Electronics & IT
The electronics and software industries in the UK are worth a combined £136 billion annually and employ over 1 million people. Employment levels in these sectors have been growing at almost double the rate seen in other industries over the last 5 years. The UK has a 40% share of Europe’s electronic design industry, the largest personal communications and high end electronics markets and is the second largest defence exporter in the world.
Companies are spread throughout the UK with clusters of technology companies usually forming around other industries they supply into. For example, IT development is centred mainly in the London area and is heavily linked to the finance industry. Many electronics industry start-ups begin in the Cambridge area, due to the support given to many by Cambridge University. A wide variety of companies are focused in the Aberdeen area where products are developed mainly for the oil and gas industry.
Competition is high and companies have to invest heavily in research and development to keep up with the rapid pace within the market. This means that skilled engineers are always in high demand. The skills shortage is considered one the biggest challenges the UK electronics and IT industries faces.
Akton have a dedicated team focused solely on the IT and electronics industries, with the knowledge to really understand the complex requirements often needed by companies recruiting in this sector. Their combined experience and strong network of professionals makes them well placed to supply candidates with the technical abilities needed to compete in the sector.