The use of tech has become imperative for companies and individuals alike. In the workplace, technological innovation has unlocked enormous opportunities, and digital tools have created millions of new jobs across the globe.
As technology continues to advance and new developments come to fruition, the demand for highly skilled workers will inevitably rise alongside it. Let’s take a look at the number of tech roles currently being advertised, and what new candidate demands mean for employers in 2022…
The number of tech jobs is on the rise
In recent months, tech giants Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Meta have all slowed down their hiring plans. This comes as fears of a recession intensify and inflation continues to climb. Yet in spite of the ongoing reports of layoffs, tech workers continue to be hired – and the number of tech jobs advertised has grown tremendously over the past 12 months.
Over 2 million tech vacancies were advertised in the UK between May 2021 and May 2022. This figure includes part-time roles and contract work. At present, digital tech jobs account for around 14% of the UK workforce (that’s 4.7 million workers). In the US, this figure is closer to 7.9% (or 7.7 million workers) and it’s only expected to increase.
Given that tech salaries are around 80-85% higher than salaries for non-tech roles – and they’re on the rise – it’s no wonder workers are moving to the tech sector. Unfortunately, those who lack extensive experience in the field may be disheartened to know that 80% of tech roles advertised are for senior-level positions – but this shouldn’t discourage you!
What roles are being advertised?
The tech sector is seeing a demand for a wide range of positions – and some are more sought-after than others.
Global tech education company Coding Dojo recently unveiled the top 10 tech jobs in the US. These include:
- Information Security Engineer
- Full-Stack Engineer
- Data Scientist
- Machine Learning Engineer
- Java Developer
- Data Engineer
- Cloud Engineer
- Backend Engineer
- Salesforce Developer
- Automation Engineer
The tech roles advertised in the UK are similar to those published in the US. Technojobs recently put together a list of the top tech jobs in 2022. Here’s what they found:
- Software Engineer
- Cloud Architect
- Software Developer
- Project Manager
- DevOps Engineer
- .NET Developer
- Business Analyst
- Full-Stack Developer
- Data Engineer
As you can see, engineers and developers are in high demand. The problem is getting these people on board in a competitive, candidate-driven market.
The demands of candidates are changing
The COVID-19 pandemic has given workers the opportunity to rethink their lives and careers, and employee demands are changing seemingly by the day. As inflation climbs, a large number of tech workers have moved away from larger cities to smaller ones that offer a lower cost of living. If you want to get your hands on these experts, you’re going to have to offer more than a competitive salary – you’re going to have to transition to a remote or hybrid work model, and offer other incentives and benefits.
Of course, competition for these professionals is high and the pool of available talent is dry. This will inevitably bring on new obstacles for employers, as without the right talent, businesses will fall behind. If you want to overcome the challenge of sourcing, attracting and hiring top talent, you need to adapt your offering and your hiring process. That’s where a talent service provider can be of assistance.
Are you struggling for talent?
Finding that perfect candidate with the right skills, experience and culture fit is becoming increasingly difficult. But what if we told you that it doesn’t have to be?
At Edge Tech, we have a strong network of technical, operational and sales specialists looking for interim and perm work. Whether you’re in the UK, Europe, US or Canada, we’re here to take the headache away from recruitment so that you can focus on what you do best. Get in touch with us today on the details below to find out how.
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