Could AI lead to a major British jobs boom?

Recruiters Indeed say there’s been a 500% rise in demand for such roles on its books in the past three and a half years – demand it says shows no signs of slowing

Posted 9 October 2017 by

There’s been an astonishing 485% rise in UK Artificial Intelligence (AI)  jobs for British IT professionals in the last three years, says  job site Indeed.

Its data also suggests there are over twice as many AI jobs available than there are suitable applicants, with a ratio of 2.3 roles available per candidate searching in the last quarter. Meanwhile, job seeker interest in AI roles has risen by 178% in the past three and a half years, it says – perhaps no wonder, given that the average Machine Learning Engineers on its books is over £54,000.

Typical job roles it’s being asked to find placements for include roles as such specialists and Software Developers in  sectors in both the public and private sectors, including banking, universities and commerce.

In most cases, employers want  applicants require previous experience and a degree in a subject such as Maths or Physics, although some already have specialist sector qualifications in things like Machine Learning says the company.

‘’Employers in every sector are keen to utilise artificial intelligence and need workers with the right skills to fill these roles,” stated Mariano Mamertino, EMEA Economist at Indeed.

“Our data shows that competition for this shallow pool of candidates is fierce, with the numbers of available roles outstripping potential new hires.

“The AI sector is likely to keep growing as the potential for the widespread application of the technology, across different industries, becomes more clear.

“Investing in education and the right skills needed to propel the industry forward will be key to its growth in the coming years.”