The IT industry is as key to the UK economy as ever, as digital remains king in the 21st century. The industry uses computers and telecoms in the context of a business and adds £58 million to the UK economy annually. Due to the industry's prominence, it is covered by both national and specialist recruitment agencies which serve all over the UK. These can be in permanent or contract type IT roles, in such areas as development and network communication.
Despite the growth of the IT industry, the sector only plays a small role in the overall economy of the West Midlands. That said, the region is a leader in regards to STEM businesses and some of the prime companies such as Codemasters and Serious Games Institute (SGI) reside here. West Midlands based employees in the IT sector can expect to make an annual salary of around 29K, however this can range from between £21K and £42K depending on experience. Due to the vast nature of the industry, IT related roles could include software engineer, technical support and systems analyst but also cover a wide range of titles that might cross over into other industries.
Technical knowledge is crucial before entering this sector and this is something which is perhaps best obtained via an industry recognised degree or qualification such as a BSC in IT Business Management. There are non graduate routes into the IT industry, but this is dependant on being able to demonstrate necessary knowledge needed for the role as well as gaining significant experience in an IT heavy position. Other key attributes required include strong analytical skills, an ability to stay calm under pressure and the adaptability to keep up with an innovative and constantly changing industry.