IT buyers still reaping rich rewards

12 July 2000
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13 July 2000 | David Arminas

Salaries for IT purchasers in the UK are still rising above the average increase for general purchasing staff, according to a new survey.

The second biannual IT Commodity Index from Purcon Consultants found that professionals with IT buying skills are being paid between 4.4 per cent and 13.4 per cent more a year than general purchasing staff.

The trend to pay more for IT specialists is continuing, according to the survey. Purcon's first index, conducted at the beginning of this year, found that IT specialists were getting between 2.5 per cent and 8.5 per cent more a year.

"The trend is clear cut at purchasing-manager level," said Jerry Smith, a director at Purcon. "This is probably because these are the people who are the most involved in e-commerce at the strategic level."

The survey found that at this level, IT purchasers will have strategic roles, manage up to 30 staff and focus on large contracts, or operate as a management consultant. Their average salary, £57,214 a year, is 13.4 per cent higher than that of a general purchasing manager - £50,474 a year.

The survey, which questioned 600 purchasers across the country, also found that at the lowest level - a category that included buyers, contracts negotiators and purchasing controllers - the average pay for an IT specialist is £21,859 a year, compared with £20,642 a year for a generalist.

Jobs at the highest managerial level in greater London attracted the largest salaries, compared with similar jobs in other regions. Jobs at the lowest level were paid the best in Scotland.

* Copies of the index are available from Purcon on 01494 737300, price £25.

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