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How the Latest Tech Salary Trends Impact Your IT Hiring

by Nina Olcott on July 10, 2018 in Hiring Trends, Technical Staffing

Quick Overview

  • National IT salary growth is flat, but up over 6% in Portland and throughout Oregon
  • Tech pros are gravitating toward employers who offer non-monetary benefits
  • Adapting your hiring by offering appropriate salaries combined with additional incentives lands new talent and retains current employees


For hiring managers in technology, keeping track of fluctuating IT salary trends can feel like trying to follow the stock market in real-time. It isn’t easy to sift through all the available information on tech salaries, but it’s an essential practice for those looking to evolve their IT hiring strategies and land the best talent. To achieve this goal, Dice’s 2018 Salary Report is an excellent resource and guide. Here’s a snapshot of the key findings along with what they mean for you.


Exploring the IT Salary Growth Rate

There’s a huge skills shortage in IT, so naturally salaries must be growing, but by how much? The answer may not be as high as you think.


Overall, the national IT salary growth rate is fairly flat at 0.7%. Most IT positions are seeing salaries grow at the same rate as non-tech jobs with the exception of cloud, big data, and process management positions. These are currently some of tech’s hottest roles, and you can expect an increased difficulty (and cost) when recruiting for them.


Now, less than 1% salary growth may not feel accurate to many of you, and that’s because rates in specific markets vary widely. In Oregon year-over-year salaries are up 8.5%, and in Portland, one of the nation’s fastest-growing tech hubs, salaries increased by 6.5%. Additionally, there has been a whopping 18.2% increase in salary for those with under one year of experience. That means employers are responding to the talent shortage by aggressively targeting entry-level tech professionals with the intent of shaping them into the employees they need.


Increasing Incentives and Motivators

Although IT salaries across the nation haven’t been rising as strongly as before, salary satisfaction has held steady, indicating that money isn’t everything for talent. Sure, a third of tech pros received a monetary bonus last year, but 71% of companies are now offering a combination of non-salary incentives, a percentage much higher than previously. These include:


  • Training – Tech pros seek opportunities for learning new skills that can further their careers.
  • More vacation – Work-life balance is increasingly important in a high-pressure industry known for long hours.
  • Flexible working hours – The ability to work at non-traditional times allows an employee to maintain personal appointments, engagements, and hobbies during business hours.
  • Telecommuting options – 63% of tech pros say they would take a pay cut if they were able to telecommute more than half the time.


The above motivators improve employee retention, which equates to fewer open roles that must be filled. At the same time, these incentives are very attractive benefits when recruiting new tech pros. Salary is important, but providing a fuller package carries a lot of weight. 45% of tech pros change jobs for better working conditions, not for more money, underscoring the importance of the big picture.


How Do the Latest Tech Salary Trends Impact Your IT Hiring?

There’s a lot going on in tech. It’s a constantly evolving industry by nature, and one of the nation’s most competitive arenas when it comes to hiring. If you’re trying to land an IT pro over a rival company, it boils down to understanding market compensation for specific skills in your location and using other benefits to capture their interest. Finally, when there’s simply too much on your plate and overhauling your hiring strategy is daunting, teaming up with CorSource can get your roles filled quickly and effectively.


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