IT industry salaries rising as applicant numbers fall

A shift towards a candidate-driven IT jobs market has driven industry salaries up by 5% over the past 12 months, according to sector recruitment specialists CV Screen. A 25% year-on-year increase in vacancies between Q1 2010 and Q1 2011 was not matched by a corresponding increase in applications, pu

A shift towards a candidate-driven IT jobs market has driven industry salaries up by 5% over the past 12 months, according to sector recruitment specialists CV Screen.

A 25% year-on-year increase in vacancies between Q1 2010 and Q1 2011 was not matched by a corresponding increase in applications, pushing the average IT industry salary to £38,946.

CV Screen found that .NET, PHP and Java skills were especially in demand.

Recruiter Matthew Ivesen said that the rise in salaries could partly be attributed to the general recovery of the economy over the past 12 months.

"Employers are gaining confidence and their recruitment budgets have increased. We are now seeing employers looking to grow the size of their workforce and are having to offer more competitive salaries to secure the best talent," he said.

"We believe that rising inflation and the increased cost of living will push IT wages up further," he added.

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