IT jobs survey highlights salary gaps across UK

Experis Europe's data shows skilled IT workers are better paid in London, than Newcastle

More than a quarter of tech jobs are based outside London, a new survey reveals.

Competition for the best technology talent is growing fierce between cities outside the capital as Cambridge, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow all try and snatch the top candidates.

Those cities advertised for 11,000 IT vacancies between October and December last year, compared to 39,187 on offer in London, according to IT recruitment firm Experis, which analysed 54,000 job roles advertised between October and December 2014, finding 14,946 based outside the capital.

While London offered an average of 51,588 for permanent technology roles, Cambridge wasn't too far behind, with an average salary of 40,994.

Geoff Smith, MD of Experis Europe, said: "As technology continues to filtrate into every aspect of a business, regardless of industry sector, this trend is only likely to gather pace in 2015 and beyond.

"There are strong indications to suggest that tech job opportunities are on the rise throughout the UK.

"We're seeing an increasing number of London-based companies establishing remote working centres to ensure their hunt for IT skills doesn't miss out on talent that sees more appeal in the quality of life outside the capital this could be one of the factors driving this shift."

Mobile and web developer jobs were by far the most in-demand roles advertised over the three-month period, accounting for two-thirds of vacancies.

However, they were also the least well-paying, with salaries ranging from 44,790 in London for a web developer to 31,486 in Newcastle.

Meanwhile, the job with the most fluctuating salary was that of  a Big Data specialist, who can expect to earn 62,499 in London (the highest average salary recorded by Experis) but just 30,000 in Newcastle.

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