Data and Research

How much money do digital tech workers make?

Tech Nation Report 2018

Nadina OsmaniNadina Osmani, October 25, 2018

If you’re looking to upskill, or reskill, the tech industry could be just the place for you. According to this year’s Tech Nation report – jobs requiring digital tech skills command higher salaries, at £42,578 compared, to £32,477 for those that do not.

We’re in the money

During our Tech Nation Quiz, we asked our community to guess how much more digital tech workers earn.

“I actually think the digital sector is relatively well paid.” said Phil Charnock, PR & Communications from Draw and Code in Liverpool. “It’s a good statistic for the industry to have and one of the many reasons why people should be a part of it.”

Phil is definitely right, it’s not just about pay – it’s about being a part of the exciting innovations happening in this industry right now. However, the pay definitely doesn’t hurt.

“I’m thrilled when people can afford to live, yes. I think I’m always thrilled when people live.” said Paul Smith, Co-Founder and CEO of Newcastle-based Ricochet.

It’s true, Paul, we all really like to live. Based on a 37.5 hour working week, the average hourly wage of a digital tech worker is £21.83, compared the the UK’s National Living Wage for over 25’s, a comparatively small £7.38.

It’s not all about coding

“I think that people forget that you need a lot of different skills across across tech and digital. It’s not all about coding and programming.” commented Helen Sartory, who is an Emerging Technologies advisor for Lazard.

Many people could be forgiven for thinking that the tech industry is just coders and engineers, but there are plenty of different alternative skills providers in various different skill sets such as digital marketing, communications, data science and media production. Our own Digital Business Academy offers 62 free online courses in things like product, marketing and startup finance; some of the softer, but equally essential skills you need to start a business or work in tech. However, if you do want to learn to code, there are plenty of courses for that too.

Alternatively, if you want to find out more about the tech industry (since you’re now interested in working here) why not read the Tech Nation Report.