Tech Jobs Barometer

techUK and CWJobs bring you the Tech Jobs Barometer which looks to show the changes in the demands in the digital technology employment market over time and also how sought-after skills have evolved due to the changing nature of this digital world. The Barometer will be updated quarterly, presenting real-time data, and techUK will also showcase the work our members are doing to create a diverse pipeline of talent to meet this demand.

In what has been an eventful year in recruitment, techUK, the leading voice of the UK tech industry, has launched The Tech Jobs Barometer in partnership with CWJobs, the UK’s leading tech job board.

Despite the impact of COVID-19 affecting jobs and employment across all sectors, the tech industry has proved resilient throughout the pandemic and continues to grow, offering increased opportunities for candidates in the UK. Online job adverts can help us to measure the demand for digital jobs and skills.

Tech jobs in review 2020

In 2020, CWJobs recorded nearly a quarter of a million (224k) jobs posted on the site throughout the year. Read the tech recruitment highlights.

Find out more about the most in-demand skills & jobs

According to the Recruitment and Employment Federation, the number of active job postings in the UK topped one million in July, with a particular spike in job adverts for IT professionals. Similarly, Tech Nation’s skills and jobs report has shown the number of advertised tech job vacancies increased by 36% in the summer, between June and August 2020.

Interestingly, CWJobs witnessed a 25% increase in jobs in June compared to the previous month, highlighting the clear shift in demand for tech talent following the outbreak and switch to national remote working in March 2020. In the months leading up to November 2020, CWJobs reported an increase in the total number of jobs posted since the outbreak. The pandemic has amplified the tech skills gap in the UK, as businesses recognise the increased value of IT and tech support and the industry has proven itself as a catalyst in keeping businesses afloat.