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Tech Cities Job Watch

A shortage of skilled IT professionals across the country has resulted in tough competition across five key technology skills in particular: Big Data, Cloud, IT Security, Mobile and Web Development.

Our latest Tech Cities Job Watch report takes a closer look at the increasingly important IT Security sector. Some of the key findings from the report include:

  • Demand for permanent IT Security roles has increased by more than 50% since Q4 2015, as Cyber crime moves to the top of the C-Suite agenda
  • Annual IT Security permanent salaries climbed by 4.99% across 10 cities, compared to 0.62% for contractor day rates
  • IT Security professionals in London are still commanding the largest salaries by far (£62,596) – almost a fifth (19%) higher than any other region
  • London continues to display the highest requirement for IT Security professionals, with around 80% of the UK’s contractor IT security roles advertised in London.

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This infographic highlights the average permanent salary and contractor day rate in Q4 2016 for UK Tech Cities that are rapidly developing reputations as technology hubs including: London, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, as well as the ups and downs of hiring demand across the five disciplines.

Q1 2016

  • Tech Cities outside of London continue to become more attractive job seekers, with rising hiring demand in Q1 2016 narrowing the gap against London's dominance as the main Tech City
  • Organisations are under pressure to offer more competitive salaries and benefit packages, in a bid to secure to talent ahead of their competitors
  • Following recent high-profile cyber-attacks, and data leaks, and the new EU Data Protection Reform coming into place, many organisations are increasing investment in their data protection measures.

Q4 2015

  • Tech salaries outstrip UK wage growth as firms invest in permanent staff over contractors
  • Percentage of permanent compared to contractor roles increases by 3% on previous year
  • Importance of IT security reflected with largest pay rises (10% day rate, 3.55% salary)
  • 35% of tech roles are now outside London – an increase of 7% on previous year