App managers to see 14 per cent wage hike: Canadian survey

Application development managers will see their salaries grow the fastest this year of all Canadian technology workers, according to a new study.

The technology division of the Lannick Group, a recruiting firm for a number of sectors, said app development managers will see a 14 per cent wage hike (to an average of $105,000 a year from $92,000) based on an analysis of technology worker placements and Statistics Canada figures in the Greater Toronto area in the 12 month period ending November, 2013.

Others who will see double-digit salary increases are systems and server analysts (13 per cent), Microsoft Sharepoint developers ($96,000 a year from $85,000, or 11 per cent) and database analysts/developers ($75,200 from 68,400, or 10 per cent). To read the full report click here.

Late last month Foote Partners issued its quarterly an IT workforce and compensation noted that extra pay awarded to tech staff with certain noncertified and certified IT skills went up in the fourth quarter of 2013. It’s rare that those with noncertified skills see a pay bump, it noted. Those who saw their average salaries go up included staffers with database skills, management/methodology and process skills, systems and networking skills, SAP and enterprise applications skills and applications development skills.

Those who had general but non-certified skills that saw increases according to Foote included people with app developments skills (such as in Cobol, Adobe Flex and Netweaver), SAP skills, systems/networking skills (such as Cisco IP Contact Center), and Web skills (like JavaScript, SharePoint, PHP).

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The Lannick report also believes that service desk managers and technical writers will see their salaries drop seven per cent ($92,00 from $95,500), while database administrators’ average will drop four per cent (79,000 from $82,430).

Igor Abramaovitch, director of Lannick Technology, said that while the survey dealt with workers in the Toronto area the trend generally should be the same across country. However, he admitted in certain geographies – Western Canada, for example, where the energy industry dominates – some specialties may pay differently.

“If you look at the big picture we’re seeing the technology sector is doing well,” he said in an interview Monday. “Most of the salaries have increased.”

“We definitely saw an increase in demand for big data and in general business intelligence-related skill sets,” he added.

“As employers shift their attention from the desktop to the browser, we’re seeing a greater salary range in the technology sector with certain roles experiencing more significant increases or decreases in year-over-year pay, than many other industries across Canada.”

Other trends are:

Junior and intermediate positions in high demand. Roles at the technical staff level are in higher demand, with less activity taking place at the management and senior management levels;

–Offshoring has slowed. Although some companies pursue offshoring to save on costs and take advantage of a 24-hour workday, many employers believe that onshore talent leads to a better product and prefer to hire at home;

–There is a need for large application talent here. Certain skills continue to be more difficult to find in Canada, including candidates with proven experience in complex enterprise projects involving Big Data, Mobile, BI and ERP.

Salaries were collected by Lannick over a 12-month period (Nov 1 2012 – Nov 1 2013) throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Figures are based on the collection of hundreds of reported salary changes and job placements within the Information Technology sector. Salaries forecasted for 2014 are assumptions based on economic factors and the Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey. Compensation varies widely as a function of industry sector, risk and reward factors, and company size. Professional Certifications are assumed at the intermediate and senior level positions. Figures do not include bonuses or benefits.

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