IT jobs are heading north as a result of increased regional development grants and big businesses establishing new operations there, and South East IT workers are planning to follow the work.
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Research among 725 IT professionals by recruitment website CWjobs.co.uk (a sister company of computerweekly.com) shows 88% of IT workers in the South East are considering relocating within the next five years.
Less than half (46%) of IT workers in the South East still believe the best IT jobs are based in London. Google and IBM top their wish list as employers, and both have a presence in the North – 69% of those questioned said they would be interested in working for these companies.
The BBC is also seen as an attractive employer, with 63% of IT workers wanting to work for the broadcaster, which is relocating a large chunk of its operations to Manchester.
A further 62% have their sights set on the new Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters in Edinburgh.
One-in-four IT professionals believe they could earn the same or more money outside of London due to the skills shortage in developing regions such as the North West.
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