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Could you work in the IT industry?

If you’re on the look-out for a new job opportunity, the Information Technology (IT) industry could offer more than you realise. And you’ve picked a great time to be exploring jobs in tech.

It’s London Tech Week

London Tech Week 2020 is live, providing a series of online events covering all the major topics facing the technology industry. Topics covered include tech and society, the future of work, diversity in tech, education, healthcare, Cyber, or start-ups and business transformation.

If you want to get a job in Tech, find out more about the events on offer (external website) to improve your knowledge and understanding.

Here’s some popular myths about the IT industry, busted!

“IT is male-dominated, geeky and complex”

  • Women account for only 17% of IT & Telecoms professionals but the Girls and IT initiative from the E-Skills Sector Skills Council aims to make a difference to both the gender mix and the industry image.

“You have to live in London to get into the sector”

  • It’s true that London and the South East have more jobs than other regions but the total is less than half of all UK jobs in IT.

“There aren’t any jobs in IT”

  • Employment in the IT & Telecoms professional occupations will grow at 2.19% per annum – nearly five times faster than the UK average.
  • The UK needs 21,000 new recruits to the IT sector each year from education.
  • Volumes of IT/ Telecomms vacancies have risen in each of the last four quarters.

Where next…

Search and apply for jobs in IT at Find a job (external website) and the National Careers Service have in-depth job profiles (external website).

And if it’s digital skills you are interested in, then the Skills Tookit (external website) has free online courses at all levels – from people like Google.