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.