Abstracts: June 15th, 2005

The salary survey by the Society of IT Management shows that local authorities are competing well with the private sector when it comes to attracting and retaining high calibre ICT professionals. It shows an average salary increase of 4.8% in local authorities compared with an average 3.5% increase reported in the private sector.Local authorities are also doing better in terms of overall recruitment, but there are difficulties. The proportion of authorities experiencing retention problems rose from 17% in 2004 to 23.5% this year, and 31% experienced recruitment difficulties compared to 27% last year. The private sector is experiencing much greater recruitment difficulties, with 58% citing problems this year – more than double the figure in 2003. Within local authorities, a ‘shortage of suitable candidates’ was cited as the main reason for recruitment difficulties, which was mentioned by 84% of the sample compared with 63% last year.

Last year’s survey revealed a narrowing of the differential between public and private sector salaries, particularly at the most senior levels. It showed that while in previous years salaries of ICT Directors in local government were typically only 60% of their private sector equivalents, by 2004, ICT Directors in London and the South East were being paid up to 86% of their equivalents in the private sector. By and large this position has been maintained in the current year.

Further information about the survey from Soctim: Tel: 01604 674800 or email enquiries@socitm.gov.uk