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What tech skills are in high demand now?

Given the industry’s current skills shortage, there’s never been a better time to work in tech. Discover the top tech skills that are in high demand right now.

Given the industry’s current skills shortage, there’s never been a better time to work in technology. To help you navigate the IT jobs sector, we’ve taken our pick of the top tech skills that are in high demand right now:

Big data

As the business landscape becomes ever more driven by data, conventional data processing systems can’t efficiently analyse the volume of information available. Big data specialists help bridge the gap between the data itself and the businesses that use it. They analyse information to reveal trends, patterns and associations relating to human behaviour.

LinkedIn’s 2018 U.S. Emerging Jobs Report highlights big data as one of the fastest-growing job sectors. Data scientists, Python engineers and Apache Spark developers are typical jobs held by those with big data expertise.

According to CWJobs’ Salary Checker, the average salary for big data jobs in the UK is £67,500.

Take a look at our latest big data jobs.

Cloud computing

Cloud computing is the delivery of on-demand computing services over the internet. It delivers everything from storage space to processing power.

As companies off all sizes continue to embrace cloud technology, the demand for cloud computing skills will accelerate. Cloud migration and multi-cloud deployment skills are in particular demand as companies seek professional assistance in moving their businesses away from traditional storage systems.

Our salary checker indicates that the average salary for cloud computing jobs in the UK is £57,500.

Browse our latest cloud computing jobs.

Cyber security

Almost every company now has an online presence, and as a result, cyber security skills are in high demand. Cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated and new threats are emerging all the time. CWJobs’ recent research into cyber security found that only half (50%) of UK businesses say they have the skills to combat a cyber threat. Only half (51%) of IT workers say that cyber security is included in their training, and almost one in four (23%) say they are not confident in handling a cyber security attack.

With the UK’s current cyber security skills shortage, demand for qualified professionals is at an all-time high. Research carried out by Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions by 2021.

Our salary checker estimates that the average salary for cyber security jobs in the UK is £72,500.

Check out our latest cyber security jobs.

Artificial intelligence

In an article we published at the start of the year, we singled-out Artificial Intelligence (AI) as one of this year’s rising sub sectors of the tech industry. And according to Adobe’s 8th annual Digital Trends report, 31% of businesses said that implementing AI was on their agenda for the next 12 months.

With an increasing number of industries embracing automation and using machines to carry out human tasks, the technology sector is an exciting place for tech jobseekers looking for new roles. Software engineers, computer scientists, Python engineers and algorithm specialists are typical roles held by those with AI skills.

CWJobs’ salary checker indicates that the average salary for software engineering jobs in the UK is £52,500.

Take a look at our latest Artificial Intelligence jobs.


DevOps refers to a set of software development practices that use software and Information Technology to increase the turnaround time of software-related development projects. According to Statista, there was a 7% increase in companies fully embracing DevOps between 2017 and 2018.

The exponential rise in demand for DevOps skills can be attributed to an increased focus on automation and the increased use of microservices architecture in software development.

Our salary checker estimates that the average salary for DevOps engineering jobs in the UK is £67,500.

Browse our latest DevOps engineering jobs.