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Key IT job trends for 2016

Scott Carey | Dec. 24, 2015
A look back at another good year for the IT industry and what 2016 may bring for IT professionals

5. Salaries are on the rise

5. Salaries are on the rise
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IT salaries grew by 2.8 percent overall last year and, according to Robert Half's 2016 Salary Guide, will rise by 4 percent on average in 2016. The report goes on to earmark security, project management and networking jobs for the biggest increases.

6. HTML5 continues to rise

6. HTML5 continues to rise
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According to research done by freelance marketplace Upwork, the phasing out of Adobe Flash means demand for HTML5 skills continue to be on the rise, now ranking as the fourth most sought after IT and development skill, after PHP, JavaScript and WordPress development.

 7. Big data

7. Big data
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Big data related roles continue to be rare but lucrative. According to the Tech Cities Job Watch only 9 percent of all IT jobs advertised in the UK during Q3 of 2015 were related to big data, but the salaries are the highest across disciplines, averaging £62,000 in the UK, with cloud in second place nearly £10,000 less, at £53,000.

The report goes on to identify popular skills in demand, including: "Apache Hadoop, Spark (for data processing) and tools such as Splice Machine, Tableau and SAP HANA (big data analytics and business intelligence tools)."

8. Mobile first

8. Mobile first
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According to Ofcom, mobile browsing finally overtook desktop in the UK in 2015, meaning Android (6), iOS (7) and Twitter Bootstrap (10) all ranked in Upwork's top 10 in-demand IT and development skills.

Mateo Bueno, Category Director of Web, Mobile and Software Development at Upwork said: "It's clear that companies and dev teams are all taking a mobile-first approach. Whenever a site, tool or app is built it needs to function across devices so programming languages that are device-agnostic or responsive are in high demand."

According to Robert Half's Salary Guide, mobile developers will see the biggest gains in 2016, rising by 7.4 percent.

The Tech Cities Job Watch report has mobile as the fastest growing discipline in terms of job advertisements, up 6 percent in Q3. The report goes on to identify demand for programming languages Objective-C, Java, C#/C++ and 'Swift' for iOS, as well as cross-platform development programs such as Xamarin.

 9. London still lags behind other tech hubs

9. London still lags behind other tech hubs
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Despite the growth of the tech sector in London, salaries are still behind major worldwide tech hubs like San Francisco and New York, according to tech recruitment site Hired.com.

Software engineers are earning an average wage of £81-86,000 in New York and San Francisco respectively, when adjusted for the cost of living, compared to £54,000 in London.

 

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