Get Britain Working: jobs in IT

Fri, 09/11/2012 - 12:29 -- nick

UnemployedNet supports The Mirror's Get Britain Working campaign.

The Mirror has moved on to looking at work in Information Technology (IT) - computers by another name. So if you want a job in this big growth area, take a look at the great advice below.

There are currently 34,818 jobs available in IT, ranging from entry level up to highly paid management jobs. If you think this area is not for you because you don't have the skills, you could take up a training place or apprenticeship (these are available to people of all ages).

"AS part of our Get Britain Working campaign we have found 34,818 IT jobs up for grabs, with more becoming available every day.

“We need 129,000 people to take IT jobs every year, just to keep up with the growth in the sector,” says Karen Price, of e-skills UK, the sector skills council for business and IT.

There’s something for everyone, regardless of age or background.

“With such strong demand there are opportunities for people of all ages to find roles,” she adds.

A good way to get on the first rung of the ladder is to opt for an apprenticeship.

“Apprenticeships are not just for school leavers,” continues Karen.

“Many employers are keen to take mature ­applicants – and people switching into IT from other sectors bring a range of useful skills and experience.”

With all this good news in mind, now is definitely the time to get trained and find a job in IT.

Check out www.e-skills.com and www.itskillsacademy.ac.uk for inspiration.

WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

Specialist IT job sites feature thousands of vacancies around the country.

We found 8,655 at www.theitjobboard.co.uk, which include jobs across the UK, such as an IT engineer at GCHQ in ­Cheltenham, Glos, (from £25,400), a delivery coordinator in Salford (from £22,716), customer support in London (from £32,310), a test manager in London (from £31,461) and a services manager in Bircham Newton, Norfolk (£32,310).

At www.fish4jobs.co.uk there are 1,214 jobs, ranging from an online forum moderator in Belfast (from £14,000), to a web engineer in London (from £30,000), a solution architect in Yorkshire (£400 a day) and a technical professional in Liverpool (from £22,221).

Another 10,304 jobs of all types, from software engineers to web developers, were spotted at www.cwjobs.co.uk, which represents 779 companies, such as Accenture and Barclaycard.

Jobs include a project manager in Catford, South East London (from £42,258) and a resource planner in Merseyside (from £20,000 to £22,000).

At www.reed.co.uk there are another 11,329 IT jobs, including 1,774 software ­developers, 1,046 web developers and 399 engineers.

We tracked down 3,316 vacancies at www.gov.uk/browse/working/finding-job, including a design and technology technician in Torquay, Devon (from £9,346) and an assistant technology worker in Bromley, Kent (from £22,028).

PAY

Average weekly earnings vary greatly, from £350 for database assistants and clerks (£18,200 per annum) to £810 for ICT managers (£42,120).

As an IT helpdesk professional, starting salaries begin from £13,000 to £16,000 a year.

Salaries for computer and IT support technicians start from between £17,000 and £20,000."

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