TPF Salary & Contract Rate Survey Results
(Published: 21st May 1999)
It's taken some time but we're just about in a position now to release our
survey results for the 1999 TPF Salary & Contract Rate Survey. The title is a
bit of a mouthful, but it sounds like it would be a good idea to have one of these surveys
every year...what do you think ?
But now on to the results. We have divided them into, what seemed to us,
sensible geographical regions. Unfortunately we didn't have a large enough response
to make it sensible to further sub-divide.
n/a - Not enough information available
As you can see from the table there are many categories where we just didn't get
any information or certainly not enough to base an average on. Hopefully for next
year's survey we will get a better response, particularly if visitors find this a useful
exercise.. Obviously other factors affect the desirability of a particular job or
location ( climate and cost of living for example ) and these should be factored in to
mitigate any differences in salaries or rates.
It should also always be remembered, particularly in the contract arena, that
for specialist skills companies are willing to pay premium rates and we know of some
people earning more than double the highest rates quoted here. It should certainly
be possible to achieve these quoted rates in the various regions as they are averaged.
It will be interesting to follow trends over the next few years, as TPF becomes
more like other systems, with high-level language support and increasingly standard
architectures. Does this mean that the value of the TPF programmer will decrease, or
become equivalent to any other C/C++ coder ? Or perhaps TPF will never completely
give up its idiosyncracies and it may catch on as an enterprise server in the new
(Internet) Millenium, in which case we could all suddenly become hotter properties than at
any time in our careers ! (I know what I'm hoping for...)
We were hoping to gather enough information to draw some more
interesting conclusions and to compare and contrast employers and agencies, but evidently
the average TPF'er is more guarded about what they earn than we had anticipated !?
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