IT salaries plateau, flexible hours grow

Network architects break the mould as heavy demand pushes salaries

Network architects are the lucky ones in IT this year, claiming salaries up to $160,000 in an otherwise stagnant market.

The 2007 Hudson IT&T Remuneration Guide, launched today, paints a picture of plateauing salaries and increasing demand for flexible working conditions.

According to Hudson's IT&T practice leader, Campbell Hepburn, employees and joining contractors in seeking four-day weeks and remote work is also growing. Contractors are also working fewer hours than seen in the past.

“Despite the skills shortage in the IT & T sector, the market cannot sustain rising salaries to meet demands," Hepburn says. "This latest survey shows salaries have levelled out compared with 2006 when they increased by two to five percent.

“This is partly because businesses now accept IT & T as part of their business and it is no longer perceived as a specialist or separate area.”

Apart from network architects, other hard-to-find skills include senior business analysts, .Net developers, SQL developers and web business analysts, the survey indicates.

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