July 9, 2012, 12:43 PM

I.T. jobs inch up amid flat salaries

The I.T. profession gained only 3,400 jobs in June, a new study says.

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The jobs market for information technology workers continues to struggle amid an uncertain economy in the United States, with a net gain of 3,400 jobs in June following net gains of only 200 jobs in May and 6,600 in April, research and consulting firm Janco Associates Inc. reports.

Making things even more challenging for I.T. professionals are salaries that have remained basically flat over the past year, increasing only 0.68% overall from a year ago, according to Janco’s 2012 Mid-Year IT Salary Survey, which it makes available at e-janco.com.

The weakness in the I.T. jobs market comes despite ongoing strong online retail sales, and that may explain why there was a seasonally adjusted net gain of 8,400 jobs in June among computer systems design and related services. Among the three other I.T. job categories cited by Janco, telecommunications showed a seasonally adjusted net loss of 6,400 jobs; data processing, hosting and related services, a net gain of 700,000 jobs; and “other information services,” also a net gain of 700,000 jobs.

Janco reported the following mid-year average salaries at large companies for 2011 and 2012, with the percentage change:

● Executives—$140,879, $140,515, -0.26%

● Middle managers—$79,863, $80,231, 0.46%

● Staff—$66,342, $67,023, 1.03%

Janco reported the following mid-year average salaries at mid-size companies for 2011 and 2012, with the percentage change:

● Executives—$124,363, $124,967, 0.49%

● Middle managers—$73,090, $73,956, 1.18%

● Staff—74,814, $75,463, 0.87%.

Janco notes that I.T. staff personnel, consisting mostly of computer systems design professionals, are in the job category that chief information officers plan to do the most hiring for over the next year and especially within the next three months. 22.8% of chief information officers plan to hire I.T. staff within the next three months, and 8.9% of chief information officers plan to hire I.T. staff within the next 12 months.

By comparison, 1.3% of chief information officers plan to hire I.T. executives and 3.8% plan to hire I.T. middle management over the next three months. And over the next 12 months, 6.3% of chief information officers plan to hire I.T. executives and 6.4% plan to hire I.T. middle management.

 

 

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