Tech hotspots outside of London hunting for IT staff

More than a quarter of IT roles advertised are outside of London, according to a recruitment report

More than a quarter (28%) of tech jobs are advertised for roles outside of London, according to a report from recruitment firm Experis.

The Tech Cities Job Watch survey revealed companies are hunting for IT skills across the whole of the UK, with the report analysing 54,000 UK IT jobs advertised between October and December 2014.

According to the report, jobs in Cambridge, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow accounted for more than 11,000 jobs.

Salaries offered in London continue to lead at an average of £51,588 for permanent roles, however cities outside of the capital are also offering competitive rates with lower costs of living. Cambridge is leading the cities outside of London on £40,994, followed by Birmingham (£39,733) and Glasgow (£39,143).

Experis Europe managing director Geoff Smith said the government has stated its ambition for the UK to be the technology centre of Europe, bringing prosperity to the entire country.

“Great progress has been made towards this in the past few years and as technology continues to filtrate into every aspect of a business – regardless of industry sector –  this trend is only likely to gather pace in 2015 and beyond,” he said.

The report also revealed that mobile and web development skills are the most sort after in and outside of London, making up two-thirds of advertised roles. Only 8% of vacancies asking for big data skills were advertised, despite these roles offering the highest salaries.

Smith added there are strong indications to suggest tech job opportunities are on the rise throughout the UK.

“We’re seeing an increasing number of London-based companies establishing remote working centres to ensure their hunt for IT skills doesn’t miss out on talent that sees more appeal in the quality of life outside the capital. This could be one of the factors driving this shift," he said.

“And with the continued investment in rail and road infrastructure to better connect northern towns and cities, the future is looking bright for businesses that take the right steps to manage their talent pool.”

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