Foote Study Shows Turnaround in IT Salaries

A new report released by research firm Foote Partners LLC shows a rebound in certified and non-certified tech workers’ incomes following a three-year slide. The Hot Technical Skills and Certifications Pay Index involved approximately 46,000 IT professionals in more than 150 specialties working in North America and Europe.


Staff retention issues, increased levels of competition, more stringent employer requirements for certain areas of expertise, corporate mergers and acquisitions, fusion of various IT job roles and new government regulations were cited as some of the factors behind the salary turnaround. According to David Foote, president and chief research officer of Foote Partners, traditional job titles have become irrelevant as IT skills and tasks have become far more specialized and variable.


The report shows that average pay for non-certified IT skills grew 1 percent in 2004, but has experienced a net loss of 18 percent over the past three years. The hottest non-certified specialties—areas which had more than 25 percent growth—were IBM’s WebSphere, Microsoft .NET and SQL Windows. Project-level security, storage/SAN and VoIP are the highest-paying skills for non-certified professionals. XML, Linux, Java and Windows XP were among the major cold or cooling competencies in this category.


In the certified skills arena, the study showed that average overall income increased almost 4 percent in 2004, and had a net loss of only 4 percent in the past three years. By category, the certifications that grew substantially last year were networking, system administration and engineering/network OS skills, and applications…


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