Demand for highly-skilled IT professionals means those in the technology sector are set to experience the most significant starting salary increases in the North-West, compared to other professional occupations.

According to the Robert Half 2018 Salary Guide, specialised IT and technology staff, such as junior developers  and senior business analysts will be awarded the greatest pay rises of between 4.4 and 4.8% in 2018, well above the national average of 1.4%.

This is followed by newly qualified accountants with up to three years post-qualification experience (4.2%) and experienced financial controllers (4.0%) as the competitive market for high-performing talent within technology as well as accounting and finance drives salaries higher.

“In the year ahead, businesses will be navigating a number of local, regional and international factors, such as Brexit, automation, digital transformation and meeting data regulations” explained Ed O’Connell, Director, North of Robert Half UK.

“Big cities in the North-West are enjoying strong growth in economic output and benefitting from a commitment to create a northern powerhouse. However, one of the biggest challenges plaguing all businesses is the shortage of specialist skills. Alongside training young people in high-growth areas like digital and technology, organisations are willing to pay a price for those with the right skills to support their business goals.”

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