We need to develop a strategy of what we're going to build. We like to take control of our destiny.
That's among the trends cited in Janco Associates' 2011 Mid-Year Salary Survey, one Ars Technica last week developed into a longer article:
Yes, many companies have shed services like e-mail, data center operations, and even desktop support to managed service providers, and have moved toward hiring IT contractors to handle application development and maintenance tasks - opting to focus on their "differentiators" to be more competitive. But over the past year, competition for IT skills has become increasingly fierce, and many companies are realizing that IT isn't just a support service - it's core to their business' future. And to take control of that future, HR professionals and recruiters say, more companies are looking to lock in IT professionals with the golden handcuffs of statutory employment.
And though research by Robert Half Technology predicted IT salaries will rise next year, they've been largely flat in 2011. Janco found salaries for all IT pros rose just 0.39 percent from $77,773 at the beginning of 2011 to $78,078 six months later, putting compensation levels back to that of January 2008.