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UK IT Jobs Market Review

For those tech companies on a mission to find top software engineers, developers, data scientists or Board level executives right now, a lot of factors are in play that are making this extremely tough (something of an understatement). 

If you already have recent, direct, experience of this you will have found job postings plus wider recruitment activities returning few suitable applicants; stiff competition for the attention of top flight candidates; salaries that are several levels beyond those being paid pre-Covid.

Here are some of the factors that have led to this: 

Smart Energy Management - 25% Bills Reduction

Domestic demand side response (DSR) can reduce bills by 25%, the UK’s largest trial has found.

The FLATLINE pilot project looked at the viability of a demand-side approach to energy management, using batteries in conjunction with smart energy management systems to allow demand to be ‘time-shifted’ to better align with generation.

CleanTech Post-Cop26 - The Breakthrough Agenda

A plan to coordinate the global introduction of clean technologies in order to rapidly drive down their cost has been agreed at the Cop26 summit by world leaders representing two-thirds of the world’s economy.

More than 40 nations said they would align standards and coordinate investments to speed up production and bring forward the “tipping point” at which green technologies are more affordable and accessible than fossil-fuelled alternatives. At that point, the green transition and cuts in climate emissions accelerate rapidly towards a net zero economy.

Why Join a Tech Startup?

What is it that motivates the top talent to choose a tech startup over a myriad of alternatives?

These are the most common reasons tech candidates give to RWA:

London is Home to More Software Developers than any other European City

London is home to more software developers than any other European city, with over 359,000 full stack developers across the capital, according to research by Atomico and Stack Overflow. London retains its spot as the largest tech hub for professional developers, followed by Paris (267,000), Amsterdam (216,000) and Cologne (165,900).

New AI Tools Driving CleanTech

A new AI tool designed to support fleet electrification has been launched by fleet management software firm Teletrac Navman. The tool can advise fleet operators on how many and what type of chargers are required, as well as the cost of the chargers and where they would be lest located.

Interest in UK Jobs from non-EU Candidates

During the past year, interest in UK jobs from candidates based outside the EU has increased by 20%, according to a new survey by Indeed.

For the first time in seven years, UK based jobs advertised on Indeed.com are attracting a greater number of clicks from outside the EU than from EU countries. 

Interest from the EU has seen only a slight increase of 1.3% since 2019. Overall, there has been a steady decline in EU interest since the 2016 Brexit referendum as EU citizens will face visa restrictions for the first time with the end of freedom of movement on December 31st.

Startup Recruitment - Sponsorship

It is paramount for startups to hire talented people who want to work hard to build something from the ground up. However, the costs of sourcing and hiring a Developer or Software Engineer in the UK, especially in London, can be high, so many founders end up outsourcing the work to remote contractors based offshore.

Startups can look to India, Spain, China or many remote locations to get a job done but that doesn’t replace an in-house team of permanent hires with a shared vision for the longer term.

Tech Scaleups - Behind The Scenes

How have the UK’s tech scale-ups been faring during these uncertain times? Before we put some flesh on the bones of any answer, let’s rewind the tape. Scaleups are of course the ones that get through - the fledged organisations that may have a future!

Challenges Facing the UK IT Jobs Market

Are you surprised by the current UK technology jobs market? Advertising plus wider recruitment activities returning very few applicants?

Challenging jobs market (Spring 2021).

For those tech companies on a mission to find top software engineers, developers, data scientists or Board level executives right now, a lot of factors are in play that are making this extremely tough (to put it mildly).