Technology and IT

Hiring trends and average salaries

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How much should I pay — or earn?

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed greater emphasis on the need for skilled IT and tech professionals to support businesses’ critical operations and strategic initiatives. Download the 2021 Robert Half Technology Salary Guide to see starting salary ranges for more than 50 tech jobs, along with insight into trends that will impact your hiring or job search efforts.

What’s the job worth?

The guide offers more than just a salary figure for each position. It gives you a detailed pay range broken into percentiles to account for experience and skills, demand for the role and more.

What does it take to land top talent?

Download the guide to find out what job offers need to include to secure top talent. In addition to tech and IT salaries, the guide includes insights on sought-after benefits and rewards.

What’s impacting hiring and compensation?

Which IT and tech skills are most in demand? How does remote working affect hiring and job searching? The Salary Guide answers these questions and more based on independent research and knowledge from our expert recruitment consultants.

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Key hiring trends for IT and technology jobs

Companies have shifted toward an IT business partnering model as they continue to operate on a predominantly digital platform (e.g. ordering, e-commerce, or trading). Our research shows that 43% of businesses have actively pursued digital transformation and 22% have made improvements related to e-commerce functionality as a result of the pandemic.

UK businesses are so keen to hire for IT roles, companies are advertising fully remote roles to secure the best tech talent, with over a third of UK business relying on temporary or interim support. CIOs are readdressing benefits packages to include flexible work hours, discretionary bonuses and allowance for home office equipment to ensure they secure the ideal candidate. Whether you need to evaluate a job offer or come up with a package that can’t be refused, the 2021 Robert Half Technology Salary Guide has the information you need.

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Key salary trends for the best paying IT jobs

With insights into the highest paying IT and tech jobs, explore the hiring trends and average salaries across the UK for these key roles:

Skills most in demand

Technology hiring is being driven by professionals with the skills to help businesses adapt and recover. With the shift to remote work, cloud migration experience and project management qualifications are top of the technical skills wish list as businesses race to meet the new challenges of a changing market. Demand is high for candidates with programming and DevOps expertise as well as cybersecurity expertise.

Employers are seeking professionals with these in-demand skills and expertise:

Technology skills

  • Project management qualifications (Agile/Waterfall/PRINCE2)
  • Programming languages (Python/Golang/React)
  • Cloud migration

Soft skills

  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Influence

Why use the Tech and IT Salary Guide

Our recruitment consultants speak with hundreds of business leaders and professionals every day. This gives us unique insight into what candidates are looking for in a job offer, and which skills demand competitive IT and tech salaries in order to be secured. The salary ranges in the Robert Half IT and Technology 2021 Salary Guide are based on the thousands of placements made by our recruitment consultants across the UK.

Managers use our salary guides to ensure they are offering competitive salary packages to attract and retain talent; whether that be to benchmark salaries for new hires or compare the average pay for their existing employees.