IT employers urged to think to the future, as skills shortage continues


Hampshire, 25th April 2019 – The latest job market report from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job site, has found that the struggle to recruit is still on across the IT industry. In fact, advertised vacancies in IT increased by 13.3% year-on-year in Q1 2019.

The report, which compared data from Q1 2019 with the same period in 2018, also found that employers are attempting to pull out all the stops to entice workers out of their current jobs, as salaries increased by 1.6% year-on-year.

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, comments: “The past year has been a trying time for IT businesses. The supply of top tech talent in the UK has been negatively impacted by the prospect of Brexit, as Britain just isn’t as attractive to EU migrants as it was a few years ago. As such, vacancies and salaries in the IT sector have rocketed, as employers desperately search for candidates who are qualified for the job.

“However, there has to come a point where employers draw the line on increasing salary offerings. While it’s important to keep pace with the current market, other strategies should be considered if the pressure is going to be taken off employers to tackle the growing skills shortage.”

On a positive note, applications to IT jobs increased by an impressive 15.3% year-on-year and it was one of just a few industries in the UK to see a jump in candidate appetite.

Biggins concludes: “In the current climate, the best advice I can give to IT employers is to start expanding their training initiatives, whether through work experience placements, apprenticeships, or a combination of the two. Also, invest in your current staff by teaching them new skills! With a highly-skilled workforce, you’ll be in a better position to cope with the supposed ‘brain-drain’ from Brexit.”

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CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites and attracts over 4.3 million unique job seekers every month. Founded by Lee Biggins in 2000, CV-Library is the UK’s leading independent online job board with a database of over 13 million CVs.

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