We find 37,000 jobs up for grabs in IT right now

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MORE than 37,000 IT jobs are up for grabs today and there are more and more positions becoming ­available all the time.

As many firms say they are having difficulties in finding all the staff they need, now is the time to get on board.

“With latest figures showing that there are more IT vacancies than available candidates, it’s a great time to be thinking about getting into an IT career,” says e-Skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology.

The variety of jobs on offer is vast.

“IT doesn’t just mean working in a technology company – every sector relies on IT for its success, so there are a whole range of IT jobs available in everything from finance or retail, to manufacturing and the creative industries,” the e-Skills spokeswoman adds.

The good news is demand for IT workers is set to continue. “Over the next decade the IT industry is set to grow at almost five times the national average, with more than 500,000 recruits needed in the next five years.

“This growth means there is plenty of opportunity for everyone from young people just out of education to experienced workers looking for a change.”

It’s also important, she says, to remember that an IT career is a great choice for men and women alike.

“Many women often dismiss the idea of working in IT because they view the industry as male dominated and complex, but the reality is very different.

There are countless exciting opportunities that can appeal to everyone and we encourage young people, particularly girls, to consider an IT career.”

With all this good news it could be a smart move to get trained and find a job fast.

WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

Specialist sites feature thousands of vacancies scattered around the country. We found 15,502 at www.theitjobboard.co.uk, which include everything from support jobs and software testing to helpdesk experts.

At www.fish4jobs.co.uk, which is backing our Get Britain Working campaign, there are 2,993 roles ranging from an IT sales advisor in Birmingham (£250 per week) to a web developer in Newcastle (£25,000 plus).

Another 12,031 jobs of all types, from support to project managers, are on offer at www.cwjobs.co.uk, which represents 772 companies around the UK. Jobs included software engineers in Stevenage (from £25,000) and a Surrey web developer (up to £32,000).

There are 5,500 jobs at www.monster.co.uk, including a support technician in Derby (from £19,000) and software sales consultants in Surrey (£22,000).

We spotted another 1,786 vacancies at www.direct.gov.uk/jobseekers. These include a help desk officer in London(£18,776), an IT support desk engineer in Stourport-on-Severn (£18,000)  and a computer technician in Rugby (from £15,000).

HOW TO GET STARTED

There are a number of ways to get into the industry, and e-skills UK(www.e-skills.com) has programmes to support you, whatever your age or ability.

Your first port of call is Big Ambition (www.bigambition.co.uk), which highlights what is going on in the industry, and where to start looking for training advice and jobs.

APPRENTICESHIPS

IT Apprenticeships are great for aspiring professionals who do not want to study full time at university. This route enables people to go straight from school into a fast paced and rewarding sector with great career prospects. Visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk.

DEGREES

Many employers ask for a Computer Science degree or the e-skills UK ITMB degree.

Research shows that ITMB graduates are securing some of the most highly sought after graduate positions in the industry, including giants Apple, Accenture, Ernst and Young, IBM, McKinsey, and Microsoft.

OTHER ROUTES

With good enough knowledge of computers and software, you could start work without any formal qualifications.

However, you would definitely improve your chances of finding work by gaining some IT ­qualifications at college, which range from the BTEC National Certificates to City & Guilds (E-Quals).

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