IT Employment

IT jobs: The hiring winners and losers

The good news is that IT recruitment seems to be increasing in the UK but inevitably some job types are faring far better than others.

 IT hiring is up but still lags behind the overall trend for permanent jobs
IT vacancies in the UK are on the rise, with increases in permanent and contract jobs, and particularly big jumps in openings for software engineers and managers.

But IT hiring is still lagging behind the overall trend for permanent jobs, failing even to register half the growth shown by the jobs market as a whole, according to the latest figures from Computer People.

The IT recruitment agency's IT Monitor survey is registering eight percent more demand for technologists than this time last year, compared with an 18.2 percent rise for the jobs market as a whole.

Along with software engineering, the skills areas most in demand are management and project management, which both record double-digit growth.

Director-level jobs have also risen significantly but the 78.7 percent year-on-year jump is flattered by an increase in the relatively small base of openings available.

Rises in permanent openings in business intelligence, database administration and application analysis are a sign that "businesses are looking to reform their back-end processes and starting to consider growth options", according to Computer People.

IT roles experiencing declines

However, some types of jobs are experiencing marginal year-on-year declines, with openings for permanent security specialists down 2.6 percent, and technical architects down 1.6 percent.  ERP skills are also pretty flat, only up half a percentage point on last year.

Unsurprisingly, IT directors command the highest salaries, with an average figure of £71,818 ($111,260) but they are run close by technical architects, who on average are offered £60,932 ($94,384).

Programmer salaries range from an average of £39,694 ($61,490) for a SQL developer to £47,228 ($73,161) for a SharePoint developer. Bottom of the pile are test analysts on £31,383 ($48,612) and tech support engineers on £28,744 ($44,527).

The 3.47 percent increases in contract jobs may appear modest but it's disguised by the distortion caused by last summer's London Olympics, which significantly pushed up demand for IT contractors.

Again, the types of contract jobs showing the largest rises mirror the permanent market, with software engineering, project management, and IT management recording respective rises of 13.9 percent, 17.8 percent and 17 percent. 


Toby Wolpe is a senior reporter at TechRepublic in London. He started in technology journalism when the Apple II was state of the art.


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The title kind of reminds me of a quote from the movie 'The Rock' that was said by Sean Connery's character John Mason. "You're best? Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and f*** the prom queen." This article article brings up a good point that I believe another article on TR explained. The IT Industry is changing to where there are only going to be a few job titles. We are seeing that happen in the UK.

I'm surprised we haven't seen more of this because of technology changing so rapidly. Think about it. It used to take a room full of "IT" Technicians to handle one computer. Now it only takes one Remote IT Admin to handle a company of 300+ PC's and users. Now with the nanotechnology, BYOD, Cloud, and virtualization growing, we might see a decline in job roles in IT. New roles will be created but certain job roles will be obsolete. 

The question that this article brings up indirectly is, can IT Professionals adapt to the industry? The once job role that paid you well is no longer needed and ones that were not popular are now. Are you going to learn this new skill set or rely on the skills you learned for your current job role. This goes back to that Sean Connery quote. Losers will whine about their job role not being important anymore. Winners will go home and adapt by learning the new skill set to keep them growing with the industry.


Okay we know that you get employed in the i.t sector with out a sweat.. tel me, why is it that most company's source out all network infrastructure maintenance and installations to outside contractors spending hundreds of thousands each year instead of creating or employing a in-house infrastructure team dedicated to do its task. i recently got retrenched from a communications contractor to a leading supermarket chain in south Africa. Now finding work in a position with in a corporate company seems totally impossible. Let me tell you, a team of about four technicians can save any multimillion rand company  hundreds of thousands of rands with out a doubt. I am confidant in this and my ability to perform in the professional environment...but that means nothing if nobody is looking for you...SOOO if any one out their here's  what i'm saying, email me and give me a damn ja...South-Africa only unless you want to recruit!



Yeah...I'm sure they'll be beating down your door with job offers.  Companies ALWAYS hire people who don't know the difference between "their" and "there", and are even more likely to hire those who don't know "here" from "hear".

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