Software developer wages fall 2% as workforce expands

Less costly young, and long unemployed older developers may be expanding the workforce at less cost to employers

By , Computerworld |  Career

Victor Janulaitis, CEO of Janco Associates, a research firm that also analyzes IT wage and employment trends, cited a number of reason for the decline in wages for software professionals. First, technology is becoming easier to implement without having an IT professional, he said. Also, the option of turning to outsourcing creates less pressure to increase wages.

As the recession continues, companies continue "to look at productivity and will often look to hire individuals who are lower cost employees," said Janulaitis. That could include displaced baby boomer workers who have been out of work for some time and "will take a lower paying job just to get back into the workforce."

Patrick Thibodeau covers SaaS and enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies, data centers and IT workforce issues for Computerworld. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @DCgov, or subscribe to Patrick's RSS feed . His e-mail address is pthibodeau@computerworld.com.

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