9/2/2016 1:56:49 PM
The labour market in North Wales is changing: digital working creates high-value job opportunities
Sian Williams, who heads up Supertemps Specialist division, was invited to deliver a presentation regarding high value and digital jobs at the closing ceremony of the Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig culture and language project Byw a Bod, at Pontio Bangor earlier this week.
That same day, the Specialist team who sponsor North Wales Technology events, to help raise the profile of IT and Tech job opportunities in the region, also spoke at the "Other Worldly Tech Talks" event also at Pontio.
Here’s a little snapshot of what Sian spoke about for those who missed it.
'This region is lucky to be home to a range of passionate and determined business communities, giving a powerful voice to local employers, employees and specialist industry sectors'.
'In recent years there has been a considerable effort through a range of initiatives, to create more high value employment opportunities across the region. What we’ve observed in the local job market over the last 12 months shows that those efforts are paying off…
- 133% increase in IT and Digital vacancies placed
- Average salary of roles placed: £26,000 per annum
- 40% increase in temporary specialist roles placed
But we have to accept that there are still many challenges to overcome'.
'We regularly speak to people who have moved out of the area seeking higher value job opportunities, believing that there just aren’t the same quality jobs here in North Wales. It is absolutely key that businesses, employers and other organisations pull together to put North Wales on the map, promote the buoyant labour market and growth in digital job opportunities. We should shout about the great opportunities and lifestyle we have here in North Wales to attract, and more importantly - retain specialist skills in the region'.
Inspire and engage to attract talent to the region
Supertemps sponsor NWTech events like these to help do exactly this. The ‘Other Worldly’ tech talk discussed innovations and inspiring tech developments including:
The future of growing food sustainably from AquaRoots,
How we can visualise 3D models of geospatial data, courtesy of ViziCities
An insight into the tech behind Minecraft by CubeCraftGames,
A review of the Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig (Gwynedd Rural Innovation) Project, discussing the amount of young adults unaware of the potential within the IT sector
Exploring the capabilities of virtual reality thanks to the Futuruim Agency.
These inspirational events are now attracting tech talent from across the North West, as well as encouraging people who may have moved from the area, back home to North Wales.
During this event, Sian also highlighted some interesting labour market trends which are emerging, that both jobseekers and employers should be aware of.
Project based work is on the up
The bottom line is that the world of work is changing.
Digital working and technology advancements are opening up opportunities for businesses to relocate to the region which is increasing demand for skilled workers.
However, increasingly employers want to access high-calibre professionals quickly and easily to carry out shorter project based tasks. A recent REC survey found, 91% of employers recruit temporary workers into specialist roles, to do just that. At Supertemps, we’ve seen a 40% increase in specialist temporary placements in the last year, which confirms this trend.
This is an example of what many refer to as the ‘Gig Economy’, which is said to be a natural evolution of work, due to the increase in digital working platforms. It is predicted to grow considerably over the next few years.
A wide range of IT and tech job opportunities
‘More and more we’re seeing job opportunities ranging from entry level, right up to management level and above, particularly within the IT and Digital sector which is growing rapidly in the region’.
Below is just an example of the range of jobs we are currently recruiting for and it just goes to show that there really are high value jobs in the region, with new opportunities emerging all the time.