re: get a job
Get a job in an IT department of a big firm if you can. The focus will be on the business not just cost cutting.
Until the Beancounters and PHB's decide to offshore the whole IT department and all the Kit with it that is and hang GDPR.
There really is no future in IT in this Country. 90% of IT is going offshore within 5 years. Brexit will only speed this up as TUPE gets quietly dropped and it will solve the IR35 problem as well. That's my prediction which isn't worth a bent penny.
HMG will be back to doing everything on paper.