IT salaries have been growing faster than most, according to an employer study. The Employers and Manufacturers Association (Northern) says pay for the average information systems controller has rise 19.5% to $54,064 since 1996. Information systems managers saw their pay increase 16.1 % to $74,443 over the same period. Some software engineers, the lower quartile of the group, recorded a 33% lift to an average $49,683 a year. Accountants did best, with those having fewer than five years' experience seeing their salaries increase 34.7% to $56,634 during 1996 to 2000. Low-skilled jobs did worst, with supermarket check-out operators suffering a 2% pay cut to $18,426 over the five-year period. The EMA says its survey of 700 companies and 35 job positions shows skilled people are earning more and more and the best way to boost income is by up-skilling.