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.