A study of 50 IT roles and 7,000 advertised positions in the first quarter of 2011 by IT recruitment firm CV Screen reveals the average salary for permanent IT professionals in the UK is now £38,946, up 5% on the same period last year.
Matthew Iveson, director at CV Screen, says the recovery of the economy and jobs market in the past 12 months has fuelled the salary increase as employers compete to attract the best talent. Salaries are set to continue rising.
"While it is difficult to make predictions for the next 12 months, we strongly believe that rising inflation and the increased cost of living will push IT wages up further and therefore the salary increase trend will continue well into 2012," said Iveson.
CV Screen says the number of registered vacancies increased by over 25% in the first quarter of 2011, compared with 2010, meaning employers may struggle to fill vacancies.
"It must also be noted that the number of applications per role has actually dropped by around 20%. The employer-driven market of a year ago is now shifting towards a candidate-driven market, which is driving salaries up," said Iveson.
He added that a lack of quality candidates still exists for .Net, PHP and Java roles.