Demand for IT professionals saw a significant uptick in July following the Brexit vote.
According to figures from the Robert Walters UK Jobs Index, the number of job vacancies for IT professionals rose by 15 percent across the UK in July compared to June.
Demand has remained high for IT pros despite Britain's decision to leave the EU. A strong community of start-up businesses have played a key role during this time of economic uncertainty.
In emailed commentary to SCMagazineUK.com, Ahsan Iqbal, associate director of Robert Walters said, “In several major UK cities, particularly Birmingham and Manchester, small tech start-ups have been responsible for driving demand for IT professionals for some time. While larger international firms are somewhat more hesitant to hire due to the potential impacts of Brexit, smaller and more agile employers are less likely to be affected and are keen to continue bringing top talent on board.”
Large multinational companies are also playing a role to drive demand for IT pros as they look to source professionals for roles relating to cyber-security.
Iqbal continues, “With several major companies suffering high-profile data breaches in 2015 employers are continuing to make hiring top cyber-security professionals a priority. Cyber-security specialists who can demonstrate the ability to manage large scale projects, as well as technical knowledge of IT infrastructure and architecture are particularly sought after.”