Information Communications Technology (ICT)
- There are many opportunities for young people as two thirds of businesses struggle to recruit the right talent for IT apprenticeships according to the Chartered institute for IT in 2016.
- 1.2 million people work in information technology in the UK – around half work in IT companies while the rest work in other industries like manufacturing, finance, public sector and communications.
- IT has one of the highest rates of self-employment in the UK – around one in four of its workforce is self-employed. And 86 per cent of IT and Telecoms companies employ four people or less.
- Employers will be looking for maths and science GCSEs in particular. You need to enjoy working on computers – using lots of different software, not just the games.
- 1.8 million people in the South West use ICT in their jobs – that’s three quarters of the workforce! And its use is likely to increase.
- Information and communication technology contributes to sustainable communities in areas like the South West, reducing the need to travel for work and improving quality of life.
- Information technology is of increasing economic importance to the South West. Although most businesses are small, many are at the cutting-edge of development.
- Many businesses choose to move to the South West region because of the expertise of people at local universities.
- The IT sector in the South West is based mostly in the north and east of the region - with nearly a third of jobs concentrated in Swindon.
- Find out detailed information about employment in the West of England 2015 for HIGH TECH.
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