Great news for the IT & Telecoms industry: employment is going to grow by 5 times the national average over the next decade and 110,000 people are going to be needed this year alone. According to research from e-skills UK, the IT & Telecoms industry will need to recruit an additional 500,000 professionals over the next five years. It says that half of the 110,000 required this year will come from people moving from other occupations into the industry and 17% will come from education.
The research also found there were more older people employed in the industry with the proportion over 50 doubling to almost 17% and the number under 30 declining from 33% to 19%. While e-skills described this trend as "worrying", there are many people struggling in other occupations looking to move to IT & Telecoms that must be very glad to hear it.
A word of warning to everyone in the industry, with the media industry under increasing present at the moment, the new man or woman next to you could be a journalist!
This was first published in January 2011