According to a new survey, salaries for IT personnel who work with some aspect of computer, network, or data security are expected to rise sharply in 2012. The average increase will be more than four percent with some specialties rising at a much steeper rate. Data security analysts, for example, are expected to see their salaries rise six percent, with the top of the salary range in excess of $120,000. Network security administrators can expect a five percent increase with their top salaries reaching $115,000 or more.
These figures have important implications for businesses since security is one of the most important IT services they rely upon. Firms not able to project a four to six percent increase in profits, yet continue to staff their own IT departments, will end up devoting a larger share of the ‘total pie’ to its IT needs. Depending on the overall finances of a business, this may not be feasible. In a job market driven by the forces of supply and demand, however, if a business cannot offer a raise commensurate with what an employee could receive elsewhere, the business may have to deal with all the challenges inherent in an exodus of talent.
The Managed Programs Solution
There is a way around the high rate of increase among IT salaries, however. Instead of dealing with individual in-house employees and re-negotiating salaries on an ongoing basis as market forces evolve, businesses can take advantage of a managed programs model for meeting IT support needs. In this model, companies can arrange long-term contracts with IT companies who provide on-site service needs on a scheduled basis, with a bench of consultants who are all familiar with and capable of servicing any given company's IT needs.