META Group Survey: Salaries Go Up, More Training
We recently took a look at a META Group survey that exposed a drop in morale among IT workers throughout the U.S. Since then, META Group has released more information from the survey showing how Chicago companies in particular are responding to this low morale. See what you can learn here and put into affect (or suggest) in your own IT department.
According to research from META Group Inc., companies in the Chicago area indicated that training is the preferred response to low IT employee morale. More management training and technical skill development programs were added at 52 percent of the respondents’ companies as a result of low morale. According to Maria Schafer, program director of META Group’s Human Capital Management Service, companies turn to training to address low morale because most companies already have budgets in place for training.
On the other hand, she said that salary increases are seen as one of the best responses to low morale, but few companies are able to provide such a solution. Still, in the Chicago area, 19 percent of companies are raising the salaries of their IT employees. In fact, of all of the cities in the study, Chicago was the most likely to offer raises to IT employees this year. And, an additional 6 percent of Chicago-area respondents said that they are at least reviewing salaries more often.
For more information on the study, go to http://www.metagroup.com.
Emily Hollis is associate editor for Certification Magazine. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.