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In a stunning turn of events, it has transpired that the best place in the UK to get a developer job is London, and that Londoners get the best money too, so if you dream of pulling off a C++ coding job in Newquay then change your dream now, though I'm sure it's a nice place to live. Jobs site theitjobboard has drawn up an …


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  1. Ru

    There's nothing nice about living in Newquay

    And nothing wrong with a little surf commute.

    Besides, west coast of Ireland is much nicer, and the surf is better.

  2. Anonymous Coward

    The public sector as a gainer?

    Shurely shome mishtake?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Probably predicting that Labour will get back in

      and recreate a whole lot more non-jobs in the back of the Grauniad.

  3. russellfeeed
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    Where's the stats on PHP Developers?

    1. Daniel 1

      The map appears to be a form of "3D Buzzword Bingo".

      What are the people under the separate entries for "VB.NET" and "C#" doing, that the people doing ".NET" aren't, for instance - and why does it merit 3 different salary ranges? Perl.NET, presumably.

      In my area, apparently, the VB.NET people are the most expensively-rewarded of the three, but all three groups would be better off if they were doing thing called "Cisco" instead, while the plain ".NET" people wouldn't take much of a hit if they just jacked it in and specialised in "HTML".

      1. Ian K

        @Daniel 1

        This must be what you get when the recruitment types are left to their own devices to categorise things; no actual understanding of any one entry, much less of how they relate to and overlap with each other.

        It's a bit scary that this lot are the first line when it comes to fitting people to jobs.

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    "C++ dev in London is £45,000, while in the North West it's £30,000."

    Easily explained by the average price of a (friday) pint in:-

    London £3.60

    Manchester £2.80

    Either that or it's just plain bribery because no-one actually likes living in London

  5. Piro


    That's a bit high an estimate for female staff in IT in my experience. I've contracted in several places, been permanent in two, and in all that time, many staff met, only one could be considered a female in IT. Plenty of females using computers of course, but barely any actual techies.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Helpful tip, wash more often, then they might just show themselves.

      I've worked with and for quite a few female IT techies and one time was the only male in the group which turned the tables on the 23%.

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    Question... there a similar interactive map of heart attacks among C++ developers? Correlated against age, of course.

  7. Geoff Campbell

    Well, I guess that explains....

    ....why I spend so much bloody time on the M4. Ho hum.


  8. TonyHoyle


    Once you've paid the insane rents in London your 45k doesn't go very far.

    £500pcm here gets me a 3 bed house w/garden in a nice area, and close enough to my job I can work, which means I pay almost nothing in fuel cost, and get home at ten past five relaxed and ready for the evening.

    The alternative is to earn about 10k more by working in London, spend minimum 2 hours a day stuck in a traffic jam on the M25, have fuel costs, congestion charge costs... No thanks.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      I wouldn't read to much into a £45k C++ average salary - I'd imagine most, especially contracts, are advertised as market rate or "excellent salary + benefits" thus ruling themselves out of the calculation. The C++ contractor that used to sit next to me in my last job was on around £700/day and reckoned that was about average amongst his peers, in which case he'd have paid that rent by home time.

  9. fLaMePrOoF

    Useful site but...

    There are no entries in the 'Skill Type' pull-down for testers / test analysts / test managers etc. :o(

  10. Anonymous Coward
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    You Might Get The Money

    But you also get a place full of cockneys (or mockneys).

  11. Ian K


    There are some weird items in that skill list; how does one do a job of "OO" or "XML" in isolation? Surely they're particular areas of knowledge you bring into play with one of the separately listed programming languages, like C++ or VB.NET?

    And pay-wise, apparently C# > Programmer | C++ | XML > Developer. But someone that does C# or C++ _is_ a programmer or a developer.

    Not sure this system is terrible meaningful.

  12. Anonymous Coward
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    Isle of Wight

    Never mind Wales and NI, by some terrible omission the Isle of Wight doesn't appear to have anything to offer a jobbing code monkey. Utter fallacy!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Isle of Wight?

      Forgive me for saying so, but isn't the Isle of Wight a penal colony where we ship the bad guys? What's wrong with sewing mailbags then?


      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Isle of WIght?

        No, we stopped using the Isle of Wight when we discovered Australia.

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