Pay for Web Developers on the Rise

Pay for web developers in the UK has jumped 26% in the past 12 months and is reaching levels of the dotcom boom in the 90's, according to a report in The Guardian and on the BBC this morning. The rise is due to a combination of increased demand and not enough supply of web developers.

The increased demand is being fuelled by the rise of social websites such as Facebook and You Tube and the increased amount of time people are spending online, leading to an increase in advertising money. Retailers are also scrambling to jump on the bandwagon. Web sites are far more complex then ever and are often powered by advanced e-commerce and content management systems that require highly skilled web developers to build and maintain.

On the supply side of the equation, not enough IT graduates are skilled in web development as a result of the dotcom crash of the 90's. Employers are being forced to poach experienced staff from rivals and having to offer ever increasing pay rates.

The average pay for a web developer in the UK is now £29 per hour, up from £23 per hour 12 months ago. It is exciting times in the world of web design and development. Lets just hope it is sustainable this time around!