The pressure to find staff increases in the industry
The tech industry needs to focus on opportunities for applicants from a non-technical background if they are to reduce the current volume of vacancies.
The latest KPMG and REC-generated UK employment report survey indicated that salaries have increased due to a significant shortage of applicants. As the world continues to recover from Covid, the demand for talent exceeds the number of people available in the market.
Mark Sheldon, CTO at Sidetrade, a fintech SaaS specialist, said salaries would attract people, but there were not enough opportunities for those looking to take their first steps on the career ladder in the world of technology.
“In my opinion, one of the biggest challenges we face in the industry is not the shortage of readily available skills for open positions, but rather the outdated idea than to enter a career in technology. , you must have all the technical and academic skills. you are already training under your belt, ”he said. “It is therefore imperative to rethink conventional professional paths towards technological roles.
“Gone are the days when you needed a college degree or years of experience to enter the tech industry. In fact, some of the best talent that we have hired here at Sidetrade in the past has come through non-university avenues. “
Sidetrade recently relaunched its annual Code Academy apprenticeship-style initiative, designed to attract people outside of normal recruiting channels.
“Through our free four-week program in Birmingham, participants with minimal or no prior training learn to code and gain valuable insight into the world of working at a tech company,” said Sheldon. “A selection of participants are then offered a full-time job with us at the end. “
The comments follow research by KPMG and REC, which found activity across the UK continued to rise sharply as the economy recovered from the worst of the pandemic and wages in the permanent and temporary staff were increasing to record levels. But the number of potential applicants continued to decline.
The channel said attracting and retaining staff as one of its ongoing concerns and the issue was a central theme at Synaxon’s online event last month.
“Finding and retaining good qualified people is one of the biggest challenges for managed service providers. [MSPs] in today’s world and with the rapid growth of security and cloud business, the challenge grows every day, ”said Mike Barron, Managing Director of Synaxon UK.
Kate Shoesmith, REC’s deputy chief executive, said it was a good time for people looking for new jobs, with rewards available to those interested in the tech industry.
“Employers are desperately looking for good candidates for the many jobs on offer and this is reflected in starting salaries which are increasing at the fastest rate since the start of the survey in 1997,” she said. “It will probably motivate more people to be looking for new opportunities. The same goes for temporary workers, who also benefit from a salary increase.
“Recruiters are working hard to fill the positions of employers eager to rebuild and recover, but their jobs are made more difficult by shortages of workers in all sectors. “
Claire Warnes, Partner and Head of Education, Skills and Productivity at KPMG UK, said it was time for employers to seek out talent internally and externally.
“Although companies are keen to invest in their business now that the restrictions are lifted, the demand for new staff still exceeds supply due to the low availability of candidates,” she said. “We know that retraining and upskilling is needed to help people move from one sector to another. “