Where there is tech, there’s a way: demand grows for UK’s hybrid tech sectors

Where there is tech, there’s a way: demand grows for UK’s hybrid tech sectors

Task functions within tech increased by 40%in the first third of the year thanks to a rise in-demand within the ‘hybrid-tech sector’– namely fintech, edtech, healthtech, and agritech– according to international recruiter Robert Walters

The UK is Europe’s top scaling tech country, and with a record ₤101 bn financial investment in 2015 it is quick increasing its lead on the planet. If the UK and China see the very same level of tech investment continue respectively, then the UK will surpass China as the 2nd tech nation– behind only the U.S.A..( Tech Nation Report 2020)

Tom Chambers, Senior Manager– Technology at Robert Walters, discusses: “In the last few years, tech start-ups and scaleups have actually received a noteworthy amount of financing, and in the last couple of weeks alone we have actually seen government (along with VC’s) allocate more financing towards high need markets.”

Chambers adds: “Thanks to a strong talent pool and structure in financial investment, the UK is in a very strong position worldwide to be able to continue its trajectory. The existing environment will be a hotbed for tech-savvy, entrepreneurial minds to launch or grow their organisation. These individuals may have no training at all in medicine, farming, or education, but bring proficiency in information science and analytics, computing and behavioural economics.”

So what’s altering?


On the 18 March, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed plans to enforce nationwide closure of state schools throughout the nation. With only days’ notice, the education sector had no time at all to prepare for children to have an extended period away from the classroom– presenting a huge hazard to academic achievement, exams procedures and prep, and general advancement and social skills.

Within days, schools and universities had actually relied on online knowing tools as a service– putting unprecedented need on the UK’s edtech sector.

Tom Chambers comments: “What the Covid-19 break out really rapidly highlighted to the UK (and western/developed nations) is how education is one of the most traditional markets in the world– having actually not transformed its shipment techniques in the last 100 years.

” Lack of resources, restricted financing, poor mentor facilities and inadequate infrastructure in developing countries has resulted in them actually being the early adopters of disruptive edtech– from virtual classrooms, to e-learning and gamification.

” Up until now, real all-encompassing adoption of edtech has actually been much slower in the western world.

Fortunately, the UK has by no methods lagged behind in this world and edtech remains in fact one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors– growing at 22%year-on-year. The industry is worth an approximated ₤170 million to the UK economy in exports alone– highlighting the rate of adoption in other countries outside of the UK.

In 2015, it was predicted that the UK edtech market was to reach ₤ 3.4 bn by 2021 (out of a total of ₤100 bn UK education market)– with this figure now poised to be much higher because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

With spending and financing rife, the market reveals no signs of slowing down. Pre Covid-19, UK schools were spending ₤900 million on edtech each year. This week, federal government has vowed to devote over ₤100 million to improve remote education.

Tom includes: “The UK is house to more than 1,200 edtech companies– around a quarter of the overall number in Europe. Paired with this, the UK ranks primary in edtech equity capital funding in Europe– getting more than a third (34%) of overall financial investment to the continent.

” The existing strength of our edtech industry pre-outbreak uniquely places the UK has being able to be a true international leader in this area– creating jobs for individuals within tech, teaching, development marketing, and finance.”

Leading 5 job roles in-demand within edtech:

  1. Data Researchers
  2. Software Engineers
  3. UX & UI Specialists
  4. Product Experts
  5. Go to Market Executives

Robert Walters


Nowhere is any industry under more pressure than pharma & healthcare– UK and internationally. In the UK alone the NHS released a significant recruitment campaign leading to over 20,000 retired NHS personnel returning to service, in addition to over 24,000 final year trainees entering the NHS for the very first time.

Whilst prevalent media focus has remained on frontline personnel, UK healthtech business have been signing up with the global fight to assist deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Considering That the Covid-19 outbreak we have actually seen an all-Ireland online platform launch to boost company partnership– with a preliminary focus on health care innovation. Welsh government have released a COVID-19 Sign Tracker app, to help track the disease. The app is presently in use by 38,000 people in Wales, and 2 million across the UK.

California has actually traditionally been the hotbed for health tech innovation, but the tables seem turning. It was London’s Babylon Health which closed 2019’s most significant healthtech deal, raising ₤441 m from Saudi investors to establish diagnostic software application for its remote care platform. The business is now valued at more than ₤ 1.6 bn.

The UK is showing every sign of trying to lead the charge in healthtech options. Last year, the NHSX was launched– a brand-new body that will lead the digital transformation of public healthcare nationwide.

Now, the function of the NHSX healthtech effort is being put to the test with ₤500,000 of new funding being provided for new innovation that can be scaled “within weeks” to support people who are self-isolating due to coronavirus. After receiving 1,600 applications given that 23 March, 18 ingenious digital options have actually been awarded up to ₤25,000 to help test and get their product off the ground.

Tom Chambers comments: “The healthtech market has actually been growing in the UK, driven primarily by the ‘enablers’ of digital health development– the government.

” The effects of an ageing population and a financially-strained NHS, have motivated the NHS and federal government to take a data-driven technique to dealing with and avoiding long term conditions and also change how we access care.

” All of this activity in the UK has actually implied that financial investment has increased in the previous 5 years, growing by 131%. In 2015 alone, ₤ 1.7 billion was purchased UK start-ups and scaleups.”

According to the Association of British HealthTech Industries, the UK healthtech sector is now the largest company in the broader Life Sciences market, using 127,400 people in 3,860 companies, with a combined turnover of ₤24 billion.

Tom adds: “The coronavirus pandemic is a worldwide concern, and the healthtech industry has been quick to react. From testing and immunizing, increase in contactless consultations, to producing life-saving devices– we are seeing developed tech start-ups adapting their locations of proficiency to assist play their part in the battle.

” The light that the government is shining on the healthtech sector will give birth to a brand-new generation of entrepreneurs, start-ups and tech-savvy individuals in the UK, assisting to position us a worldwide hub for skill in the years to come.

” The sort of tech we are seeing created in this space in the UK is very customer focused and app-driven– from clever medical devices, and wearable devices, to health monitoring apps, heat sensors and remote visits tools.”

Top 5 job functions in-demand within healthtech:

  1. Data Scientists
  2. Software Engineers
  3. UX & UI Specialists
  4. DSP Specialists
  5. Product Supervisors

Robert Walters


From skyrocketing demand for fresh fruit and vegetables, an over-stretched supply chain system, and seasonal labour scarcities on farms due to border closures, the agricultural industry has its fair share of obstacles ahead of them in the coming months.

Tom Chambers comments: “The execution of technology into the farming, farming, food and supply chain market is becoming a growing number of crucial. Covid-19 is putting pressure on the UK agricultural market to redefine its farming and food supply chains, and to accelerate the pace at which it commercialises and embraces brand-new agritech developments to deliver sustainable modification.

” The market and the many facets within it mean that tech opportunities are large range– from informing trade methods, to crop optimisation and satellite imagery.”

Fortunately, the UK is no complete stranger to farming innovation (agritech) having led the farming transformation of the 18 th century– introducing innovative farming practices such as crop rotations.

The country has a stellar history of being a world leader in plant and animal science and is home to some of the most established farming research study institutions in the world.

When it concerns performance and technology, the UK’s farming industry is far ahead and highly mechanised, producing 50 per cent of the food it requires with only 2 per cent of the workforce.

Tom Chambers states: “Agritech innovations aid with food supply, waste reduction, improving productivity in the food cycle, sustainable crop health, accuracy farming and, eventually, much healthier and better value food for all of us.

” With the rate at which the environment, world population and human behaviour is altering, there is without a doubt that agritech is among the most essential innovation sectors in the world.”

Leading 5 task functions in-demand within agritech:

  1. Information Researchers
  2. Software Application Engineers
  3. UX & UI Specialists
  4. Machine Learning Engineers
  5. Computer System Vision Specialists

Robert Walters


Now into our sixth week of social distancing procedures, nothing has quite been impacted like our standard ability to interact.

For individual communication; immediate messaging, shared video gaming, and group video calls are nothing new. The tech has been dealt with for a number of years to enable the most user-friendly experience. Apps such as Houseparty or InstagramLive have brought to life a brand-new generation of social distancing get-togethers or personal training sessions.

The shift for workers to remote working in the UK has actually been particularly remarkable, with supervisors able to stay in-touch with their team via online platforms such as Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts or Microsoft Teams. The nature of these platforms, once downloaded, are one-click access– much like that of a phone call.

Tom Chambers remarks: “Where we are seeing the greatest need for improved tech in this location is ‘interaction at scale’. Customer-facing companies– in specific those who count on call-centres as a touch point– are under enormous pressure to improve their communication systems, decrease wait times, and speed-up access to important info.”

In the previous few weeks, we have actually seen site servers crash. In many cases, banks, lending institutions and company have momentarily suspended call centres and rather asked consumers to leave voicemails, fill online kinds, or send text messages asking for a call back.

Tom Chambers includes: “Communication tools are probably among the trickiest for tech to help with– mostly due to the fact that communication is human-led and therefore so individual and subjective therefore a one-size-fits-all method wont work.

” Organizations have been trialling and tweaking products for several years and years– from automated telecalls, chatbots, and apps. These solutions circle quite around downplaying your consumer, ample data, expert system, algorithms, and machine learning.”

This month the government introduced a Coronavirus WhatsApp Chatbot and pledged investment into a brand-new online platform that would help victims of domestic abuse who are unable to talk on the phone– which to date has actually been the primary approach to access help of this nature.

Tom adds: “Whilst there will no doubt be some failures with some of these systems, one thing for sure is we will be trialling a range of e-communication tools in a brief time period– and so the data and gaining from this alone will resort in improved tech in this area. The Covid-19 break out has actually definitely highlighted how among our age-old tools– interaction– requires a shake-up.”

Leading 5 task roles in-demand within commstech:

  1. Information Software Application Engineer
  2. Machine Learning Professionals
  3. UX & UI Specialists
  4. Natural Language Processing Specialists
  5. Geospatial professional

Robert Walters

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