The British technology sector is worth nearly £184 billion and is growing 2.6 times faster than the rest of the economy. Prospects are particularly good when it comes to roles in London, which is the world’s second most connected place for tech after the famous Silicon Valley. Aside from the capital, a further 15 UK cities have more digital tech employees than the national average.
Between the generous salaries, variety of roles spanning multiple industries, and job satisfaction, it’s easy to see why tech is such a popular sector with employees. If you’re interested in joining their ranks, you’ll be pleased to learn that UK tech employment is at a record high. These are five of the most attractive tech jobs you could aim for.
SAP (Systems, Applications, and Products) is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, which uses a database management system to show an integrated and continuously updated look at business processes. This allows a company to easily track everything from raw materials and inventory to orders and payroll.
SAP, in particular, is currently used by over 90% of Forbes Global 2000 businesses, with most large enterprises working with SAP S/4HANA—reportedly the fastest-selling product in the company’s history. According to Centiq’s State of SAP HANA Report 2018, 68% of chief information officers believe their businesses need more knowledge of S/4HANA functionality. And with an average salary of £52,500 for SAP roles in the UK, it’s certainly an appealing tech job.
You don’t necessarily need to be an IT professional to start your SAP career—there are plenty of potential career paths within the industry, including business intelligence, project management, and technical consultancy. To help get your foot in the door, it’s recommended that you familiarise yourself with the finer points of the software by attending SAP user events to network, and ask for advice. LinkedIn is a good place to find relevant roles, as well as specialised SAP recruitment agencies, who can help place you with the right company.
AI engineers deal with algorithms, neural networks, and additional tools to advance the field of artificial intelligence. These tech jobs are in very high demand given the industry’s current rate of expansion, which is predicted to create $3.9 trillion worth of business value by 2022. As such, it’s no wonder that demand for AI skills has tripled in the UK over the last three years.
As AI is now part of so many working environments, this role gives you the opportunity to work across a number of different sectors. For instance, employment as an AI engineer could see you contributing to healthcare, retail, or even public planning. Alternatively, you could focus on theory and research by joining the AI academic community. Strong computer and mathematics skills are essential for this role, so a computer science degree will be beneficial.
If you have any interest in cryptocurrency, you’ll already be familiar with blockchain. This is the technology behind bitcoin—a growing list of records linked together via cryptography, acting as a decentralised data storage system that members of the public are able to access and use.
Though predominantly associated with financial transactions, blockchain has the potential to affect the way many major industries operate, including messaging apps, Internet advertising, and real estate. A blockchain developer takes control of every stage of its application, which means assuming responsibility for research, analysis, design and execution. Duties may include building infrastructure and launching security measures, while you’ll often collaborate with fellow engineers and IT professionals. Experience with cryptography is a bonus, but programming skills and knowledge of programming languages such as Java, Python, and C++ are what will really help you land this technical job.
Considering that a typical cyberattack costs a business an average of $1.1 million, it’s no surprise that data security is of paramount importance to many modern companies. As more companies expand their prospects through the use of digital platforms, cybersecurity jobs are expected to grow by 12% between 2016 and 2026, which is faster than the average rate for all occupations. In this tech role, you’d be responsible for formulating strategies to help enterprises protect their information from cybercriminals.
As well as planning and constructing effective security measures, you’ll also be required to troubleshoot any problems, test for network failures, and promptly respond to any data breaches that may arise. Experience with firewalls, hacking techniques, and cybersecurity trends are essential if you want to bag a job in this field. Aside from a degree in computer science or systems engineering, there are multiple industry qualifications to enrol in which can help you tackle this career path, such as the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and GIAC Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN) certificates.
Successful companies need to analyse data before making business decisions likely to pay off, which is why they hire data scientists. These employees handle, organise, and interpret information on a large scale, with the aim of highlighting and shortcomings in a company’s processes and adjusting accordingly. The role has an impact on product development, algorithms, A/B testing and more. Candidates will need to have significant intellectual curiosity, as well as knowledge and experience of coding and cloud tools, strong communication skills, and a highly analytical eye.Data scientist salaries start at £25,000 to £30,000 in the UK, but after a few years’ experience this could increase to £40,000-£60,000. If you prefer to work alone, this job isn’t for you. Collaboration and the sharing of ideas and solutions with an extended team is essential to the role. However, if this is a role you’re interested in, you should try and gain some work experience at a relevant organisation, or stand out from the crowd by entering special competitions. For example, through the Data Science Challenge, entrants can compete to win prizes by using their skills to solve real-world issues, such as humanitarian crises and natural disasters.