IT salaries are set to escalate over the next 12 months, as companies aim to increase the number of permanent staff, according to a recruitment firm.
According to the Hays Salary Guide, 36 per cent of employers expect to increase salaries between three and six per cent, within the IT/telecommunications industry.
Hays information technology regional director, Peter Noblet, said as employer recruiting needs rise, salaries will also be expected to creep up over the next 12 months.
“Quality candidates are in a much stronger position than they were a year ago. Those who sat tight during the GFC are now pursing career development. Those who can add value seek salaries above their current level, as are those who accepted lower salaries during the downturn,” Noblet said.
But he warned jobseekers not to expect an automatic or hefty salary increase.
“Moving roles at this stage can provide the opportunity to join an up-and-coming employer or a company that is emerging from the GFC in a strong position. But don’t price yourself out of contention with over-inflated salary expectations,” he said.
The salary guide indicated 47 per cent of employers were looking to increase permanent staff levels.
“IT projects can be quite resource heavy and the key part of that is getting the right skills,” he said. “Skills in Australia are pretty hard to find in IT. I think companies are looking to increase their competitive advantage through the use of technology.”
Noblet said development skills, project managers and business analysts were in short supply, but high demand.
Retaining staff should also be highly featured in company plans, he said.
“Over the past couple of years, companies haven’t ignored the retention issue, but it hasn’t been high on the agenda,” he said.
“Companies are going to have to put some pretty strong retention plans in place to keep their good people, especially staff with niche skill sets in cloud computing and virtualisation.”
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