IT industry salaries rise 5% in 2010


IT industry salaries rise 5% in 2010

Jenny Williams

Pay rates for IT professionals in 2010 increased by 5% compared to 2009 figures as demand for staff increased throughout the year.

According to IT recruitment firm,, developers experienced the greatest salary increases, which were up 5% from last year. Pay for project managers also rose 3%.

Richard Nott, website director at, said, "Last year, the IT recruitment market really showed its resilience in the face of numerous challenges while the economy was still in recovery. The industry is evolving, particularly where emerging skills such as Agile Scrum are increasing in demand."

Data from and showed demand for IT staff steadily increased throughout 2010 with vacancies in the retail sector increasing the most.

Recruitment in the finance sector dropped 6% in the fourth quarter of 2010 for the first time since 2009.

Skills in SQL, C, C#, .NET and SQL Server remained the top five skills in demand for permanent roles although demand for skills in C declined 4%.

Demand emerged for skills in project development process, Agile; virtualisation infrastructure platform, VMWare; development tool Scrum and Google's mobile device operating system, Android.

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