The tech recruitment industry has exploded over the last year with a noticeable increase in open vacancies since 2020. According to the Tech Nation Jobs & Skills Report 2021, demand for tech jobs in summer of 2021 was a huge 42% higher than before the pandemic.

But which specific roles and skills are most sought after by employers? And crucially, if an organisation is hiring one of those roles, how do you secure a role in a hyper-competitive recruitment marketplace?

Let’s run through some of the most in-demand tech jobs for 2022, along with some tips on what to look for and a competitive salary offer.

 

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER 

9% of all advertised tech jobs are for software developers, making it the most in-demand tech role in the UK. Software developers are responsible for designing and developing software systems, along with installation, testing and maintenance.

Key skills: Coding, multiple programming languages including Java, HTML, C#, C++ and SQL Server, and strong technical and analytical skills. A degree in computer science would also be good to have, although some software developers are self-taught.

Pay: The average pay for a software developer in the UK is £50,000, according to Tech Nation.  However, this rises to £66,000 in London.

 

DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR AND ARCHITECT 

Data architects design and build custom databases, while administrators handle the everyday running of database systems. However, there is plenty of crossover between the two roles, so employers will be looking for someone who can ideally do both.

Key skills: Oracle, Linux and SQL skills are essential for this role, along with a degree in database administration and/or a comprehensive background in IT or database administration.

Pay: According to Glassdoor, the average database architect working in the UK makes around £73,000. However, employers may need to go as high as £116,000 (depending on location and the seniority of the role) in order to attract the best talent.  

 

INFORMATION SECURITY ANALYST

With concerns over cybersecurity on the rise, it’s no surprise that IT security specialists are increasingly in demand. This role covers everything from designing and implementing sophisticated IT security systems, through to monitoring and predicting future security risks.

Key skills: Strong technical and analytical skills, experience with all aspects of installing and managing security systems and knowledge of network vulnerabilities. Plus, comprehensive technical experience in areas such as patch management, penetration testing, firewalls and antivirus to name just a few examples.

Pay: The average pay for a UK IT security analyst is around £39,000, but this can rise as high as £62,000 in some locations and for particularly challenging, highly skilled roles.

 

Other in-demand tech roles for 2022 include:

  • Network and computer systems administrator
  • Web developer
  • Computer and information systems manager
  • Systems analyst
  • Help desk and desktop support professional
  • Network/cloud architect
  • DevOps engineer.

 

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