IT salary cuts slow but over half of employees still expected to work unpaid overtime

There may be up to 1,000 unfilled IT jobs in the country but those working in the sector are still expected to deliver their ‘pound of flesh’.

According to Clarion Resourcing’s annual survey into the IT employment market, over half of respondents (55 per cent) indicated that they are expected to work unpaid overtime.  Admittedly, this is slightly down on the figure recorded in 2011 at 61 per cent but nonetheless, unpaid overtime is a daily reality for those working in the IT or project management disciplines.

The amount of unpaid overtime varies.  One quarter said they work an extra 5 – 6 hours per week, closely followed by 21 per cent who cited an extra 9 – 10 hours per week.  Just over one third or 35 per cent work up to four hours extra while the über dedicated are represented by seven per cent who manage to squeeze seven days’ work into five.

This is good news for private sector employers, which suggests superior productivity levels to those in the public sector.  The statistics certainly suggest willingness by staff to go the extra mile.  It’s important to remember though the context for this information in that with one third of our respondents works on a contract basis.  This level of committed engagement to the task at hand could be used by them as an aspirational incentive for the employer to retain their services beyond the initial contract period or even extend that contract to permanency.

While we might have heard about fantastic IT salaries in the media and elsewhere – and there is no doubt that salary premiums are commanded for certain skillsets – the sector has not been immune to pay cuts.   The rate of cuts has slowed though and there is some stabilisation in overall salary rates.

This is certainly positive news for those at the lower end of the pay scale.  According to our survey, slightly less than one third or 31 per cent took at pay cut in 2012.  This compares to a high of 53 per cent in 2011.

The picture for job losses is mixed.  31 per cent of respondents said their organisation added staff in 2012 while an equal number said that job losses has been made.  Looking forward to employment patterns in 2013, 28 per cent predict an increase in headcount while 25 per cent suggest that further job losses are on the way.  Just one in ten predict that headcount will remain unchanged.   These results are very much consistent with those recorded in 2011.

On the positive side, over half of all respondents or 56 per cent said they had more than one offer on the table when they accepted their current or previous role.  This compares very favourably to 39 per cent in 2011.

Clarion Resourcing’s survey was conducted online during December 2012 through emails, a LinkedIn advertising campaign and a pop survey to all visitors to the Clarion Resourcing website.  A total of 103 individuals responded to the questionnaire.  One third of respondents are currently in permanent positions, one third are in contract roles and just over one quarter or 26 per cent are between assignments.  84 per cent of respondents are from Ireland with 9 per cent from the United Kingdom.

On February 7th, 2013, posted in: Blog by
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