Permanent IT salaries in the UK have risen by 5.5% in the last 12 months, and the average wage for an IT professional is now £32,965.
IT recruitment specialist CV Screen monitored over 30,000 advertised positions in the UK during Q1 2007 to establish the average wage.
“With the IT sector experiencing a period of continual growth, we have been experiencing especially high demand for IT professionals over the last year,” said Matthew Iveson, managing director at CV Screen.
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“There has also been a shortage of candidates seeking new roles and the net result is upward pressure on salaries,” said Iveson.
The survey, which excluded salaries within the particularly well-paid banking sector, found there was considerable demand for candidates with Java, .net, SAP and network support experience. This has caused large increases in the salaries offered for candidates with these skills, said CV.
The increased uptake of online recruitment methods is also contributing to the heightened activity in the industry.
“The continued increase in candidates applying for vacancies through online job boards and uploading their CV to databases is quickening the recruitment process. Employers who are able to react quickly to applications are those who are benefiting most from the current candidate-driven marketplace,” Iveson said.
Iveson warned employers, “The outlook for the whole of 2007 is equally buoyant, and employers need to ensure they are accurately benchmarking their IT salaries or risk losing their IT staff.”
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