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Record numbers working in IT jobs

Graduates considering technology careers will be pleased to learn that the number of people in the UK working in IT jobs is at a record level, according to a report published yesterday by tech-sector organisation e-skills. It estimates that 1,093,000 people in the UK now have careers in technology – that’s 4% of the UK workforce.

The report, which covers the period October to December 2010, also found that the number of advertised IT vacancies grew for the sixth consecutive quarter to 105,000. The number of ‘ready candidates’ (employed and unemployed IT workers looking for new jobs) declined to 95,000. Approximately 37,000 technologists – 3.3% – were unemployed. This compares favourably with the figure for the UK as a whole, which stood at 7.9% for the same period.

Technology sector wages rose slightly, with the average salary for an IT job standing at £38,500 pa. This too compares well against the UK average, calculated by the Office for National Statistics to be around £25,900.

The top ten skills that IT employers required for permanent roles were: SQL, C, C#, .Net, SQL SVR, ASP, Java, Java Script, HTML and Linux. The top ten for contract roles were: SQL, C, C#, Java, Oracle, .Net, SQL SVR, SAP, Unix and ASP.

The report follows announcements by several recruiters of IT graduates in recent weeks that they are increasing their intakes.

http://targetjobs.co.uk/news/191376-record-numbers-working-in-it-jobs

TABLETS, APPS AND MOBILE PHONES – Inside Careers Engineering and Technology News Bulletin

Since the release of smartphones and the ever increasing popularity of the tablet PCs, the IT industry and our habits have changed considerably – and will no doubt continue to do so in the future.

As companies such as Amazon, Google and Apple battle it out for their market share and of course our hard earned cash, these new innovations also present new challenges and opportunities for those looking to get a job in this industry.

We take a look some of the opportunities available to you and what it’s like to work as a Games Programmer or Design Engineer for a mobile technology firm.

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WHERE IS THE IT INDUSTRY GOING?

The IT industry continually looks for technological changes that will transform the experience of its users, whether at work or at home, taking the market in unexpected directions.
Continue to read this article to find out more.
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AND WHAT KIND OF SALARIES CAN YOU EXPECT?

For IT Consultants, pay can range from average to very well paid, but this often depends on the wider sector to which the company belongs. Thanks to XpertHR for providing us with some further details on what you can expect.
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WORKING FOR IMAGINATION TECHNOLOGY AS A DESIGN ENGINEER

Robert works for Imagination Technologies as a Design Engineer. He studied computer science to MSc level at the University of Warwick before joining the company to help develop software for mobile phones.
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SPECIALISE IN GAMING

After studying a BSc in computer science, Ben decided that he wanted to bring his passion for gaming into his working life and returned to university to study Games Programming. He now works for Sumo Digital and discusses his role for us here.
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WHAT TO DO NEXT?

You’ve done a bit of research, read some profiles, visited some company websites and decided that IT would be an interesting industry in which to explore your career options. Our ‘Routes into the profession’ article gives you some clues as to what to do next.
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DIGITAL MAGAZINE

For further options within engineering and technology, take a look at our Career Choice magazine.
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