Sun Microsystems' purchase of MySQL, the release of Adobe's AIR, and open source moves by larger, established companies are driving an increase in application developer salaries, according to a report from BlueWolf.
ChannelWEB reports the study revealed application developer salaries will increase from $80,250 to $112,500 this year -- a jump of 7.6 percent. The demand for open source developers in particular is also high because it's not easy to outsource them. They are complex, the story says, and communication often breaks down.
BlueWolf co-founder Michael Kirven says:
We've gotten more requests from our permanent placement division for open source developers in the last six months than in the last five or six years combined. It's not as easy as getting free software, someone has to get it up and running. LAMP is everywhere now -- these types of technologies no one heard of 18 months ago are all the sudden becoming a hot commodity.
Interestingly, managers are turning to alternative forms of compensation to meet the needs of developers and other IT staffers who are commanding higher pay. Options include flex time and the ability to work from home or otherwise outside the office, as well as the opportunity for training that will keep them current. As Kirven points out, these options are often more important to developers than a specific salary figure.