On the whole, the financial news has been good for IT professionals. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that IT employment grew 3.1% in 2015, and 44% of IT managers who participated in Computerworld's 2016 IT Salary Survey said they expect to expand their IT staffs this year.
Salaries are growing, too. Computerworld survey participants reported an average compensation increase of 3.9% this year, the highest year-over-year pay hike we've seen in our survey results since 2001.
Other industry watchers have seen similar gains: Research firm Foote Partners reports a 3.3% overall rise in IT skills and certification pay premiums for 2015, and IT staffing firm Robert Half Technology predicts that starting salaries for tech pros will rise 5.3% in 2016.
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