Web developers make less than IT peers, but skills are more in demand

Web developer roles made up a third of all IT job postings this year in the UK, driven by investments in e-commerce and firms' reliance on applications to automate and streamline internal process, according to a study by security firm Experis.

Despite high demand, salaries came in lower than other IT roles in big data, cloud, security and mobile. Web developer roles were advertised at an average of £41,598 in comparison to mobile developers, who were offered £48,900 and big data specialists who came in tops with a £59,899 average salary per year.

London-based roles offered more for web developers at £45,818. Average daily contractor rates averaged at £335.

As expected, London pays the highest for IT roles and advertised more positions. But Glasgow, Cambridge and Edinburgh appear to be the next best options for a job-seeking developer.

What skills do you need

Core programming skills in demand for web developers were .Net, Java and C# for back-end development to stream real-time data for online transactions and TV broadcasters developing on-demand applications for web, for example.

However the banking sector is driving demand for front-end development to improve how financial and trading data is displayed. Similarly, customers of all industries are demanding more intuitive applications to interact with businesses. Thanks to this trend HTML 5, Java Script and CSS were the top three front-end skills in demand so far this year.


In the mobile space, Android development, iOs development and Objective-C skills were the most desirable. Mobile jobs advertised an average salary of £48,900 a year (£52,959 in London) and £377 for a daily contractor rate.

Overall, job listings for web development alone increased by 2,340 compared to the last three months of 2014.

Manchester and Bristol saw a combined 11 percent increase - the highest level of hiring demand outside of London.

The study found Newcastle had the lowest demand out of the ten tech hubs studied. Brighton, a city that ranked at the bottom for hiring web developers last year, saw a demand increase of 87 percent with 296 roles advertised in the first three months of this year.


Margi Murphy

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