Pay rises for computer staff have fallen to a record low while the number of redundancies in the IT sector has begun to rise, according to data published by XpertHR's salary survey arm, CELRE, today.
Our first computer staff salary survey of 2009 (the research is carried out twice a year) found that the basic pay of a matched sample of employees who stayed in the same posts over the whole 12 months rose by an average of 3.1%.
That is still better than nothing - and considerably better than the Retail Prices Index inflation figure, now bumping along in negative territory - but it is down a long way from the 5.7% pay increase recorded a year ago.
In fact, going back through past survey reports, I have been unable to find a time in the survey's 40-year history when the figure was this low.
Despite the fall in basic pay, bonuses appear to have held up remarkably well, with no real drop in either the proportion of employees getting a bonus or in the sums paid out as a percentage of basic salary.
The picture on redundancies, meanwhile, is slightly more complex. Nationally, there has been little change on the rate recorded in our last report six months ago. But there has been a rise in inner London, where redundancy is now the main reason for employee departures.
Data for participating subscribers to the Computer Staff Salary Survey is going out today, and following a further round of data processing and analysis will be available on XpertHR JobPricing.
The current survey is based on data supplied by 207 companies on 61,233 jobs. It is available only to organisations which agree to participate by supplying their own company data.