Tech employers confident they can fill jobs gap


Tech employers confident they can fill jobs gap

Simon Quicke

Hopes that have been pinned on the private sector as being a source for jobs to offset public sector cuts look well placed when it comes to the IT market.

The UK technology industry is fairly confident that it can do its bit in creating jobs with 78% of firms expecting to take on more staff this year.

Findings from Barclays across various industry sectors showed that IT was ahead of other markets in equating more jobs with more sales and making the necessary investments to put that equation to the test.

But the banking group warned that in one area tech employers were "missing a trick" by their reluctance to take on former public sector workers, with only 22% interested in picking up those that have been culled in government cuts.

Sean Duffy, head of the industry, technology, media and telecoms team at Barclays said that the IT sector had a reputation for being dynamic and "the industry is clearly going through a period of rapid growth and development, resulting in new job opportunities at all levels."

"Technology companies are particularly optimistic and upbeat about their prospects for growth and it looks like there are going to be plenty of openings for those in the business," he added.

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