Mind The [Tech Skills] Gap

Photograph of a hackathon, where coders, designers and project managers work together intensely on software projects.

Photograph of a hackathon, where coders, designers and project managers work together intensely on software projects.

This won't be the first time you've heard that the tech industry is growing – and it should come at no surprise – we live our lives online through apps, websites and social networks. Our day-to-day real and digital lives are becoming evermore integrated and someone has to create the means for that to happen.

Learning to code has never been part of the UK curriculum, and it's always been down to passionate third parties to spread the word that this sector is booming. In a world where students are worried about finding the perfect graduate job, turning their attention to the dynamic world of digital design, coding and programming will find them an abundance of jobs as the result of a widening skills gap.

According to Alphr.com, one third of programmers in the UK are from EU countries, and, with Brexit looming this poses as threat to how many will end up wanting to stay here. Python developers are apparently the most sought after with salaries for entry level jobs far exceeding the average UK salary. What's more, self-teaching has become the norm with programming, and a continuous development mindset is necessary. 

Treehouse is one of the front-runners in subscription-based online learning, with a particular focus on coding as well as business and marketing.

Treehouse is one of the front-runners in subscription-based online learning, with a particular focus on coding as well as business and marketing.

Learning to code is easier than ever, with a shedload of online resources, classes and workshops to guide you through it all. Online teaching websites such as Treehouse, Codeacademy and Codewars (to name but a few) allow those working a full-time job to invest a small amount of time and money to learn a new skills that could take them into an exciting new direction in their career.

With London's Old Street being the country's leading tech cluster, there's no better time to learn coding and find the ideal spot to either launch a startup or finding a creative tech company that demands these skills.