Careers in digital

The West Midlands has a vibrant, fast growing tech sector and Wolverhampton has a strong and growing tech ecosystem, in creative tech in particular.

The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the adoption of digital services with digital now an essential element in businesses in all sectors such as financial services, life science, creative industries, advanced manufacturing and the public sector, which all depend on tech professionals to deliver their services. Growing sectors include the construction of digital networks giving rise to thousands of job opportunities.

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With the digital tech sector growing at such a fast pace, thousands of new jobs are created each year and companies are always searching for a new talent. Employers often can’t find applicants with the right skills to fill vacant positions, with 50% reporting they struggle to fill roles. From programmers to graphic designers to experts in cyber security there is a whole new world of opportunity waiting.

  • Within the next 10-20 years, 90% of jobs will require digital skills
  • Over the next 10 years employment in the sector across the West Midlands is set to rise by almost 14,000 by 2025 (West Midlands Tech and Digital Deep Dive Report 2019)
  • UK tech workers’ average salary increased in 2019 to reach around £74,000 per year
  • The fastest growing areas of technology include Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).

The most in-demand roles in tech include Software Developer, Engineer, Java Developer, Maintenance Engineer, NET Developer, Front End Developer, Project Manager, Consultant, Devops Engineer, with Software Developer consistently in the lead.

What skills do you need?

To become a Software Developer you need coding skills but many other skills are also likely to be in greater demand in the future including interpersonal skills, higher-order cognitive skills (judgement and decision-making), and systems skills (analysis and evaluation). To find out how you can embark on a career in digital follow the links.

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