The Robert Walters 2018 Salary Survey has found that among IT professionals security experts will see the most salary development. Developers and infrastructure specialists will only see salary rises of three percent.
Cyber security specialists are in demand due to high profile data leaks and related cyber attacks, while developers are needed to support digitalisation projects.
Ahsan Iqbal, Associate Director at Robert Walters, said: “While a two percent increase in salaries may seem quite modest, it is important to note that this follows a prolonged period of IT professionals commanding higher and higher wages.
“At this point, salaries for IT professionals are highly inflated, with employers having to compete to secure top talent. In this context, the increases for cyber security specialists are particularly noteworthy.
“In addition to technical skills, employers are keen to secure professionals who can demonstrate communication and project management skills as they look to more closely integrate their IT function into the wider business.”
With salary levels having reached high levels, employers should consider other ways in which to attract and retain top talent.
Ahsan Iqbal said: “For many IT professionals, while a high salary is important, there are other incentives which can attract them to a role.”