IT hiring decline in Q2 result of pre-election anxieties

The Experis Tech Cities Job Watch report for Q2 has revealed a “slowdown in in IT hiring, influenced by the anticipation surrounding the General Election”.

The report, which sets out to provide employers with a “barometer of changing recruitment trends within the technology sector”, highlights a 6 per cent dip in the number of permanent roles advertised across all five technology disciplines, as well as an 11 per cent decrease in the number of advertised permanent vacancies.

Geoff Smith, managing director at Experis Europe, said: “It is likely that uncertainty in the run-up to the general election in May will have caused many organisations to postpone permanent hiring decisions until the election results were known.”

However, Smith added that this slowdown was only short-term, and a post-election confidence has since returned.

He said: “The possibility that this slowdown was only temporary, however, is reflected in our figures post-election, which showed a recruitment uplift in June. This could be an indication of increased business confidence in the new government’s digital agenda, which vows to make Britain the technology centre of Europe and to build a digital economy comparable to Silicon Valley.”


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