Consultants get biggest earnings increase

Average earnings for IT staff grew 4.6%, up from 4.0% in the 12 months to October, with consultants getting the biggest rise.

Average earnings for IT staff grew 4.6%, up from 4.0% in the 12 months to October, with consultants getting the biggest rise.

In the twice-yearly Computer Economics survey, consultants saw earnings rise 6.4% over the year. They were followed by IT administrators with 5.6%, customer support staff with 5.2%, and sales and marketing employees getting 4.9%.

Development staff got the average 4.6%, but IT managers (4.5%), systems staff (4.4%) and technical services employees (4.3%) all got below the average.
Those in operations and analysis/programming got even less.

The latest SSL/Computer Weekly Survey of Appointments Data and Trends, published in November, found that the average full-time consultant was paid over £70,000, and that freelance consultants can get paid more than £50 an hour. It reported that the number of vacancies for consultants has doubled in the last year.

The Computer Economics survey, now in its 37th year, collects data from 546 UK sites, covering 55,800 IT staff.

It found average salary increase in this survey was higher than the average earnings increase across the UK as a whole, coming in at 4.8%, up from 3.5% October 2004.

Average salaries by job in the 12 months to October 2005 were:

IT director                                                               £100,620
Senior IT manager                                                £80,000
Function head/head consultant                          £70,400
Department manager/principal consultant      £58,870
Manager/senior consultant                                 £47,688
Consultant                                                              £45,621
Project manager                                                   £41,149
Senior analyst                                                       £35,541
Analyst                                                                    £28,000
Junior staff                                                             £21,424
Trainee                                                                  £18,000


Source: Computer Economics


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