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LOCAL AUTHORITY ICT STAFF SALARIES CONTINUE TO FALL SHORT OF INDUSTRY AVERAGES SAYS SURVEY

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Salaries for ICT staff in local authorities continue to fall well short of ...
Salaries for ICT staff in local authorities continue to fall well short of

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

authorities, there are no signs of the situation improving.

The survey also shows a significant increase in ICT staff turnover in local

authorities, although this remains markedly lower than the rest of the

industry.

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

again.'

The Socitm salary survey results are available exclusively to participating

authorities. Details of how to participate can be found here .

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