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Market for tech workers in Europe remains active, CompTIA research reveals

Mar 1, 2023

Analysis of employer job posting data reveals little drop-off in the search for tech talent  

LONDON – Employment opportunities for technology workers, especially for entry-level positions, remain on solid footing in several countries across Europe amid ongoing economic uncertainties and the continuing conflict in Ukraine, research by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the technology industry and workforce, finds.

Employer job postings for technology positions in 10 countries[1] totaled nearly 1.7 million in Q3 2022, the most recent available data, according to CompTIA’s latest “European Tech Hiring Trends” report.[2] That total was marginally less than the figure for Q2 2022, indicating a degree of stability in hiring activity for tech workers.

“Employers in many industries and markets remain active in their search for people to fill open positions in a range of technology disciplines,” said Graham Hunter, executive vice president, global sales, CompTIA. “Most notably, there are employment opportunities for new entrants to the workforce, career changers and others with the skills to work in tech who simply need encouragement and opportunity.”

Among all tech job postings, 54% sought candidates with 0 to 2 years of work experience. Employers specified 3 to 10 years of experience for 16% of job postings and 11 or more years for 7% of openings.

Job postings were widely dispersed geographically, with the largest numbers in Germany (639,278), Poland (450,391) and France (280,681). Companies in the information and communication industry listed the most job postings, but hiring interest was also strong among firms in the manufacturing, administrative and support services, professional, scientific and technical services and financial and insurance sectors.

Positions in software development, programming and web development had the highest volume of job postings in Q3 2022 (372,525). Demand was also strong for systems analysts and cybersecurity professionals[3] (208,468), IT support specialists and technicians (119,185) and network and systems administrators and technicians (86,254).

The report’s breakdown of data by individual countries highlights both the commonalities and uniqueness of tech employment in each market.

In Belgium, companies in the administrative and support services sector had the largest number of job postings among all industries. In the Czech Republic, the manufacturing sector held the top spot.

By a wide margin, Poland has the highest percentage of tech jobs postings for entry level and early career positions (79%). Germany ranked second (56%).

Romania (61%) and Poland (52%) had the highest percentages of job postings for software-related positions. The Netherlands and Portugal were both close to 50%.

Systems analyst and cybersecurity positions accounted for nearly one-third of tech jobs postings in Germany, France and Italy.

The “European Tech Hiring Trends” report is based on CompTIA’s analysis of employer job posting data aggregated by Lightcast from Q3 20222 and some prior periods. The full report is available at https://www.comptia.org/content/research/european-tech-hiring-trends.

About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for unlocking the potential of the tech industry and its workforce.  https://www.comptia.org/

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[1] Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain.

[2] CompTIA analysis of employer job posting data from Lightcast. Data may be subject to backward revisions.

[3] There is a duplication factor in the job posting data due to some employers utilizing a multi-location or multi-faceted hiring strategy.

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