Demand for Tech Talent amid COVID-19


New report analyses the most coveted office based jobs and skills since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and identifies what talent is the most sought after.
With unemployment spiking across the country, and with many businesses utilising the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) amid the Covid-19 pandemic, data and software development roles are leading the way as the most in demand office-based jobs by employers.

Data and software development roles saw an increase in volume (1% and 8% respectively), making it one of the few industries to increase hiring since the start of the pandemic – according to a COVID-19 impact analysis report released by Randstad.

The report, entitled “how is key talent impacted by COVID-19 in the UK?” examines how various industries have been impacted, what key jobs and skills profiles have grown in demand during the crisis, and how the candidates who possess those skills are behaving in the current job market.

Earmarking itself as a job market safe haven, demand for data engineering roles rose 6% post strict lockdown measures, reinforcing the fact that data talent is still considered essential under COVID-19. The new findings identify a record strong start to the year (up to 93% more jobs in January 2020 than in December 2019, which despite obvious month-on-month seasonality is a huge increase), followed by a steady decrease for most role types, excluding data and software development roles.

The report analyses data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), World Health Organization, job boards, career sites and social media postings to map the demand for software, audit, sales, marketing, data and finance roles. Randstad combined quantitative demand data and qualitative supply information to provide organisations with a clear outline of which skills to safeguard in the future. This data can also inform what additional recruitment efforts may be needed to manage competition.

COVID-19 Impact Analysis Report Highlights:

Sales and marketing experienced the steepest drop in demand for roles, with more than 70% cut in vacancies, significantly limiting the ‘movement’ of these professionals

The top ‘in-demand’ skills in each job family were identified as: SQL (data); background in finance or economic studies (finance); a marketing qualification or accreditation (marketing); in-role sales experience (sales) and Java (software development)

Inexperienced workers hit the hardest - each of the six clusters have displayed the trend that only mid-senior level roles are still advertised online. Junior roles are seemingly more dispensable, at least they were at the beginning of the crisis.

Post by Stephanie Clayton June 17 2020 Categories: News