The tech industry has changed considerably over the last five years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the rise of remote working, and of course, the much-talked-about Great Resignation. We have seen huge shifts in both priorities and technology. The UK unemployment rate fell to 3.7% between January and March this year – its lowest for almost 50 years – and job openings rose to a new high of 1.3 million.
With so many roles available and new ones coming on board that are changing or adapting to our new normal, we’re taking a look at five of the most popular UK tech roles right now.
1. Project manager
According to a recent report, 22 million new project management opportunities are predicted to emerge before 2027. Therefore, it’s safe to say that the demand for project management professionals is showing no sign of slowing down. But what exactly does a project manager do?
Project managers are in charge of the planning, execution and completion of a project. They tend to liaise with lots of different teams such as marketing, content, engineering, and DevOps. To do this role you need to be an excellent communicator and above all, have impeccable organisation skills.
Project managers work across a variety of different sectors but they are particularly popular in tech. They play an integral role and help teams to get products built and keep targets on track.
You can check out some available roles in the project management field here.
2. Cybersecurity analyst
Cybersecurity is more important now than it has ever been. In fact, according to survey findings, businesses suffered 50% more cyber attack attempts per week in 2021. Annually, these breaches cost organisations and governments billions of pounds per year. That’s where cybersecurity analysts come in.
Without a team of security specialists, companies risk losing not only huge sums of money in data breaches, but also reputation. That’s why it is vital for companies to have professionals on staff to protect them from attacks.
There is a huge range of skills required within the cyber security field, including data security, threat knowledge, identity management, network security, and knowledge around regulatory landscapes, for example.
Specialists also need problem-solving skills, knowledge of security across various platforms, great communication skills, and fundamental computer forensics skills. If you’ve got what it takes it can be a hugely rewarding job with relatively high salaries.
You can find out more on open roles in cyber security here.
3. Cloud architect
Cloud computing has enjoyed explosive growth over the last decade and even more so since 2020. With the rise of both hybrid and remote working since Covid-19, which accelerated the need for out-of-office, collaborative solutions, the demand for cloud architects has gone through the roof.
A cloud architect is responsible for overseeing a company’s overall cloud strategy and application. They convert the requirements of a project into architecture. Sometimes they are tasked with bridging the gaps between complex problems and actual solutions in the cloud.
Cloud architects must have experience with programming languages, as well as a strong background in IT engineering.
You can check out some available roles in this field on the UKTN job board.
4. Software developers
Software development is one of those fields constantly in demand. And it’s a great role to get into if you want to future-proof your career. In fact, according to Slashdata, we will probably have a staggering 45 million software developers by 2030.
Software developers design, build, install, and test software systems. Then, once the system is up and running, they need to help maintain and update their code to make sure that users have a smooth experience.
To be a software engineer you need to have experience with programming languages, brilliant problem-solving skills, and excellent time management skills.
You can discover open software development roles here.
5. DevOps engineer
Dev teams and IT teams have lots of different skills and goals. While the dev team will want to introduce new features and exciting changes, the IT team will want to keep a platform stable and safe. This is where DevOps comes in.
DevOps engineers work on the unification and automation of processes. To do this, they need to have an understanding not only of development life cycles, but DevOps culture and its philosophy, practices, and tools.
Key skills include coding and scripting, testing, communication, and security.
You can explore roles in the DevOps field here.
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