Looking for a career in tech? These are the industry’s most in-demand skills

Our increased reliance on digital means graduates must have a competitive edge to land the most lucrative roles in tech-based industries

The pandemic has placed great strain on the UK economy, with young people unfortunately being disproportionately affected by the resulting unemployment crisis. According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published in November last year, young people (16-24) were the most likely demographic to lose their jobs throughout 2020, with redundancy rates surging fivefold when compared to 2019.

Society’s increasing reliance on digital means the demand for skilled tech professionals has never been so high – but that also means the field’s employment market is incredibly competitive. Graduates must have an ‘edge’ over their fellow applicants to land the most lucrative roles.

Recognising this, tech careers app Haystack recently conducted a study to help digital job-seekers get a foot in the door to the industry. Through an analysis of hundreds of ads listed on their platform, the research sought to identify the technologies most sought-after by companies today. By examining the experience listed by 1,010 of their users, Haystack have also determined the competitiveness of roles that require those specific skills.

The 20 most desired tech skills among companies today

Rank

Tech

Job ad mentions

Users with skill

% users with skill of total

Deficit

1

JavaScript

387

369

37%

-18

2

AWS

334

140

14%

-194

3

React

276

178

18%

-98

4

GIT

264

206

20%

-58

5

Python

252

288

29%

36

6

Java

250

132

13%

-118

7

SQL

231

191

19%

-40

8

C#

205

134

13%

-71

9

Docker

180

113

11%

-67

10

Azure Stack

174

47

5%

-127

11

CSS

172

270

27%

98

12

HTML5

169

315

31%

146

13

Node.js

166

153

15%

-13

14

Kubernetes

160

41

4%

-119

15

Linux

129

96

10%

-33

16

.NET

119

100

10%

-19

17

AngularJS

119

41

4%

-78

18

Jenkins

116

22

2%

-94

19

TypeScript

115

63

6%

-52

20

PHP

106

105

10%

-1

From this list of skills, Haystack then identified those with the highest deficit of job-seekers to ad mentions.

The 10 tech skills with the most job opportunities

(*Technologies with the most job mentions but not enough applicants to fill them)

 

  1. AWS
  2. Azure Stack
  3. Kubernetes
  4. Java
  5. React
  6. Jenkins
  7. AngularJS
  8. Terraform
  9. C#
  10. NoSQL

By investigating job-seeking users against the current experience level of ‘graduate’, the study discovered that a very low percentage possess the necessary experience with the technologies that have the most job prospects and least competition from more experienced industry professionals.

“The pandemic has altered the jobs market – more people were made redundant or let go as a result of the effects COVID has on the economy. This means it is a highly competitive time to be a job-seeker” – Mike Davies, Haystack

There is a significant lack of employment-hunting graduates with experience in Kubernetes, Jenkins or Terraform, highlighting that aspiring technologists could invest in these skills, along with other technologies with a low percentage of qualified job-seekers – including Azure stack, NoSQL, AngularJS and AWS – to capitalise on available opportunities in the market.

Techs with the best job opportunities

% graduates with skill

Java

22%

React

21%

C#

14%

AWS

6%

AngularJS

2%

NoSQL

2%

Azure Stack

1%

Kubernetes

0%

Jenkins

0%

Terraform

0%

On the findings, Mike Davies, COO and co-founder of Haystack, commented: “The pandemic has altered the jobs market – more people were made redundant or let go as a result of the effects COVID has on the economy. This means it is a highly competitive time to be a job-seeker, and unfortunately, graduates have an experience disadvantage.”

Davies noted that, as with most things, employability depends on supply and demand. “If there are 100 people in the same tech stack going for one role, a graduate who is less experienced has less of a chance of securing the job,” he said. “However, if the same graduate focuses their studies on a demand that is in short supply – such as the technologies that fewer job-seekers possess – they increase their employability by filling a gap in the employment market.”


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