2015 sees surge in UK technology jobs

Cambridge, Bristol and Manchester's tech cities said to be growing faster than the capital

The first quarter of 2015 witnessed a 9% rise in the number of tech and IT roles advertised across the UK, with an 18% increase in permanent positions, according to figures from the latest Tech Cities Job Watch survey released by Experis.

The report, which analysed over 59,000 British tech jobs advertised between January and March this year, revealed a strong upward trend in demand in key technology areas across the nation’s tech cities.

For example, IT security roles in London were 32% higher than the final quarter of 2014 at 6,396 roles, and twice as high (65%) in tech cities with 1,861 roles advertised.

The impact of cloud technology is also evident with demand for cloud specialists increasing by 23% to 8,257 roles advertised. Cloud roles in tech cities outside London including Cambridge, Bristol and Manchester actually grew 13% faster than the capital, with roles in Cambridge fetching the highest average salary of £50,034.

Overall the average salary for permanent IT roles increased by 3% to £48,820, with positions in big data attracting the highest average salary of the five technology disciplines covered by the report – big data, web development, mobile, cloud and IT security.

Geoff Smith, managing director at Experis Europe, said the findings raise important points for next week’s election:

“With the general election only a week away, all parties have stressed the need to place tech education and skills development much higher up the agenda. Our report highlights that demand for specialist IT and tech roles continues to be very strong, and is growing not just in London but across the country.

“Putting policies in place which help to meet the growing demand for skilled workers across the UK’s tech cities should be a priority for whichever party or coalition of parties form a government next month.”

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