Many IT roles are ahead of the national curve when it comes to salary increases this year

Pay hikes for big data ecommerce and security skills

Experts in big data analytics, ecommerce and security are the IT roles which face the biggest salary hikes this year.

Salaries for these roles will outpace the average UK salary rise rate of 2.5 per cent between 2013 and 2014 to rise by 4 per cent or more, according to staffing services business Robert Half Technology’s 2014 Salary Guide.

Roles commanding a 4 per cent and upwards salary increase in 2014 include database and business intelligence developers, web designers, information security managers, information security officers and mobile applications developers.

And the amount paid for the top roles is also expected to increase markedly, with Chief Information Security Officers experiencing the highest salary per cent increase for senior leadership roles at 3.5 per cent and top CIOs in London earning as much as £297,000.

Phil Sheridan, senior managing Director, Robert Half Technology said: “Technology is a key element in the recovery of the UK economy, whether it’s supporting new propositions or helping to improve business operations.

“Candidates with the most sought after skills are receiving multiple job offers and employers looking to secure the industry’s top talent are finding that lengthy interview rounds are prompting their top choices to accept competing offers.

“Companies will use technology to grow their businesses as we emerge from the economic downturn: candidates with a strong sense of commerciality and business acumen as well as technical skills are increasingly called on to manage product development lifecycles and deliver business solutions.”

According to Rober Half the findings of the guide echo a report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) that employment in the IT industry grew 5.5 per cent between 2009 and 2012, more than three times faster than the UK average.

A copy of the guide is available on Robert Half Technology’s website.

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