IT-Telecomm: Labour Market Trends in the UK 2017



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At JobisJob, we are now looking in depth into the health of the IT-Telecomm sector workforce in the UK, corresponding to the 1st quarter of 2017. The labour market trend in the IT sector is being approached from two perspectives:

- Behaviour of the applicant for employment. We have analysed the job applicant’s interest in this area through their search behaviour.

- Labour supply of the sector. To delve into the trends of the job offers in the IT sector, we have used Job Market Insights, our state-of-the-art Big Data tool that offers a personalised, accurate and cross-cutting analysis of the UK labour market.

Interest of The Applicant For Employment

Top Searches in The IT- Telecomm Sector

In terms of job search, those positions that generate most interest are practices related to testing, software development and the use of CISCO technologies, as well as video game testers. There is also a notable interest in positions such as developers with a good command of languages like java, C # and PHP, along with web development and network engineering. Finally, professionals are looking for jobs where they can put their knowledge of the PEGA CRM into practice.

Top Locations Searches.

In London, video game tester searches are the highest, followed by Reading and Birmingham. There is also a big interest in home-based networking engineer jobs and software development internships.

The search for software testing practices is concentrated in Glasgow and Edinburgh. In addition, London stands out in the number of applicants with knowledge of JAVA, whereas Birmingham is oriented to the C # language. Manchester surpasses the capital in the search of jobs with PHP. Finally, it should be noted that interest in CISCO technology is concentrated mainly in Glasgow.

Labour Market Trends in The IT-Telecomm Sector

Growth of The Sector

The majority of vacancies in the market fall under the IT-Telecomm sector, which represent about 12% of the total offers published in the UK during the 1st quarter of 2017.


Despite being the leading sector in generating jobs, there is a reduction in the volume of job offers published, compared to the previous quarter (-4%), but there is a decrease of more than 27% compared to the same period in 2016. This is the only sector – out of the total sectors that consolidate the 70% of the global market offers- which shows a negative growth compared to the previous quarter.


Next, we analysed the salary distribution and the average salary of the IT-Telecomm sector, paying special attention to the geographical variations.

Average Salary and Salary Range of The Category

The average salary of the IT-Telecomm sector (£ 50,806) is the highest from a sectoral point of view. It has grown by almost 5% compared to the same period in 2016, while the average UK salary is practically the same as last year.

Around 40% of the offers published in the UK with salaries above £ 80,000 are in this sector. Only 6% of IT-Telecomm vacancies include salaries below £ 20,000 and about 60% of jobs offer salaries ranging from £ 20,000 to £ 60,000. This behaviour of the labour market in IT-Telecomm is maintained in the analysed periods.


Average Salary of The IT-Telecomm Sector by Location

The Wales region has the lowest average UK salary, 29% below the average salary offered for overseas vacancies. In spite of this, it can be seen that in the United Kingdom the average salary has increased progressively, while the average salary of the offers abroad in the 1st quarter of 2017 does not reach the figures registered in the same period of the previous year.


London is the UK city with the highest average salary (£ 63,710), which shows a sustained growth with respect to the other periods analysed.


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Distribution by Volume of Offers

In the following section, we are showing the geographical distribution of job offers in the IT-Telecomm sector of the UK.

Distribution of Sector Offers by Region

The regional distribution in the last quarter does not show changes compared to the other periods analysed.


Distribution of Sector Offers by Cities

30% of the IT Job vacancies are offered in London, which is a big difference from other localities due to the fact these vacancies are very disseminated. London remains as the European capital chosen by the companies of technological base, surpassing cities like Paris, Berlin and Munich. A recent study by European Digital Forum shows London as a very attractive city for technology companies because of the facilities at the level of finance, talent and business culture.

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Distribution by Type of Contract

Here is a breakdown by type of job contract of the IT-Telecomm labour market in the UK.

Comparison of Distribution of Job Types by Sector and Job Types by Country

The main type of contract in the 1st quarter of 2017 is Permanent, indicated in almost 60% of the offers. This proportion is practically 10 percentage points higher than the volume of offers that indicate this type of contract at the country level.


The job type Contract shows the most significant variation in comparison with the number of job vacancies specified with this job type across UK.


Distribution of Job Types by Regions and Cities

Undoubtedly, the predominant IT-Telecomm contract across the UK is Permanent.


Job types in Q1 2017

The distribution of Job Types across the cities follows the same general pattern.


Job type by cities in Q1 2017

Top Hiring Companies

Here is a list of the leading companies behind the maximum hiring of IT-Telecomm jobs.

Top Direct Employers

OneZero Financial Systems, Internal Systems Ltd and Premier It Networks Limited, consultants specialised in the software development for companies, are the companies with the highest contracting power in the 1st quarter of 2017. In this regard, it should be noted that oneZero Financial has ousted Mls International Limited and Premier it Networks Limited, the top direct employers in the 1st quarter and last quarter of 2016, respectively.

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Focusing on the professional profiles most requested by oneZero Financial System, it is observed that the most offered vacancies are those of IOS Developer,  followed by Business Analyst and Java Developer.

Top Recruitment Agencies

Nigel Frank International, the global leader in Microsoft Recruitment, is the agency with the most IT-Telecomm job postings published in the 1st quarter of 2017.

They are closely followed by Hays, one of the UK’s leading agencies with a strong international presence, and thirdly by Harvey Nash GmbH, an agency focused especially on IT. The only notable change over previous periods is in the 3rd position, occupied by Client Server Ltd in the 4th quarter of 2016 and Spring Technology Ltd in the 1st quarter of 2016.


In the case of top recruiter Nigel Frank International Limited, the most demanded profile is .net Developer, followed by Sharepoint and DevOps Engineer.

Job Title

Now we are going to analyse the jobs that are offered in the sector along with the most in-demand and the places where these vacancies are.

Main Skills by Sector

The analysis revealed that most vacancies focus on the web environment, cloud computing and data science. Skills related to database management (MySQL) markup language (HTML) Cascade Style Sheets and library management in frameworks like ASP.NET with Jquery along with knowledge of user experience design and testing are positioned above traditional programming languages like JAVA, python and PHP. However, C programming and project development methodologies such as AGILE and SCRUM are highly demanded skills based on the analysis of total offers.

Top Job Titles of The Sector

To continue, we are going to analyse those jobs with the highest number of offers within the IT – Telecomm sector, where in general, Business Analyst stands out.

Top Job Titles of The Sector by Region


Top job titles UK Q1 2017

In England, Business Analyst is the top job title, followed by Java Developer and  Project Manager. Within this, London follows this general trend, whereas Manchester and Leeds prioritise the profile  Php Developer over those with Java. On the contrary, in Cambridge, Software Engineer occupy the 1st position and Web Developer the second one. Bristol stands out for the offers of Project Manager and in Birmingham the Project Manager reaches the 2nd position while Software Developer occupies the 3rd position.

In Scotland, the results are similar, except for Software Engineer that appears in the 3rd position and Web developer that positions itself as the 5th job title with more offers. Edinburgh follows the general trend, while in Glasgow, Java Developer is ranked first, followed by Web Developer and Business Analyst falls to the 3rd position.

In Northern Ireland, however, Java developer is the most vacant post, followed by Software Developer. However, Business Analyst falls to the 3rd position with Software Engineer and Web Developer in 4th and 5th position respectively.

Finally, in Wales Java Developer remains in the top position along with those job titles related to the Software industry,


Top job titles by cities in Q1 2017

Top Job Titles by Salary Range.

Devops Engineer jobs control both, the 100K+ and 60K-80K ranges. Project Manager stands out in the 80K-100K range. Software Engineer jobs are located in the 40K-60K range. Finally, PHP Developer offers mainly show an average salary of 20-40K.


Average salaries in Q1 2017

Hard-To-Fill Profiles

It is interesting to take into account the hot leads, that is, hard-to-fill positions that are being paid for by companies and are in urgent need of qualified candidates. In this sense, the most difficult position to cover is Trainee Web Developer (3%) followed by Java Developer (1%) and Business Analyst (0.8%).


Hot Leads*: Hard-to-fill positions that are being paid for by companies and are in urgent need of qualified candidates (Q1 2017)


 Sources and Methods

The data used for the job vacancy analysis has been extracted from Job Market Insights. This Big Data tool has gathered around 10 million vacancies in the UK during the last year and 240M among 28 countries. Job Market Insights is used as a market research tool by the main agents involved in the Employment sector.

These vacancies were deduplicated in order to ensure that the data consist of only unique job postings.

In addition, low-key words and stop-words were discarded with a lexic analysis of the content. The rest of the words were assigned a weight based on the number of times they appear within the content in the whole corpus of the offers.

Likewise, data from the JobisJob search engine, with a base of 3 million users has been used for the user behaviour analysis.


Alfonso for JobisJob

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