Computing jobs staying on UK shores

IT jobs in the UK are growing at their fastest rate since the dotcom boom at the turn of the millennium, new research has revealed.

As of March 2013, almost 720,000 people were employed in computing roles, according to an analysis of Office for National Statistics (ONS) data published in the Financial Times.

That represents an 11% year-on-year increase, as well as being the first time since 2001 that IT jobs have recorded double digital percentage rises for two successive quarters.

The figures also suggest that the trend of outsourcing jobs overseas may be slowing as tech firms look to utilise the UK's talent pool.

More roles were created in computer programming, consultancy and related services over the past 12 months than in the entire six year period to December 2007, the high water mark of offshoring.

"There is still plenty of offshoring of IT jobs, but that is being outweighed by the dynamism of the UK IT sector," Graham Jenner, director at NoPalaver, an accountancy support group, told the FT.

The growing number of internet start-ups, particularly those centred around the Silicon Roundabout development in east London, have been a major source of computing positions.

Large organisations are also increasingly employing IT specialists to avoid being left behind by the competition.

Many big firms are implementing cloud computing and bring your own device (BYOD) policies and need computing experts to help them make a successful transition to the digital office.

Richard Holway, director of TechMarketView, a research organisation, said the UK had "turned the corner" and was increasingly keeping IT workers on these shores.

"In the 2000s, if you wanted to get a job, going into computer sciences was not the thing to do," Mr Holway added.

"There is now a significant increase in the number of jobs that can be offered to people with A-levels or university degrees."

Even deeply traditional bodies like Lloyd's of London and the UK court system are trying to speed up their adoption of cutting-edge IT, with the Ministry of Justice announcing last month that it intends to invest 160 million in digital technologies by 2016.

Copyright Press Association 2013