The growth of the Internet of Things has seen vacancies ‘grow by 14 per cent’ despite predictions the connectivity hype would die.
According to a report by Wired magazine, IoT was going to struggle with security risks, hacking scandals and lack of useful technology in 2017.
But a report by German firm Joblift found vacancies with network specialists increased 14 times as much as the whole job market in the UK, on average.
There has also been a 14 per cent average monthly increase in the number of IoT specialist vacancies in the UK market in the past year (since June 2016).
Despite concerns about data protectio, just two per cent of new roles were in security – although that represented a 21 per cent increase on the previous year, and ‘1.5 times the growth of the IoT industry as a whole’.
In terms of location, the industry is almost exclusively dominated by London.
Most roles are focused in the south of England, home to nine out of the top ten sub-regions for vacancies.
Birmingham is the only non-southern city, ranking in tenth place, and Greater London was home to 28 per cent of all vacancies in the last year.
Cambridgeshire ranked second with 182 posts.
Since June 2016, Vodafone Limited, Dyson and ARM were the joint, most active employers of IoT specialists, each advertising 4 per cent of all positions.
Joblift is meta search engine for currently more than 1,000,000 jobs from over 100 partner job boards.
The company was founded in 2015 by Lukas Erlebach and Malte Widenka, and currently employs a team of around 40.