The numbers are in: the number of computer engineers is on the rise.
The numbers aren’t just going up, but also increasing.
For the first time, in a decade, the number is increasing faster than the number employed in IT and finance.
In the UK, the average salary for a computer engineer is now more than £60,000 a year.
That is up almost 12% from the last time I checked in, back in 2013.
The rise is a consequence of the rapid expansion of the field.
Computer engineers can now design, program and maintain high-end computing devices from their desks in the US, Australia and New Zealand.
They are also increasingly using the internet to communicate, share ideas and find employment.
But they are also now entering the work force in a way that is more suited to the digital age, says Steve Pritchard, chief executive of Computer Engineer UK, a trade body.
He says that while some computer engineers have traditionally worked in the field as a way of supplementing their salary, that is changing.
The advent of digital computing means that computer engineers now work in a much more flexible environment, allowing them to work remotely, or even to travel to conferences and other events.
And they have a wider range of skills and expertise, thanks to the proliferation of cloud computing.
The average salary of an IT professional has risen by almost 15% in the past decade.
This means that many are now working for companies that can’t afford to pay them well, or those that are paying less than the market value of their products.
They also are often under pressure from the government, which is seeking to encourage innovation.
There is now an expectation among some companies that the new digital computing skills they need will be provided by the government.
The Office for National Statistics says that, while the number will remain relatively flat in 2020-21, the proportion of engineers who work in the computer engineering field will increase from 7.3% to 9.1%.
And this is where the rise in salaries comes in.
The ONS data show that the percentage of computer engineering graduates has doubled in the last decade, from just over 10% in 2010-11 to almost 20% in 2020.
But there are also signs that the rise is spreading.
The IT profession has been growing, too.
According to the National Association of Software Engineers, software development employment in the UK rose by 4.4% in 2017-18 to 2.7 million, the biggest increase since records began.
In a country of 4.3 million people, this is a staggering increase.
But this is also reflected in the wages of those in the IT industry.
The annual salary for an IT worker is now £53,600, up by more than 7% from 2016.
And in the business sector, the median salary rose by more then 11% to £52,600.
And the average pay in the software industry has been rising, too: it is now up by 12% over the last two years, while it was flat in the previous five years.
In terms of growth, however, the IT workforce is growing much more slowly than the workforce as a whole.
The total number of IT jobs in Britain has increased by just 0.1% over last year.
But for those who do manage to get jobs in the tech industry, their salaries are going up by an average of 8.6% a year over the same period.
And this has not been the case for everyone.
In other parts of the country, the percentage who are computer engineers has fallen.
In 2015, the UK’s IT sector accounted for just under a quarter of all the jobs created, down from a peak of 40% in 2003-04.
But now, the figures show that just under half of all computer engineers in the country are computer developers, who work on applications for the big corporations.
And that number is growing.
It is also increasing faster for graduates, who are making a much higher average salary than their counterparts who have never worked in IT.
A recent survey found that more than a quarter, or 37,000 people, were computer developers.
The statistics also show that there is still a lot of work for computer engineers.
They need to be taught how to use their skills, and they need to work alongside engineers who are much more technically inclined.
And, as Pritkind points out, computer engineers need to take their skills to the next level.
“The biggest challenge for computer scientists is getting good job offers,” he says.
“You don’t always get the right people at the right time, and there’s a lot to learn about how to work with people.
But that’s where computer engineers are.”
This article was first published on the Guardian’s website.