While 72% of advertised technology jobs are for workplaces in London, opportunities outside of the capital offer more competitive rates, particularly when the cheaper cost of living is considered, according to the IT recruitment specialist Experis.
The company’s first quarterly Tech Cities Job Watch Report confirms that there is indeed a world for tech workers outside of Shoreditch’s Silicon Roundabout. The best decision for you just depends on the lifestyle you want and the balls to make a move.
While London’s salaries remain unbeaten, IT specialists and other workers in technology are becoming attracted to cities outside of the capital. This is largely spurred by lower living costs and cheaper property prices, which mean that pay spreads much further. Pro-business initiatives such as government grants and rent discounts are also making it easier to start businesses as well as find jobs in cities out of London.
Two thirds of permanent jobs advertised are in mobile and web development fields, which pay the biggest salaries in London, followed by Cambridge, Birmingham and Glasgow.
The report suggests that job applicants should look to Glasgow and Edinburgh for IT security work and to Birmingham and Edinburgh for jobs in the cloud sector.
Tech contractors that find work in cities out of the capital can expect competitive rates that earn them more per day than London-based employees, the report shows.
Contractors working in big data can earn £600 a day in Cambridge, followed by £498 in the capital, while Bristol is the best paid city for contractors looking for cloud or web development jobs, paying £521 and £390 respectively compared to £452 and £367 in London.
Meanwhile, Birmingham is shown to be the best city for IT security freelancers, paying £458 a day, while Cambridge jobs in the mobile sector pay £434 a day.
Geoff Smith, managing director at Experis Europe, said: “The government has declared its ambition for the UK to be the technology centre of Europe and for technology to bring prosperity to every corner of the country. Great progress has been made towards this in the past few years and 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.”
Widen your job search to other cities and you might finally find that dream job, while discovering new parts of Britain!