On the Upload; BE PART OF THE UK'S THRIVING IT SECTOR; DAILY Mirror JOBS

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On the Upload; BE PART OF THE UK'S THRIVING IT SECTOR; DAILY Mirror JOBS


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THE LOWDOWN

More than 1.5 million people work in IT and telecoms and employment in the sector is growing at five times the rate of any other. This means 500,000 new people will be needed to fill IT jobs over the next five years.

We all rely on IT for everything from booking a holiday and paying for a meal in a restaurant to doing the weekly shop and using our mobile phones.

There are plenty of opportunities if you have the know-how. Jobs range from computer programmers and data processors to customer support and computer gaming.

THE JOBS

At fish4jobs.co.uk there are 5,167 jobs, ranging from an IT support person in Bristol (PS150 to PS200 a day) to an IT trainee in Leeds (PS16,000 to PS18,000), an IT technician in Bridgend (PS15,000 to PS15,500) and an IT specialist in Uxbridge, West London (PS25,000 to PS35,000).

We found a bumper 9,963 jobs at theitjobboard.co.uk, which has jobs across the country. There's an IT project co-ordinator in Manchester (PS24,599 to PS30,749), IT production support in Belfast (PS20,000 to PS30,000), IT manager in Frome, Somerset (PS40,000 to PS50,000) and a senior IT technician in Sittingbourne, Kent (PS26,500 to PS28,500).

We spotted 9,850 jobs at cwjobs.co.uk, which represents 735 companies in the UK such as Microsoft. Jobs include a senior application developer in Bristol (PS32,930 to PS35,822) and a senior computer programmer in Cambridgeshire (PS30,196 to PS38,088).

And there are 24,845 vacancies at gov. uk/jobsearch. These range from an IT apprentice in Manchester (PS3 an hour) to a service desk team leader in Birmingham (PS25,000 to PS28,000), an IT risk and control officer in the City of London (PS25,000 to PS40,000) and a helpdesk assistant in Otley, West Yorkshire (PS10,000 to PS12,000).

THE TRAINING

You can go straight into a job from school and get on-the-job training or take a college course or degree. From there you could choose to sign yourself up to a graduate programme.

Check out websites such as e-skills.com and itskillsacademy.ac.uk for inspiration and then head to Big Ambition (bigambition.co.uk) which highlights what's going on in the industry and where to start looking for training advice and jobs.

To earn while you learn, head to apprenticeships.org.uk where you'll find hundreds of opportunities.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology at theiet.org has a wealth of useful information about training and opportunities.

There are also various initiatives and training academies out there such as NiTP (nitp. …

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