Average IT Salaries in the UK 2020

Everything you need to know about IT salaries, helping you benchmark your salary, whether negotiating your pay or advancing your career.


We’re providing you with the very latest information on average IT salaries and trends impacting remuneration. Whether you’re a in IT Support, Development or a leadership position our salary research is based on industry trends and the thousands of recruitment and job searches performed each year. We hope to provide you with the information you need to negotiate your salary or land a new job.


Pay within IT infrastructure and engineering industry has experienced rapid change brought on by uncertainty in the job market, rumours of offshoring banking in response to Brexit, shifting investor preferences, a tide of regulatory change and ongoing technological advancements impacting employers’ hiring plans. Fears over Brexit have prompted many firms to expedite their hiring to fill critical permanent hires, with what was previously a reliance on contract or contract-to-perm roles being brought into the firm on a full-time basis. While employers still report challenges in finding staff to fill niche roles, movement exists, with more hiring overall motivating IT professionals to consider new staff. As companies struggle to retain staff, candidates who demonstrate their value will find themselves in an advantageous position when negotiating their salary. We’re bringing you the latest in IT salaries, keeping you informed about trends and factors that can impact your career.

IT management & leadership salaries

Increased hiring for senior-level roles over the past three years has resulted in an increase in average salaries for IT managers and leaders. More companies are hiring Chief Information Officers and Chief Information Security Officers, creating more opportunities for senior-level candidates.


Across the UK IT salaries have remained comparatively steady, with companies waiting on political changes resulting in potential talent shortage within the industry. The highest salaries on offer continue to be in London with large corporate businesses prepared to provide premium compensation for the right talent to lead their technology evolution and innovation plans.  



IT project manager salary

IT project manager salaries haven’t seen any radical numerical changes and have thus remained stable, with only a minor lift in compensation within the projects and transformation space. Key skills sought by employers include Prince2 and agile project development skills, with demand for skilled project management talent often outpacing supply.


IT infrastructure and engineering salaries

More than ever, companies are now investing in their IT infrastructure with the aim to modernise any outdated infrastructure. This has resulted in an uplift in demand for infrastructure and IT engineering specialists. Those demonstrating expertise in the latest technologies and advancements are more likely to receive higher than average salary offerings.



Cyber Security Salaries

With continued emphasis on the importance of data management and security, average cybersecurity salaries are on the rise, with this upward trend set to continue. Corporations are looking to capitalise on the data they hold whilst strengthening their defences to ensure that their data remains safe. Cybersecurity salaries are swiftly moving upwards, with the implementation of GDPR resulting in an increase of data protection positions. Cloud security also figures high on the list of desirables skills for candidates in this field.


Software developer salaries

Salaries for software developers and software test engineers have seen significant rises, with full stack developers seeing the largest gains over the past three years. Developers are in high demand, with salaries for Java, .Net developers and DevOps engineer salaries increasing, (this doesn’t quite make sense to me; rework the language) seeing a massive rise in both base salary, benefits and bonuses.



Business intelligence and data analyst salaries

Business intelligence and data analytics have transformed the way businesses operate and with higher demands for a finite talent pool, average salaries are increasing. Businesses are paying competitively, offering the highest salaries for those with specialist BI analysis experience. Average data analyst salaries have also seen an uplift with new entrants into the profession seeing competitive remuneration prospects, even at entry-level.


Digital marketing salaries

The rapid rise of digital marketing has resulted in an unprecedented demand for both in-house and agency marketing expertise and skills. The highest salary rises are reserved for digital marketing manager roles with businesses looking for those with a holistic, company-wide insight and experience to develop and implement strategies across the business. Search engine optimisation (SEO) and pay per click (PPC) specialists are seeing above average salary increases, with those demonstrating strong data analysis, particularly with Google Analytics seeing strong salary and career prospects for the foreseeable future.


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