You love your in-house IT staff, some of which have been with your company for several years. If you had it your way, they would never leave.
But how long will you be able to afford them?
According to a study from Dice, the average salary for U.S. tech professionals is now $92,081, up from $85,619 in 2012. And yet, the number of IT professionals who are happy with their salary has slipped by 3 percent during this time.
What’s more, 40 percent of technology professionals anticipate leaving their employer this year for another career opportunity. The majority of IT workers (63 percent) will seek higher compensation this year. Forty-three percent will seek better working conditions. And 31 percent are looking for more responsibilities.
Many businesses will have a difficult time competing with Dice's list of top-paying U.S. markets like Silicon Valley, where IT workers earn an average of $114,184. Boston came in second at $103,368. Next was San Diego, at $102,899. Minneapolis and Los Angeles followed, at $99,404 and $99,400, respectively. Surprisingly, New York City did not make the list.
So as a business owner, you need to have a plan in place in case your IT workers start demanding higher salaries, or leave for greener pastures. Be proactive, so that you can avoid having to deal with a staffing shortage in your data center.
The best thing you can do is to have a managed services provider (MSP) on retainer, so that if you are suddenly faced with a staffing shortage you will have the resources in place to keep your network up and running. An MSP like Apex Technology Services can provide a variety of IT services, at a price that aligns with your budget.
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