The cost to UK companies of drafting in fresh IT personnel is rising fast.
The salary for a newly filled position rose by six per cent between the first and second quarters of 1998. Over one year, that is equivalent to a 25.9 per cent rise, according to figures from recruitment company Computer Futures.
Its findings are based on the salaries of 1,931 workers placed by the company in April, May and June, compared to figures in the first three months of the year.
Average UK salaries are rising at four per cent a year, according to government research.
"Chancellor Brown would be terrified if he thought these rises could influence the overall income figures," said Russell Clements, director of Computer Futures.
The survey showed analyst programmers changing jobs in the Midlands start on less than their counterparts elsewhere in England and Wales.
Clements said this could be due to recession hit manufacturing in the region.
Other findings indicate the cost of taking on legacy system support workers is rising particularly fast.
The hike in salary for such 'legacy' workers far outpaced other rises in support work.
Clements said this was due to growing awareness of pay rates for millennium compliance contractors.
As permanent staff move jobs, they make big pay demands to achieve parity with contractors. "People see their mates going into contracting and naming their own price," he said.
Computer Futures' figures are based on salaries at the time of a new placement.
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