Big data, mobile and security pros see highest salary hikes


The biggest salary increases for IT professionals are for roles that demand specific experience in big data analytics, ecommerce and mobile, and IT security, according to the Robert Half Technology 2014 Salary Guide.

Salaries for all those roles will rise by 4% or more between 2013 and 2014, – outpacing the average UK salary rise rate of 2.5%, the report revealed.

The findings of the Salary Guide echo a report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) that employment in the IT industry grew 5.5% between 2009 and 2012, more than three times faster than the UK average.

Directors are already reporting IT skills shortages and challenges in finding IT professionals, particularly in software/applications development, infrastructure, cloud technology and security.

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The trend is being driven by the need for organisations to remain commercially focused, looking to enhance employee productivity by updating desktop and business applications while also investing in customer-facing initiatives to provide a dynamic online experience.

According to e-skills, half of firms blame IT skills gaps for delays in developing new products or services, thereby hindering further plans for growth.

In terms of senior leadership, the chief information security officer (CISO) role experienced the highest percentage increase at 3.5%, whilst the report also showed some top CIOs in London will earn over £297,000.

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

“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.”

The Robert Half 4% club: IT salaries that will rise by 4% or more between 2013 and 2014 


UK 2014 salary range

London 2014 salary range

% rise over 2013

Database/Business Intelligence Developer

£40,000 – £63,500

£51,500 – £82,000


Web Designer

£38,500 – £52,500

£50,000 – £67,750


Information Security Manager

£65,000 – £90,500

£83,750 – £116,750


Information Security Officer

£40,000 – £65,250

£51,500 – £84,250


Mobile Applications Developer

£33,500 – £62,500

£43,250 – £80,750



Best paid roles in information technology


UK 2014 salary range

London 2014 salary range

% rise over 2013

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

£120,500 – £230,000+

£155,500 – £297,000+


Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

£79,750 – £150,250

£103,000 – £193,750+


Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

£75,000 – £134,500

£96,750 – £173,500


Chief Architect

£78,750 – £143,500

£101,500 – £185,000


IT Director

£89,250 – £120,750

£115,250 – £115,750


IT Manager/Head of IT

£77,000 – £108,500

£99,250 – £140,000



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