Council tax, property prices, availability of employment… Wage rates are dictated by all of these factors, but the numbers are always different depending on which area of the country you’re looking at.

Often, the differences in salaries for similar tech roles are subtle at best – no matter where in the UK you might be living. But sometimes there can be a considerable gap from one town to the next.

You may have the potential to earn much, much more by taking the same role in a separate part of the UK. It’s just knowing where to look.

Our top salaries by region guide is here to help. Below, we map out the wage rates across the country and highlight the hot jobs in major regions, with a few little gems thrown in for good measure.

Manchester

Popular jobs

Among the highest listed jobs in the Manchester area are Developer and those involving agile software development, coding and CSS skills. They’re only getting more popular too. Both development and coding role advertisements are up 11% from 2018, with hundreds of vacancies available in the current market.

Highest paid

You get the odd Chief Security Officer and SAP implementation vacancy popping up in Manchester with six-figure salaries attached. But in a slightly lower bracket are more readily available high-paying roles like Data Architect and Technical Delivery Manager, which both offer yearly wages of £87,500.

Golden gems

Salaries for data mapping roles in Manchester are up a whopping 185.71% to £80,000, whilst digital design vacancies are still relatively plentiful – although they’re being snapped up quick. Azure development is also proving popular on Manchester job boards – with tasty salaries of £92,500 to boot.

Leeds

Popular jobs

Much like Manchester, Agile Software Developer jobs are available by the bucketload in Leeds – as well as roles involving SQL, JavaScript and Microsoft. .NET jobs are also well into three figures, with DevOps positions on the rise too.

Highest paid

IT Director roles occasionally appear in West Yorkshire, and we’re also beginning to see the region emerge as a bit of a hotbed for blockchain and strategic thinking positions – which all pay very well indeed (we’re talking £110,000+).

Golden gems

Continuous delivery is a niche, well-paid field worth considering in Leeds – with roles going for £42,500 and a number of vacancies posted each year. Roles involving the use of Spring Boot are also on the rise, with their wages – the median salary balances out at a handsome £52,500.

Sheffield

Popular jobs

Further south of Leeds in the Steel City of Sheffield are plenty more Agile Software Developer and general Developer jobs, with a wide number of SQL, Analyst and Java roles leaping onto local job boards on a frequent basis.

Highest paid

The big money in Sheffield tech is in Twitter roles (£110,000) but admittedly, these can be tricky to secure. Data Analysts are also extremely well paid at £100,000 – a wage matched by other prestigious roles in the area in big data and middleware.

Golden gems

There’s a real buzz building around cybersecurity in Sheffield at the moment, with information security roles also offering great pay at £52,500. Banking, Hibernate and Unix vacancies in this part of South Yorkshire are also well worth a look as they’re similarly well paid and often available.

Staffordshire

Popular jobs

Agile software development isn’t quite as popular in Staffordshire as other areas of the country, but there’s still a healthy appetite for them nonetheless. They tend to pay about £40,000 too. Developer roles offer a similar wage and are abundant, as are SQL and .NET jobs.

Highest paid

The best wages in the Staffordshire region are £105,000 roles for IT Heads and Directors, but unsurprisingly these don’t tend to come around very often. The region does have a habit of spawning digital marketing and clustering roles, however, which tend to offer appealing salaries from £57,000-£60,000.

Golden gems

Staffordshire is a good spot for WinForms roles. They’re posted here far more often than in other areas and tend to be listed with a wage around the £40,000 mark. Microsoft Visual Studio jobs at a median salary of £40,000 are on the rise, with data development positions (£42,500) available county-wide too.

Warrington

Popular jobs

Agile software development and Developer roles bleed over from Manchester city centre into the Cheshire town of Warrington – with hundreds posted every year for £45,000-£50,000.

Highest paid

CISM and CISSP-certified roles often creep onto Warrington job boards – and they offer a mighty fine wage to boot (£75,000 doesn’t sound so bad, does it?). Jobs asking for an ITIL V3 certification also offer big wages of £97,500, but these are, unfortunately, rather infrequent.

Golden gems

Scrum roles are big in Warrington. No relation to the local rugby scene, these jobs are really taking off – and are designed to instil agile values and principles in a workplace. They also offer an attractive wage of £55,000. Elsewhere, analytical skills jobs produce good salaries of £44,000, whilst those with the necessary skill sets can take Data Analyst jobs for a similar figure.

Tech recruitment for the whole country…

As specialists in tech recruitment for Manchester, Leeds and the North, ON:iT have the kind of software, contacts and connections to keep us on top of the latest job vacancies, wage changes and top salaries by region.

Our team can help you find a role that doesn’t just pay more – but also gives you the sense of job satisfaction you truly deserve. On the other side of the coin, if you’re looking to fill your vacancy, we can offer tips on how to attract the best people out there.

All you need to do is get in touch and we’ll be able to help. Speak to our experts today on 0161 416 6000 or drop us a line via our online contact form.