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Tech Pay Rises, But Job-Mood Sinks, Say New Reports

Wages for IT workers in the fourth quarter of 2006 were 3.1% higher than they were in the comparable quarter of 2005.

Tech professionals happily reported their wages rose last year, but their mood about jobs dipped last month, according to findings of several new reports released on Wednesday.

In the fourth quarter of 2006, wages for IT workers were 3.1% higher than they were in the same quarter of 2005, according to professional services and staffing firm Yoh.

"That's the same good solid growth we've been having for the last two years," says Jim Lanzalotto, VP of Yoh strategy and marketing. "It's unsexy, but it's not out of control," he says.

There are exceptions. Some skill sets had pay rise beyond the 3.1% average, he says.

Among the highest paid skill-sets in Q4 were ERP, security and data-warehousing talent. Specifically, ERP technical consultants earned the highest wages--$84.36 per hour, followed by ERP functional consultants, who earned hour wages of $80.76, according to Yoh's report.

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