It’s a great time to be a programmer in the UK

Posted January 22, 2012 at 9:24 pm by Ed Guiness

According to the Office for National Statistics the ratio of vacancies to jobs in ICT reached a low point July 2009 and has been climbing steadily ever since.

Contrast this with vacancies in all industries, which dipped to around 1.8 vacancies per 100 jobs and stayed there, and it looks like it’s a great time to be a programmer in the UK.





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  • 1. Samuel Littley  |  January 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    You appear to be confused about ICT and computing/programming – they are not one and the same. ICT does not involve programming, it’s all about the usage of computers/technology. Perhaps “It’s a good time to be able to use Microsoft Office” would be a better title

  • 2. Ed  |  January 22, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    “Information and Communications” (ICT) to the ONS is a superset that includes “software professionals” ie programming.

    It would be better if they split it out, but they don’t.

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  • 5. Jack  |  January 23, 2012 at 4:28 am

    It looks like it’s a better time to be a programmer than in 2009, and you’re better off in ICT than other industries, but there’s still an unmistakeable decline in ICT over the decade.

  • 6. Tim  |  January 23, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Also says nothing about rates of pay. Judging by job ads over the last two years, there are fewer jobs that pay well. Pretty much what you’d expect.


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I am the author of Ace the Programming Interview, published 2013 by John Wiley and Sons. In 2012 I founded, a volunteering organisation for programmers. I've been a professional programmer for more than 20 years, and a hiring manager since 2004. Ask me anything.

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