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Salary in IT field, was there a big increase recently?

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Salary in IT field, was there a big increase recently?

I'm currently in training and discussing with it employee of other company and there's big talk about how hard it is to hire people because of the recent increase in salary.

I'm in the montreal region and they are talking of salary in the 160k$ for big data specialist, devops engineer and cloud architect.

When I look at the average salary in IT in the Montreal region it's no where near that.

So have anyone seen big differences in the last few months?
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Like with any industry there's skills that are in demand and skills that are a dime a dozen.

AI, Big data, Machine learning, hell even "Cloud" are buzz words for skills in demand.

Compare that to a Level 1 A+ Helpdesk tech or even MS Certified Domain Admins you're going to see huge swings.
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There's a lot that goes into these types of roles.

I think you need to delineate IT from IS - that's my personal opinion. I'm a Director of Finance and IT; my background was heavily centralized around IS; picking up IT was a massive learning curve and I'll say one thing: IT is not Big Data.

IT deals with security, front-end/back-end, servers, maintenance, etc; big data is data intelligence, decision making and analysis. Completely different fields; think of the medical field and how a pediatrist vs. orthopedic surgeon are completely different areas of expertise; however, there is a lot of shared knowledge between the two professions - that balance is similar to IT vs. Big Data.

You will see generalized Big Data-type wages hover around 80-90k; where you see spikes would come from specializations: AI, Cloud, etc. This is where you're attracting programmers and/or full-scope developers that work specifically with Big Data environments; 160k is a number that you're looking for a data-centric developer - AI ain't no walk in the park, and 160k is underpaying these guys.

Most full-scope developers and programmers work as contractors billing out +$100/h; if said person has exposure to doing the above and is a data-centric developer, I'm pretty sure good applicants won't touch anything south of $250k.
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I deal with infrastructure IT, and I can say there hasn't been an increase. We're underpaid compared to American counterparts.
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ShingoHusky wrote: I'm currently in training and discussing with it employee of other company and there's big talk about how hard it is to hire people because of the recent increase in salary.

I'm in the montreal region and they are talking of salary in the 160k$ for big data specialist, devops engineer and cloud architect.

When I look at the average salary in IT in the Montreal region it's no where near that.

So have anyone seen big differences in the last few months?
of course those position will demand a higher salary, otherwise things have not changed
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