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By combining the latest market intelligence with Experis insights and expertise, Tech Cities Job Watch 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, starting with Q4 2016.


Q2 2017 Tech Cities Job Watch

Highlights for the Q2 2017 report reveal that:

  • Demand for Cloud skills soared by 97.7% but salaries have stagnated since Q2 2016
  • Salaries for permanent Cloud professionals increased by just 2.71% (YoY) from £57,331 to £58,885, while contractor day rates remained at £482 for the same period
  • Cloud skills have transitioned from being one of the hottest tech trends to being an integral part of the day-to-day operations, with businesses seeking fewer niche tech talent.

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Q1 2017 Tech Cities Job Watch

Report Highlights

  • 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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Q4 2016 Tech Cities Job Watch

Report Highlights

  • Demand for permanent IT Security roles has increased by more than 50% since Q4 2015, as cyber-crime moves to the top of the C-Suite agenda
  • Annual IT Security permanent salaries climbed by 4.99% across 10 cities, compared to 0.62% for contractor day rates
  • IT Security professionals in London are still commanding the largest salaries by far (£62,596) - almost a fifth (19%) higher than any other region
  • London continues to display the highest requirement for IT Security professionals, with around 80% of the UK's contractor IT security roles advertised in London.

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Q2 2016 Tech Cities Job Watch

Report Highlights

  • Average IT contractor day rates have soared by 9.11% over the last year - now at £431
  • Hiring demand for contractors increased by 2.23% year-on-year, compared to an increase of 1.95% for permanent roles
  • Cloud discipline saw the biggest year-on-year growth in day rates by 11.34%, followed by IT Security (4.98%) and Mobile (3.49%)
  • Demand and remuneration for IT Security professionals climb as the threat of cyber attack intensifies, with this discipline offering an average permanent salary of £58,003.

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Q1 2016 Tech Cities Job Watch

Report Highlights

  • Tech Cities outside of London continue to become more attractive job seekers, with rising hiring demand in Q1 2016 narrowing the gap against London's dominance as the main Tech City
  • Organisations are under pressure to offer more competitive salaries and benefit packages, in a bid to secure to talent ahead of their competitors
  • Following recent high-profile cyber-attacks, and data leaks, and the new EU Data Protection Reform coming into place, many organisations are increasing investment in their data protection measures.

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Q4 2015 Tech Cities Job Watch

Report Highlights

  • Tech salaries outstrip UK wage growth as firms invest in permanent staff over contractors
  • Percentage of permanent compared to contractor roles increases by 3% on previous year
  • Importance of IT security reflected with largest pay rises (10% day rate, 3.55% salary)
  • 35% of tech roles are now outside London - an increase of 7% on previous year.

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Q3 2015 Tech Cities Job Watch

Report Highlights

  • Tech Cities gain ground in battle with London for IT talent
  • Manchester, Leeds & Bristol advertising more roles, outpacing London
  • Permanent jobs ads outshone by more, better paid contract roles
  • Cloud fastest growing technology discipline in 2015

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Q2 2015 Tech Cities Job Watch

Report Highlights

  • The total number of roles advertised across the five tech disciplines fell by 6%
  • Manchester continued to maintain its position as the city with the second highest IT roles advertised, but was closely challenged by Leeds and Bristol
  • Scottish cities Edinburgh and Glasgow emerged as the two highest paying cities outside of London for permanent salaries, while Bristol and Newcastle offered the highest day rates
  • There was a sustained high demand for professionals with Web Development and Mobile skills across all cities, both accounting for 63% of all roles advertised

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Q1 2015 Tech Cities Job Watch

Report Highlights

  • Tech Cities outside of London matched the Capital’s growth, with a 9% increase in all types of roles advertised quarter-on-quarter
  • Hiring trends saw an 18% increase in the number of permanent roles advertised across the ten cities, whereas contractor roles saw a decline of 16%
  • Manchester was challenged by Cambridge and Glasgow on average permanent salaries, while Bristol fuelled this competition as the city paying the highest average day rate
  • While IT Security only accounted for 14% of all roles advertised, it was the tech discipline that grew the fastest in Q1 2015 by 38%.

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Q4 2014 Tech Cities Job Watch

Report Highlights

  • London was the country’s leading centre of IT jobs, with three-quarters of all job postings across all five tech disciplines being advertised in the Capital
  • Mobile and Web Development skills were the highest in demand, with an increasing number of businesses recognising the importance of making more services available on mobile and web platforms
  • Both London and Manchester appeared to be encountering increasing salary competition from emerging Tech Cities, notably Birmingham, Cambridge, Bristol, Glasgow and Edinburgh
  • Big Data professionals were offered the highest average salaries compared to those from the other disciplines.

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