Salaries on the rise in Gulf tech sector: survey

ACN report reveals pay bumps for two thirds of IT professionals; gender imbalance remains

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Salaries on the rise in Gulf tech sector: survey Almost two thirds of respondents reported they had received an increase in salary in the past year.
By  Stephen McBride Published  October 3, 2013

To stop such turnover, recruitment firms urged companies to consider the priorities of technology personnel. According to the ACN survey, the most important factors in staff retention are salary and work environment, with the quality of the company itself coming closely behind.

Click here for more insight from the ACN Salary Survey 2013.

The desire to move on may be related to a recovering economy, as a slight majority of respondents said they had been with their current employer for more than five years. Just under a third had served two to five years; 23.5%, five to 10 years; and 22.5, over 10 years.

One area that showed a need for redress was gender balance. Only 3% of those polled were women and CompTIA and BCS told CAN the imbalance was hurting the industry as women are perceived as having greater soft skills and business skills, which the industry desperately needs in greater supply.

"It's vital that we reach out to more young women to encourage them to see what an amazing career IT offers," said Adam Thilthorpe, director of professionalism, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

"Indeed, to fish in a talent pool already depleted by 50% through gender imbalance is to do disservice to the ambitions of an organisation."

Click here for more insight from the ACN Salary Survey 2013.

Keep your eyes peeled for the full ACN report on the salary survey, coming soon on ITP.net.

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