The IT industry is often touted as a great opportunity for low-cost jobs that can be filled by workers from countries that have been the epicenters of the global economic crisis.
Yet there are many reasons why this isn’t the case.
In a study of 1,100 jobs in the U.S. IT industry, the researchers found that, as of 2012, there were nearly two million people in the country without a college degree and nearly half of them were unemployed.
And, while the average worker in this sector earns $52,000 a year, it’s often a much lower wage than that for other jobs in technology.
The study, which analyzed the wages and employment data from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, found that among workers in occupations such as software developers, programmers, computer scientists, and system administrators, the median salary was $39,000.
In comparison, for those in other fields, the average wage for the same job was just $22,000 in 2012.
That means, according to the researchers, more than 80% of IT workers earn less than $35,000 annually.
“The wage gap between IT workers and other workers in this field is very high,” says co-author Andrew Weil, an associate professor of economics at Cornell University.
“In this case, there are some factors that make it difficult to get into the IT industry.”
The study found that the average IT worker made less than half of the average salary for a computer scientist, less than three-quarters of the salary for an engineer, and less than 30% of the median for a system administrator.
“When it comes to IT jobs, it is a lot of work,” Weil says.
“If you’re making $45,000 per year, you’re going to need a lot more education than a computer science degree.
But there are still jobs available for people who are just making a few thousand bucks.”
As for hiring and firing, it can be difficult to find people who would do that.
And the job market is often so competitive that hiring and promoting a person can be a difficult task.
“We found that hiring was a very difficult task,” Weill says.
That’s partly because hiring managers are often not trained in IT hiring or hiring in the first place.
“It’s not unusual for managers to say, ‘Oh, I need to look at your resume and see if you have experience,'” Weil explains.
“That doesn’t always work.”
It can also be that, because people are paid more for less work, they feel like they are in control of the process, which can create a sense of entitlement that can cause resentment.
“They don’t feel like there’s a lot to be done,” Weyl says.
To remedy this, we asked some experts to help us understand how the IT workforce actually functions.
Weil and co-authors Andrew Weils, Andrew J. Stavroff, and David L. Cusick analyzed data on more than 5,400 jobs in a variety of industries in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
We found that when it comes down to hiring and retaining IT workers, it has to be about two things: having a good job, and having a person who can work with people who have a similar skillset.
We’ve found that this doesn’t just happen when people are hired directly from the employer.
“For a lot people, there’s an implicit understanding that if you’re not able to work with somebody who’s the same type of person as you, you have no business being there,” Weiland says.
The researchers found, however, that employers also have to understand how a job works in order to understand whether or not someone will do a good enough job.
This means that, in addition to the skills necessary to get the job done, the employer also has to evaluate the person and their suitability for the job.
For example, one of the researchers said that employers might ask, “Is this person capable of working with others to solve problems in a complex system?” or “Is there a way that this person could help us improve our software systems?”
Weil agrees that companies must be aware of their employees’ strengths and weaknesses and make sure that they understand that these differences will be addressed when hiring.
“There are certain jobs where you just have to look to see if the person is the best fit for the person,” Weild says.
One example of this is when the company is hiring a new employee for a new job and has to determine whether or, in some cases, whether the person will be able to learn the new job’s culture and how to handle the job’s workload.
“Some people may have a very specific skill set, whereas others may not,” Weils says.
Companies that hire people from outside of the country also have a