Why Working in Tech Has Never Been Better

Every few months Work in Startups do an in-depth analysis to check out what the latest hiring news is amongst the top UK tech companies. In September 2021, we revelaed that they are continuing to hire at record rates post-pandemic, with a 128% increase in jobs on offer since September 2020. These companies are currently making up around 5,000 vacanies within the UK, which can be viewed here!

The switch to online services that accelerated during the pandemic has been fueling the industry, creating an abundance of opportunities right across the UK. The Office of National Statistics reported almost 20,000 new tech companies had registered on Companies House during the pandemic, so the record growth in tech jobs comes at no surprise. 

Which tech companies are hiring?

The UK Foodtech scene remains very well-positioned and has continued to show the largest growth in hiring. The pandemic has notably accelerated the online food delivery business, with London creating a strong foundation as a global hub for FoodTech innovation. Foodtech giants, Deliveroo (239 vacancies), Gousto (117 vacancies) and Hellofresh (41 vacancies), continue to flourish post-pandemic with huge increases in their number of vacancies compared to this time last year. 

Citypantry, the UK corporate catering marketplace who were acquired by Just Eat in 2019, has seen the largest growth in number of vacancies (75 vacancies), indicating employees returning to the office and is now in full swing. 

Amazon remains the highest advertiser (1,571 vacancies) amongst the top UK tech firms with their number of jobs doubling from last September. 

Deliveroo is notable for a further reason, which it shares with FTSE 250 cyber security AI business Darktrace: both were among the thirty tech and consumer internet companies to list their shares on the London Stock Exchange so far this year and both raised money when doing so. They therefore have enhanced funds to drive expansion, including by recruitment. Darktrace is actively recruiting across all roles, with over 70 vacancies in the UK and over 250 globally. The growing popularity of the tech IPO has demonstrated the vital link between strength in stock markets and the real economy.

What tech jobs are in demand and where are they?

Tech vacancies have been analysed by the most popular searched job titles within the industry to indicate where the demand is. With online presence being more important than ever, it’s no surprise that SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) has seen the largest year-on-year growth, at 274% and a creation of 6,997 jobs. 

Programming and Developer jobs continue to lead the way with 74,000 vacancies currently on the market. This growth has continued right through the pandemic and isn’t showing signs of slowing. 

London and South West England remain to be the strongest regions with the number of tech jobs available however, Eastern England and the West Midlands have seen a similar growth (130%) since September last year, with an additional 10,000 jobs on the market between them. 

In March 2021, we celebrated the milestone of hitting 1 million vacant jobs in the UK after seeing a real low last May, with just 350,700 on the market. There are now over 1.2 million jobs on the market with tech jobs making up 13% (150,000) of the total UK vacancies according to Adzuna data. Comparing this to May 2020, that is a 348% increase. 

 Table 1: Vacancies & Growth rate by Job type

Job TypeSeptember 2021 vacancies YoY % Change 
SQL31,695146.69%
Product Manager 26,405114.14%
Digital  Marketing 17,900127.27%
Java16,251124.18%
IT Support14,813174.62%
Web Developer 8,58577.56%
Data Scientist 10,408151.52%
PHP6,907106.30%
SEO9,545274.61%
Front End Developer 5,348121.54%
Social Media Manager 4,071133.43%
Web Designer 3,243128.38%
Ruby2,832117.51%
CTO2,381113.93%
IT Sales3,433208.72%
Perl 1,21267.17%
DBA99187.33%

Table 2: Tech Job Vacancies, Growth rate and Average Salary by Region

Region  September 2021 tech vacanciesYoY% change Average advertised salary
UK wide*147,671142%£60,315
London49,145141%£75,085
South East England25,298153%£59,722
North West England11,588105%£49,430
South West England9,84376%£50,222
Eastern England8,797135%£49,450
West Midlands8,943132%£50,222
Yorkshire And The Humber5,389105%£47,411
Scotland6,299114%£51,827
East Midlands4,36194%£59,722
Wales2,23897%£42,212
North East England2386114%£43,154
Northern Ireland183170%£45,969

Vicky Vitkay, general manager at Work in Startup comments: It’s exciting to see UK tech unicorns and startups continuing to thrive. We can certainly celebrate the UK being the global capital of innovation, however efforts and focus need to go into ensuring diversity and inclusion are fulfilled within this huge ecosystem and importantly, we need to be providing more entry level job opportunities for graduates who are entering the market. 

For further data, please contact vicky@workinstartups.com

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