Digital sector is boosting employment in the UK

There is a reported 44 percent increase in redundant workers securing work in the digital sector in May, compared with May last year.

Overall, I have seen a 47 percent increase in digital consultants securing work in last 12 months, with 55 percent gaining employment in the last three months alone.

More than 30 percent of these new jobs were created in IT and Web programming, with 50 percent of these in Web Design and Programming. More than 17 percent were created in design, with more than half of these in graphic design. A further 11 percent were created in Copywriting and Editing, with 10 percent secured in Marketing and SEO.

The figures come a day after the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the latest Labour Market Statistics, which showed that unemployment is failing at its fastest rate in a decade.

These latest figures show that the digital sector is boosting employment in the UK. The figures show that it’s the digital sector that is playing a big role in bringing down the employment rates in the UK today.

The last three months have seen the largest drop in unemployment in the UK since the summer of 2000. Figures reveal that the digital sector, the engine room of the UK economy, is not only boosting growth at this critical time of recovery, but also securing unprecedented levels of work.

It is not surprising that those made redundant in the recession are learning new digital skills to take advantage of the rise in jobs in the digital sector.

What’s more, the rise in full-time freelance digital consultants also shows that the British workforce is becoming ever more flexible and innovative in the ways it is prepared to work. Many digital consultants now work for a number of companies, rather than just one employer. This results in a large variety of work, a wider skills base and greater job security overall.

Xenios Thrasyvoulou is a passionate entrepreneur who started his first businesses at 23 years of age fresh out of university offering personal assistance (PA) or concierge services to businesses and time-starved individuals on a ‘per hour basis’. In early 2007, three years later, he started PeoplePerHour.com, essentially a new-generation, online version of the above, allowing ‘virtual assistants’ to register on the site and offer their services directly to businesses who put projects up for tender. Xenios is a graduate of Cambridge University with MA/MEng where he was awarded a mark of Distinction for his Masters dissertation. He has attended multiple executive education programmes at Harvard Business School. He is also a noted speaker on entrepreneurship in numerous forums, events and business schools, including INSEAD business school.