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  • You also have the problem that not everyone sees moving to London as a step in the right direction. There have been plenty of jobs I've been offered in the last 20+ years, that would have required me to move to or nearer the capital and I've turned them all down. I know I'm not the only one, so while companies might complain there are no Perl people, there are other factors that might not be so appealing, that are influencing some to not apply. Now if the jobs were in Birmingham .... ;)
    • ... then I'd not be interested, even if it seemed perfect and was well paid, because when it's time to move on (because they hate me, or I hate them, or they go tits up) there'll be nothing else in the area, and moving sucks :-) The impression I get is that IT in the UK outside London is predominantly either academic or, umm, lower skilled. In both of those cases, the employees don't expect to be as mobile as the good people in London do.
      • IT outside London is predominantly either academic or lower skilled.

        Where are you getting that impression from? There are plenty of VERY skilled opportunities all over the UK, and I see an acedemic job once in a blue moon.

        In both of those cases, the employees don't expect to be as mobile as the good people in London do.

        You're looking at it from the wrong angle. Both employee and employer in London don't need to think long term because they find another job / can (usually) fill the position. Contracts are often short as they work on short term projects. Outside of the capital most employees and employers are thinking more about career progression, or developing their skills by specialising in certain areas. Employers seem to put more effort into retaining their good people, and employees are often looking for somewhere to settle, where they can bring their kids up.

        In fact I'm more inclined to think there are more academic and low skilled IT jobs in London than in the rest of the UK. That and finance :)

        It'll be interesting to see how the IT recruitment fares for the "technology corridor" between Birmingham and Worcester, specifically for Longbridge and Pebble Mill technology parks. I suspect (and hope) that there'll be some very specific IT skills being advertised soon.