The UK’s technology skills shortage

Earlier this year, Totaljobs and Robert Walters gained insight from over 550 technology professionals across the UK as part of our research into the UK skills shortage. We interrogated the growing skills gap within the industry, and considered how this could be navigated through attraction, recruitment and retention strategies.

Our focus for this report included: outlining the skills currently employers are currently prioritising, how to establish a sustainable talent pipeline to safeguard the industry for the future and on the global stage, alongside candidate expertise and expectations.

Key findings

  • 71% of technology employers expect to face at least a moderate skills shortage in the coming year. Cyber Security (56%), BI & Data Management (41%) and Software Development (35%) are the most sought-after technology skills, according to CTOs.
  • 20% of technology employers agree they need to encourage more females into the sector.
  • A mere 10% of technology professionals believe the UK industry is prepared to compete globally.
  • Over 55% of technology professionals believe that Brexit will negatively affect the industry by widening the skills gaps that are already prevalent.
  • Nearly two thirds of technology professionals believe employers need to be more open to the value of transferable skills from both inside and outside of the industry.

View the full report: Solving the UK Skills Shortage – Technology

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