According to the ITJobswatch Web site, the average salary quoted in vacancies for a Technical Author has risen by 14.83% over the last 12 months. The average salary offered has risen to £40,000, compared to £35,000 for the same period in 2011 and 2010. 90% of jobs offered a salary of more than £27,950. 10% of jobs offered a salary of more than £45,000. If we take London vacancies out of the figures, then the average is £37,500.
These increases are in a market where there has been a 2% reduction in the number of vacancies for Technical Authors.
So if there are fewer vacancies, what is causing the salaries to increase?
Judging by the required skills listed according to the site, and based on the vacancies our Technical Author recruiting service has had on its books, there doesn’t seem to be any significant change there.
It may be the increase is simply taking into account the period of salary freezes in 2010 and 2011.
Another possibility is a demographic change. Many authors started their careers in the 1970s and 1980s through training schemes offered by large IT companies such as Digital, HP, ICL and IBM. As they leave the job market, there may just be fewer Technical Authors around. With few graduate and junior Technical Authors around at the moment, it may be we’re seeing a high demand for that particular age/experience group.