UK sees surge in AI jobs but skills gap remains

Written by Anthony Strzalek
11/10/2017

The number jobs in artificial intelligence (AI) in the UK has risen dramatically in the last three years, according to research from job site Indeed.

Figures released by Indeed show that since 2014 the number of available AI roles in Britain has increased by 485 per cent. However, it also reveals that there are over two times 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.

Interest in AI roles has risen more steadily by 178 per cent in the past three and a half years, not quite high enough to meet the fivefold surge in postings.

Typical roles in AI include machine learning engineers and software developers in areas as diverse as banking, universities and commerce. In most cases applicants require previous experience and a degree in a subject like maths or physics, although some may even have qualifications in machine learning.

Mariano Mamertino, EMEA economist at Indeed, commented: “Employers in every sector are keen to utilise artificial intelligence and need workers with the right skills to fill these roles. 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.”

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