Demand for IT workers increasing faster outside London
CWJobs.co.uk said that technology clusters outside the capital are experiencing strong growth
By Derek du Preez | Computerworld UK | Published: 09:44, 22 August 2013
Job vacancies for IT workers are increasing at a faster rate in areas outside of London, despite an on-going drive by the government to promote Tech City and start-ups in the East End of the Capital.
This is according to the latest data from specialist IT recruitment site CWJobs.co.uk, which also found that in the second quarter of 2013 both permanent (0.7 percent) and contract (1.3 percent) IT jobs have shown growth in the UK.
However, it found that year-on-year vacancies across Scotland (7.9 percent), Southern England (4.6 percent), and the West and Wales (3.1 percent) are outstripping London's increase of 2.4 percent.
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Since the government's championing of Tech City began shortly after the coalition government came into power, critics have been keen to point out that there are a number of technology hubs already naturally developing across the UK, such as in Cambridge.
"As investment in technology firms increases, there is less need for professionals to be based in the capital city, giving professionals the opportunity to work across many different regions," said Richard Nott, website direct, CWJobs.
"This is good news for the industry and for the prospects of IT professionals across the UK who may no longer need to consider re-locating to get the best jobs."
He added: "As IT's position as an inherently 'networked industry' grows, it is likely this trend will continue."
When looking at sector growth over the last quarter, retail and manufacturing saw the greatest increase in vacancies, growing 6.5 percent and 9.3 percent over the period.