The IT industry is set for generous wage hikes over the next 15 years, according to the Future Earnings report from training body City & Guilds.
The IT professionals who will prosper most in the years ahead will be those skilled at installing, maintaining and servicing technologies, said City & Guilds. Indeed, IT is set to become one of the top manual skilled jobs, alongside plumbers and electricians.
The City & Guilds' report identified "golden vocations" such as IT, the building trade and electricians. People who are successful in these professions could command salaries 30% above the national average, it said.
The Future Earnings report set a national average salary of £52,576 as a yardstick for the skilled professions. This excluded vocational and academic management and senior officials in order to provide a more realistic senior salary benchmark, said City & Guilds.
Keith Brooker, director of group markets and products at City & Guilds, said, "There will be an increasing demand for vocational workers in the UK, so it is really encouraging to see that there are clear incentives in terms of their earning potential, which will ultimately attract more people into these occupations over the coming years."