Thinking about moving to a new job this year? The biggest salary increases for IT professionals lie in store for those with expertise in areas including big data analytics, ecommerce, mobile and security.
Salaries for these roles will increase by four percent or more this year – outpacing the average 2.5 percent salary increase expected generally, according to research by recruitment company Robert Half.
The recruitment company in its 2014 Salary Guide said the IT jobs where salaries that will rise the fastest this year will include:
- Database/business intelligence developer: £40,000 to £63,500 across the UK, £51,500 to £82,000 in London.
- Web designer: £38,500 - £52,500 across the UK, £50,000 to £67,750 in London.
- Information security manager: £65,000 to £90,500 across the UK, £83,750 to £116,750 in London.
- Information security officer: £40,000 to £65,250 across the UK, £51,500 to £84,250 in London.
- Mobile applications developers: £33,500 to £62,500 across the UK, £43,250 to £80,750 in London.
At the top is (perhaps unsurprisingly) the CIO, who will earn somewhere between £120,500 and £230,000 a year (or between £155,000 and £297,000 if they are in London). That's up 2.3 percent on last year. CTOs are second in the salary stakes, making £79,750 to £150,250 across the country and £103,000 to £193,750 in the capital.
Chief information security officers are seeing the biggest rise in salary of the tech executive suite, up 3.5 percent this year, perhaps reflecting an increased emphasis on security, earning £75,000 to £134,500 country-wide and £96,750 to £173,500 in London.
Meanwhile a chief architect can expect to pocket £78,750 to £143,500 (or £101,500 to £185,000 in the capital). And IT directors can expect £89,250 to £120,750, rising to £115,250 to £115,750 in London.
Recruiting the best staff continues to be hard, and slow decision making by companies is letting the top talent escape, said Phil Sheridan, senior managing director at Robert Half Technology. "Candidates with the most sought after skills are receiving multiple job offers and employers looking to secure the industry's top talent are finding that lengthy interview rounds are prompting their top choices to accept competing offers," he said.
The recruitment company warned hiring the right team is only the start, as retaining staff with highly in-demand skills remains difficult.
It recommends offering continuous professional development, boosting your organisation's green credentials, noting "many IT professionals, particularly from Generation Y, want to work for an employer that is environmentally responsible" and offering generous family leave to enable staff to balance work and family demands.
It said a flexible annual leave policy can help firms hold onto staff and many tech companies and start-ups are allowing staff to take as much or as little annual leave as they need – as long as the job is done. Other perks that can keep techies happy include on-site health services, free or low-cost healthy snacks and opportunities to travel abroad.
Steve Ranger is the UK editor of TechRepublic, and has been writing about the impact of technology on people, business and culture for more than a decade. Before joining TechRepublic he was the editor of silicon.com.