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

Daiga Trumpe, Principal, Head of Technology Practice Group, Middle East & Africa, Pedersen & Partners said that there is some focus on developing more focused IT teams and looking to outside sources for some expertise, but that there is still a high level of recruitment in growth markets.

“The current high tech industry development phase requires a more ‘quality than quantity’ approach which was less dominant in the previous phase. We see GCC companies optimizing their in-house IT teams — shifting resources towards core competencies and trying to find reasonable scenarios for less business critical workloads (subcontracting, freelancers, outsourced IT service),” she explained.

“In other words, the industry is gradually entering a more mature phase. Nevertheless, we still see bulk hirings in high growth markets such as Saudi Arabia, and Africa where companies are entering the new territories of growing existing teams.”

John McGlinchey, Senior Vice President, Global Business Development at CompTIA said that while a survey of IT firms in the US found that 33% of organisations felt they were understaffed, 42% were hoping to expand their operations.

“While budgetary constraints may prevent firms from executing on issues of understaffing or expansion, there is healthy hiring for a variety of skills, from something traditional like a general IT technician to something new like a cloud architect. The crucial issue is the level of skill — many companies are looking for candidates with deep skills and may need to consider training or retraining a candidate that has foundational technical knowledge,” he said.

Click here to view the ACN Salary Survey 2014

Despite one third of respondents saying their organisations are under-staffed, it appears that internal training is still somewhat lacking in its use as a tool to increase organisational capabilities. Only 42% of respondents get ongoing training from their employer, while 57% take training independent of their employer. Most respondents identify areas such as technology-specific training, project management, business skills and people management skills would help advance their careers.

With premium placed by employees on career development opportunities, and the issues of external recruitment most experts believe there should be more emphasis on internal training.

Suhail Masri, VP Sales at Bayt.com, commented: “Companies should most certainly invest in training their employees. The costs may seem large in the short run, but in the long run it will balance out, especially when it comes to attracting talent and retaining employees. Consider this; seven in ten professionals want to work for a company that has career growth prospects, encourages new ideas, and provides training opportunities.”

McGlinchey added: “As skills are changing so rapidly, companies may find that they have to provide some level of training to get their current workforce up to speed or to bring in new talent that may have just a basic level of technical skill. CompTIA data shows that 61% of employees would like to see moderately more or significantly more training provided by their employer. According to the survey, this training would result in higher job satisfaction, higher motivation, and decreased likelihood of the employee leaving.”

Investment in internal resources may still be limited to core competencies, said Trumpe. “Investment in the right competencies and the right people (supporting business growth priorities) are giving the companies incredible advantage over competition, the key question still remains how to protect/sustain this knowledge in house. For this reason we see growing trend to outsource some competencies from specialised vendors and invest only in key competencies.”

Click here to view the ACN Salary Survey 2014

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