Entrepreneur says tech skills in high demand

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IT professionals with good back-end web skills, such as PHP developers and VoIP engineers, are becoming amongst the most sought after professionals in 2011, according to tech entrepreneur Peter Gradwell.

Average industry salaries have risen by almost 10% since 2009; the average salary for a PHP Developer is now £32,500 .

“It’s increasingly becoming a candidate’s market,” said Gradwell, MD and founder of Gradwell, the internet services provider to SMEs, “With IT professionals holding the right skills being snapped up quickly by fast moving businesses. Gradwell is no exception as we are recruiting PHP and VoIP specialists to join our growing business.

“We are very aware that our customers require the best technical and customer support and are addressing this by recruiting skilled IT professionals with these sought after specialisms.”

IT recruitment specialist Jason Baker agrees, “IT professionals are in high demand partly because there are 50% fewer students taking IT related degrees compared with 10 years ago, so there’s a shortage of highly skilled candidates.”

Gradwell continues, “Gradwell needs a highly skilled team to continue to grow but we know that we’ll need to offer a competitive package to attract the very best. We have learnt from experience that hesitating before recruiting a suitable candidate can leave you gazumped as IT professionals are snapped up by other firms.”

Baker agreed: “Companies that have the attitude that the candidate is in a subservient position are losing out to businesses that view the process as a partnership.”