IT salary survey 2014: The results

ACN’s annual IT Salary Survey aims to shine a light on the state of remuneration in the region’s IT sector

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IT salary survey 2014: The results The 2014 ACN IT Salary Survey received 386 qualified responses from IT professionals working in the Middle East.
By  Mark Sutton Published  November 25, 2014

ACN’s annual IT Salary Survey aims to shine a light on the state of remuneration in the region’s IT sector, as well as take a closer look at related issues such as job satisfaction, training and staffing levels. Read on to find out this year’s results. With new technologies coming to market in the Middle East, the region is still facing ongoing pressure on IT resources and skills. Many analysts have predicted that skills shortages will hold up the deployment of new solutions in the region, and may even impact on overall economic development if organisations are not able to deploy the skilled personnel that they need.

In a global IT market, the Middle East is still in competition with other regions around the world, and attracting and retaining the right personnel mainly comes down to one thing – pay. The ACN IT Salary Survey consistently shows the importance of remuneration to employees, but also aims to go beyond just salary numbers, to provide a guide to salary bands, job satisfaction, workforce mobility and other factors which are central to the issues of how organisations can get the right talent to drive their IT projects, and keep those vital resources.

The ACN IT Salary Survey is an anonymous survey which was conducted online through between July and early September 2014. Requests for responses were sent to members of the Middle East user groups for SAP and Oracle, and to the local chapter of ISACA.

The Respondents
The 2014 salary survey drew a response from 386 respondents who identified themselves as IT professionals currently working in the Middle East, including GCC and wider region. The response was up on the total number of 171 respondents in 2014, and while the sample size is still small, the responses can still give some good guidelines to key figures and an understanding of attitudes and confidence in the market.

In geographic terms, 92% of respondents said they are working in the GCC region, with 61% in the UAE and 22% in Saudi Arabia. Over three quarters of respondents (78%) were between the ages of 25 and 44, while this year’s survey drew a greater proportion of female respondents, with 10% of female respondents, up from just 2.9% female respondents last year. Eighty-three percent of respondents had been working in the IT sector for at least five years, with over half (52%) having been in the sector for more than ten years.

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In terms of education, the sample was in line with last year’s results, with 55% educated to degree level, and 40% with a Masters/MBA.

The respondents were employed mainly by organisations across a wide spread of vertical sectors, although more worked in large organisations, with 1,000 or more employees (57%), than companies with less than 1,000 employees (43%).

By job role, the most represented category was IT managers, who made up 16% of respondents, with consultant/strategists representing 10% and CIO/CTO/IT directors accounting for 9.5%. This year’s survey showed a wider range of respondents across job titles.

The salary survey asks respondents to give their total annual salary, including allowances, but excluding bonuses, according to $10,000 bands ie $21,000-30,000. This response means that any mean value calculated is approximate, although median values are more accurate. Due to the high number of respondents in the uppermost band, this top range was extended to between $151,000 and $200,000 per year, and over $200,000 per year.

The range of responses showed an even wider spread than last year, with all of the job roles with 20 responses or more reporting salaries across the full range of less than $20,000 to more than $200,000 per annum. While this is indicative of the huge range of different definitions of job roles in the industry, differences in pay between different size of companies and sectors, and likely a few aberrant results, the results are still broadly inline with last year and with other industry yardsticks.

The overall industry salary average, across all roles was approximately $81,000. Eighteen percent of respondents said they made $150,000 per year or more, compared to 13% last year, while 7% were in the top bracket of $200,000 or more. Once again, around one third of respondents reported they made $50,000 per year or less.

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