Over a quarter (28 percent) of the latest technology jobs are advertised in cities outside of London, reports the first Tech Cities Job Watch.
The new quarterly survey from professional resourcing specialist Experis has analysed over 54,000 UK IT jobs advertised between October and December 2014. It reveals that Cambridge, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow are among the “tech hotspots” outside London. They account for over 11,000 jobs, with skills in mobile, cloud and web development in high demand.
Whilst the capital continues to lead on salaries for every technology discipline (with an average of £51,588 for permanent roles), other cities aren’t too far behind considering their significantly lower cost of living, with Cambridge leading the cities outside of London on £40,994, followed by Birmingham (£39,733) and Glasgow (£39,143).
Geoff Smith, managing director at Experis Europe, said: “There are strong indications to suggest that tech job opportunities are on the rise throughout the UK. We’re seeing an increasing number of London-based companies establishing remote working centres. They are ensuring their hunt for IT skills doesn’t miss out on talent that sees more appeal in the quality of life outside the capital – this could be one of the factors driving this shift.”
The report reveals that mobile and web development skills are in highest demand both in and outside of London, accounting for two-thirds of roles advertised. Roles requiring big data skills were, by contrast, scarcer - only 8 percent of the total roles advertised. However, these jobs commanded the highest salaries.
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