South East

UK

Kevin Board

Kevin Board

Talent UK Sales & Operations Director

Market Overview

There’s no denying the market has hugely shifted as a result of the pandemic. Across the South East in general, the boost in remote working has thrown open the talent pool - with many of our clients no longer limited to hiring local candidates.

Clients can virtually hire from anywhere in the country, virtually trebling the amount of opportunities our candidates now have on the table. Counter offers are getting higher as a result, and competition has dramatically increased. Employer branding is now more crucial than ever if companies want to stay ahead of the game. For not only hiring the best people for their roles, but retaining their top talent.

However, despite these ongoing changes and shifts in the way we work, the tech sector across the South East has remained strong. VC is the highest it’s been for years, with many examples of world-class innovation and startups coming out of this region. The South East is only second to London in terms of the volume of tech roles, showing an ever-increasing demand.

In the last two years, the awareness of social issues has risen significantly, and the candidates began to align themselves with businesses that share their values and are committed to their DEI policies. These policies and a commitment to them is securing bids and creating a diverse and varied workforce.

There have certainly been challenges over these past two years, but this region has proven its ability to be robust and resilient. The talent pool is now further afield than it’s arguably ever been, delivering more opportunities and the need for companies to adapt if they want to keep up.


Kevin Board

Talent UK Sales & Operations Director

Candidate needs

  • The opportunity for remote working (or at least a hybrid of WFH and office-based)
  • Greater flexibility for a better work-life balance
  • Good digital fluency across the board, so everyone in the company has at least some degree of tech knowledge/understanding
  • Cultural fit and feeling like they’re ‘part of a team’

Business needs

  • Either local or further-afield candidates (if full-time remote working is doable)
  • Access to a wider talent pool as a result of remote working shift
  • Increased employee loyalty to combat the competition
  • Advice on how to enhance their employer branding
  • Advice on how to increase their diversity within tech teams (hiring more females etc.)

The year ahead

As we head further into 2022, I think the shift toward remote working will only continue to solidify itself as “the new norm”. Achieving a better work-life balance is something we’re seeing candidates prioritise now more than ever, and I can’t see that changing anytime soon. Companies will have to work harder to keep their best talent away from the competition, with employer branding being crucial.

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South East

Talent Insights

Tech Talent

137k technology professionals with an average tenure of 2.2 years

(source: LinkedIn Talent Insights)

Gender Identity

28
% Female
72
% 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

  • IBM
  • Thales
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle
  • Capgemini

(source: LinkedIn Talent Insights)

Top Skills

  • IT Support
  • Cloud Computing & Security
  • Java Developers

Living in

South East

UK

Home to leafy Surrey and the ever-popular Brighton & Hove, the South East offers a wealth of opportunities within the tech sector. The vast majority of areas within this region deliver impressive transport links, with many simple methods of travelling to and from London with ease. Such easy access to the capital instantly delivers opportunities you’d perhaps struggle to find elsewhere. 

However, the South East is renowned for being one of the most expensive places to live - other than inner city London. Cost of living is significantly higher here, and you will struggle to get as much for your money as you would in other UK regions. However, the boost in the tech sector (particularly in Brighton) has made the South East one of the most sought-after areas for tech professionals. A haven for startups and diversity, the South East is comparable to London in terms of tech opportunity and world-class innovation.


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