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North catching London on IT wages

Published: Thursday, 03 January 2008   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

Students looking to go into graduate IT jobs will enjoy higher wages in London, although wages in the sector are increasing faster in the north of England, according to a report.

The research, by ReThink Recruitment, shows that salaries for IT workers in the north are growing 29.7 per cent faster than for workers in London.

Jon Butterfield, managing director of ReThink Recruitment, said: "Skills shortages are an important factor driving wage rises for IT professionals in the north, where rapid growth of hi-tech industries is far outstripping supply of skills. Employers are offering big incentives to draw IT staff away from the south-east, which tends to be a magnet for technology professionals."

He added that the IT industry is moving towards remote, flexible working at a "rapid pace".

The average wage for an IT professional in London is £44,200 a year, compared to £33,333 for somebody working in IT in the north, according to the research.

Meanwhile, workers have been urged to check their rights by the government, which has introduced new entitlements to employees.

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