I think many that argue that moving to a different company is nearly always your best option when it comes to receiving a dramatic pay raise. Sure, plenty of companies promote from within, but many times employers are hesitant to give an internal employee such a big boost in pay: it's a different situation from when they're trying to woo a "new" employee.
That being said, there's some interesting info in that release; I'm slightly surprised by how in demand Oracle experience still is. I wonder how (if?) that will change in the coming years. Also not surprised to see that Los Angeles dropped; there's certainly more supply than demand employment-wise in this sector at the moment.
Jokes apart, Could you please check if the link is working fine ? I couldn't open that link.
Regarding the article, you will always have different pay at different regions based on the local factors and living style, which will obviously makes difference in your pay-package. Is this factor you are pointing or something else ?
Barbara, you are very much right. During the recession period, many companies had cut down employee’s salary and forced them to work either with lower take home salary or without perks. Now it’s the post-recession period and almost all IT sector companies recovered from the traumatic situation. As a part of expansion, they have started to expand their operations globally and hence start hiring the new faces. As a part of expansion many vacancies are available across the companies and many of them are facing shortage of matching technical skills.
This scenario opens a vast opportunity for the employees and job seekers. If one would like to continue with the current employer, then he has to satisfy with the general hike offering by that employer. Normally employer may offer 05-15% hike per year depends on the performance and other criteria. But if one is looking for a new employer or company, then the salary is based on his/her interview performance and bargain capability. In new company his/her salary may vary between a minimum of 25% of last drawn salary and even up to 100% in certain cases.
Now a day’s employees are also more cunning, they use to attend interview with other companies & on the basis of interview discussion, they may fix up with a higher salary. With the new offer, they may approach another companies for discussion and finally discussion will end up again with a new higher salary structure. With this new offer, they can either join with the new company or can approach the current employer for a better package. See how things are working out in a fast moving world….
While it may be true that switching a job may get you a higher pay, but it's no guarantee that it will. A better approach may be to improve yourself at your current job and try to become indispensable. Once the company realizes they can't perform without you, the employers may be happy to offer you a raise. It has always worked out for me :)
I am usually not a big fan of the "grass is greener" approach. I would take a look at one's satisfaction level in their job. Wages alone do not define a position and if one chases better pay, they could end up with a company that they are not happy with for many reasons other than pay.
One should seek opportunities outside their own company if for some reason, they are unhappy with their current employer. If the employer is a good company and one is happy in their job and potential future prospects, money will follow. We are still in the phase of companies hoarding cash making them reluctant to offer the raises necessary to keep their employees motivated. I am really hoping that phase will end soon and companies start to invest in their employees once more.
It is quite true to be indispensable and can offer something that the company really needs. To some extent, how can we achieve such level being indispensible? Sometimes moving to different companies may help us build up something unique.
Speaking of hiring, the IT consulting industry is notorious these days. They keep hiring new people at a much higher rate and laying old timers off. Of course, some of it is to get rid of the bottom of the food chain but there are also alot of innocent victims who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. So the truth is, if you do want to move up, you better apply for jobs with your competitors. They are willing to increase 30% - 50% raise depending on the situations.
IT jobs has been cyclical since the .com burst. It has pretty much mirrored the economic pulse. Most of the companies have been firing and hiring in a knee jerk reaction to the economy and employee loyality has not been considered by many of tech companies. So the employees too are reaching for the highest bidder. In some cases the riisk has been worth it, since the employee has no control over their tenure in these companies.
You would think the skills level and experience would count for something and guarrantee the jobs especially for the older employees!
I work in Europe. Does the conclusion in this article also valid here? Most of the time the salary increase (if more that 10% or so) in new company comes with extra responsibility or a promotion. Has this factor been taken into account?
I agree with your comments - I know of several situations where someone moved to pursue a better opportunity (or in some cases, to continue working), only to be laid off after a short tenure in a new location. There are many valid reasons to pursue a new opportunity with a new company, or move locations within the sme company, but as you stated, the grass is not always greener.
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