IT salaries in the UK have gone up two percent over the last 12 months, according to IT recruitment agency CV Screen, with the average salary for an IT professional now standing at £39,750.

The agency's survey of the IT Jobs market looked at 50 IT roles and monitored more than 8,000 advertised positions in the UK during the first quarter of 2012. It then compared the figures with the same period the previous year.

CV Screen managing director Matthew Iveson said: “It is no surprise that IT salaries continue to rise as the IT sector is one which has suffered less than other sectors in what has been a challenging jobs market. The last 12 months has seen increased demand for IT staff."

CV Screen added that the number of applicants per vacancy had increased by 20 percent over the year, with an average of 194 applications per advertised vacancy.

Iveson said there was now less reluctance from IT professionals to change jobs, with a "decreasing fear of redundancy clouding their decision as to whether to progress their careers".

He said areas of skills shortages include roles in .NET, Java, PHP and eCommerce, with higher salaries being offered as a result.

These shortages are confirmed by the latest Report on Jobs from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG, who said IT developer skills among permanent staff are in short supply.

The same report said general IT skills and those in CAD and CAM were also sought after, while general IT and business analyst skills were in short supply among contractors.