IT workers get higher pay rises than bosses

IT workers received higher percentage pay rises than their bosses, a PA Consulting salary survey reveals. PA's Kevin McBride puts the higher increases at the non-senior executive level in IT partially down to year 2000 work.He says a lot of the year 2000 work is being done by 'transient people' through consultancies, rather than by people in corporates.

IT workers received higher percentage pay rises than their bosses, a PA Consulting salary survey reveals.

PA Consulting strategic remuneration team leader Kevin McBride says that this year senior IT executives (the head of the information technology group within the organisation) received a 6% pay increase, compared with 6.5% last year. However, systems analysts received a much higher 10.2% increase; senior programmers, 12.2%; junior programmers, 11.9%; junior analyst/programmers, 6.3%; senior analyst/programmers, 7.9%; computer operations managers 7.2%; and helpdesk operators, 7.3%.

In the last survey senior programmers received a 4.9% increase, junior programmers received just 2.7% and operations managers, 2.2%. In that survey the average base salary movement for people in IT positions (other than senior executive positions) was just 4.6%.

McBride puts the higher increases at the non-senior executive level in IT partially down to year 2000 work.

"It's not going to be the managers that make the difference at the end of the day, I suspect. It will be the people who actually do the re-programming and find the problems. If you've got good ones, you're going to try and hang on to them."

He says a lot of the year 2000 work is being done by "transient people" through consultancies, rather than by people in corporates. When the Y2K market slows next year he believes more of those people will be looking to move back in to the corporate arena. "If the laws of supply and demand follow through then there's going to be a lot of people in the market and probably lower increases."

Last year the senior IT executives average pay increase of 6.5% put them well ahead of the increases top executives (in non-IT positions) received at 5.4%. However, this year their 6% increase puts them only marginally ahead of non-IT top executives who received 5.6%.

The IS manager position, which is the next level down, received a low increase at just 4.5%, just under the average percentage increase for general staff (non-IT) at 4.6%

The survey covers the 12 months to March this year and involved questioning more than 500 private and public sector organisations in New Zealand. It is the first of a series of salary surveys due out from different companies in the next month.

Another survey finding is that IT positions are sharing in the greater use of bonus payments.

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