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.
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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