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More pressure on recruiters as the pool of unemployed tech specialists gets smaller!

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In the last quarter of 2017, the estimated number of unemployed tech specialists in the UK (ILO definition) fell to 30,000 people.  As a result there was a corresponding fall in the associated unemployment rate – from 2.4% to 2.2% over the Q3-Q4.17 period. The overall UK unemployment rate also fell during the last quarter of the year – though at 4.2% (Q4.17), it was still almost twice the level… Read More »More pressure on recruiters as the pool of unemployed tech specialists gets smaller!

Demand for tech specialists up by 15%

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Interesting beta data from a new(ish) European project (aiming to provide a free vacancy data tracking service) shows there were approximately 59,000 advertised vacancies for tech specialists in the UK during the final quarter of 2017 – a 15% increase on the previous year. The most notable increase in demand over the Q4.16-7 period was for telecoms engineers (up 118%) though demand for networking professionals as a group was down… Read More »Demand for tech specialists up by 15%

One in seven (14%) tech specialists in the UK are non-UK nationals

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Latest data from ONS shows that during the last quarter of 2017 there were an estimated 186,000 tech specialists in the UK with non-UK nationality (i.e. 14% of the total at that time). This was a higher proportion than that registered for the workforce as a whole (11%), amongst which, an estimated 3,563,000 people were non-UK nationals. The proportion of tech specialists that were non-UK nationals was however, well below… Read More »One in seven (14%) tech specialists in the UK are non-UK nationals

Gender representation in the marine industries? – less than half what it should be

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In 2017 women accounted for just 21% of individuals working in the marine sector (in this case defined as: ship building /repair and sea/coastal/inland water transport) compared with 47% within the workforce as a whole. Representation was much higher however in the ‘related industries’ (supply/distribution of seafood/related) at 35%.

Is finance making the grade when it comes to workforce diversity? – well in the case of people with disabilities at least, not really:

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During 2017 approximately 10% of people working in finance positions were classed as disabled (i.e. according to definitions set out within the 2010 Equality Act) – compared with 12% amongst the workforce as a whole. Moreover this ‘lag’ of 2 percentage points is apparent when looking at each of the previous years for which data are available (2013 onward). Lastly, when considering specific finance occupations, it appears that people with… Read More »Is finance making the grade when it comes to workforce diversity? – well in the case of people with disabilities at least, not really:

Finance employment growth 2012-17

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Looking at the FS sector/it’s importance to the UK it is noted that though there are plenty of reports on the industry vertical, there’s not so much on the people working in finance jobs more generally (i.e. inside/outside the FS sector) – so as a heads up – the number of people working in financial occupations in the UK topped 1.9m in 2017 – up 4% on the previous year… Read More »Finance employment growth 2012-17

Despite continued reports of skills shortages, there are still around 26,000 unemployed tech specialists in the UK looking for work.

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Over the last couple of weeks we posted a few items exploring the small/diminishing numbers of JSA claimants seeking jobs in tech (around 2,000 each quarter of late) – in this chart we can see that in reality, these figures can be a little misleading in that not all tech specialists that are out of work will actually be claiming such benefits (whether by choice or, perhaps more likely –… Read More »Despite continued reports of skills shortages, there are still around 26,000 unemployed tech specialists in the UK looking for work.

The UK maybe a nation of shopkeepers (or at least in Napoleonic times) but few of us are getting trained to do this kind of work

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The UK maybe a nation of shopkeepers (or at least in Napoleonic times) but few of us are getting trained to do this kind of work – On average during 2017, just 5% of shopkeepers and proprietors stated that they had received job-related education/training in the ‘previous 13 weeks’ (i.e. prior to being interviewed) making them the least likely group of workers (for which data are available) to have received… Read More »The UK maybe a nation of shopkeepers (or at least in Napoleonic times) but few of us are getting trained to do this kind of work

Age and tech – are older tech workers being left on the scrapheap?

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Continuing on from the last couple of posts – I noted today that when looking at the age profile of JSA claimants seeking tech jobs there has been a worrying increase over the past 5 years in the proportion of said group aged 50+ – rising from just 13% of the total in Q2.12 to 30% in Q2.18! To be honest, this does mirror the figures for claimants overall (up… Read More »Age and tech – are older tech workers being left on the scrapheap?