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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.

There is a growing mismatch in the supply and demand of digital skills in the UK, which will be accentuated by the economic fallout of the pandemic. To continue to fill the tech and tech-enabled jobs that will prove key for our economic recovery, the UK needs a flexible range of education options that support different parts of the population with differing skill levels.

Latest news & labour market data

West Midlands on track to create an extra 52,000 digital tech jobs and grow by £2.7 billion

According to a new government report released ahead of Birmingham Tech Week, the West Midlands has been recognised as a top performer for digital growth and is predicted to create an additional 52,000 roles in the sector over the next four years.

Yorkshire on track to create 42,000 digital tech jobs and grow by £1.6bn by 2025

The region's digital industry is the fastest-growing in the UK according to new analysis released ahead of Leeds Digital Festival. The thriving digital tech sector is likely to create thousands of new jobs by the end of 2025.

PwC announces new tech hub in Manchester, creating 1000 new jobs

PwC will create up to 1000 jobs over three years at its newly launched technology hub in Manchester. The technology focused roles are in addition to existing recruitment of 3,000 people per year.

Tech hiring at its highest level for five years

Hiring for the digital tech sector has surged past pre-pandemic levels with 132,000 tech vacancies recorded in one week in May, according to data compiled by job search engine Adzuna and Dealroom for the Government’s Digital Economy Council.

UK technology job creation nears two-year peak

Technology recruitment in the UK is at its highest pace since 2019, according to a quarterly index of UK tech sector performance by consulting firm and techUK member KPMG. The UK tech sector continued to hire during Q1 2021, despite a jolt to activity at the start of the national lockdown in January 2021, the report noted.

UK tech companies lead hiring comeback targeting young people

UK tech companies are leading the hiring comeback with 1 in 6 jobs targeting young people, says the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

HCL Technologies to expand investment in UK to hire 1,000 professionals

Indian tech giant HCL Tech plans to hire 1,000 tech professionals in the UK in the coming months. The roles will be across digital transformation, cloud, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity for its London, Greater London and Manchester offices. India’s third largest IT firm, it currently employs 3,500 people in the UK after launching in the UK in 1997.

Infosys to create 1,000 tech jobs in UK

Indian IT supplier Infosys will create 1,000 technology jobs in the UK over the next three years, with recent graduates and experienced professionals targeted to take roles across the country. The jobs will be spread across the country, including in Infosys’ design studio in Shoreditch, its innovation centre in Canary Wharf and in client locations across the UK, such as Nottingham.

The technology sector is hiring again but recruitment has changed forever

Tech companies including techUK members PayPal and Accenture are hiring more now than before the pandemic, while virtual recruitment becomes the norm.

UK tech jobs fall, but demand for skills is growing

The number of technology jobs in the UK has seen a major decline in the past year but cloud, quantum computing, blockchain and robotics are all in serious demand across the country.

Tech industry to have 100k job vacancies per month by June 2021

Research launched in February 2021 from the UK Tech Cluster Group, supported by the Institute of Coding (IoC), shows that the tech sector has continued to see growth in 2020. Despite the national upheaval caused by the pandemic, 42% of tech companies reported an increase in revenue over the past 12 months (with 32% staying the same).

DCMS report: Cyber security skills in the UK labour market 2020

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has released a report entitled ‘Cyber security skills in the UK labour market 2020’ detailing the UK cyber security skills shortfall, both in terms of people and available roles across the sector.

UK tech jobs bounce back as investment hits record high

UK tech job vacancies have bounced back strongly as Britain’s booming tech sector shrugged off the Covid-19 pandemic to attract record levels of investment. While job vacancies in the industry dropped sharply at the height of the crisis in July, they have since climbed 50 per cent and are now accumulating at a rate of 2.6 per cent per month, according to new figures from Tech Nation.


We are delighted to be partnering with techUK to offer key insights and trends to highlight the clear demand for tech talent within the industry. As businesses try to emerge from the pandemic in the best shape possible this year, technology will be key to achieving long-term success. As more companies move towards transforming into virtual organisations, increased learning, retraining, and upskilling will offer a continuous and lifelong journey for employees. Tapping into the pipeline of existing and future tech talent will help alleviate the skills gap and ensure the British tech jobs market will remain agile and robust throughout 2021 and beyond.

Dominic Harvey, Director




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