Number of UK IT candidates dropping

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Broadbean Technology: ‘This decline in IT applications is a concern that every business in the country should be wary of as it will affect us all’.

Latest findings have revealed that the number of candidates in the IT sector is dropping, which is continuing to worsen the growing tech skills gap within the UK.

The Broadbean Technology research shows that there was a 66% increase in demand for IT professionals between the third quarter of last year and Q3 2021.

At the same time application numbers fell 41%, so with employers feeling the gap in supply and demand, this has caused average IT salaries to rise (increasing £2,607 in 2021).

Alex Fourlis, Managing Director at Broadbean Technology, commented, “We’ve witnessed the impact that the skills shortage has had on logistics and supply chains, but this shortage of applicants isn’t just limited to HGV drivers – it’s a widespread challenge.

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“The fact that we’re seeing an increased gap between the number of vacancies across IT and the number of people applying for these positions indicates that the professional services arena is facing a scarcity of talent that could soon reach a critical point.

“This decline in IT applications is a concern that every business in the country should be wary of as it will affect us all. The shortage of specialist tech skills is an issue that has long been building in the country, and while the plans to “level up” the country that the Prime Minister has outlined should help address this talent dearth to some degree, for the immediate demand, UK firms simply need to be able to tap into other talent pools easily, including international pipelines.”

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