The IT industry is strong in the UK and as a result is served by numerous recruitment agencies, both specialist and national. The industry focuses on the use of computers in the and is worth around £58 million a year to the UK. Recruitment agencies will look to place candidates in permanent or contract IT positions employing anyone from graduates to executive directors in jobs such as software developer of project manager.
IT is an important sector in the Cheshire area, but despite it's exponential growth over the last decade, remains relatively small with only 15K people currently working in related roles. Demand is expected to increase however, specifically in STEM related disciplines. Due to the vast number of job roles the industry has, determining an average salary is difficult but earnings can range anywhere from 19K-37.5K depending on skill and experience. Roles in IT vary greatly and can include; software engineer, technical consultant, web developer, systems analyst and software tester.
A strong technical knowledge is essential for the majority of IT roles and many employers will look for relevant qualifications such as a degree in Computer Science or a Business Information Technology diploma. Potential candidates looking to break into this industry need strong problem solving, analysis and organisational skills. Particular roles may also require an employee to remain calm under pressure and to communicate effectively.