Now running for its third year, the Tech Cities Job Watch report provides employers with a barometer of the changing workforce dynamics within the technology sector.

It also puts a spotlight on the emerging opportunities and challenges businesses face in 10 UK Cities that have or are rapidly developing reputations as technology cluster hubs - London, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle upon Tyne.

The report focuses on five key disciplines: Big Data, Cloud, IT Security, Mobile and Web Development, with each quarter focusing on a specific theme. This quarter we're taking a closer look at Big Data and how factors such as the Internet of Things, IT Security and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will affect businesses and the need for organisations to upskill their tech talent.

Highlights of the Q1 2017 report reveal that:
  • Demand for permanent Big Data roles increased by 51.8% compared to Q1 2016 and by 21.6% to the previous quarter
  • Permanent Big Data salaries saw a sharp year-on-year increase of 4.03% across the ten Tech Cities
  • Average Big Data salaries (£67,300) and day rates (£528) were the highest out of the five tech disciplines
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is one of the key drivers of demand for tech talent as businesses will be required to comply from May 2018.
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