Storage salaries edge up in lean times


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Hall said that more than half of the 60-person global IT team at his firm is expecting to be laid off in 2011. "It's very tough. It's hard for companies to justify the cost of additional IT staff when managed service providers can deliver" the projects for less, he said.

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Smart bosses, soft benefits go long way in tough times


In 2010, plenty of respondents report that they're paying more for some benefits, like healthcare, than in 2009. Nearly 30% saw their benefits reduced in 2010, and 57% said they remained unchanged; however, 12.6% were lucky enough to see benefits improve.

So how much do benefits matter? Well, it's true that more than 48% of those surveyed said benefits were the least important factor when choosing a new job. But when it came to naming reasons for liking their current jobs, soft benefits such as short commutes, domestic partner healthcare coverage and fitness centers were all cited as reasons respondents are satisfied at their current jobs.

Check out the following list to find out seven reasons why storage pros love to go to work -- or not.

"That I have a job. Also, that I have some choice in what IT initiative I push for."
"Ability to influence management decisions on data management strategies."
"Working from home!"
"Researching and reporting only storage-related issues."
"Close to the mission. Medium-sized shop allows everyone access to new technologies."
"My coworkers."
"Opportunity for professional development."

"Poor planning, with regard to project management."
"Lack of IT consultation on a corporate decision."
"I'm occasionally accountable for areas over which I do not have authority."
"No overtime pay; have worked 20 weekends in 2010."
"Stress level and constant layoffs."
"All the diversions -- paperwork, ad-hoc application reports -- all non-storage issues."




Experience, diplomas pay off

Having a dedicated storage group is one way that many organizations formally recognize the importance of storage, and our annual survey showed that dedicated storage groups were in place at 60.7% of companies with more than $10 billion in revenue. That figure dropped to a little more than 51% at firms with between $1.1 billion and $10 billion in revenue.

In general, we found that salaries among our survey respondents rose according to company revenue. At the top end of the scale, data storage professionals working at companies with revenue greater than $10 billion earned an average of $133,509, while firms with revenue lower than $100 million paid their storage pros an average of just under $75,000.

This was first published in December 2010

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