News: Big projects and move to cloud drive IT hiring spree.
Highly technical jobs are set for the largest salary growth in the UK IT industry, outpacing leadership roles in 2016.
Mobile application developers will see a 7.4 percent change in their salaries, while web developers will see an increase of 7.3 percent, according to the Robert Half Salary Guide.
Senior web developers will see a 7.2 percent rise in their salaries.
Other high risers are information security managers with 6.6 percent salary increases and information security officers with 6 percent salary increases.
The lowest rises were seen in technology leadership positions, with CIOs seeing a 1.4 percent increase and CTOs seeing a 1.5 percent increase. Chief Information Security Officers would see a slightly higher rise of 2.1 percent.
IT directors, IT managers and Chief Architects would see increases of 1.5 percent, 2.1 percent and 2.2 percent respectively.
As a whole, the IT industry will see rises of 4 percent on average, with hiring set to increase 4 percent. This is above the average of 3 percent across all the categories of finance and accounting, financial services, information technology and administration.
The Salary Guide also revealed the reasons for the increasing salaries; 96 percent of CIOs find it difficult to find skilled IT professionals, but 94 percent want technology to play an important role in business growth.
In addition, 41 percent of companies planned to increase IT jobs and this was being primarily driven by the need to cope with new IT projects and initiatives, with 62 percent of respondents citing this. Another reason was the move to the cloud, cited by 51 percent.
"With the growing supply and demand imbalance, salaries for specialised roles are expected to rise," said Phil Sheridan, Senior Managing Director, Robert Half UK. "Hard-to-fill roles are experiencing higher than average pay rises due to the increased competition for these candidates."
The report is based on analysing job data from Robert Half’s recruitment consultants as well as surveys of executives.