IT staff cost companies more

Rising wages for IT staff are placing increasing pressure on businesses, a Lampen survey reveals.

Rising wages for IT staff are placing increasing pressure on businesses, a Lampen survey reveals.

The annual salary survey shows that 88% of the 660 New Zealand respondents expect to fork out more for their IT staff, compared with 78% last year.

However, the May survey reveals wide variations across the 19 industry groups studied, with some employees facing declining wage rates, while others are almost able to name their price.

Lampen refuses to give specific wage rates, but says general wages are rising by 1% to 3%, while IT salaries are increasing by 5% to 10% - depending on individual performance.

The biggest opportunity in the IT market is for the “person that understands technology and can and talk to companies and add value to the way the organisation does business”, says Lampen marketing manager Karen Steans.

These individuals have titles like IT or MIS manager, business analyst or project manager and can earn anything from $33,000 a year in Christchurch to $200,000 a year in Wellington.

"But these people are making their own rules," she says, adding one such person was recently offered five jobs.

Lampen general manager New Zealand Jane Kennelly says the survey highlights the premium placed on skilled IT workers in an increasingly technology-driven workplace.

"Not only are dedicated IT skills in demand, but non-IT sector employees with good general IT literacy and competencies are becoming hard to find … Many respondents said they found it very difficult to keep up with the pace of technical change," she says.

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