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IT pros in regions see greater job availability than London

Antony Savvas | Nov. 12, 2013
The number of jobs available in the Midlands and North outstripped availability in London, where the number of jobs advertised actually fell.

IT professionals are reaping the benefits after vacancy levels rose by nearly 20 percent in the third quarter, according to specialist recruiter Robert Walters.

The agency found the number of jobs available in the Midlands and North outstripped availability in London, where the number of jobs advertised actually fell.

Overall recruitment activity expanded at a much faster pace compared to the previous quarter.

Results from the agency's latest European Jobs Index tracker show a national UK increase of 18 percent, a significant upturn on the 2 percent rise seen across the preceding two quarters.

The Index underscored the contrasting fortunes affecting different regions of the UK. The most marked of these was a rise in advertised job numbers of 17 percent in the Midlands and 13 percent in the North East and North West, offsetting a fall of eight percent in London.

Overall, the number of IT jobs being advertised compares strongly with such sectors as legal, which showed a four percent rise in the quarter, marketing (down six percent) and sales (down seven percent).

Mathew Bartley, associate director of technology recruitment at Robert Walters, said: "An increase in hiring by SME clients in the regions has boosted vacancy levels, as has the actions of large banking clients in "near-sourcing" technology teams to locations in the Midlands, a move that in the past was limited to back office and call centre business units."

He said: "Retailers have also been relocating technology teams away from London to rein in overhead costs.

"Retailers with a strong high street presence have been recruiting around the country as they embark on click and collect and eCommerce projects, many of which were "mothballed" over the last 12-18 months as companies waited for trading conditions to improve."

The agency said hiring for mobile commerce roles has also increased, with companies ranging from SMEs to FTSE100 organisations looking to bridge their expertise in digital marketing and technology, a trend Robert Walters expects to see continuing into 2014.

An big upward shift in overall IT wages in the UK was shown in the latest REC/KPMG Report on Jobs this week.

 

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