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Listings for UK tech jobs fell by 52 per cent in second half of 2019

By Francis Jay

Accenture finds that number of positions on LinkedIn requiring tech skills fell by more than half, driven by lack of demand for data analysts

A report from Accenture has revealed that the number of UK jobs listed on LinkedIn requiring skills in emerging technologies fell by more than half in the second half of 2019. There were roughly 78,000 adverts in the field at the end of 2019, down from 162,000 in June, equating to a decrease of about 52 per cent.

One of the factors was reduced demand for data analysts. The findings were derived from putting various keywords through the social jobs site.

Head of Accenture technology in the UK and Ireland, Zahra Bahrololoumi said that “the drop in available roles listed could mean that businesses are dialling back on large-scale innovation projects. The second half of 2019 was one of uncertainty for the UK and business practices seem to have reflected that.”

Bahrololoumi added: “We would expect that number to bounce back throughout this year as companies look to innovate and grow through new technology initiatives.

“There is a tremendous opportunity right now for businesses that have been proactive against the backdrop of uncertainty.”

Contrary to the overall picture, certain areas are expanding greatly. Accenture found that there was an 83 per cent increase in postings for professionals with blockchain capabilities.

The report also highlights regional disparities in the sector – there were 63,688 listings for tech jobs in London compared to 6,166 in Manchester, more than 10 times more.

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