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Demand for senior IT staff growing; as is bullying

Demand for senior IT staff - particularly women - is growing, but workplace bullying is also more likely the higher up the IT ladder you scale, according to a report from e-Skills, the industry body for IT, telecoms and contact centre staff.

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Demand for senior IT staff - particularly women - is growing, but workplace bullying is also more likely the higher up the IT ladder you scale, according to a report from e-Skills, the industry body for IT, telecoms and contact centre staff.

The report is part of a series of IT management surveys from e-Skills, which show that life in a senior IT role is mixture of opportunities and challenges. This latest one reveals that even though IT management jobs have increased 34% over the past four years, demand elsewhere in the IT department has remained static or fallen, as offshoring takes up the slack.

The greatest demand is for people with Java programming, Microsoft .net or security experience.

For the first time, women IT managers are earning more than their male colleagues and scaling the management levels faster, according to the annual salary survey from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

The CMI found that women IT managers earn on average £45,446, some £779 more than their male counterparts and women across all sectors are receiving larger bonuses.

Yet female managers are also more likely to resign. A separate CMI survey points out that 54% of women say that they have been bullied in the last three years, compared with 35% of men. Whereas middle managers were the worst affected, bullying struck at all levels. Nearly a third of directors (29%) said that they had been bullied.

The best remedy to the problem is to train senior staff to deal with bullying and establish a company policy on bullying.

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