Information Technology in the UK: Current Scenario & Future

Information technology is the centre of our lives and it can be found playing its role in almost all the industries today. IT is the core of every business and in the coming decades, it will continue to remain a vital element fostering the growth of businesses. IT is a dynamic industry that is changing constantly. IT job positions include technical roles, business-related roles, creative roles and more. During the recession, it was the IT industry that remained to be least affected. Significant presence of IT in all aspects of our life has strengthened its position opening up doors of exciting opportunities in the field.

1 out of 18 people in the UK work with the IT and the telecoms industry which means 1.52 million people are working with the industry of information technology. There are more than 150,000 businesses in the UK industry and almost 87% of them are related with the information technology currently. IT and telecoms industry in the UK is believed to produce an annual GVA contribution of 8.4% and over, of the total economy. Although the opportunities do exist throughout the UK but over 44% of the IT jobs in the UK are either based in London or in the South East.

Job roles that exist in the UK IT sector are –

  • Applications developer
  • Information systems manager
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Systems analyst
  • Database administrator
  • IT consultant
  • IT technical support officer
  • Games developer
  • IT trainer
  • Systems developer

Here are some of the additional skills that IT job seekers must possess –

  • Good communication skills – written, verbal as well as interpersonal
  • Organisation and planning
  • Problem-solving attitude
  • Teamwork
  • Customer focus and valuable commercial awareness
  • Motivation and enthusiasm
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Willingness and in inclination towards learning new and useful skills quickly

Degrees and certifications relating with the field of IT will continue to play its role depending on the requirements of the IT jobs in future. Postgraduate study may not be required at all levels but it will offer you the desired edge in the highly competitive IT market of today and the future.

In future, there can be an increase in the demand for employees possessing IT skills of a higher value along with valuable certifications and expertise in their relevant fields. This will be necessary and much desired by the future recruiters due to huge demands for production of more innovative and useful IT products. It is believed that the UK will continue to come up as significant player in the IT sector. Hence job seekers in future will have to continually update their skills in order to stand a fair chance in the future IT recruitment.

 

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