Poll reveals almost one third of young adults want to work in tech

New research has revealed that 40% of 18 to 24-year-olds were looking to switch careers in 2024, and 31% of those at the start of their careers say they would like to work in tech.

Over 2000 adults were polled in January by consultancy firm Yonder to give an overview of the UK’s digital skills market and opinions on job and career prospects.

Of the 18 to 24-year-olds surveyed, 57% believe if they had a good level of digital skills, they’d be able to earn a good wage (this is higher than the national average of 31%), and also say they have a good level of digital skills.

24% could also name a female tech leader.

Rachid Hourizi, directory for the Institute of Coding, said: “National Careers Week is the perfect opportunity for young people to take stock of where they are in their career path and what skills may be needed to increase their employability.

“Studies have shown that around 80% of jobs now require digital skills and in today’s increasingly digital-led economy, having a certain level of tech skills is almost a requirement. Tech based skills are valued incredibly highly by employers, and this translates into increased remuneration packages.”

According to the Yonder poll, 40% of 18 to 24-year-olds surveyed said they think improving their digital skills would be expensive, while 42% believe you need to complete an undergraduate or a master’s degree to work in tech.

 Rachid Hourizi said: “At the Institute of Coding, we have a range of courses on offer to help a larger and more diverse group of learners into digital careers, including those who are starting out in their career.

“Recent polling we ran showed that only half the population have confidence in their digital skills and at the IoC we’re here to help those who want to increase their confidence and gain new skills.

“The breadth – and depth – of courses that we run, and the support that we offer, will equip anybody with the skills needed to forge ahead with a career in the industry, leading young people onto apprenticeships and full-time employment.”

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