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British public ignore technology and IT army jobs

Around half of citizens in the UK are unaware of the existence of IT and communications British Army careers, according to a new survey.

The research claims that of 2000 participants, 45% did not know you can pursue a career in communications within the Army, while 52% were unaware of its IT positions.

Besides a lack of knowledge about technological roles offered within the Armed Forces, participants also revealed they were unsure about the salaries on offer.

Two thirds of those polled didn’t know Army Reserve offers paid positions, while two fifths did know Reserve roles fit around people’s day jobs and personal lives.

The survey, carried out by research firm One Poll on behalf of the British Army, coincides with the Royal Corps of Signals recruiting for technology-related roles.

The positions on offer span maintaining and operating Army advanced communication systems, computer networks, electronic warfare assets, electronic force protection equipment and managing cable infrastructure, local and wide area networks and tactical and strategic networks.

The Army is now trying to promote its vacancies with an emphasis on the idea that it would be a great place to start a technology career.

“The Army is a great place to become a real expert in communications systems,” claimed Lance Corporal Simon Mitchell of the Royal Signals.

“Not only will you get paid while you gain professional trade qualifications, you will be working on systems that are essential in making sure the Army can operate effectively in warfare and on exercise,” he added.

In January this year, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond launched the new “More than meets the eye” Army recruitment campaign.

Hammond claimed the aim of this was to correct people’s perceptions of what a military career is actually like and attract new talent.