Mark Zuckerberg

The UK’s IT sector is full of budding Mark Zuckerbergs, according to research undertaken by IT recruiter Randstad Technologies.

More than a third of IT workers across the UK (37%) share key personality traits with the Facebook founder.

The recruiter created an interactive quiz that matches tech professionals' personalities to famous entrepreneurs in the sector. Aside from the dominance of the Zuckerberg personality type, the quiz also revealed that just 5% of tech workers act like elder tech supremo Lord Sugar and Yahoo! boss Marissa Mayer.

And the Zuckerberg personality type is also predominant across core tech hubs such as Silicon Gorge in the South West; Silicon Roundabout in London and the eastern end of the M4 Corridor.

Mark Zuckerberg is known for his inquisitive mind and drive to invent. Aged just 12 he used an Atari BASIC to create his own messaging programme, which he dubbed "Zucknet". While at Harvard, he developed a number of software packages for his fellow students. The Facebook founder is also known for being a risk taker and for having a ruthless streak when it comes to hiring and firing.

Ruth Jacobs, managing director at Ranstad Technologies, said: "People have a lot of pre-conceptions about Mark Zuckerberg, something that the release of The Social Network five years did little to dispel. However, he has many fantastic leadership qualities, qualities that have helped him to build and outstanding management team he can delegate to. Being able to take a step back and allow people to work through problems themselves is an essential attribute in successful management.

"The fact his personality type dominates in the UK's IT industry is great new for our booming tech sector which needs leaders who are able to combine technical brilliance and emotional intelligence to provide relevant and useful product for both industry and the consumer. The findings suggest people working in the UK's core tech hubs possess the imagination, drive and leadership qualities that are required to develop disruptive new technologies."