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Tech Career Paths for 2021

by Xcede

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2020 was a challenging time for recruitment businesses across the globe. However, top technology talent remained in high demand across sectors throughout the pandemic to this day. Due to this boom in demand for top tech candidates, Xcede’s technology teams have been busier than ever.

As illustrated by the latest Xcede Salary Survey, technology salaries continued to grow despite industry uncertainty. Download the survey to find out more and explore the tech-specific facet of the survey in more detail below.

Career Focus: Tech

The UK tech sector employs 2.93m people, with tech professionals accounting for more than a fifth of the workforce in our biggest cities. With a 40% growth over the last two years, the sector shows no sign of slowing, even in the face of a global pandemic. 

In 2020, we saw average tech salaries increase by 12% on the previous year, with salaries for top-level positions rising by 5%, providing it continues to be a sector that delivers excellent career opportunities. 

What you need to know

Permanent remote working across all roles will become more common in 2021 for businesses looking to secure the very best talent in this high-demand sector. 

Most in-demand roles in 2021: 

1. Back-end Software Developer 

  • Xcede survey average salary = £75,000
  • Skills to stand out = JavaScript; Python; Node.js; Java, Go

2. Front-end Developer

  • Xcede survey average salary = £73,500
  • Skills to stand out = JavaScript; CSS; HTML5; React.js; Web Development

3. DevOps

  • Xcede survey average salary = £74,000
  • Skills to stand out = AWS; Kubernetes; Automation Scripting; Python

Download the Salary Guide

The Xcede Salary Survey 2021 highlights findings from 24 industries, combining information gathered from surveys, CVs, job listings and successful hires to provide a snapshot of current hiring trends to help inform your career path in data, digital or tech. Download your copy today.

Looking for a new role in tech? Get in touch with our dedicated tech team today to discuss our current opportunities.