IT and telecoms combine to form one of Britain’s most important industries and are worth around £75 billion to the nation’s economy. The scale of the industry can be gauged from the fact that, directly or indirectly, it accounts for approximately 5% of the workforce with some 1,500,000 employees; of these 59% are employed in the IT and telecoms industry itself, while the rest work as IT or telecoms professionals in other industries.
The industry is highly attractive for those who are appropriately qualified and prospects appear to be very good for anyone looking for IT and telecoms jobs. According to data compiled by Randstad technology, there were 116,000 IT and telecoms vacancies for each quarter of 2011 and it is anticipated that the UK will face a shortfall of 33,300 workers in the industry by the year 2050, indicating that there will be a rising demand for staff. And, with a 2012 salary survey showing that telecoms jobs paid an average of £44,000 per annum as opposed to the national average of just over £26,500, the future does indeed look bright.
The data shows that the majority of current vacancies, around two thirds, are for managerial and senior professional roles. These include ICT managers, IT and planning professionals and software professionals. Of the remainder, half are for associate professionals and technicians like IT operations technicians and user support staff, while the remainder are for skilled trades people such as engineers, database assistants and clerical staff.
Even though prospects for IT and telecoms jobs look good, the high pay levels indicated by the salary survey suggest that competition for the best positions will be stiff. Randstad, therefore, has some valuable advice for prospective job candidates:
- Beware of your online presence. Around 37% of employers screen job applicants by examining their social media presence, while 41% of recruiters admit to having rejected candidates on the basis of their online reputations. This means that not only do you need to make sure that your online CV should be accurate and relevant, but you must also make sure that nothing in your online presence is likely to be detrimental to your prospects – get rid of those idiotic photographs, remove any inappropriate comments and don’t post derogatory remarks about your past, present or future employers.
- Pay attention at the interview. Listen carefully to the interviewers and answer questions clearly and concisely. Be direct and do not beat about the bush.
- Show you have a high emotional quotient. How you handle yourself, control your emotions and impulses and interact with others makes up your emotional quotient (EQ). Basically it means your personality and interactive skills. Some 71% of employers claim to value a candidate’s EQ above IQ, with well over half saying that they would not hire an individual with a high IQ but low EQ.
- Control your body language. Good interviewers pay as much attention to your body language as they do to your verbal responses. It is said to convey over half of your meaning. Learning how to keep your body language under control is, therefore, is an important skill to develop as part of your interview technique.
As leaders in IT and telecoms recruitment, Randstad Technologies know what they are talking about. A vibrant job market and attractive salaries bode well for those qualified to work in the sector. Follow their advice and you could win one of those vacant IT or telecoms jobs and be on the way to an exciting and prosperous career.