The demand for web developers in the UK is higher than ever before and with more graduates going into the field, they will be pleased to know that salaries are on the rise.

Along with salary increases, there is also a rise in job availability in the sector, which is great news of graduates preparing to leave university.

Web developers on the rise

CWJobs recently carried out research spanning over a seven year time frame which focused on both data and customer insight.

The study looked at the web development profession between 2008 and 2014 and found that a staggering 40% of contract roles pay more than £100,000 per annum.

Meanwhile, the number of jobs in the sector paying more than £50,000 per annum have increased by 3.6%, while permanent roles now outnumber contract ones by 3:1.

The survey also found a 1.7% increase in IT salaries, while 57% of London web developer roles were paying over £50,000.

A demand for development skills

It was also found that in 2008-2014 there has been a significant growth in the number of firms looking to recruit graduates with specific skills in this area – these key skills include the likes of PHP, Agile, iOS and Python.

In fact, during the same time period there has been a huge 72970% growth in the number of Android and 5327% for iOS web developers.

Alastair Hodgson, Principal Interface Developer at Twentysix Digital, said that he himself had progressed at a fast rate from a junior web designer to a more specialised role.

The role is fantastic and the projects are extremely enjoyable and challenging, but that’s what being a developer is all about, he explained.

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