IT Salaries May Finally Edge Up in 2012

Wages for IT professionals remained fairly flat during 2011, as total compensation edged back toward January 2008 levels.

Perhaps annual raises and bonuses will be bigger this year, if Janco Associates Inc. is correct in its prediction that outsourcing has peaked, and companies are looking for efficiencies instead of cheap labor by bringing IT jobs back onshore. Indeed, The Federal Reserve Board also reported wage gains for IT workers in its January Beige Book. The Beige Book is a collection of reports that summarize economic activity and conditions around the country.

Bright spots include mid-size enterprises according to Janco, which are starting to hire programmers, mid-level infrastructure managers and supervisors in addition to general staff workers. In fact, medium-sized firms offered slightly bigger raises last year as total compensation for IT positions in mid-size firms increased by 1.19 percent to $74,435 from $73,934. While in large enterprises, the median compensation rose slightly  to $81,644 from $81,273.

Hot roles include mechanized record librarians and data center managers, but as we reported back in December, IT wages have been stagnant for so long, that Foote Partners hadn’t added a new skills category to its wage survey for almost eight years. Now, thanks to rising demand, they’ve started tracking the premium pay for these certified and non-certified skills.

Non-Certified Skills

  • LTE/WiMAX
  • jQuery
  • MongoDB
  • Apache Hadoop
  • Risk management
  • SEO

Certified Skills

  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional – Security
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional Voice (formerly CCVP)
  • Open Group Certified Architect
  • Open Group Master Architect
  • Oracle Certified Professional, MySQL 5 Developer
  • PMI Program Management Professional (PgMP)
  • SANS/GIAC Assessing and Auditing Wireless Networks
  • GIAC Exploit Researcher and Advanced Penetration Tester

Comments

  1. BY ldl says:

    Still very, very technical positions – techies, businesspeople and nothing in between (business analysts, etc.) to help them understand each other.

  2. BY Garry says:

    As a ‘techie’, I am happy to see the technical fields finally getting a raise. Also, I am happy to see companies ‘onshoring’ or ‘insourcing’ more positions in the technical field. Let’s face it, the business analyst never really had to worry about foreign competition, since the businesses are in America. Also, the businesspeople never really had to worry about it either, because they justify their huge salaries by cutting out the tech jobs and hiring foreign workers to do for $35k what an American needs $65k to consider doing. Don’t get me wrong, I think Business Analysts are important roles, but these days, the application developer is required to fulfill that role as well as being a developer, and businesspeople are not so technically unsophisticated as they once were. I think you will see the role of business analyst disappearing over the next few years as IT people become more business-savvy and businesspeople become more tech-savvy. Also, most companies are realizing that the higher education community has begun to give degrees focused on IT and not computer science, so the ‘IT geeks’ are not a bunch of math-geeks who speak Klingon and play World of Warcraft any more (some of us also speak Romulan and a few human languages as well, and we also have Xboxes and Wiis, and a few of us actually have had sex with real, live girls). While I applaud the business analyst, his role in IT is becoming redundant, just like the labor unions in the manufacturing industry.

    I have a simple piece of advice for business analysts. Get off the fence. What I mean is, get more skills in one area or the other. If you get more management skills, you could become an IT manager and be able to direct IT folks. If you develop more technical skills, you could become a systems architect and direct the building of the applications. If I were in that position, I would probably choose the IT management route, because very good technicians do not make good managers all of the time – in fact, most of the time, they do not. As a business analyst, you already know how to walk a political tightrope, and that is the skill needed most by an IT manager. If, on the other hand, you are a young BA, with only five or six years of experience, you could pick up the technical fields very easily, and have a longer career ahead of you. As someone who is over 40, changing careers is difficult, but going into management is a logical progression.

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