The entire hiring landscape is always in a state of flux. As new skills become more highly sought after, older ones fall by the wayside and the competition to have the top talent becomes fierce. This is when IT Principals start shelling out the dollars to bring in the cream of the crop.
According to a recent study from career site Dice, which specializes in jobs for tech and engineering professionals, 2012 saw average salaries for technology professionals climb 5.3 percent to $85,619 in 2012 – the largest jump in more than a decade.
“Employers are recognizing and adjusting to the reality of a tight market,” Scot Melland, CEO of Dice Holdings, said in a statement. “The fact is you either pay to recruit or pay to retain, and these days, at least for technology teams, companies are doing both.”
Of all the skills – telecommunication, networking, mobile device, etc – that IT departments are looking for, the report found that big data is at the top of the list. The average salary for some of the major big data solutions like Hadoop and MongoDB exceeds $100,000. By comparison, associates with cloud skills average $90,000 per year and mobile salaries are closer to $80,000.
Alice Hill, the managing director of Dice.com, spoke about big data in an article for Network World. According to Hill, there is talk that big data is just a fad but it is clear that professionals with that skill are in demand. Tech professionals who analyze large information streams and strategically impact a bevy of company goals will be able to write their own ticket.
The IT skills gap is helping to push the need for top talent through the roof. IT Principals will need to rely on solution providers to help handle the ever-evolving technological innovations.