Shock result: UK's largest city best place to get IT job
Tech employment site releases interactive map of IT sector salaries
In a stunning turn of events, it has transpired that the best place in the UK to get a developer job is London, and that Londoners get the best money too, so if you dream of pulling off a C++ coding job in Newquay then change your dream now, though I'm sure it's a nice place to live.
Jobs site theitjobboard has drawn up an interactive map detailing all the info about IT job salaries that you could ever wish for, plotted out on a map of the UK. It lets you see for example that the average permanent salary for a C++ dev in London is £45,000, while in the North West it's £30,000.
The largest number of jobs advertised online are in London: 219,103 permanent positions and 88,459 contract roles. The largest number of permanent jobs are for developers in London (18,710), and for contract – again developers in London (7,980).
Sadly Northern Ireland and Wales don't seem to feature on the map at all.
Other fun facts from this survey of technology jobs: the telecoms and IT sector contributes £71bn to the £845bn UK economy and the 1.52 million-strong workforce is only 23 per cent female. The industry is growing 2.19 per cent a year and oh yes, the impending arrival of The Cloud will bring lots of jobs in its cloudy wake.
Otherwise, look to the public sector: the site predicts it will be the biggest gainer in terms of job creation, with 801,000 positions expected to be created over the next five years. ®
Once you've paid the insane rents in London your 45k doesn't go very far.
£500pcm here gets me a 3 bed house w/garden in a nice area, and close enough to my job I can work, which means I pay almost nothing in fuel cost, and get home at ten past five relaxed and ready for the evening.
The alternative is to earn about 10k more by working in London, spend minimum 2 hours a day stuck in a traffic jam on the M25, have fuel costs, congestion charge costs... No thanks.
"C++ dev in London is £45,000, while in the North West it's £30,000."
Easily explained by the average price of a (friday) pint in:-
Either that or it's just plain bribery because no-one actually likes living in London
There's nothing nice about living in Newquay
And nothing wrong with a little surf commute.
Besides, west coast of Ireland is much nicer, and the surf is better.