IT workers hopeful of better pay rise this year

People working in IT are hopeful of a better pay rise this year than in 2007, research has found.

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People working in IT are hopeful of a better pay rise this year than in 2007, research has found.

IT workers expect a 4.5 percent pay rise, compared with their 3.3 percent average rise last year, the ‘IT Salary Review 2008’ found. Some 5,000 IT staff were interviewed for the survey, which was conducted by researcher Loudhouse on behalf of The Computer People, a specialist IT recruitment firm.

The average pay for a full-time IT employee is now £35,160, the report said, 41 percent above the national average wage of £24,908. London’s average IT wage was £41,474, some £7,000 more than in the north of England.

Those with Cisco training were the lowest paid people with a specific systems qualification, earning £32,320. Cobol programming was the highest valued single skill, with programmers earning £41,870.

Workers felt confident about the market for new jobs, with four in 10 saying there were looking for a new job, and 27% expecting to move to another company within three months.

Nick Dettmar, managing director at Computer People, said the survey represented a market that was confident in its own ability: “Our research shows that the IT industry is made up of professionals that know they are in demand, know they have a skill set that is sought after, and are keeping an eye out for opportunities that will stretch them.”

“While it’s great that IT professionals are so bullish about their prospects, it’s also worrying for IT departments that so many are on the lookout for what they see as better work.”

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