IT Support - are we underselling ourselves?
Just pondering this really as I'm noticing more and more often that IT support jobs have what I consider to be extremely low rates of pay given the amount of skill required. Take this job description for example, it's pretty typical for a school IT tech:
So, in a nutshell, they want someone to:
The job holder will be required to maintain Management Information Systems within the school and the provision of IT services throughout the school. Development of Information Technology as a teaching and learning tool and to provide support for the submission of school data and complex forms. Upkeep of the school web site and its systems would be a requirement of the post. You will be responsible for the general repair and maintenance of all desktop and laptop PC's and Interactive Whiteboard equipment. A forward thinking approach to new technology and learning platforms is a must
- Be knowledgable in the maintenance of an MIS
- Contribute to teaching and learning in the school
- Complete the school census
- Be a web developer
- Know how to upgrade and maintain PCs, laptops and IWBs
So, what are they willing to pay for somebody with such a diverse skill set? Starting at ~£15k, pro rata.
The question is, is that enough? It's no mean feat to acquire the knowledge that would be required to do such a job. Granted, many IT techs I know bypassed a university education in favour of getting straight in to work, but every one of them spent many, many hours of their own time learning all this stuff. They may not have a piece of paper "proving" they know it, but they damn well worked hard most of their lives to understand it all.
Are we being massively underpaid for the skills we are required to have? Do you think the pay is adequate? Is the fact that many of us accept these low paid jobs early in our careers partly to blame for the wages remaining so low (and seemingly getting lower, or at least extra responsibilities being added with no increase in pay).
Just something I pondered this morning whilst looking through our job bulletin.