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Salaries rise faster due to shortage of skilled staff

A shortage of skills is helping to drive up salaries in Northern Ireland at a quicker rate than the UK average, according to a survey published today.

The annual salary and recruiting trends guide from recruitment company Hays said the average salary here had grown by 2.4%, slightly above the UK average rise of 1.8%.

Java developers in the IT industry saw their salaries increase at the fastest rate, with a jump of 11.1%, followed by data engineers at 10.5%. Payroll managers were also sought after, with their salaries rising by 9.6%.

The survey found that 79% of employers expect to hire additional staff in the next year, slightly down on the same survey last year but ahead of the UK average of 68%. The report is based on responses from 937 employers and candidates.

Hays managing director John Moore said:"While employers are slightly more cautious in their overall hiring plans against an uncertain economic backdrop, they continue to face skills shortages and need competitive strategies to communicate with and attract candidates in harder to fill roles."

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