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Demand for digital and tech dominates the labour market

Data Analytics & Cybersecurity, skills

Henri Egle SorotosHenri Egle Sorotos, December 22, 2017

This article was originally posted on the Tech North website.

As do healthcare and engineering professions….

This week, as an early Christmas present, I got one of the best gifts I have received in a long time – the details of every job advert in the North of England from the last three years. The data, courtesy of Adzuna, is part of a wider project to quantify the digital skills gap in the North of England.

There are a total of 7 million rows of information, so I’ve been wrestling it into shape using AWS S3R and Python over the past couple of days. I had to work quickly, as I was keen to share my first output this side of Christmas for all the avid readers!

Figure 1 is some of the first output. It depicts the spread of job adverts by sector and region.

Some initial conclusions:

  • IT jobs dominate labour demand
  • Healthcare roles are far more common in the North East
  • In terms of absolute roles being advertised, IT jobs in the North West are by the far the most common