The UK’s largest digital skills careers fair is to return to Manchester this year after it was estimated that one in 10 job vacancies are currently in tech.
Manchester Digital’s annual Digital Skills Festival will take place next month, and will assess the impact Brexit and the Covid pandemic has had on the sector and its working practices.
It aims to connect Northern talent with some of the city region’s biggest tech employers – as many continue to grow and recruit.
Those will include Auto Trader, Bentley, musicMagpie and the ICO.
Upwards of 250 jobs, placements and internships will be on offer throughout the day in fields including development, data, security, design, project management, digital marketing, UX and more.
Katie Gallagher, managing director at Manchester Digital, said: “The pandemic has changed the way we do business and the impact on some industries will be permanent. However, as many businesses look to digitize and shift operations online, and remote working becomes more prominent, this has opened up new opportunities for many parts of the tech industry.
“While there’s no doubt the picture is nuanced and not the case for every digital and tech business, in general, there’s a still strong demand for suitable people to fill open roles – both technical and non-technical.
“This means we’re seeing plenty of prospects for those looking to start a career in the sector, or perhaps move into the sector from industries that have been badly hit by the pandemic. These opportunities will be showcased at Talent Day – where we’ll share routes into the tech industry for people, whether they’ve worked in it previously or not.”
The five-day online event will take place online, and include the UK’s largest digital skills careers fair, Talent Day, connecting 1,500 students from schools, colleges and universities plus anyone interested in a career in the sector, with respected industry professionals and employers.
A recent report by Tech Nation revealed Manchester as the fastest-growing tech hub in Europe – with an increase of investment of £48m from 2018 to 2019, up 277% to £181m.
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It will launch on February 8, and also reveal the findings of the 2021 Digital Skills Audit.
The audit, run in partnership with the Institute of Coding, will take a national view of the impact of COVID on growth and workplaces, as well as taking a deeper dive into the most in demand tech roles and the ongoing skills shortage.
Sarah Brooks-Pearce, future talent manager at Auto Trader, added: “The challenges of COVID continue into 2021. The impact on young people’s education and employment is significant, and the need to invest and inspire new entrants from the broadest communities into the tech world continues.
“The skills and diversity challenges that we see currently will only grow if the commitment to invest in skills, educational outreach and entry careers routes pause.
“Supporting initiatives like the Talent Day and Digital Her/Digital Futures with Manchester Digital and continuing to welcome our Early Careers intakes, therefore remains essential to us. We’re delighted to share our latest graduate and apprenticeship opportunities on Talent Day and host a student experience day. And we cannot wait to welcome our new intakes this year.”