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Tech Job Insights: Bright Purple look back at Q3 2022

Bright Purple technology recruitment Q3 Insights October 2021
We’re back for our insights of Q3, July – September 2022.
Welcome to Bright Purple’s latest IT and Tech job market report. In this article, we’ll take a look at the IT and Tech jobs market across the UK in Q3 2022.
The summer months have continued in a positive trend for both Bright Purple and the wider UK Tech Industry, with IT and Tech vacancies continuing to soar past pre-pandemic levels.
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Industry Highlights:


Bright Purple Highlights:


Industry Highlights


Tech jobs make up 14% of all UK jobs

Tech Nation’s People and Skills Report 2022, which uses data from job search specialist Adzuna, has shown that tech roles now make up 14% of all job opportunities in the UK, up from 11% in 2019.
While some tech companies have signalled plans to cut staff numbers, the tech sector as a whole continues to grow. Tech job opportunities in the UK have hit a 10-year high with the explosion in demand for tech products and services over the past two years.
This may be a result of employers trying to get their vacancies advertised before they go on holiday – or it may be indicative of the super-busy jobs market.

The most in-demand tech role in the UK is Software Development

Demand for software developers continues to lead the way – up 56% compared with 2019, with more than 56,000 developer roles or 8% of the total, advertised so far this year. This is good news for Digital Bootcamp/re-skilling academies like CodeClan which specialise in the two key areas.
Around 750 new Software Developer jobs are advertised daily in the UK. This equates to around one new tech job every two minutes - making software developers some of the most sought-after professionals in the country.
Meanwhile, there has also been a strong uptick in hiring for Security roles by companies that are adapting to business challenges like increased cyber threats. Demand for Engineers in particular, has been doubling since 2019, and Security is now in the top five most in-demand skills when hiring.
In terms of other skills, Data Science is currently the most in-demand skill in UK tech, rising from third position in previous years, with a 1006% increase in demand for data skills since 2019. This is because Machine Learning, Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence have become ever so important to insights-driven businesses. Popularity in Data Science has also been demonstrated by Python becoming the first language in 20 years to beat C and Java to the top of the TIOBE Index for the past 2 years.
While technical skills are important, there is also a growing demand for softer skills from employees, with Management, Client Expertise, and Communication climbing upwards. These are considered to be within the top 10 sought-after skills in tech jobs.

The demand for senior tech positions is increasing

With the growing demand for tech roles to be filled, in particular senior roles, the number of entry-level candidates outweighs the number of entry-level roles, whereas the number of vacancies for senior tech roles outweighs the number of suitable senior candidates.
This may create a supply issue in future, with fewer prospective employees able to gain vital experience in tech, and companies struggling to hire experienced people.
There seems to be a disconnect between the roles available and the roles people are capable of filling. Currently, there are approximately eight senior roles open for every entry-level role advertised, even though there are far more STEM graduates in the UK than there are entry-level roles available, according to Higher Education Statistics Agency. This highlights that on-the-job training and upskilling are essential elements of ensuring UK organisations have the skills they need to succeed.
According to a survey carried out by Tech Nation and You Gov, 64% of people who work in UK tech said that having tech skills was essential for job security. In addition, 26% believe that upskilling themselves in new digital or tech skills will allow them to earn more in the future.
Demand for tech roles by level of seniority.

Total Jobs Hiring Index reveals optimistic results for the IT sector in Q4

The Total Jobs Hiring Index looks at the recruitment landscape across all sectors in the UK. Here are the key takeaways around the IT and Tech sector:
  • Of all businesses which recruited in Q3, 23% hired IT/Tech positions
  • IT/Tech businesses reported a 36% increase in recruitment in Q3
  • Looking at Q4, skills shortages are expected to have the biggest impact on 25% of IT/Tech businesses

Bright Purple Highlights


Contract market is going strong despite IR35 concerns

There has been a lot of concern about what the impact of the changes in law with IR35 would do to the contract market. However, we are seeing a high number of contract roles being released.
We are also seeing a higher ratio of contract roles being filled, which shows companies still need contractors and are moving quickly to fill the demands. We believe this demand will continue as more projects ramp up.

In-Demand Skillsets

Almost 50% of our live roles in Q3 required skills in Infrastructure, Support & Security, .Net, or JavaScript for both permanent and contract roles.
This is very much in line with the wider industry; the rise in infrastructure that has come with the pandemic. In addition, Security is now in the top five most in-demand skills when hiring in the UK. Security roles are in high demand by UK companies due to adapting to business challenges like increased cyber threats.

More than a quarter of advertised roles are remote

Home working is going nowhere!
35% of our vacancies in Q3 were fully remote, with almost every other job offering some form of hybrid working.
In a candidate-short market, continued flexibility is a must for many companies in order to engage and retain the best talent. The challenge comes with how we can maintain a bond between teams and employees when working apart

Diversity Statistics

Tech continues to be a male dominated, and that clearly won’t change overnight. Here are some diversity stats around our recruitment process for Q3:
  • 25% of applications through our website were candidates who identify as female (2% preferred not to say)
  • 17% of all candidates that interviewed in Q3 identify as female
  • 17% of all placements made in Q3 identify as female

Q4 Forecast

While the winter months tend to be quieter in recruitment, we’ve made a very strong start to this quarter:
  • 27% of our current placements this quarter are in contract roles
  • 14% of all our current placements in this quarter are candidates who identify as female
  • We’re seeing a significant demand for Software Engineer roles
Bright Purple CEO Nick Price says:
"Another solid quarter’s performance for the Bright Purple business. Given the continued serious economic challenges faced in the UK and globally, with threats of recession, high-interest rates, and continued war in Ukraine causing more uncertainty, this is a statement of intent of how hard our team is working to achieve our business goals. My personal thanks go to all our people, and it’s a team effort, from Finance to Marketing, Training to Sales; credit goes to the team.
As CEO of Bright Purple and a 27-year veteran with the firm, it’s true to say that I’ve seen my fair share of ups and downs as a leader. However, going into the final quarter of the year and looking toward 2023, it’s hard to say that I honestly know what’s coming down the track. We’re busy servicing existing customers and securing new wins. Talent demand in technology remains high and yet continued skills shortages exist in specific sectors across technology and cyber. We appear to be busy across our full-service offering, whether it be permanent or contract resourcing, projects or vertical specialism hiring, or our back-office offerings such as PES, they’re all in demand.
The challenge I see ahead in the UK in the coming period, especially with the UK’s low unemployment and existing tech skills shortages, is the inability of our firms to make the most of free movement of people from across Europe, denying many of our businesses access to top tech talent. However, maybe that’s where the new world of remote working and digital natives comes into play and where we, at Bright Purple, have a responsibility to come up with new and innovative thinking on what we can do to change the narrative. It’s a challenge, but next year is our 28th year of business, and one thing we are used to is, facing up to challenges”.
That’s a wrap on our Q3 insights.
If you have any questions about our findings, or you'd like to chat to Bright Purple about your tech recruitment need or your next career move, please reach out to us!
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