those in the rest of the industry, says the 2002 Salary Survey from the
Society of IT Management. And, with salary increases for private sector ICT
staff over the last year once again rising ahead of those paid by local
The survey also shows a significant increase in ICT staff turnover in local
authorities, although this remains markedly lower than the rest of the
The survey, which is carried out for Socitm by remuneration specialists
CELRE, analyses the salaries of all ICT staff in participating authorities.
This year's results are based on returns from 141 local authorities (around
30% of the total) covering more than 5000 staff, seven job levels, five job
functions, and a total of 105 key skills.
The survey presents a range of data by type of authority, job type,
geographical location, gender, and age, and compares local authority
salaries with all industries, using data from CELRE's much larger Computer
Staff Salary. It additionally provides information about staff turnover,
recruitment and retention, and details of the special efforts taken by local
authorities to attract and hold onto staff, including payment of bonuses,
and benefits such as flexitime, job sharing and home working.
The 2002 survey results suggest that local authorities are increasing their
efforts to compensate for differentials in salaries through fringe benefits.
Among participating authorities:
- 92% offer flexible working hours
- 25% plan to increase opportunities for homeworking in the next year
- 85% offer job sharing
- 71% have a structured training & development plan for all staff
However, according to Andy Roberts, chair of Socitm's membership group which
commissions the annual survey, local authorities must address the
discrepancy on basic salary levels between local authority ICT staff and
those working in the private sector. 'In most disciplines, local
authorities compete with each other for staff, but in ICT we compete
directly with the private sector, and salaries must reflect that fact. We
work hard to provide fulfilling careers and good conditions for ICT
professionals and there is a tremendous variety of ICT project work on offer
to stimulate interest. But at a time when, as our survey shows, staff
turnover is rising, we need to focus on the headline salary. If not, we are
going to have real problems recruiting and retaining quality staff,
especially when the economy picks up and the private sector starts hiring
The Socitm salary survey results are available exclusively to participating
authorities. Details of how to participate can be found here .