Welcome to our Autumnal Prism newsletter. The weather has got drastically and very quickly colder in Autumn, hasn’t it? I think we have all had to dust off our winter jackets and put the central heating on. If you’re celebrating the Halloween festivities or pumpkin picking, I hope you enjoy!
Don’t forget this weekend the clocks go back… Although…is this even such a big ‘thing’ these days with most of our clocks being digital and automatically updating for us? For those of you that did ‘sober October’ congratulations to you! Just two more days to go… and *yes* I have managed to stick to an alcohol-free month. Whoop!
Getting on to the slightly more, dare I say, boring stuff, it is clear to see that inflation levels in the UK are becoming a big talking point. The FT this morning reported on the OBR’s latest forecasts that show inflation averaging 4 per cent over the next year, with warnings that we could see highs of 5 per cent. Such high levels of price increases will undoubtedly influence the jobs market and respective salaries. This is therefore a forewarning to any companies out there looking to hire that your salary reports from last year are now most likely out of date and to make sure your current employees aren’t forgotten about and have been well-appraised on possible salary raises.
Fortunately, this segways very nicely into Prism Digital’s 2021 Q4 DevOps Salary Benchmark, which not only includes up to date salary bandings as per our findings from our clients, but also some of our favourite and most innovative employee benefits that some of our clients are offering to get ahead in talent attraction. You can access the report below.
I think this is also a good time to remind you not to forget about your current staff! It’s very easy to get caught up in the rigmarole of frantically trying to bring in new employees, that you forget about the people who already work with you. What I mean by not forgetting about your current staff is; if you are offering higher salaries, and better bonuses/perks to attract new people into the business, you might want to extend that to your current team. Otherwise, it might be hard to blame them for looking elsewhere for the improved packages currently on offer in the market. Talent retention is just as important as attraction!
That’s it from me this month, I hope you find some of the advice/nuggets of info helpful! As always, if you want to talk to me about the market, DevOps trends, etc. do not hesitate to get in touch, it would be great to hear from you. Book a call with me here.
I hope everyone has a fantastic Halloween and even better November.
Steve has over 30 years of IT experience working for top government and corporate organisations in Australia and the UK, including Totaljobs, BNP Paribas, Vodafone and Credit Suisse. In 2013 he co-founded DevOpsGroup, one of the UK's fastest growing Cloud & DevOps services companies.
DevOpsGroup helps makes DevOps and Cloud adoption fast, secure and simple, helping organisations thrive in the new Digital Economy. We accelerate cloud adoption, migration and app modernisation by using DevOps tools, technologies and practices. In recognition of this expertise in 2016 Steve Thair has been made a "Regional Director" by Microsoft. Established in 1993, the program recognises ~180 of the world's top technology visionaries for their proven cross-platform technical expertise, community leadership, and commitment to business results.
Steve also blogs extensively and presents regularly at numerous meetups, webinars and conferences around the world to evangelise the benefits of DevOps. In 2014 he co-founded the WinOps Conference and Meet-Ups which are dedicated to promoting DevOps in Windows environments.
Our founder Alex Dover spoke at the Blueprint LDN conference last month, covering what employers are looking for, hot skills, training and certification, how to make you stand out from the crowd and everything else in between.
If you do, you might be interested in reviewing Prism Digital's latest DevOps salary report for Q4.
The market in the last few months has been particularly buoyant, resulting in significant salary increases across the board. Whilst this is great news for people who are looking for a new opportunity, it might mean for those of you that have been with the same company for over a year, that your salary might now be below the market rate.
Click below to take a look at our salary report findings to benchmark against your current package.
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