Survey finds little shift in ICT pay rates

Following its hiring intentions survey, released earlier this year, which showed IT is the most optimistic of all sectors when it comes to plans to increase staffing levels, recruitment firm Hudson has released its annual ICT salary guide.

The general trend is that there has been no significant change in pay rates during the past year, with most skill-sets in IT showing no change from the end of 2008 until the end of last year for salaried positions. Contract rates showed a decline in some areas, for example senior test analysts, senior technical business analysts and systems analysts.

Hudson’s survey measured pay rates across four areas within ICT; analysts and operations, systems development, management and infrastructure.

The commentary on the salary guide notes: “Up until the last quarter of 2009 many IT projects remained on hold which negatively impacted contract rates and decreased the demand for roles such as business analysts and testers. As organisations restructured, many middle managers were affected by redundancies, which placed a downward pressure on salaries.

“In the final quarter of 2009, we started to see a gradual recovery in salary levels as a number of IT projects were brought back to life.

Read more at Computerworld.

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