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The best place to work in the tech industry for maximum pay

London's Silicon roundabout
The UK doesn't come close  Credit: Getty

Technology workers in London earn 60pc more than the city average, according to figures released by a specialist recruitment company. 

On average, people who work in the technology industry earned £56,000 in 2016, compared with £34,892 for the rest of the capital.

The figure is even higher for foreign born workers, who earned 28pc more than their British counterparts in tech jobs.

Despite being significantly above the national wage, the UK's tech sector isn't as well remunerated as its counterpart in other countries, including the US and Australia. 

"London tech salaries are among the lowest in the world," said Mehul Patel, the chief executive of Hired.

According to analysis of the job's advertised on Hired, London-based tech workers earned almost half their equivalents in San Francisco, where the average annual salary is $134,000 (£107,000).  

Brexit could spell trouble for the industry if restrictions are placed on foreign born workers, who already receive bonuses to attract them to the UK. The industry relies heavily on non-UK citizens, who make up 18pc of all employees in the sector, according to industry body Tech UK.

"The UK isn't doing enough, it really needs to figure out its talent shortage," saidDr Jessica Kirkpatrick, a data scientist at Hired. "You've already got a talent shortage with 30pc of engineers coming from elsewhere. Brexit will make it harder.

"And on the supply side you've got a flattening of graduates coming out of computer science degrees with France overtaking the UK last year. There's a storm brewing, it's a difficult situation." 

Hired is a recruitment app that selects the best "knowledge workers" from a pool of applicants and gets companies to apply to them. Reversing the traditional recruitment model where employees apply for jobs, companies such as Tesco and Expedia approach jobseekers with technical skills. It has a pool of 81,000 candidates and 2,800 companies on its platform. 

The information was compiled from the salaries offered and accepted on Hired's platform in 2016. While the app places candidates at all levels, the majority of applicants have two to eight years' experience, meaning the results aren't skewed towards executives. 

A highly skilled sector, 74pc of UK tech employees have a degree, according to Hired. 

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