech-industry-and-workforce-trends-2021.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for $ 5,000 billion global information technology ecosystem; and the roughly 75 million industry and technology professionals who design, implement, manage and protect the technology that powers the global economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit https://www.comptia.org/.
1 Employment estimates include technology professionals working in all industries; professionals in non-technical positions employed by technology companies; and full-time self-employed technology workers.
2 Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.
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