CompTIA UK IT Employment Snapshot 2018 Q4

Core information technology job postings in the United Kingdom continued to decline in the fourth quarter of 2018, down 13 percent from the third quarter of 2018 and 34 percent from the fourth quarter of 2017.

Looking at 2018 as a whole, there were more than 933,000 IT job postings, decreasing 25 percent since 2017 and lower than the past several years. That is, however, 23 percent higher than the number of jobs posted in 2014.

UK unemployment remained relatively unchanged at 4.0 percent for the three-month period ending November 2018. Between September and November 2018, 32.53 million people were employed, up by 328,000 from the same period in 2017, and 1.37 million unemployed people were looking for work.

The size of the IT workforce in the United Kingdom is projected to grow by more than 15,000 jobs from 2018 to 2019, and by 3 percent between 2018 and 2023.

Five baseline skills were included in the most IT job postings in the third quarter of 2018:

  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Planning
  • Troubleshooting
  • Writing


Five core IT occupations accounted for more than 80 percent of the job postings in the fourth quarter:

  • Programmers and software development pros
  • IT business analysts, architects and systems designers
  • IT user support technicians
  • IT and telecommunications pros
  • Web design and development pros


Download the CompTIA UK IT Employment Snapshot to learn more about the UK IT job market.

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