Mobile skills demand up but big data still gets big bucks

DataIQ News

Big data freelance contractors continue to bag the biggest salaries across the top ten tech cities, with experts trousering a whopping £539 a day, despite the growing demand for mobile and web development expertise.

That is according to the latest Q3 2017 Tech Cities Job Watch report, carried out by recruitment consultancy Experis UK & Ireland, which covers the five key disciplines of big data, cloud, IT security, mobile and web development.

The study is designed to highlight the emerging opportunities and challenges businesses face in ten UK cities that are rapidly developing reputations as technology cluster hubs - London, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.

It shows that mobile technology skills are now the industry’s most wanted. In fact, demand for permanent staff with mobile skills grew by nearly 40% in the past year; and mobile roles made up 28% of all roles analysed in the report. On the other hand, demand for web developers dropped by one-fifth over the last year.

Not that this demand is pushing up salaries, both mobile and we development experts are still the lowest paid, although this is all relative as freelancers can still attract day rates of £421 and £352 respectively.

Experis director of specialist markets Martin Ewings said: “Despite the growth in app development across the tech industry, the results show an apparent disconnect between increasing demand for these roles and the salaries they command. We’ve seen an explosion in the Internet of Things in recent years, with multiple industries experimenting with new mobile and web applications.

“Both disciplines play an integral role in innovation within organisations, as developers continue to build and experiment with this connectivity. But the results from this research tell us that companies are taking a new approach to tackling the technology skills crisis they are facing in this area.”