CIOs get £170k but helpdesk staffers settle for £6/hr
IT salaries - because you're worth it
A survey of fifteen of the most popular technology job titles reveals salaries for both permanent and contractor positions around the UK.
Bottom of the list is the helpdesk with starting salaries of £18,000 or contractor jobs from £7 an hour, or just £6 in Scotland. But high salaries go up to £36,000 in London or £32,000 in Scotland or £31 and £29 an hour respectively.
Database admins can expect low salaries of £22,000 in London, rising to £52,000, with an average of £40,450. In Scotland you can expect to start on £18,000 and reach a ceiling of £40,000.
Network engineers in London can earn between £21,000 and £60,000, with average salaries of £33,900. Contractors could see rates of between £9 and £60 an hour.
At the top end of pay ranges, an IT director or CIO can expect a low salary in London of £42,000 and a high salary of £170,000. In Scotland low salaries are just a grand less at £41,000, but top out at £100,000. In the South-West you can expect to do even worse as an IT director - starting at £31,500 and ending at £80,000.
The survey comes from jobs site theitjobboard.co.uk, which received over 6,000 responses.
The full results are available as a pdf from here. ®
£10 an hour?!
Would love to know where in the South West Helldeskers earn £10 an hour cos I would work there.
£10/hour is a lot more than the £7.79 (slightly less than £16k pa) that I get. And I use my brain, rather than reading a script.
This survey can be safely disregarded as it has no relation to the reality that I work in.
AC 3August: You negotiated too. You signed up! Negotiate with your feet and walk out if you don't like the deal.
Negotiation is primarily a sales job.
Everyone knows you're nice and helpful. What you need to do is have hard verifiable numbers that you've contributed directly to the bottom line. That's what good sales people do and how they earn big dolla.
If your contribution saves the company $5M per year you have a far better negotiating position than being a random cog in the machine.
I wish I got even 12K a year for my 5 days a week, in fact I'm working the weekend to get a little extra cash. Hopefully it's all to come.
"Obviously the more time a talented worker spends working the greater the contributions they will make, hence higher rewards. I had hoped that would have been obvious, and I wouldn't have to spell it out. Apparently not."
This is, in fact, not only not obvious, but totally incorrect.
The best workers (Particularly on IT helpdesks) are the ones who quickly resolve a problem, and are free to move on to the next. The best people can be more effective in two hours than a typical worker is in eight, and than a poor worker is in twelve.
You correctly note that those who put in a twelve hour day are more likely to be promoted than those who put in four or five hours of actual work, spend three or four hours a day drinking coffee and surfing el Reg, and piss off home on time (or even early).
My team of five consists of four people who are good at their jobs, and who go home on time (except during genuine emergencies); plus one who, through their own incompetence, has to work back two or three hours every day, despite having less workload than the rest (because when we finish our work, we help with theirs).
Who will get the promotion? Who SHOULD get the promotion?
Your assessment of the way in which promotions are assigned is touchingly naive, and would no doubt be lovely in an ideal world. Unfortunately the world is much less than ideal, precisely because it is full of fools who actually believe this kind of bullshit - and even think that it is 'obvious'
@ Keith T
"People don't get what they deserve. They get what they negotiate."
Unless you work at the place that I do and you fall under an agreement of non-negotiation; for pay, conditions, notification & consultation (for redundancy etc.) But you don't find that out until you receive your contract of employment. Still this job fulfils a need for now.. another year or two here then I can move on.