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Information Technology

The Job Market

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  • In 2010 there were 862,700 people employed in the computing services industry. Computing services includes hard and software consultancy and supply, database activities and maintenance and repair of computer equipment.  But IT workers are also employed across many other sectors
  • When the IT industry is looked at as a whole - including all the professionals working in an IT job role outside the computer services industry - the number employed goes up to 1.5 million! The majority of these IT professionals and managers are employed in large businesses, financial organisations such as banks, public services and the health service.  Sectors such as transport and communication and manufacturing also employ significant numbers.
  • Forty per cent of those in the IT industry are employed in businesses in London and the South East.  However, as IT professionals and managers are employed in a wide range of businesses, including manufacturing and public services, there are opportunities throughout the Black Country with more opportunities in the larger towns and cities such as Wolverhampton.  Birmingham has a high percentage of financial companies and these are also a good source of regional IT professional employment.
  • People in IT are highly qualified with 59 per cent having a level 4 or 5 qualification (Degree level) and 90 per cent having level 3 (Advanced level) or above -  so it is important to aim for qualifications at least to Advanced level 3.
  • It's a well paid industry; earnings are on average £210 per week above the UK wage average. See pay rates to check out who is earning the most.
  • Higher level IT professionals, such as ICT managers and IT strategy/planning professionals, have seen a big growth in numbers in the past decade but jobs such as IT user support and database assistants and clerks, have experienced a significant fall.
  • More than a quarter (28%) of those employed in IT are employed as ICT managers.
  • There is a gender imbalance in the industry as a whole - with 67 per cent of males compared to 33 per cent of females being employed in  IT.  The gender split in all jobs in the UK is 53 per cent of males compared to 47 per cent of females.
  • Eighty-six per cent of businesses have fewer than five employees.
  • Currently only fifteen per cent of jobs in the industry are part-time, but this figure is predicted to grow slightly.
  • 21 million people in the UK, 77 % of the UK's total workforce, use IT in their everyday jobs.
  • 92% of all job vacancies require applicants to have IT user skills.
  • One in every 20 people working in the West Midlands is employed in the IT & Telecoms workforce.

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Figures: IT & Telecoms Insights 2010 Profiles of the industry and Workforce - e-skills UK 2010