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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 Big Data roles increased by 51.8% compared to Q1 2016 and 24.6% on the previous quarter
  • Permanent Big Data salaries saw a sharp year-on-year increase of 4% across the ten Tech Cities
  • Average Big Data salaries and day rates were the highest out of the five tech disciplines - £67,399 for permanent roles and £528 for contractor roles.

To download this free report, visit our page here.


This infographic highlights the average permanent salary and contractor day rate in Q1 2017 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