Tech Industry facing a shortage of skilled employees

Top organisations want those who can speak confidently, listen well, make decisions based on critical analysis, and lead by example

According to The CV Squad, although tech is the fastest-growing industry in the UK (twice that of the wider economy), 85% of hard-to-fill positions are difficult to recruit for because of a lack of specialist, technical skills, meaning employees with top skills are hard to find.

Tech City UK’s 2017 report found that tech workers get paid more and contribute more to the UK economy than any other industry. The CV Squad have explored the skill set needed to become in-demand of tech recruiters from within the fast-growing industry.

Top Technologies to Work in

A recent report by techUK reveals the top new technologies poised for growth in the next five years:

Top Technologies:

Job rolesTime stayedAverage salary
Enterprise Architect 7 years and 6 months£80,669
Machine Operator
5 years and 8 months £23,576
Shift Manager
4 years and 4 months £27,999
Team Leader and Director 3 years and 9 months £21,396, £45,405
Coach3 years and 7 months £36,118
Cashier and Shop Manager
3 years and 6 months £23,610, £25,253
Social Care Worker
3 years and 4 months £29,804
Cleaner Casual and Chief Executive Officer
3 years and 3 months £16,247, £42,673
Office Manager3 years and 2 months £33,025
Chief Marketing Officer 3 years and 1 month £46,712

*All numbers converted from US$ to £ as per rates on 19 December 2017

The Most In-Demand Tech Skills

The world’s largest professional social network, LinkedIn, analysed the hiring activity that took place on the platform in 2016 to highlight the 10 top skills most likely to get you a new job in 2017.

The Most Employable Skills:

  1. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
  2. Middleware and Integration Software
  3. HR Benefits and Compensation
  4. Web Architecture and Development Framework
  5. Mobile Development
  6. Perl, Python, Ruby
  7. SEO/SEM Marketing
  8. Network and Information Security
  9. Data Presentation
  10. Data Engineering and Data Warehouse

LinkedIn careers expert Catherine Fisher adds, “While some skills expire every couple of years, our data strongly suggests that tech skills will still be needed for years to come, in every industry.”

Upskilling to Stand Out

To stand out in an industry with such a highly skilled talent pool, employees should take the opportunity to upskill themselves in various prominent areas that are vital to the tech industry’s growth.

Easily Transferable Skills & Tools for Tech Industry Workers

The CV Squad analysed data to determine which skills and tools are easily transferable to the industry’s top jobs:

  1. Project management: PRINCE2, Agile, Scrum
  2. IT service management (ITSM): ServiceNow, BMC Remedy
  3. Research and analysis of big data: Tableau, NoSQL, and Apache Hadoop
  4. Programming and coding: HTML5, SQL, JavaScript, C#, and Python
  5. Sales: Oracle, Salesforce CRM
  6. Content marketing: JSON, SEMrush, BuzzSumo, WordPress, Canva
  7. UX design: SEO, HTML, CSS, Adobe Creative Suite, CMS knowledge (e.g. WordPress)

Don’t Neglect Soft Skills

Top organisations want to hire leaders – those who can speak confidently, listen well, make decisions based on critical analysis, and lead by example.

But, unlike hard skills, which can be proven and measured, soft skills are intangible and difficult to quantify, so organisations are on the lookout for this rare combination of skills.

The Top Soft Skills:

  • Deal-making and meeting skills
  • Presentation and negotiation skills
  • Communication skills
  • Time management
  • Analytical thinking
  • Ergonomic sensitivity
  • Empathy
  • Leadership skills
  • Teaching, mentoring and knowledge sharing
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Being a team player that can work well collaboratively

According to The CV Squad’s Justin Roach, who specialises in recruitment in the tech industry:

“Aside from much-needed technical skills, recruiters and businesses are struggling to find technically skilled candidates with the soft skills to match.

“The sector too often focuses on the hyper-technical knowledge of this highly experienced group, and less so on communication and leadership skills.

“These soft skills are crucial when climbing the corporate ladder from a purely technical role to a more senior one – and since soft skills are learnt, not taught, they should be a focus for employees, businesses, and the tech industry at large.”

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