Corona clearly demonstrated the shortage of IT specialists – but how does that actually affect the money? The new iX 10/2021 examines the salary situation for employees and the fees for freelancers in the large IT job report.
Fixed salary or freelancer?
In general, IT salaries grew solidly in 2020. But compared to previous years, the plus was lower. And there are still some big differences in pay, which are determined by different factors. Work experience comes first, but training or studies as well as the region also have an impact on salary. In addition, women earn less on average than their male colleagues. You can find out how you stand in the review article.
A permanent job and even an above-average salary do not satisfy every IT employee. This is where the switch to freelance beckons, with potentially higher hourly rates, flexible working hours and, in general, independence from unpleasant projects and superiors. However, the step needs to be carefully considered: The economic risks and the usually higher additional burden of self-employment are quickly underestimated. If you are toying with the idea of a freelancer, see the new iX many tips for realistic preparation.
Security in the team
Another topic of the OctoberiX is the right preparation for a security emergency. Because advanced training and theoretical knowledge are not enough; rather, those responsible have to practice the correct steps over and over again. Among other things, there is arena training, in which different teams compete against each other. A new approach is the purple teaming, here the attacking red team and the defending blue team perform attack and defense exercises together.
It also throws the new one iX take a closer look at Java 17, because the LTS release of the programming language rounds off some important features and highlights what Android 12 brings for software developers. Furthermore, Debian 11 has to show in the upgrade test how easily administrators can upgrade their systems. You will find all the topics in issue 10/2021 in the table of contents. There is the new one in the heise shop iX from now on as PDF or printed booklet to buy.