Top 4 most in demand tech skills to add to your CV

The tech sector is one of the UK’s fastest growing industries, with the value reaching $1 trillion in March this year. With this growth comes elevated need for highly-skilled candidates, however currently supply isn’t meeting this demand and we’re experiencing a tech gap. Last year alone over 2 million tech jobs were left vacant. The diversity gap in tech is a big contributer to this skills gap, with organsations lacking the innovation which having a diverse workforce brings. Recent research by FDM Group has revealed the fastest-growing tech skills which are in high demand with employers. In this article we uncover the top skills to add to your tech CV to help land your dream job.


in demand tech skills

1. Programming languages

Programming jobs are one of the most in-demand, with more than 750 new job postings for Software Developers going live in the UK every day. With the huge growth in the tech industry it’s no wonder that programmers are one of the most sought-after roles. Out of the hundreds of coding languages, JavaScript leads the demand with 33% more job postings than the second most popular, Java. 


For candidates searching for a programming job, the power is very much in the job-seekers hands. Companies are fighting for the highly skilled applicants by offering benefits and salary packages much above the norm. Hackajob figures suggest the starting salary for a software engineer role is 64% higher than the national average at £25k. The demand for programmers is unlikely to slow, with spending on software development expected to continue to grow at 12% year on year. 


Here are 5 skills to add to your CV when applying for roles in programming:

  • List programming languages you know (e.g. Java, C, Python)
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Accuracy


2. Analytics

Companies are now making the majority, if not all, of their business decisions based on data. The amount of data we’re able to collect about our customers, services and market has grown significantly. With this growth comes a huge demand for data analysts to make sense of the figures and help the organisations to make informed decisions. In LinkedIn’s 2022 Jobs on the Rise report, Data Engineer was listed as one of the quickest-growing roles in the UK.


Data science roles also come with higher salaries, with an entry-level data analyst (1-3 years of experience) looking to earn an average salary of £40,939. According to Adzuna, data analyst salaries are 21% higher than the national average.


Here are 5 skills to add to your CV when applying for roles in data analytics:

  • Analytical skills
  • Knowledge of data analysis tools
  • Problem-solving
  • Time management
  • Methodological thinking


3. Cloud computing

With the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no surprise that cloud computing is in high-demand. As the world moved to remote working, businesses further understood the need for everything to be accessible on the cloud. Cloud engineer is a broad term which describes the different areas of work needed to manage the cloud systems companies use. Although you can have different cloud engineers, they all work to plan, manage, design and monitor cloud systems. 


The cloud infrastructure market is expected to reach $170+ billion in revenue globally in 2022, and with this huge rise in revenue comes demand for highly-skilled individuals to take up cloud engineering roles. This high demand is fuelling companies to offer extremely competitive salaries in a bid to win over candidates, with entry-level positions offering £45,000 and the average cloud engineer earning up to £75,000 a year. A recent report by TechRepublic also placed Google Cloud and AWS certifications in the top 3 highest paying tech certifications.


Here are 5 skills to add to your CV when applying for roles in cloud computing:

  • Technical skills (cloud service providers, Linux, programming, scripting)
  • Analytical thinking
  • Leadership
  • Troubleshooting/problem-solving
  • Web services/API


4. Cyber Security

Cyber security is fast becoming one of the most important areas of tech in the UK. This has been accelerated by the COVID 19 pandemic, as more companies moved to remote, cloud-based working resulting in more cyber attacks. Cyber security roles are in place to help prevent and stop these attacks, through the use of complex security systems. Over the last year, demand for cyber security professionals has increased by 60%, and it’s commonly the area in which companies state they have the biggest skills gap.


Almost half of all cyber security job postings are located in London and the South-East, with average salaries being around £60,000. Over the past year, salaries for cyber security roles have gone up by approximately 12%, showing that companies are in desperate need of candidates.


Here are 5 skills to add to your CV when applying for roles in cyber security:

  • Risk management
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving
  • Incident management
  • Communication


Tech professionals are likely to remain in high demand for years to come, with advancements in IT systems and the ever-changing way we work. These four skill areas are some of the most in demand in the UK, so if you’re looking for a career with great development prospects and generous rewards, consider adding these skills to your CV.


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