1. Software engineer (Java and .net)
Software engineers design and build software for large applications, combining their knowledge of maths, engineering and computer science to design, develop, test and evaluate software.
‘The growth in demand for these roles is so strong that we’re now entering a skills shortage in the UK,’ says Richard Knights, Regional Sales Manager at ReThink Recruitment. ‘The demand mainly stems from businesses continuing to invest in their online systems in an effort to capitalise on a buoyant economy.
‘More organisations are looking to get their products into new markets and across new channels with mobile and e-commerce driving much of the growth. In addition, businesses are increasingly using technology to drive cost-saving initiatives, which is increasing demand.’
Average salary: £41,500
2. Information security manager
As more businesses grow their online presence and cyber threats become more sophisticated, the need for IT security increases. Although IT Security only counted for 14% of all roles advertised, it was the tech discipline that grew fastest in Q1 by 38%, according to the 2015 Experis Tech Cities Job Watch report.
‘Human error is still the biggest culprit of security incidents in 2015. A recent PWC Survey estimated that 35% of incidents originate from employees alone, with the two main reasons being the lack of understanding of risk and because of active, internal malicious attacks,’ says Elliot Rivett, Eurostaff, Technology & Finance Recruitment Specialists, owned by Cordant Recruitment.
‘Companies are having to be more vigilant with contracts and put more stringent security systems into place, as well as making more effort to educate employees on risk. Banking and financial services are the main industries hiring, with qualified professionals able to earn £70k.’
Average salary: £62,500
‘These skills are increasing in importance as those companies who have adopted ISO 27001 are twice as confident in their level of resistance to cyber-attacks compared with uncertified organisations,’ explains Elliot. ‘Consultancies, telecoms and banking are the main industries hiring.’
Average salary: £45,000
The growing adoption of ISO 2700 (developed to provide a model for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and improving an information security management system) across the world means there is an increased demand of ISO 27001-qualified professionals.
Service managers ensure that systems work effectively and can continue to run without human intervention. For example, designing an online banking system that is quick and easy-to-use, whilst also ensuring that it’s completely secure.
‘Demand for these professionals is particularly strong from the financial services and banking sectors, although any field that has a focus on governance and risk will require service managers,’ says Richard. ‘The need for increased governance and risk control since the banking crisis is also driving demand.’
Average salary: £51,000
According to the latest Experis Tech Cities Job Watch report, web development accounted for almost a third of leading tech roles advertised in the first quarter of 2015. Demand is set to remain high as companies continue to invest in digital technologies to improve their ecommerce sales capability.
Richard adds: ‘Advances in new technology have stimulated demand. HTML 5 replaced Flash and systems like angular js, Node and Backbone are in demand because they’re quicker and more effective than their predecessors. These new programmes require new skill sets and there are currently few available professionals in the market.
Average salary: £40,000
6. UX Designer
UX designers build the user interface of an application or software and are responsible for what users see and interact with when they use an app.
‘Good design is crucial to how users engages and interact with a product. A UX Designer looks at anything from research to graphic design, information architecture to interaction design, covering how the website looks and feels, the journey that a user would go through and how these things work together to impact the user’s experience, explains Amy Lynch, recruiter at ThoughtWorks.
‘While consumers may not necessarily know what ‘UX’ is, they demand well designed, easy-to-use apps and sites and companies need to support the demand by hiring talented UX designers.’
Average salary: £45,000
A solutions architect is responsible for designing complex tech projects, such as a major new software application, or the rollout of a new corporate IT system.
‘Solution architects are currently in high demand and have even evolved into other roles like principal developers or consultants, which we have at ThoughtWorks,’ says Amy. ‘With companies becoming increasingly agile, technical leaders are expected to play various roles on any given project. Today’s solutions architects will provide architectural guidance for clients, as well as technical leadership for the team and work with developers to write code.’
Average salary: £70,000
Project managers ensure that IT projects are delivered to brief, on time and to budget.
‘The retail sector is driving demand for project managers, particularly firms that are behind the curve when it comes to e-commerce and mobile retail,’ says Richard. ‘Outside of the online space, innovations and new releases in software has seen the demand for PM’s grow.
‘Big corporations across a range of sectors are now more willing to hand over full projects to specialist firms which means that IT services and outsourcing firms have also sought project managers.’
Average salary: £50,000
9. Test analyst
Test analysts make sure that IT systems run smoothly. They will analyse a problem with a computer system, diagnose the problem and solve it.
‘In the SME market, developers used to be responsible for testing systems and ensuring that they’re fit for release. Over the past few years developers’ time has become more expensive and companies have introduced more dedicated testing functions,’ says Richard. ‘With few available experts on the ground, today’s specialists can claim pay considerably above the average.’
Average salary: £35,000
Note: Salary information provided by IT Jobs Watch
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