Fear of the unknown puts premium on key IT salaries

Employer concerns about losing key IT staff and problems with offshore outsourcing deals are pushing up salaries for a handful of technology skills, wide-ranging research reveals.

A survey of 45,000 IT staff and 1,860 employers in North America and Europe by management consultancy Foote Partners shows that salaries for IT certain skills rose during 2004 after sharp declines the previous year.

David Foote, president and chief research officer at Foote Partners, said employers had found offshore outsourcing deals riskier than anticipated which has made them rely more on key staff in their IT department.

“IT decision makers have lately become less inclined to play the offshoring or outsourcing card when under pressure,” said Foote. “They are looking instead for ways to keep A-team players from jumping ship and, according to our research, that is showing up in pay rises for premium skills.”

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