A Quarter of UK Developers are Self-Taught

Research has found more than a quarter of developers in the UK are self-taught and have no university education.

A study by jobs website, Hired, found 26% of developers in the UK have no listed university education and have taught themselves coding skills.

Mehul Patel, CEO of Hired, said some firms put a lot of stake in a potential candidate’s CV, and they could be missing out on talented people.

He said: “People tend to look for certain major indicators of success, but you need to have a hiring process that’s flexible enough to recognise talent even if they don’t have the right school or the right degree. The folk who self-teach and self-learn are passionate and dedicated.”

There is currently a skills gap in the UK, with many firms unable to find candidates with the tech skills they need to fill roles – costing the UK economy approximately £2bn a year.

The research from Hired found a growing gap between demand for security and data experts and the number of people with those particular skills.

Over the past year there has been a 222% increase in the number of interview requests made by employers for security engineering roles and a 234% increase for data engineers.

Patel added: “The areas most in demand in the digital economy are, unsurprisingly, security and data. There is a widening gap between demand for these services and the lack of supply to match that.”

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