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Tech sector sees strong growth in number of permanent IT jobs

IT recruitment firm Experis has published a new Tech Cities Job Watch report for the first quarter of 2015 in the UK, showing a welcome increase in permanent positions in the technology industry.

The total number of IT jobs advertised was up 9 per cent since the previous quarter, hitting 59,000, and permanent positions rose by an impressive 18 per cent.

Cloud specialists were definitely in demand, with 8,250 jobs advertised as up for grabs, an increase of almost a quarter, and IT security roles were up even more strongly, with a 32 per cent increase to 6,400.

Both these positions grew even faster in the UK’s ‘Tech Cities’ (London, Birmingham, Bristol, Brighton, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne and Sheffield), with IT security jobs up 65 per cent there, and cloud roles growing 13 per cent faster in Tech Cities outside London.

The highest paid cloud roles, on average, were in Cambridge with an average salary of £50,034, with the average overall IT salary for a permanent tech job up 3 per cent to £48,820.

Big data paid the highest average salary out of those IT disciplines covered in the report, hitting £59,899, with an average in London of £62,853 – though in this case, London was beaten out by Glasgow, which had an average big data salary of £64,517.

Geoff Smith, Managing Director, Experis Europe, commented: “Q1 is commonly when companies release their annual recruitment budgets. This, combined with growing economic confidence for the coming year, has likely contributed to growth in permanent recruitment activity.

“Across the UK’s Tech Cities, a greater take-up of Cloud and E-commerce services has also increased security requirements. High profile cybercrime events over the past year have illustrated the severe brand and material damage that can hit underprepared companies. This has put security hiring high on the radar.”

Darren Allan

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.