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Survey of IT training industry workers published
Forty four per cent of those who are working in the IT training industry believe that they are well paid; 90 per cent find their job interesting, and 60 per cent see their long term future in the industry, according to a survey of members of the Institute of IT Training (IITT).
The survey, completed by 758 people, was carried out on behalf of the IITT by the specialist market research, analysis and training company Lorien Customer Focus (LCF). It found that the average full time annual salary for an IT training professional in the UK is £29,130. Average salaries vary from e-learning managers (£33,460 pa) and training managers (£32,000 pa) to open learning centre facilitators (£22,437 pa) - and, while only 11 per cent of those in the industry overall felt they were badly paid, many of these are working in open learning centres.
However, the 'big money' in IT training can be made by self-employed trainers and consultants. The average day rate charged by self-employed IT trainers is currently £286 - so, on that basis, an average self-employed IT training consultant, taking four weeks holiday a year, would generate an annual income of some £69,000.
In addition to information about their salaries, IITT members revealed the range of 'other benefits' that they receive. These comprised:
IT trainers take career development seriously. When asked the main reason for attending training programmes or achieving qualifications, 93 per cent said that is was to 'gain knowledge and skills'. The other reasons given were: better employment opportunities (64 per cent); job promotion (30 per cent); it is required by employers (29 per cent); in order to get a pay rise (27 per cent); it is required by clients (25 per cent), and job security (21 per cent).
According to Colin Steed, the IITT's chief executive: "The survey also covered life/work balance and career development. It showed that the average IT training professional works some 40 hours a week - with only one per cent of Institute members claiming to work 60 or more hours a week.
"There is a marked difference in working hours between those who are self-employed and those who are employed," Steed added. "This is likely to be a deliberate lifestyle choice and indicates that greater employer flexibility towards working hours may prove attractive when retaining IT training professionals.
"In terms of career development, it is heartening to see that 93 per cent of respondents undertake formal career development in order to gain knowledge and skills," he continued. "However, it is disappointing that only 55 per cent of respondents claimed to have access to all the training and skills development opportunities that they need.
"We are grateful to Lorien Customer Focus for providing this valuable insight into the IT training industry and the professionals upon whom it depends," said Steed. "We hope that this survey will become an annual event and that we will be able to benchmark future years' responses against the findings of this survey."
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