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Six out of ten of the most difficult UK jobs to fill are in tech

Written by Louisa Cook on Tuesday, 05 February 2019. Posted in Talent, People

Brexit forces British employers to struggle to find staff. And it seems tech entrepreneurs can have a particularly hard time

Six out of ten of the most difficult UK jobs to fill are in tech

British startups are at the forefront of the technology industry. However, finding talented tech workers is far from easy. In fact, six out of ten of the hardest jobs to fill in Britain are in this sector, new research shows. 

According to data released by Indeed, the jobs site, many of tech vacancies lay vacant for more than 60 days on the site. Optometrist solicitor and surgeon jobs topped the list, with 68.79%, 51.4% and 46.32% of these roles remaining unfilled respectively. The following seven roles were software engineer, software architect, front end developer, system engineer, flight attendant and software test engineer. Between 41.8% and 39.76% of these roles were left unfilled after 60 days. 

Indeed also looked at the top ten list of the highest proportion of hard to fill postings by market share in the last year. This showed that jobs such as nurses, cleaners and assistants remained vacant for long despite offering annual salaries exceeding £35,000. 

Commenting on the research Bill Richards, UK managing director of Indeed, said: “The Brexit connection is hard to overlook. Many of the ‘hardest to fill’ roles have historically been ones that were filled by EU workers drawn to the UK by Britain’s more abundant job opportunities. With official data showing net migration from the EU slowing, these roles are set to become even harder to fill.”

He added: “Clearly in a tight labour market like ours, much of the power already sits with the workers, but these roles that are notoriously hard to fill could prove especially fruitful for ambitious jobseekers looking for a new challenge.”

Challenges like these can certainly cause companies to struggle to grow. Fortunately, UK entrepreneurs have again and again proven their salt so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that they’ll be able to tech care of business. 

About the Author

Louisa Cook

Louisa Cook

As editorial intern, Louisa has joined the Elite team looking to progress her career in publishing and journalism. Apart from being passionate about writing, she is a feminist and a cat lover. 

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