The North of England and Scotland are becoming more attractive destinations to IT professionals, with 88% of IT workers in the South East considering relocating within five years, according to research by IT recruitment website cwjobs.co.uk.
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Of those surveyed, 25% believe they could earn the same or more money outside of London, particularly in light of skills shortages in developing regions such as the North West.
However, London remains a magnet for those establishing their IT careers, with almost 66% of respondents saying that it is essential to start a career in the capital to develop the best IT skills.
Despite the desire to move north, most IT jobs are still in London and the South and, in the short term at least, the jobs market in the South remains the most buoyant.
In the latest quarterly Computer Weekly/SSL salary survey, London and the South, combined with the M4 "corridor" to the west of the capital, accounted for 75% of all IT jobs advertised nationally.
London itself accounted for nearly 44% of these jobs, with recruitment in inner London up by 3.2% quarter on quarter, and in outer London by 4.3%. Across the South as a whole the rise was 6.2%.
In the North East, by contrast, the number of advertised jobs fell by 3.2%, and in the North West jobs were up by 2.9%
The research also showed that demand for management positions was up by nearly 20% in the first quarter of 2007, with strong increases in the number of vacancies for system development managers, operations managers and communications managers.
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