Architects who can integrate large amounts of data into business applications efficiently are in highest demand in comparison to other IT roles like web development, mobile, IT security and cloud.
Big data roles advertised in the first three months of this year promised a UK-wide average of £59,899 rising to £62,853 for London-based roles.
IT security roles offered the second highest salary at £55,797 on average (£58,049 in London) followed by cloud at £53,712, mobile at £48,900 and web development at £41,598.
In terms of job availability and pay, it appears that London is still the best city for a role within IT. However, Cambridge, Glasgow and Edinburgh also saw an increase in hiring and pay.
Overall, permanent jobs have increased 18 percent in comparison to the last quarter of 2014 and contractor roles have fallen, the research by security firm Experis revealed.
The study looked at IT jobs postings across over 180 global job boards and over half a million employer websites and took the results from the top ten technology focused cities in the UK: London, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Bristol, Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne, Brighton, Birmingham and Sheffield.
This could be due to the availability of budget at the beginning of the year; however it is clear that increased investment in big data strategies, cheaper SaaS and high profile cyber security attacks have contributed to improved IT budgets.
Further, a general shortage of skilled IT professionals has driven wages year-on-year, particularly in the security sector.
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