Salary Survey: Snapshot of the modern IT workplace
This feature first appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of Certification Magazine. Click here to get your own print or digital copy.
You don’t have to sit in a swivel chair and confine yourself to a cubicle to work in IT. As technology creeps into all facets of life, there are jobs requiring technologists literally everywhere. Some of you out there probably don’t even have to get out of bed in the morning, as long as there’s an active wifi connection and a laptop within arm’s reach.
Even in 2015, on the other hand — the same year that Doc Brown and Marty McFly didn’t need roads to cruise around Hill Valley in Doc’s flying DeLorean, as foretold in Back to the Future Part II — there are still plenty of office towers and corporate campuses. Given that nearly 60 percent of those who responded to our survey have more than 1,000 coworkers (including 41 percent who have more than 10,000), the average IT worker has a pretty good chance of working at a desk enclosed by four walls that don’t hit the ceiling.
That’s not to say that small business and even self-employment have no claim, as 15 percent of those surveyed work at organizations with 50 or fewer employees (including 5.5 percent who have 10 or fewer workplace colleagues). The rest are sharing elbow room in clusters of 51 to 200 employees (11.5 percent), 201 to 500 employees (7.7 percent) and 501 to 1,000 employees (6.5 percent).
There’s a smallish core of serious job stability in IT, with the largest single group of survey respondents, an impressively durable 16.6 percent, having been with their current employer for more than 10 years. On the other hand, there are quite a few workers who are either just entering the IT workforce, or who like musical chairs. Nearly 12 percent of those surveyed have been at their current job less than a year, while an additional 43 percent haven’t hit the five-year mark yet, having been in place between one and four years.
There is a considerable degree of restlessness evident, with 41.4 percent of those surveyed intending to switch jobs at some point in 2015. Of course, the decision whether to jump back into job search mode isn’t always up to the employee — but there’s very little fear of layoffs at the moment. An overwhelming 91.3 percent of those surveyed don’t anticipate any layoffs or downsizing by their employer in 2015.
Which is not to suggest that everyone in IT is entirely calm and carefree. Responding to questions about common workplace concerns, 51.1 percent of those surveyed are either very concerned (26 percent) or concerned (35.1 percent) about the availability of jobs in IT. And while the threat of layoffs might not loom large in the minds of most, overall job security isn’t taken for granted either, with 56.7 percent of respondents either very concerned (24.7 percent) or concerned (32 percent).
Rating slightly above even those hot-button issues? As you might have guessed, IT workers want what every worker wants: more direct, shall we say, “appreciation” of their value to employers. Nearly 61 percent of those surveyed are either very concerned (26 percent) or concerned (34.9 percent) about compensation and benefits. Yes, employers, they want you to show them the money.
TABLE TALK : IT is everywhere in 2015. We asked people what sector of the economy the work in, and what type of job they perform. That’s where this list of jobs worked and work done is from.