Midlands

UK

Jenny Goddard

Jenny Goddard

Talent UK Contracting & Consulting Director

Market Overview

Despite yet another challenging year, the tech scene in the Midlands has gone from strength to strength. The pandemic dramatically shifted the working world across the globe - and unless you keep up, you’re going to fall behind. The West Midlands in particular have successfully adapted to these challenging times, creating massive potential for even more growth here. Especially regarding start-ups.

A huge number of roles we’re seeing are now fully remote, or feature a hybrid of both WFH (work from home) and office-based time. As a result, more candidates than ever before are seeking greater flexibility and work-life balance when searching for a new role - and the talent pool has been thrown open for our clients, too. We’re also seeing a larger volume of contract roles, with some permanent positions being more challenging to fill.

The shift toward remote/hybrid working has virtually trebled the number of candidates our clients are now able to hire. But, in turn, this equally increases the amount of offers candidates have on the table. This naturally boosts competition and highlights the need for great employer branding to attract the best talent.

However, despite these changes, the Midlands region is expected to grow by a whopping £2.7bn by 2025, as the digital age continues to thrive. In fact, the West Midlands has been named the UK’s fastest growing tech sector - an accolade that truly displays the potential for success here. Creation of over 50,000 jobs is predicted over the next 3-4 years as a result.

Jenny Goddard

Talent UK Contracting & Consulting Director

Candidate needs

  • More opportunity for flexible/remote working for a better work-life balance. We’re seeing more objections than ever for roles that continue to be 100% office-based
  • Flexible working hours - many now see the typical 9-5 working pattern as outdated
  • Good cultural fit
  • Ideally a central location that’s easy to travel to (if office work is required)

Business needs

  • Either local or further-afield candidates. So long as exact skill sets are met, there are fewer reservations than before about hiring someone remotely
  • IT candidates for roles across the board - a huge number of clients have frequent vacancies across a diverse range of tech disciplines
  • Employee loyalty

The year ahead

Due to the impressive predictions for the Midlands region, I’m predicting very positive things. We’ve shown we can adapt in the face of adversity, with the transition to remote working likely to be a permanent shift. However, there’s no denying the increase in competition that has arisen as a result. So, for companies to keep attracting the best talent for their roles, emphasis on employer branding and benefits will be crucial.

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Midlands

Talent Insights

Tech Talent

82k technology professionals with an average tenure of 1.9 years

(source: LinkedIn Talent Insights)

Gender Identity

23
% Female
77
% Male
*This information has been retrieved from sources with gender binary data. We acknowledge those who do not fit within this framework and understand there are more gender identities beyond the binary.
(source: LinkedIn Talent Insights)

Top Employers

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Capgemini
  • BT
  • Rolls-Royce
  • IBM

(source: LinkedIn Talent Insights)

Top Skills

  • .Net Development
  • Cloud Computing
  • Software Engineering
  • Java Development

Living in

Midlands

UK

Home to Birmingham, the UK’s second city, the Midlands region continues to thrive in terms of living quality and tech opportunity. Also home to Worcester, Nottingham, and Leicester (plus many more sought-after cities), the Midlands delivers great road and rail transport links for travelling to other areas of the country. Its central location allows for ideal opportunities to travel north or south - without spending hours upon hours doing so. 

Despite the challenges of the pandemic over the past couple of years, the Midlands economy (and tech sector) has continued to thrive. However, this region remains considerably more affordable than London and many southern cities in terms of living. But this doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the exciting buzz of city life. Cities like Birmingham offer a plethora of things to do, from high end restaurants to impressive shopping to relaxed strolls along its many scenic canals.


Midlands
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2.60

Average cost of a coffee

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650

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Average rent for 1 bed flat

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35

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