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The Robert Half 2016 Salary Guide is your best resource for information technology (IT) salary information and recruitment trends for IT roles across the UK. It contains remuneration trends and starting salaries for over 100 positions as well as key positions and IT skills in demand.

You can read highlights from the 2016 Salary Guide below but download your copy today and find out how much IT professionals could earn in 2016. Or try our salary calculator for a quick view of how much you're worth.

 
Highlights

The Hiring Climate

IT is playing a key role in the recovery of the UK economy with 41% of companies planning to increase the number of IT jobs. This growth in demand is being fuelled by the need to expand teams to cope with new IT projects and initiatives, moving to cloud-based infrastructure and product or service expansion.

But the lack of IT professionals with in-demand skills is a threat to this growth; 96% of CIOs admit it is challenging to find skilled IT professionals. IT professionals with mobile, cloud and infrastructure skills are becoming increasingly scarce, while cyber security experts who can help protect their organisations from attack are also highly valued.

 

IT Skills Shortage

The IT skills gap will have an impact on salary and retention policies for IT professionals. Forty-one per cent of CIOs say that they expect to increase salaries for IT professionals while 20% expect to pay out extra bonuses. However, businesses that fail to recognise that they are now in a candidate-driven IT skills market will be left behind as 89% are already concerned about losing top IT performers in the year ahead. A comprehensive remuneration package is attractive to IT professionals, but they are also motivated by other factors, including technical training, the ability to work with leading-edge technologies and contributing to business success.

 

IT Skills in Demand

  • Network infrastructure/engineering
  • .NET/Java/C#/SQL/J2E development
  • Business intelligence/reporting services
  • Customer service orientation
  • Strong communication skills and ability to convey technical information to non-IT audiences
  • Commercial acumen, business awareness and influencing skills
 
Salary Trends

IT Salary Trends

While IT salaries are generally on an upward trend, there are some specific areas of technology that will command the highest salary increases over the next five years, particularly in security, project management and networking. Specialised technology professionals in these areas are commanding higher starting salaries owing to demand outweighing supply in the UK. Our research shows 7 in 10 IT candidates are more likely to negotiate salary than last year.

 

Regional Salary Variances

London IT salaries continue to pay on average a third higher than the national average salary.

  • Scotland: 98.4%
  • North East England: 90.0%
  • North West England: 92.9%
  • Yorkshire: 91.9%
  • East Midlands: 91.8%
  • West Midlands: 92.8%
  • East of England: 97.9%
  • London: 129.0%
  • South East England: 106.0%
  • South West England: 90.3%
  • Wales: 89.5%
 
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