Pay for these four tech jobs is rocketing. Cloud computing is the cause – ZDNet

Project managers, business analysts, and security and testing experts are seeing a big bump in salaries as the rise of cloud computing changes the skills that companies are seeking.

According to analysis by recruitment firmHarvey Nash, the fastest-growing salaries included business analysts (average 66,596), up by 28% in the last 12 months, security specialists (average 94,673, up 22%), project managers (average 64,910, up 16%) and testing engineers (average 51,114, up 11%).

Unsurprisingly, CIO, CTO and VP of IT roles still attract the highest salaries, with pay ranging between 85,000 and 150,000 per year, and averaging 119,443.

The competitive edge for organisations in a cloud world is coming more from how systems are deployed, and less from what the underlying technology is, said Rob Grimsey, a director at Harvey Nash.

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"The growth in demand, and salaries, for business analysts and project managers reflects a need by organisations to get this 'how' piece right," he said.

Grimsey said the demand for security specialists has been increasing pretty much in line with the increase in threat that has occurred in the past decade, but noted that the rise in salaries for testing is perhaps the most surprising development.

"This area has been the most susceptible to automation, and certainly in the past salaries have remained fairly flat. That said, in recent years as systems have got more complex, and testing has had to extend to a remit much wider than before, such as privacy, security and even customer experience, we are seeing a bit of re-emergence of testing as a key skill."

Developers are paid an average of 47,000 according to the report, which surveyed 1,200 UK workers. But while the lowest paid developers made around 23,00, the best paid could be taking home more like 65,000 Harvey Nash said. Programme managers earned an average of 89,000, with the top earners making 110,000 -- ahead of some CIOs.

The report identified three areas where tech companies can improve staff retention:

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Pay for these four tech jobs is rocketing. Cloud computing is the cause - ZDNet

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