What IT skills were most searched for in 2017?

by Heat Recruitment

The UK’s digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing in the country. According to figures, it grew 50% faster than the economy as a whole in 2015, and contributed £97bn to GBP. In 2017, the average salary for tech workers in the UK sits at £50,663 – a full £15,000 above the national average.

IT jobs are on the rise. According to online jobsite Reed.co.uk, the most popular of this select grouping are Network Engineers, SAP consultants, Mobile App Developers and Application Engineers, to name a few. Each of these roles, notably, allows for salaries far higher than the UK average.

With many employers revising their hiring intentions for 2018 and beyond, a global skills shortage, and an exponentially increasing demand for skilled tech talent, there has truly never been a better time to work in this sector.

Indeed has now completed its research showcasing the growth in searches between 2016 and 2017 – thus highlighting year on year growth for specific technological skills. For the discerning IT job-seeker, securing the highest pay package is par for the course. So, which skills are most in demand today?

React JS (313% growth over the last 12 months)

The JavaScript library for the creation of user interfaces is by far and large the most searched for skill in 2017 – up a staggering 313% in just a year, React is effectively taking over front-end development.

AWS – Amazon Web Services (98%)

Amazon is beginning to corner their niche of the market – the service provides on-demand cloud capability to any business that should desire it. The tools, much like their DevOps counterparts, help organisations to streamline workflows – improving efficiency as a result.

Azure (51%)

Sticking firmly with cloud services, Azure is Microsoft’s answer to AWS. Considering the relative dip in growth compared to its rival, however, the winner in adoption is clear at this stage.

Angular (50%)

The rise of Angular highlights our shift into a ‘mobile economy’ – the framework allows for the use of HTML as a template, and is supported by Google.

Mandarin (49%)

So, obviously, Mandarin isn’t a ‘tech’ skill. It is, however, a language spoken by over 730m people in a region that commanded 17% of total global exports in 2015. Fluency in this language, then, will enable IT specialists to expand their experience base beyond their borders, taking advantage of China’s “Made in China 2025” policy.

The world of work is clearly changing, and from the top five most in demand skills for the tech sector, two trends are abundantly clear. First, we see the rise of conglomerate led cloud services. Microsoft, Amazon and Google all deliver packages which are surging in demand.

Second, we see China’s huge capacity for production expand beyond its ‘cheap’ reputation. The 49% increase in employers looking for Mandarin on a CV highlights that businesses are increasingly looking to do business with China – that it appears in a tech list confirms that Chinese systems may soon become a far more prominent feature in the Western technology scene.

Navigating the ever-changing landscape associated with technology and IT is far from an attractive proposition. At Heat Recruitment, we have a huge range of IT roles available across the UK and Europe. If you’re looking for a change, get in touch.

By Glen Pearse