UK tech job availability hits 5 year high

The number of tech jobs up for grabs in inner London and southern England has almost doubled in four years, according to new figures published by recruitment firm CWJobs.

Second quarter figures for inner London vacancies have increased from 5,736 to 9,886 since 2009, whilst southern England has grown from 15,944 to 27,421, and outer London 14,899 to 23,365, contributing to a five year national high.

East London's Silicon Roundabout has unsurprisingly been key in boosting tech job availability in inner London, whilst outer London has been helped by Croydon Tech City, and the south by Cambridge's "Silicon Fen" area along with Bristol's development of a computer gaming hub.

However, job growth is showing signs of slowing and not every area in the country has benefited. Despite year-on-year growth of 2.4 per cent in inner London for the last quarter, the south has experienced its lowest yearly growth in tech vacancy numbers in the past four years.

Nationally, permanent vacancies were up 0.7 per cent and contract positions up 1.3 per cent in the last year, for the most part due to the south's contribution. In contrast to the success of the south, the north east has experienced a steady decline in available tech jobs, falling from 3,691 in 2009 to 2,833 in 2013. The north west has also slightly dipped.

Although Scotland had experienced a decline since 2009, in the last year, tech job availability has recovered, growing by 7.9 per cent since 2012.

"As investment in technology firms increases, there is less need for professionals to be based in the capital city, giving professionals the opportunity to work across many different regions," said Richard Nott, CWJobs's website director.

"This is good news for the industry and for the prospects of IT professionals across the UK who may no longer need to consider re-locating to get the best jobs. As IT's position as an inherently 'networked industry' grows, it's likely this trend will continue."