London calling: UK IT salaries continue to rise

British tech pay keeps rising

IT salaries continue to rise in the UK, a survey by IT recruitment company CV Screen claims.

The survey analysed about 60,000 IT positions advertised across the country in Q1 of 2006, looking at 60 permanent IT roles, and concluded that the average advertised IT salary for a professional in the UK is now £31,446 (NZ$93,852).

Skills that are particularly in demand include knowledge of Java, .Net and Visual Basic. CV Screen’s report contradicts other surveys done as recently as last month, which revealed that IT salaries were in decline.

However, IT workers in the public sector were getting better pay rises than their counterparts in private firms.

Matthew Iveson, managing director of CV Screen, pointed to growing demand for candidates with Microsoft MCP, MCSE or MCSD certification as a reason for the apparent rise.

“The demand for IT staff continues to rise, with the South East and Thames Valley regions being particularly buoyant. We are currently experiencing increased demand for skilled IT staff, which is resulting in upward pressure on IT salaries,” Iveson says.

“The IT jobs market has seen a definite change in the last 18 months,” during which there has been a lot of online headhunting, and a higher response rate from potential candidates.

“This is great for the IT professional but is causing headaches for employers as they are forced to find more innovative ways of recruiting and retaining their staff,” Iveson says.

“The recession in the IT industry two to three years ago resulted in much lower salaries being offered to new staff recruited during this period. The two-tiered salary structure which many employers faced has now been corrected as IT professionals have moved on, in many cases with a higher salary being a large contributing factor in their move,” he says.

Meanwhile, a local survey reveals companies are reinvesting in technology and salaries are rising in all sectors.

Hays, a recruitment agency, surveyed more than 1,700 respondents from SME to large multinational organisations across Australia and New Zealand.

The survey revealed 58% of employers on average (across all sectors, including IT) increased salaries by 3% to 6%. Some 13% of employers raised salaries by 6% to 10% and 4% lifted salaries by more than 10%.

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