IT Salaries: It's Good To Be Chief
It certainly seems like a good time to be in IT - low unemployment, high demand for various skills, and higher-than-average starting wages across the board are good news on their own. These raises are just the icing on the cake. I would suggest one more obvious option to employers that profess a talent gap - loosen up your requirements. You can get talented staff without ponying up extra dough, if you're willing to accept that 'talent' doesn't equate to a bullet list of stringent skills and experience that are controlled by an automated system. A friend of mine who's a C++ developer says he's received all kinds of automated hiring inquiries on LinkedIn... ever since he accepted his current job. Why wasn't anyone looking at him before? He was the same exact candidate. We definitely have some aspects of this process backwards.
A couple more things: first, I was a little surprised not to see security-related positions make a splash here. A recent survey from Global Knowledge that was covered over on NetworkComputing highlighted security skill as most in-demand and security-focused certifications as the most popular, with high-level security pros commanding equally high salaries. Maybe that's an area where people hire themselves rather than going through a recruiting firm like Mondo. Second, while I was happy to see the list of cities included many from around the country, rather than being west-coast focused, I was surprised at the omission of a few popular IT cities, like Seattle and Raleigh. I'm sure there's some statistical reason for this, but I wonder what it is. I like Ms. Yarger's advice for women going into IT as an ending note - it's an optimism we could all do well to be infected by.