Their Salary and Benefits Report 2016 analyses data from Q4 2015, surveyed directly from client companies and gathered indirectly from job seekers, vacancies and placements. Its findings allow companies to compare salary levels and benefits packages, to ensure they retain key staff and continue to attract the most highly sought-after candidates.

Amongst many other conclusions, the Report found there has been pressure across the board in almost all levels of software role. Typical graduate starting salaries have again crept up, to near the £30k level. And the upper levels of the ranges for senior roles have become more stretched out, especially for highly experienced software professionals.

Martin Constantinides, Director, says: “In the course of our work at ecm, we collect a large amount of data about the salaries and benefits being offered in the local area. We have always been happy to provide informal advice to our clients so they can ensure their packages remain competitive.

“Since 2008 we have extended and consolidated this by producing an annual, formal Report based on detailed surveys of the salaries and benefits offered. Clients surveyed range from the ‘micro’ business size, with fewer than 10 employees, up to the large enterprise.

“Our survey provides a general guide – obviously individual benefits packages will vary considerably with a particular company’s situation. We are happy to continue to offer advice on a case-by-case basis.

"As ever, market rates for salaries are subject to change, with variation in the general level of demand for, and supply of, suitable candidates. From Q2 2016 we intend to offer quarterly updates on the state of the high-tech recruitment market, including salary levels."

Advanced copies of the survey have already been sent to participating clients, but it is now available more generally. Please contact ecm for details of the survey.