In April, Global Knowledge and TechRepublic released their “2012 IT Skills and Salary Report”. The report surveyed some 9,500 IT and other professionals from around the world (although 76% of the respondents were from North America). Despite the continuing impact of a shaky economic recovery in 2011, the survey reported a number of optimistic indicators for IT professionals. Some key findings:
- Average IT salaries were up 6.2% in 2011 (the highest increase in the survey’s five year history)
- IT professionals reported an average salary of $84,258 in 2011
- Two-thirds of the survey participants reported receiving a raise in 2011–an increase of %54 more people reporting raises over the previous year
- Average raises in 2011 were 5% of salary with IT staff in data centers, database administration, security and storage reporting the biggest pay gains.
- Indicators confirming reports from Dice.com that the demand for tech professionals is increasing with some 65% of recruiters and hiring managers reporting they would increase IT staff in 2012.
- 80% of IT professionals perceive training increases their base salary–up from 74% last year and 64% in 2010
- Those who trained stated their salaries were up 8.6% compared to those who did not have additional training
- IT professionals who earned a technical certification in the last 5 years stated that the certification improved their salary by 8.2%
- Over 80% stated that they believed certifications would increase their salary–up significantly from previous years
- The number of staff and managers who stated that certification and training improves job performance is growing with over two-thirds stating that certification is a worthwhile career investment. As such the number of IT professionals seeking technical certifications is increasing.
- The report also noted a U.S. Department of Labour study which indicated that between 2010 – 2020 employment in computer occupations would grow by 22.1% In particular, employment of systems software developers, database administrators and network architects during this time period would grow closer to 30%.
- Security and virtualization were identified as much needed skill sets in 2012 with 41% reporting these as must-have skills (compared to 25% in 2010)
- 38% of respondents reported that network administration and development skills would be needed within their organizations (compared to 28% in 2011)
The full report is available for download at: http://images.globalknowledge.com/wwwimages/pdfs/2012_Salary_Report.pdf