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By | Kat Hall 10th February 2016 09:38

Techie the most recession-proof job

But sector still took jobs hit and an 11% pay cut in 'real terms'

Want to survive the next global financial meltdown without being forced to trade your shoes for food? Well, you'd be safest to get a job in tech.

Since 2002, the most "recession-proof" job has been the tech sector, with the total wage bill having risen 82 per cent to £32bn in 2013, as more folk flocked to get jobs in the sector.

Some 400,000 more people got full-time employment between 2002 and 2014 up to 800,457, according to analysis of the latest official government stats by recruitment firm Randstad.

However, that didn't stop overall wages falling by 11 per cent over that period.

Unsurprisingly the least recession-proof occupation is travel agent, where the aggregate wage bill fell a dramatic 56 per cent over the same period to £420m.

The survey noted that was as much a consequence of technological change due to customers moving to booking holidays online. The number of travel agents nearly halved to 23,000 during that period.

Sadly, estate agents were not on the list of jobs least likely to last a recession.

Mark Bull, CEO of Randstad UK, said: "While jobs in IT infrastructure and networks may have declined – and some jobs have been outsourced beyond our borders – other areas, such as .net and ecommerce mobile programming, have boomed."

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