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Survey: Microsoft Dynamics Salaries Increasing

by Linda Rosencrance
Contributing Writer, MSDW
March 26 2013

There's good news for Microsoft Dynamics professionals: global demand for Microsoft Dynamics skills continues to drive high salaries for IT professionals with relevant skills and experience, according to interim results from Nigel Frank International's 2013 salary survey.

The report also reveals that one in three (35%) Microsoft Dynamics specialists plans to change jobs in the next 12 months as salaries rise across the board. And 45% of Microsoft Dynamics specialists are prepared to move to other countries for the right jobs, particularly the US, UK, Australia, Canada and Germany.

Permanent salaries are up 4% across the board from last year, according to the survey. And the news gets better for project managers and technical architects, whose salaries increased by 9% and 14% respectively.

The goal of the report, which researched the salaries of over 10,000 Dynamics IT pros, is to shine a light on the latest data for Microsoft Dynamics professionals on trends in salary, demographics, and sentiment.

But as salaries increase, so does the work. An overwhelming 70.2% of respondents anticipate an increase in their Dynamics workload in the next 12 months, compared to 62% last year, the survey notes.  

Additionally, one in four (26%) said their organizations had implemented the latest versions of Dynamics, while 33% are planning an upgrade in the next 12 months.

"Overall, confidence in the Dynamics Product is high amongst the community with 86% of those surveyed being satisfied with Dynamics as a product and less than 4% considering another ERP or CRM," said Sean Wadsworth, CEO of Nigel Frank International, in a statement. "Interestingly the biggest source of dissatisfaction amongst Dynamics professionals was lack of training and development, however those looking to leave within the next 12 months are more motivated by money or career ...

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About Linda Rosencrance

Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in the Boston area. Rosencrance has over 25 years experience as an reporter/investigative reporter, writing for many newspapers in the metropolitan Boston area. Rosencrance has been writing about information technology for the past 16 years.

She has covered a variety of IT subjects, including Microsoft Dynamics, mobile security issues such as data loss prevention, network management, secure mobile app development, privacy, cloud computing, BI, big data, analytics, HR, CRM, ERP, and enterprise IT.

Rosencrance is the author of six true crime books for Kensington Publishing Corp.

Submitted by magic1949 on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 08:05 Permalink

I suggest take this with a fairly large pinch of salt We still have a global recession and high international unemployment. Those looking to change jobs will tend to exaggerate their salary to a search provider. When you look at average salaries on offer vs those expected the difference is typically half. In the USA over the last 10 years IT salaries on average have risen less than 5% in total. As salaries go up so do consulting rates,which leads to less sales, and the competition for the available posts, so wishful thinking is not enough. A recruitment company has a vested interest in consultants wanting to change jobs, and suggesting higher salaries are on offer is a way to encourage that - if you ask the right questions in the right way, then you may get the answers you want. Those who lost their jobs in the last twe years might consider job security more important than job hopping.

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Submitted by sueconrod on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:18 Permalink

My biggest issue with my VAR was the lack of increases in my salary. Over 5 years I received $3,500 in salary increases. He stated that I could make up for that with my bonus which was based on billable hours. My base was $83,500 and bonus was usually 14K-18K for the year. I was being offered jobs for $ 95- 105K with bonus of 10% and less hours. Guess what bye, bye VAR. I was always either 1 or 2 in the top billers in my office. And I went with a company that is growing. I no longer work 60-70 hour weeks for which I billed $225-250K a year for the VAR as well as creating lots of billable work for other employees. I was told by my VAR that maybe I could get that in the old econcomy but now now. Within 3 months I had a new job. If you are good, you are going to find a new job and when you do the VAR is going to be the one to suffer with clients not getting the support they had or the skill level. So, take the wake up call and make sure you are paying your employees or the good ones are going to be gone. I was told "not everyone bills like you do". Well now now one is billing like I did.