Majority of technology firms to create senior management roles in 2013

More than half (57%) of technology companies are planning to create senior management roles in 2013, up from 15% in 2012 and more than double the national cross-sector average of 23%, the survey found.

Of these, 93% will create middle management or skilled positions, compared with 97% in 2012, while 37% will create entry-level roles, on a par with last year's figure of 38%.

Barclays' Job Creation Survey 2013, which was conducted by Critical Research on behalf of the bank and questioned over 700 businesses between January and February this year, found that 63% of technology companies will be creating new jobs in 2013, compared with 78% last year. Of these, 58% will be full-time jobs, compared with 73% in 2012.

The survey found that 69% of technology firms are not expecting to lose any jobs this year, compared with a national cross-sector average of 79%.

Of those surveyed, 88% of businesses said that the government's efforts to remove barriers to job creation are having no impact on their business, a rise from 84% in 2012.

“Many businesses in this fast-growing sector are rapidly reinventing and broadening their reach as they add new capabilities to their offerings," said Sean Duffy, managing director of Barclays' Technology, Media and Telecoms unit. "The significant increase in top-level jobs – higher than any other sector – demonstrates how serious these businesses are about achieving their ambitious growth plans."

The continued drive in job creation across the technology sector reflects UK businesses’ growth intentions, according to the results of a survey report by global workplace provider Regus.

Regus's latest business confidence report found that 25% of 3,000 businesses surveyed plan to increase headcount by more than 5% in the remainder of 2013. The report, which is conducted once every six months, also revealed that a further fifth plan to increase headcount of between 2% and 5%.

Over half of businesses surveyed found that their recruitment drive will focus on sales and marketing staff, the survey found, which Regus said displays a “determination to sell their way out of the downturn”.

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