Information Technology (IT) continues to be one of the most in-demand occupational fields in the U.S. and throughout the world, and jobseekers with extensive professional credentials, experience, and resumes in IT have more opportunities than ever to increase their salaries and advance their careers in 2017.
Having a team of well-rounded IT professionals on staff is essential for any small, medium, and large business, but attracting and retaining IT talent can be difficult if you’re not offering the right career path advancement tracks and benefits packages. The information fields (e.g. IT, Information System, Security, Development) are highly competitive, and because top IT workers are so highly sought after, it’s important that your business is setup to attract employees at various stages in their careers while also providing opportunities for them to grow and mature in their roles. Even more so when the IT talent has advanced certifications such as those from CompTIA, ISACA, or other recognized organizations.
Because their skills are in high demand, experienced IT professionals enjoy high salaries. Businesses looking to hire IT workers should be prepared to match and exceed salaries that other firms offer while also staying ahead of the curve in terms of standard industry pay increases on a yearly basis.
A few example IT salaries for 2017, as well as their percent increases compared to 2016, are listed below via Computerworld’s IT Salary Survey 2017:
This data shows an average salary increase of around 3.9 percent from 2016 to 2017 for senior IT management positions, an increase of 3 percent for middle IT management positions, and an increase of around 3 percent for IT staff positions.
It’s an employee’s market for IT professionals, and that means businesses must do everything in their power to keep their IT employees happy and satisfied with their jobs.
According to Forbes, companies are best able to retain their IT talent when they key in on these employment satisfaction must-haves:
The culture you started out with may have been fine when your company consisted of five, 10, or even 20 employees, but as your company grows, so too should its culture. Giving your employees a say in the company’s culture and things like working hours, PTO, and office perks helps them feel more engaged and active, and that helps increase productivity.
Because IT is such a diverse field, many IT professionals dislike working on the same tasks and projects for months or years at a time. Diversifying the workload of IT professionals and even adding to their job descriptions from time to time helps them develop their skillsets and keeps their jobs interesting and engaging. It also aids in cross-training, making it easier for employees to assist each other in varied roles.
Many IT workers are problem-solvers with a keen eye for ways to improve efficiency, and businesses that consider, implement, and value their input are more likely to retain them. In addition, it’s common for tech workers to have their own projects outside of work. Encouraging creativity in the workplace is a great way to invest in workers’ personal lives while also benefitting from “outside the box” ideas.
IT professionals often expect to play major roles in both their day-to-day jobs and the direction of the companies they work for. In fact, one of the top reasons that tech workers leave their current positions for greener pastures is lack of engagement at work. While it’s important to stay focused on your business goals, you should also make sure that your tech workers are heard—especially when it concerns rapid advancements and changes in their areas of expertise that could affect the company.
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