The computer services and finance industries pay the highest average salaries to IT professionals, according to the latest Kew Associates benchmarking study.
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The average salary for IT staff in computer services was about £50,000 and in finance it was £39,000. The transport and communication industries followed with an average salary of £38,100.
The lowest-paying sectors were education, with an average salary of £27,800, health care (£30,900) and construction (£31,000).
The research found that average salaries varied depending on the size of the employer. Companies with between 1,000 and 2,000 employees paid an average salary of £39,500, compared with £30,900 for companies employing between 50 and 99 staff.
As organisations increased in size, the ratio of IT staff to non-IT staff grew, rising from an 0.6% for companies with fewer than 50 staff to 1.2% for firms with between 55 and 1,000 staff, and 3.8% for businesses with more than 5,000 employees.
The proportion of IT staff in an organisation was greatest in IT services (20%), followed by banking and finance (7.7%). Health care had the lowest ratio of IT staff to non-IT staff at 0.7%.