The U.K. economy has been speeding up since 2012 – and looks to keep up the pace in 2015, according to PwC. Last year, not only did the U.K. unemployment rate hit its lowest level in six years, but the rate of employment equaled the record set in 2015.
That’s good news for project practitioners in the United Kingdom, which is seeing a demand for almost 1 million project managers through 2020.
The tech industry has been a particular beneficiary of the economic upswing, KPMG reports. More than two-fifths of all U.K. tech companies plan to hire by mid -2015.
Project managers will need to handle the changes typical of the tech industry. “Change management skills are being asked for more and more,” says Paul Yeomans, managing director, Manifestly Important, York, England. “Project managers who are strong in this areas will be well placed to advance.” The construction sector also will see an expanding need for project managers, he adds.
“The outlook is positive, with the jobs picture for project managers continuing to improve in line with the economic recovery,” Mr. Yoemans says.
However, that also comes with an uptick in job competition, which Mr. Yeomans sees as the main challenge for job seekers. “it is becoming increasingly important for individuals to differentiate themselves with extra knowledge, skills and qualification.” he says.
Source PM Network Jan 2015
Dirck Hornung, PMP (www.oil-n-gas-network.com)