Education Secretary Damian Hinds last month spoke out on the increasing use of technology in the United Kingdom’s education system, and the potential that embracing these new technologies can have. Mr Hinds talked of “forging a strong partnership between government, technology innovators and the education sector” in order to aid EdTech’s progression.

With this in mind, job search platform Joblift has analysed how far this government interest and backing has reflected the buoyancy of the EdTech job market. Joblift found that jobs in EdTech have increased at four times the rate of the UK’s job market as a whole.

EDTECH JOB MARKET OUTPACES TRADITIONAL EDUCATION JOBS FOURFOLD ON A MONTHLY BASIS

According to Joblift, around 3,808 EdTech job vacancies have been posted in the UK in the last 24 months. These vacancies increased by an average of 8% each month, and a huge 63% year on year. To highlight the strength and rapid development of the EdTech market, the traditional education sector, in comparison, saw an average monthly increase of 2% in the same time period, four times less than its tech-driven sister (and the UK’s overall job market), and over five times less yearly growth (12%). Furthermore, comparing EdTech vacancies with the UK’s overall startup job market shows just how encouraging the growth in jobs has been. Startup vacancies in general have increased by around 4% each month in the last two years – half the rate of the EdTech job market. 

QUALIFIED DEVELOPERS ARE THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER 

Web developers are particularly in demand in the EdTech job market, being asked for in 15% of all vacancies over the last 24 months. Other popular professions include, Business Development Managers (5% of vacancies), and Sales Managers (4%). A third of all EdTech vacancies require candidates to hold at least a Bachelor’s degree, with 13% of these accepting only potential employees who have a Master’s qualification. 

MORE THAN HALF OF ALL EDTECH VACANCIES ARE LOCATED IN LONDON

Unsurprisingly, London ranks as the capital of the EdTech scene hosting 56% of all vacancies advertised in the last 24 months. The city’s bustling and generously funded startup hub has given rise to a number of EdTech companies, including Avado Learning – the organisation which ranks as the second most active employer in the sector, advertising 3% of all vacancies in the last two years. Avado Learning is positioned behind top employer, Tutorful (4% of vacancies), the startup providing private tutors in cities across the UK. Far behind London, Bristol ranks as the second top location being home to 2% of EdTech job vacancies, and Leeds follows, also holding a 2% share of the job market. 

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