Survey: Microsoft Dynamics technical architects in line for 14% raises

By , Network World |  IT Management, Microsoft Dynamics, project management

IT pros with skills in Microsoft Dynamics project management and architecture can look forward to healthy raises this year, according to a survey of more than 10,000 respondents worldwide.

Full-time technical architects working on Dynamics stand to earn a 14% salary increase, and project managers are in line for a 9% raise, according to the Microsoft Dynamics Salary Survey 2013 from Nigel Frank International, a firm specializing in recruitment of Dynamics professionals.

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Increases for other Dynamics IT professionals are less, and 4% is the average salary increase across all categories, the survey says.

The survey dealt with professionals with expertise in four products: Dynamics AX and NAV are ERP platforms; Dynamics GP is accounting/ERP software; and Dynamics CRM is customer relationship management software.

Technical architects also pull down some of the largest salaries among Dynamics professionals, with salaries of $148,000 for those versed in Dynamics AX, $115,000 for NAV, $144,000 for CRM and $115,000 for GP, the survey says. Freelancers can earn up to $1,100 per day.

The average freelance wage increase over the next year is 12%, and that is so attractive that 39% of full-timers would leave their current jobs to freelance.

Still, many (30%) Dynamics workers are dissatisfied with training and career development as well as their compensation. A larger percentage (48.1%) describe themselves as satisfied with their jobs and 8.5% describe themselves as very satisfied.

Of those end users who responded to the survey, 41.9% had competency in Dynamics AX, 21.8% in Dynamics NAV, 18.9% in Dynamics CRM and 17.4% in Dynamics GP.

There should be a lot of openings for those with the right expertise since 35% of those surveyed plan to switch jobs in the next year, and most of them (58%) are looking for other positions because their current jobs lack career prospects or don't promise large enough salary increases to suit them, the survey says.

Nearly half (45%) of those looking to change jobs would consider moving to another country, with the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada and Germany scoring as the top choices.

Most jobs related to Dynamics offer laptops, bonuses, a mobile phone and health plans as standard perks. A significant chunk (20% to 50%) also offer life insurance, dental insurance, life insurance and free Internet access, and they give workers the option to work from home.

Tim Greene covers Microsoft and unified communications for Network World and writes the Mostly Microsoft blog. Reach him at tgreene@nww.com and follow him on Twitter @Tim_Greene.

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