IT Salaries And Hiring Trends In 2021
For many businesses, labor remains the largest expense, making it imperative that employers and employees be armed with as much information as possible to help make the best salary decisions.
Robert Half Technology, the staff consulting and recruiting business of Menlo Park, Calif.-based business consulting and recruiting company Robert Half International, has for over 60 years been reporting on staffing and compensation trends and provides an annual IT salary guide that breaks down the IT industry into several key areas.
For businesses looking for key IT personnel in areas ranging from security to operations, finding the right people is difficult given a shortage of some of the key people needed to make IT work. One place to start the hiring decision is to look at potential salary ranges. Robert Half Technology has done so in its Technology Salary Guide 2021, which provides information on the highest-paying IT jobs in the market. The guide breaks the IT salaries into several large categories, each with a number of key positions with their own salary ranges at the 25th, 50th, 75th and 95th percentiles. The company also took into account differences between major metropolitan areas and included a separate section looking at IT salary ranges across Canada.
A note on the numbers: The following pages contain references to certain percentiles. Robert Half Technology defines candidates in the 25th percentile as those with little or no prior experience and who are still developing relevant skills, the 50th percentile as those with average experience and the majority of necessary skills, the 75th percentile as those with above-average experience and possibly with specialized certifications, and the 95th percentile as those with exceptionally strong skills and specialized certifications.