London’s no longer calling for cloud contractors

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Amidst optimism in cloud specialist salary expectations for contractors, the rise of Britain’s regional tech clusters has severely dented London’s reputation as the go-to city for IT contractors.

Recruitment firm Experis Europe found that the capital has fallen out of the top three destinations for freelance cloud specialists. London-based contractors received an average daily rate of £436 – compared to £520 in Bristol, £500 for Brighton and £494 in Cambridge.

Scotland dominated in terms of IT security roles, with Edinburgh and Glasgow leading the way by recording average daily rates of £495 and £425, respectively. London was pushed into third position on £420.

Cloud specialist salary expectations higher for contractors

It was a double celebration for cloud and IT security contractors, as Experis’ study revealed that earnings in these disciplines outperformed permanent salaries.

Bristol was named one of the most lucrative regional tech hubs, finishing in the top three across three disciplines in terms of daily rates. London held out to be crowned the number one city in terms of overall contractor pay, beating Manchester in second and Bristol in third.

There was also good news for big data contractors, who were named the highest-paid across all disciplines. Specialists in this field are able to command assignment rates of £505 a day, compared to £442 for cloud experts and £405 in IT security.

High demand for specific IT sector jobs

Meanwhile, the report also highlighted the most in-demand skills across all the featured disciplines. Android development came out on top for mobile professionals, ahead of iOS development and Objective-C.

Back-end web development recorded high demand for .Net, Java and C# experts, while front-end development needed specialists in HTML 5, Java Script and CSS. IT security roles were dominated by SIEM technology, ARCSight and Information Security.

Hadoop was the most sought-after skill among big data specialists, with MongoDB and FLUME also featuring in the top three. Engineers, architects and developers were most in-demand role among cloud-based experts.

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