The 5 Most Currently In-Demand UK IT Job Vacancies

As incredible as it might seem in an era of 7-plus per cent unemployment, there are still many companies begging for new talent. However, job openings are not distributed evenly across every industry. Often, it’s the awkward teenagers who once rushed home after school to play their favourite computer games in dimly-lit bedrooms that are now making six figure wages. However, also in the technology field, some might find it easier than others to find a job.

Maybe you are still studying and pondering about your future job, or maybe you are looking for career advancement. Whatever your reason, the following countdown might help. We provide you with a glimpse into some of the most exciting jobs that are the most commonly advertised right now.

Developer jobs

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Especially when you know how to write code, you might just be one of the most sought-after candidates on the market. Moreover, with developers earning an average of £40,000 for permanent developer jobs and £425 per day for contract developer jobs, it is definitely not a career path to be overlooked.

The good news is that even if you have never programmed before, you do not necessarily have to go to university to snoop away one of these jobs. The web has plenty of resources, such as Codecademy, Code School or Treehouse to help you get started!

Search for our latest Developer jobs on the IT Job Board!

Project Manager

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According to the latest Project Management Salary Survey, the job market is also hot for talented project managers. The report indicated a continued rise in salaries and, with a projected 15.7 million new project management roles being created around the world by 2020, it remains a strong career choice.

The role of the project manager is to plan, execute, and finalise projects according to schedule and within budget. Generally, a degree in management, leadership, or business administration can qualify individuals for project managing positions. However, this career choice is rarely made from a young age, as project managers usually just ‘fall into’ this role because they are good team leaders and can think on their feet.

However, it is always a good idea to look into specific training options and get some certifications to highlight your interest in your chosen career path. Especially for project managers working in the IT world, there are 2 ubiquitous qualifications. Firstly, there are the Prince2 Foundation and Practitioner qualifications, which are more generic qualifications but are widely regarded as essential for managing projects. Second, the ISEB Certificates in IS Project Management is recommended as a ‘top-up’ to the Prince2 practitioner qualification, and is specifically dedicated to information systems and technologies.

Have a look at our latest Project Manager jobs to see which companies are currently hiring!

Software Engineer

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If you love maths, have outstanding programming skills and a creative approach to problem-solving, software engineering might be just right for you. Software engineers become more sought after each year, especially those who specialise in system and applications software.

While many colleges and universities have specific software engineering degrees, it isn’t mandatory when seeking employment in the field. You could choose from a variety of other subjects, such as computer science, information technology, software development or business information systems.

Software engineers are expected to be proficient in one or more programming languages such as HTMLS, JavaScript, C++ and SQL. While every software engineer knows how to programme, it is not exactly the same discipline. Programmers create codes that make a program run; software engineers on the other hand create the designs that the programmer implements.

Although software engineering is a perennially in-demand profession, the competition is still harsh. Demonstrate your expertise to potential employers by earning professional certifications focussed on a specific skill or technology. Build your credentials by keeping up with the rapidly advancing industry through self-education. Or even advance your career by earning a master degree in software engineering.

Browse our latest Software Engineering jobs to find our latest opportunities!

 

IT support

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While there are many kinds of technical support, IT support specialists essentially troubleshoot and resolve various computer and software issues. They may either work as a helpdesk operator or monitor and maintain the computer systems and networks within an organisation.

IT support specialists generally have a background in computer hardware, software, programming or network technologies, but you may learn everything you need to know about tech support on-the-job. However, it is not just about having a technical background; customer service and interpersonal skills are just as important. Specialist courses, run by the Helpdesk Institute, such as Customer Support Specialist (CSS), Help Desk Analyst (HDA) and a Help Desk Manager’s qualification, can help you in gaining these skills.

In many companies, this type of role often offers plenty of opportunities to swiftly move up the ranks, from a more senior support role to team, section or even department leader. 
Furthermore, it is also a good stepping stone if you would like to move to various other areas in IT, like programming, IT training, technical sales or systems administration.

In order to improve your chances of securing one of our plentiful IT Support jobs we have currently on offer, you should try to bring something extra to the table. Claim a specialisation in a certain field such as print servers, graphics, Macintosh, Linux/Unix or web development. Furthermore, in order to keep up with new technology and to keep your career moving forward, ongoing training is a good idea.

Business Analyst

Business analysts analyse business processes, organisational structure, goals and procedures in order to identify current or potential problems and come up with information-based solutions.

Business analysts typically start out with a strong background in both business and IT. While there are no formal qualifications required to perform this career, education to degree level is often the norm. Furthermore, an understanding of a particular industry can also be an advantage. If you already have some business analysis experience, accreditation is the next step to gain a competitive advantage.

If you want to know how your BA skills measure up, you can take the BA Competency Assessment from the International Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA). It will evaluate your strengths and, if you have areas that need improving, you’ll even receive a professional development plan.

Show prospective employers how serious you are about being a BA by getting one of the widely recognised BA certifications. For Business Analysts with two to three years’ experience, the IIBA institute offers the Certificate of Competence of Business Analysis (CCBA), and for those with five to ten years’ experience under their belt, there is the Certified BA Professional (CBAP). Furthermore, as both certifications are highly valued by employers, these credentials will increase your chances of getting hired when applying for Business Analyst jobs.

Alternatively, the UK’s BCS’s Information Systems Examination Board (ISEB) offers a qualification at foundation, practitioner and professional levels for business analysts.

Of course, job demand alone certainly shouldn’t drive job seekers’ goals. You need to do something you love and you’re passionate about. But a balance of both might be the key to be successful in life.

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