The study of British workers highlighted London’s Shoreditch tech developments as a key factor in the surge of popularity, alongside floats from companies including King, Just Eat and Zoopla. Indeed, the report found that the number of people wanting to work in the IT & telecoms space had risen from 26 per cent in 2013 to 30 per cent in 2015.
Ruth Jacobs, managing director of Randstad Technologies, comments: “The sector is thriving helped by the high-profile development of tech clusters in the UK including Shoreditch’s Silicon Roundabout – which have made the IT sector seem a much ‘cooler’ space to work in.
“The IT & Telecoms industry has become much more high profile, as recent Tech-city floats illustrate how tech firms can experience exponential growth over a very short span of time, developing from small start-ups to multi-million-pound enterprises.”
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In December, Real Business ran a feature with Everline Future 50 winner Kuato Studios, which saw co-founder David Miller explaining why the computer science curriculum will prevent UK from choking economic growth.
With the new technology focus introduced into schools across the country in September 2014 to support coding lessons and more, a demand for IT workers has increased salaries, adding further interest from Brits.
Jacobs added: “IT professionals have moved away from being back office support staff and are now on the front-line, providing fundamental support across all industries and fighting cyber-fires. Over the last few years, several high profile hacks have demonstrated the importance of well-trained cyber professionals, and IT security jobs and IT support jobs are now rightly viewed as integral to all firms.
“Most recently, a hack of Sony Pictures resulted in the film production company pulling distribution of the film ‘The Interview’ in a cyber-attack which sent ripples throughout the film industry and highlighted the growing threat of cyber-crime.”
Meanwhile, the automotive sector was still ranked as the most attractive place to work, with business services, utilities & energy, leisure, and insurance the least attractive industries for employment.
In terms of individual businesses, John Lewis was named the UK’s most attractive large employer, followed by BMW and British Airways.
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