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Bucking the trend

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I’m Alan Derry, managing director at Technical Resources, and in this article I’ll examine how even during these bleak recessionary times IT technology and its related sectors remain buoyant, with significant career opportunities in IT on offer.

For the first time since 2009, the value of goods and services has fallen for two three month periods in a row, meaning that the UK is officially in recession. This should come as no surprise, as for a significant proportion of this time the country was in lockdown, with approximately 9.6 million jobs from 1.2 million different employers furloughed as part of the government's job retention scheme. It has also become clear that some industries are weathering the storm much better than others. 

Cause and Effect on Career Opportunities in IT

As any experienced recruitment professional will tell you, there’s no such thing as a 100 per cent recession-proof job. Economic downturns can impact industries in unexpected ways, depending on the cause, and society’s reliance on certain products and services mean that some jobs remain far safer than others.

This has certainly been the case with regards to those responsible for maintaining the UK’s digital infrastructure, as people work from home and use video conferencing platforms to keep in touch with friends and family. The government was quick to recognise the fundamental role that IT would need to play during this period, with data infrastructure professionals added to the key workers list in March. As a result, IT professionals have risen to a prominent position on society’s radar, as we ponder where would we all have been without technology and the internet over the last few months.

Proof Positive: There is Demand for IT Jobs 

With so many people benefiting from technology in ways previously unimaginable, much of it has been embraced as part of the new normal. However, this increased demand on our digital infrastructure will, in turn, accelerate capacity requirements across data centres, intelligent buildings and the nation’s broadband infrastructure.

There is enormous career potential in these sectors and, though anecdotal, even at the height of lockdown Technical Resources remained busy recruiting people for the UK’s ongoing full-fibre and broadband rollout. In a strange twist of fate, it could actually be that coronavirus accelerates this process and gives some ‘oomph’ to the nationwide network build we now need now more than ever.

Another feature of our behaviour during lockdown was our viewing habits, with Ofcom stating that 12 million UK adults signed up to streaming services such as Netflix or Amazon. With edge data centres already seeing high levels of growth, they will be relied upon to ensure quality service to where TV watchers, gamers and employees live and work. According to IDC, by 2023 over 50 per cent of new enterprise IT infrastructure deployed will be at the edge rather than in corporate data centres.

Positive Thinking in Technology

When talking to industry colleagues across the IT space, there is a sense of optimism, and indeed pride, about the role that technology will play in our lives while a coronavirus vaccine is developed. For those already in IT this could offer new opportunities, while also attracting new entrants to combat the much-discussed skills shortage. In my view this all adds up to make this industry more recession-proof that most during these unpredictable times.

So, if you're looking for a change in your IT employment, or even looking to switch industries and re-train, contact us by email, or call 01932 837 777. We have an expert team and a range of blue-chip clients looking for candidates in IT and telecommunications.