Embedded Dev Wages Spike, Job Index Says
Wages for devs with expertise in embedded systems spiked in Q3 2005, according to the latest IT survey data from the Yoh Index of Technology Wages.
Overall, wages for other, more traditional appdev skills remained strong, as hourly rates for .NET, Java, C/C++ and DBA-related skills all remained near or above $50 per hour, on a nationwide basis. IDN provides the latest Yoh stats, and shows changes from Q2 (ending July 31).
"After being hit by two major hurricanes, the summer quiet-period, and the largest hike in gas prices in history, ending the third quarter of 2005 with an overall increase in compensation is a very positive sign for wages and workers across the technology spectrum," Jim Lanzalotto, Yoh's vice president of strategy and marketing said in a statement.
And momentum should be strong for IT wages into 2006, he added. "There is a momentum in the professional and technology hiring ranks that is helping to increase competition among companies for the highest-quality consultants, and, consequently, to boost wages in order to attract the best talent," Lanzalotto added.
Inside the Salary Numbers
Yoh found the following "average" salaries nationwide in Q3 - 2005 (ended Sept. 30) for top-rated IT skills:
In comparison, Yoh quoted the following rates for Q2 - 2005 (ended July 31):
Where's the 'Hot' Demand?
Yoh also identified the 13 "greatest demand" U.S. regions. They include: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Northern New Jersey, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Research Triangle Park, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Southern California.
The Yoh Index of Technology Wages is not a survey, but rather is built on actual data complied by Yoh's 40 U.S. field offices. Further, the Yoh index uses actual employment activity of over 5,000 technology professionals outsourced on short- and long-term projects by over 1,000 of the nation's top employers in aviation, engineering, information technology, manufacturing, scientific, telecommunications, and utility industries.