Certain areas of IT, Data and Technology in the UK have been hiring prolifically despite the ever-looming uncertainty of Britain’s departure from the European Union.
Although some areas remain quiet due to the influences of Brexit and a distinct lack of clarity surrounding it, others have thrived - in particular any technology hiring across Automation, Cyber and Data, that is linked to risk and cost saving. These global cost saving initiatives have, somewhat ironically, driven up the salaries of professionals within certain specialisms including roles of Test Automation Engineer, DevOps Engineer, Data Analytics and Cyber Engineer.
The flow of permanent vacancies has been strong, particularly in Data, Java, Cyber, DevOps and Test Automation, ultimately leading to an 11% increase in vacancies over the third quarter of 2019 when compared to the second quarter of the year.
This area has been so prominent recently as it’s beginning to cross over in so many other roles and numerous organisations have been asking for professionals with DevOps skills to assume roles including Data Analytics and Cyber. There has also been a high demand for those possessing experience working with Kubernetes, Python and Docker.
Focusing on workplace wellness and offering a level of flexibility in roles are both becoming prominent in tech businesses, particularly in the large banking community. In order to accommodate for this, employers give their staff access to free or discounted gyms, increased ‘new parents’ benefits, flexible working, private healthcare and a more relaxed working environment.
Brexit has played a significant role in slowing down the technology market so far this year, but whether things will gain momentum or continue to slow down after 31st October remains to be seen.
One piece of legislation that will definitely continue to influence hiring is IR35. As more and more companies nail down their stance and approach, the recruitment of contractors will slow down and the emphasis will firmly be on permanent hiring. With that in mind, it’s important that any temporary professionals seriously consider how the changes will affect them sooner rather than later and may have to be flexible when it comes to opportunities.