Big data experts seeking a salary to match their job title are being urged to take a trip North of the Border after it emerged that data professionals working in Edinburgh command the highest salaries in the UK.
Coming in at just under £70,000, the average permanent salary in Edinburgh for those working in big data was nearly £9,000 more than the UK average and over £4,000 more than in London, according to the Tech Cities Job Watch study by Experis, a division of Manpower.
The report cited the dominance of finance companies in the region as the reason for the bigger salaries in Scotland. “The financial service sector is fuelling demand for more senior roles and contributing to these higher average salaries,” it stated.
London topped the tables for every other discipline covered in the study of more than 52,000 technology jobs advertised across the UK between July and September, although Edinburgh commanded the second-highest salaries for data security at £53,688.
Glasgow was highlighted as a “standout city” in the report, advertising for almost twice as many permanent roles in technology as in the previous quarter. This increased was once again attributed to “the financial services sector continuing to invest heavily in digital transformation projects in the city”.
The average permanent salary in the UK’s IT sector dipped by 1% to £48,053 in the third quarter. London paid the highest overall figure of £52,649, compared with £38,762 in Edinburgh and £38,491 in Glasgow.
Glasgow and Newcastle recorded the strongest quarterly increases in the number of permanent and contract roles being advertised, of 49% and 41% respectively, while the mobile sector accounted for the biggest rise in demand for staff, with growth of 6% in the number of roles advertised across all ten cities covered by the study.
Geoff Smith, managing director of Experis Europe, said: “Since the start of the year, the proportion of roles advertised in tech cities outside of London has been on the rise.
“In this quarter nearly one in every three jobs we’ve analysed is now being offered outside the UK’s tech capital. This has been the dominant trend through 2015; a country invigorated by positive economic sentiment to high-tech skills.”
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