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The demand for London and generally UK-based cloud roles is continuing to rise rapidly as found in the Tech Cities Job Watch report Q2 2017.

It finds that this continued growth is accelerating and not decelerating, and specifically points out a 6.18% growth year-on-year in the roles advertised in London.

London Statistics

London currently represents 70% of all cloud based roles within the UK, along with being the highest salary offered for these roles. This makes it no coincidence that Google have decided to open its first UK cloud data centre here in London.
Brexit

This move ties in directly with a topic which is hard to avoid in the last year - Brexit. Although there was some uncertainty about how Brexit would affect these cloud services, it seems Google and other big organisations are banking on post-Brexit Britain to still be a place of continued (cloud) growth. The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said that Google’s investment is “a vote of confidence for the UK economy”.

Importance and Skills

The report demonstrates that cloud services are no longer just a ‘trend’ and moving towards being an integral part of many organisations day-to-day operations. Most of the roles advertised just require knowledge of the services and how to use them, not necessarily development. This means companies are looking for individuals who are skilled in using services such as OpenStack, AWS and Salesforce.

The Future

There seems to be no signs of the use of cloud technologies slowing, and infact, it is growing like never before. Even with external factors such as Brexit, it seems that the growth of roles within London and Europe will not be affected by such factors. Only time will tell if more or less companies decide to create more cloud based roles within the UK, but with these statistics and Google’s confidence in London, it looks promising and prosperous for the future of this sector in a post-Brexit environment.

Further Reading

For more information please visit: https://thestack.com/cloud/2017/08/08/cloud-roles-in-the-uk-faced-97-73-increase/ and for more-detailed statistics see Tech Cities Job WatchReport 2017 at https://www.experis.co.uk/tech-cities-job-watch