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Technology roles seeing largest salary rises, Hays reveals

Technology roles have secured the top salary rises in the last twelve months according to new data released by Hays. In a list of the top ten roles which received the highest salary increases, eight of these were technology roles. Data architects saw an average increase of 6.2%, whilst database developers saw a higher than average rise of 5.6%.

Other areas which saw high salary increases include tax managers in financial services at 6.7% as a result of increased focus on compliance in the City. The competition for staff has also led to an increase in demand for HR professionals, with reward specialists seeing an increase of 3% and in construction, site management roles saw an increase of 3.4%.

Top ten salary increases:

  1. Operational tax manager – 6.7%
  2. Senior front end developer (JavaScript/HTML/CSS) – 6.2%
  3. Data architect – 6.2%
  4. Senior/analyst developer (C#/, – 6%
  5. Linux systems administrator/DevOps engineer – 6%
  6. Developer (C#/, – 5.7%
  7. Database developer – 5.6%
  8. Information security engineer – 5.3%
  9. Transport planner/supervisor – 5.2%
  10. Technical lead – Java – 5.1%

Skills shortages look set to influence the hiring agenda for the year ahead as almost all employers (92%) reveal they have experienced skills shortages in the last year, and over a quarter (28%) do not believe they have the talent needed to achieve business objectives in research published today in the Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2019 guide.

However, the majority of UK employers plan to hire in the year ahead, as continuing skills shortages put pressure on productivity and threaten employee morale. 76% of employers intend to recruit staff over the next 12 months, compared to 71% last year. These hiring intentions are at a five year high since the survey launched in 2013.

The impact of skills shortages and competition for staff continues to be felt by the workforce, as almost half (49%) of employers say shortages are threatening productivity, 46% report a negative impact on employee morale and 41% say it is impacting the ability to deliver projects.

Investment outside of London in sectors including technology, construction and finance has resulted in a number of regions experiencing above-average salary increases, with many outpacing London. There has been a 2.2% increase in the North West, 2.1% across the West Midlands, Yorkshire & the Humber and the South West and a 2% increase in both Northern Ireland and Wales. The average salary increase in London matched the overall increase at 1.9%.

Encouragingly for employees, pay rises surpassed those predicted by employers. Last year 67% of employers expected to increase salaries, while this year 73% actually did so. These increases were also larger than expected, as 30% of employers increased salaries by over 2.5%, compared to just 19% who planned to when asked in 2017.

Employees have responded positively to this, and 61% now say they are happy with their salaries, compared to 43% last year.

Simon Winfield, managing director of Hays UK & Ireland, commented, “As we await the outcome of the Brexit negotiations there is continued uncertainty around the impact that this will have on the market and what this could mean for UK businesses. However, what is clear from our research is that employers remain broadly optimistic about the market and are showing a degree of positivity toward hiring projections with the majority stating their intentions to hire in the year ahead. Skills shortages which continue to be widespread across the majority of professions, are a key driver for recruitment plans and employers are working hard to find talent to fill these gaps.

“This will only increase what is already a hugely competitive market for talent, and put further pressure on employees to increase pay in order to attract and retain staff.

“Employers will need to act decisively if they are to keep ahead of the competition, particularly when recruiting in highly competitive areas such as technology, by making strong offers not only around salary but also on work life balance, career progression, and the other aspects important to employees.”

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