Well, I’ll go to the foot of our stairs!
New data shows that the number of IT jobs are increasing in the North while they are shrinking elsewhere. Could this be the birth of Silicon Moor? That’d great news for a Manchester tech PR agency like Skout. As reported in B2B tech mag ComputerWorld UK this week, advertised job vacancies for IT workers have increased in the North of England and Scotland in the second quarter of 2013, whilst the London and South East markets have contracted. The figures come from recruiter Robert Walters’ latest European Job Index, which measures changes to the number of advertisements posted to key job boards across Europe.
In the North West and North East of England, the volume of advertised vacancies increased by 9.2 percent and Scotland saw an increase of some 11.6 percent – even better the farther you go. Vacancies in London and the South East contracted by 1.6 percent over the same period.
A Robert Walters expert also hinted at what’s driving this: “Professionals with experience of e-commerce and are driving much of this activity, and we are also seeing increased demand for infrastructure developers,” said Tim Gilbert, Director of Technology Recruitment at Robert Walters. “Employers in the financial services sector are particularly interested in IT experts with a track record of effecting change management as scrutiny from the regulatory agencies increases.”
The spread of both consumer and B2B tech across the North is often underestimated and its great to see some formal recognition of the health of this sector on our doorstep.