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SURVEY SHOWS PUBLIC SECTOR IT STAFF ARE THE LOWEST PAID

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Salaries for IT staff in the government, health and education sectors are consistently lower than in other industri...
Salaries for IT staff in the government, health and education sectors are consistently lower than in other industries, according to the latest survey from the National Computing Centre (NCC). Now in its 18th year, the survey reports that IT managers in the public sector could expect to earn up to£12,000 less than the highest paid IT managers in the private sector.

This trend is reflected in all IT roles, not just management. It found that even systems development staff, who are in high demand to help organisations fix the millennium bug and EMU problems, were also paid nearly 10% less than the sample average.

Salaries and Perks

The survey also found that there are significant differences in the level of salary increases paid over the last year between the various industry sectors. On average, IT employees within the government sector gained only a 4% increase whilst those in the IT industry received 13% of total salary.

Public sector employees also miss out when it comes to perks. Only 35% of government sector installations provided a car for their IT staff. This was less for health, education and other services where only 20% of IT employees received a car.

However, the survey was not all bad news for the public sector. Despite offering the lowest wages, the public sector has the lowest rate of staff turnover, out of all the industries surveyed at 13.3%. It is also more likely to offer its employees flexitime (83% of government installations and 60% of healthcare, education and other services).

Nigel Rourke, NCC's public sector business manager, comments, 'The public sector, including health and education is predicting growth through the millennium. However, the chance of the public sector winning in a salary auction is remote! Increasingly, this sector is setting a high priority on retention strategies including career development, training and other related benefits.'

Obtaining the report

A copy of The Salaries and Staff Issues in Computing 1999 can be obtained from the NCC by calling 0161 242 2200. The full survey price is£250 including post and packing. NCC members can buy the survey at a discounted price of£155 (inc. p&p).

Alternatively, LGCnet subscribers can request a summary from 0171 833 7324/5.

The National Computing Centre Limited (NCC) is an independent IT Services Group which was founded in 1966. It provides products and services to clients internationally aimed to reduce business risk in the use and supply of information technology and systems. NCC's support to clients includes information, consultancy and tailored training services; software tools for information access and management; network testing and integration services and products; and software verification and escrow services. NCC's website, 'The IT Zone,' can be found at www.ncc.co.uk

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