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Most jobs in the IT industry pay well, but skills matter
This article is part of the Modern Stack issue of August 2018, Vol. 1, No. 3
Tech leaders are frustrated by the challenge they face to identify and hire skilled workers who can execute on their organization's plans. That's among the key findings in Global Knowledge's "2018 IT Skills and Salary Report," which quizzed more than 16,200 tech professionals from around the world about jobs in the IT industry. The struggle to place the right people in the right roles is an enduring complaint, especially in technology. What's troubling is that this gap between supply and demand is growing worse and not better. That's not a hopeful sign for tech. Without talent, innovation sputters and good ideas linger on the whiteboard. Existing products stagnate, and new ones never get built. The promise of financial reward could motivate more people to pursue jobs in the IT industry. At minimum, splashy compensation enables businesses willing to pay top dollar to attract and retain much of the tech talent they need. So what's the salary picture look like in 2018? Not surprisingly, a lot depends on where in the world you work ...
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