By Barbara Assadi, Contributing Writer
IT pros are in demand. As a result, salaries are on the rise.
The staffing firm Robert Half recently released a report showing anticipated increases in the average starting salary for IT workers in a wide range of roles.
Year-over-year salary growth for 2016 will be:
On top of those solid paycheck figures, IT workers with specialized skills are likely to see an additional salary jump, between 4% and 9%.
Topping the list of salary-boosting specialized skills: Java development, web services, and network administration.
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Some positions are faring exceptionally well: Robert Half states that salaries for database administration positions will rise by 4% to 9% next year, with pay ranging from about US$100,000 to a whopping $200,000.
As salaries increase, the number of available IT jobs is running at steady pace. CareerBuilder’s U.S. Job Forecast finds that 36% of surveyed companies plan to add full-time, permanent employees in 2016, the same as in 2015.
The report also says that 29% of companies surveyed indicate they will be hiring IT professionals.
More good news: in an effort to retain and attract talent, 83% of employers plan to increase pay for existing employees. And 66% plan to offer higher starting salaries for new employees in 2016, up from 64% last year.
The better your IT skills, the bigger your paycheck.
The global consulting firm Mercer reports promotional increases are on the rise as employers focus on retaining and engaging critical talent. While overall US salary budgets will increase by an average of 2.9% in 2016, top-performing workers can expect almost twice the increase of average workers.
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