New job numbers for IT jobs in the UK and Australia reveal sharp increase in IT jobs
The latest figures for the number of jobs in IT are still coming in, but there has been a sharp increase over the past few months, with the number reporting a gain of 4.7% since April.
The job growth figures were released on Tuesday, as the government announced it would be launching a national broadband service.
The move will see 1.7 million premises connected to the internet by 2020, and the UK is one of the world’s fastest growing regions for broadband use.
The figures also showed that the number who worked in IT rose by 8.6%, to 8,569, compared with the previous year.
The number of IT workers increased by 13.3% to 9,851, while the number working in finance and insurance grew by 12.4% to 1,988.
The jobs in banking, financial services and insurance rose by 2.3%, to 1.8 million, while construction and extraction fell by 2%, to 948,000.
The employment figures are the latest data released from the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions, which said on Tuesday that the overall number of people in work fell by 7,000 to 2.5 million.
But the employment figures were not the only data released by the government on Wednesday.
A separate report by the Office for National Statistics said the number in work increased by 3,800 in April to 3.4 million.
It also found that the average earnings of workers in jobs in financial services fell by 0.7%, by 0,2% and by 1.4%, to £22,000 a year.
The unemployment figures were also released on Wednesday, showing that the UK economy added 3,300 jobs in April.
However, a separate report from the ONS said the total number of working people in the workforce was at its lowest level since December 2008, when the global financial crisis hit.
The ONS also said the proportion of the population aged from 15 to 64 with a job fell to 31.4 percent, the lowest level in a decade.
The government’s report also revealed that the proportion working from home grew by 1,200 in April, to 11.1 percent.