If you work in technology, you’re in the right job according to British industry experts who monitored 2016, post-Brexit. But will it continue into 2017?
Yes, is the short answer.
Despite the worries around the impact of Brexit last year, a survey conducted by Dice found that 1 in 5 tech professionals feel that the vote had a positive effect on the job market. They also found that over half of people working in the technology sector were confident that their career plans would not be negatively affected.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) echoed the sentiment, saying that they expect to see another jump in hiring within the science and tech industries in 2017.
In their annual employment survey, which questioned large and small UK employers responsibe for 1.2 million employees, they found that jobs creation will be highest in science, IT and construction. These sectors have the greatest expected growth in 2017 compared to all other industries.
However, it warns that whilst there will be demand in these areas, if the country loses highly skilled immigrants, this will have a detrimental effect on the market and we may suffer an even greater skills gap – a problem that already exists within the technology professions.
We have a few thoughts on the tech talent crisis, which you can read about here: “The Tech Talent Crisis and What to Do About it”. We’d love to hear your thoughts too.