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Agile software development roles most in demand role in Q2, finds Dice

Dice has released its latest quarterly tech job index report (April to June 2016), in association with IT Jobs Watch. 

The report revealed that job data from the UK technology sector show that salaries continue to rise despite a drop in the total number of UK jobs advertised year on year. Cloud and security skills continue to be in high demand across the UK for both permanent and contract roles, with tech salaries increasing across the board.

Data issued by Dice, in association with IT Jobs Watch, showed the top ten skills in demand for permanent roles (by total number of jobs advertised) in Q2 were: 

1.    Agile software development

2.    SQL

3.    JavaScript

4.    .NET

5.    C#

6.    Java

7.    CSS

8.    Linux

9.    Project management

10. ASP.Net

Agile software development was the most desired skill by the number of permanent jobs listed throughout Q2, followed closely by SQL. JavaScript developers are also high in demand, surpassing .Net and C# when you compare Q2 2015 to the same period in 2016.

The top ten skills in demand for contract roles (by total numbers of jobs advertised) were:

1.    Agile software development

2.    SQL

3.    Java

4.    JavaScript

5.    Linux

6.    Project management

7.    CSS

8.    SQL Server

9.    .NET

10. C#

Q2 saw a 14% year-on-year increase in the number of agile software development roles advertised, whilst Java became the third most desirable skill for contract roles, following a 13% year-on-year increase. Linux contractor roles saw an 18% year-on-year increase.

The top ten skills that saw the biggest year-on-year surge in demand within the permanent job market were:

1.    Cyber-security +70% Y/Y

2.    Microsoft Azure +55% Y/Y

3.    DevOps +40% Y/Y  

4.    Amazon AWS +38% Y/Y

5.    Sass +37% Y/Y

6.    AngularJS +25% Y/Y

7.    Scala  +25% Y/Y

8.    Puppet  +20% Y/Y

9.    Twitter Bootstrap +8%Y/Y

10.  Python +8% Y/Y

Cyber-security skills saw the biggest increase in demand in terms of jobs advertised year on year, with a 70% increase to 1,617 jobs in the second quarter of 2016. Dice sees the marked increase as a result of the rise of cyber-security in the corporate and government agenda as businesses put a higher emphasis on developing their security strategy. Whilst only displaying an 8% year-on-year increase in demand, Python remains the skill with the highest total number of permanent jobs advertised, with 5,681 jobs listed requiring this skill in Q2.

Jamie Bowler, marketing director at Dice Europe, commented, “It’s unsurprising to see such a dramatic increase in demand for cyber-security expertise amidst a slight overall market reduction from Q1. We can see the importance of businesses investing in safeguarding sensitive data. Cloud skills are also in demand, as the trend to find more robust and efficient data storage solutions continues. Software developers are still hot property as digital evolves at a rapid pace.

“Similarly, the year-on-year increase in roles requiring experience with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Servers highlights the market’s continued move to adopt cloud-based computing solutions.  The consistent demand for tech professionals with DevOps experience is also indicative of the ongoing trend towards cloud storage and automated software delivery.”

In total, 90,000 permanent tech jobs were advertised in Q2 (April to June). London leads the way, reinforcing its position as the major UK tech hub, with more than 36,000 (41%) of total jobs advertised, followed by the South East (16,974) and the East of England (6,602).

The number of contract tech jobs advertised is growing outside of London. The North East has seen an 88% increase in contract jobs advertised, with the West Midlands seeing a 20% growth rate. Microsoft Azure and Cybersecurity were the leading skills in demand outside London.

Salaries for permanent and contract roles continued to rise, with eight of the top 10 roles seeing single digit increases, pointing to the health of the overall tech market.

The highest paid permanent job title remains a programme manager, who can command an average salary of over £76,000 (£76,483). Programme managers continue to be in high demand and have become pivotal to ensuring a streamlined approach to key projects.

Architects command the second highest salary across the sector with an average pay of £72,809. This represents an average year-on-year increase of 2.8% meaning wage levels for architects are rising at a far greater rate than programme managers.  Systems engineers saw the biggest increase in their average annual salary, with an 11% year-on-year increase bringing the average salary to £47,510.

For contractors, programme managers command the highest day rate with an average daily pay of £598, representing a 1.5% year-on-year increase on 2015. Senior consultants saw the biggest hike in their average day rate, earning £507 per day, which is an 8.3% increase on 2015.

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