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AS/400 salary increases outpacing inflation

AS/400 salary increases outpacing inflation
By Mark Baard

Nate Viall, president of Nate Viall and Associates, has been analyzing AS/400 salaries and career trends since 1988. For each of his quarterly salary surveys, he interviews department heads, human resources managers and payroll officers. "I profile entire departments," he says, "not just the department superstars." You can find the results of Viall's surveys at

Nate Viall and Associates, an AS/400 recruiting and national industry research firm in Des Moines, Iowa, also provides free individual salary analyses to AS/400 professionals. Simply send an e-mail with "Free Salary Analysis" in the subject line to's contributing editor Mark Baard spoke with Viall recently about salary and career trends he's seeing for AS/400 professionals.

SEARCH400.COM: Based on your data, can you tell us what kind of salary growth AS/400 pros can expect in the coming years?

VIALL: What we're seeing now is a spike in average salaries due to the demand for Java, JavaScript and XML programmers. Still, the trend for all AS/400 programmers -- barring a major economic collapse -- is toward continued, aggressive growth over the [rate of increase in] the consumer price index.

SEARCH400.COM: What do you make of the Information Technology Association of America's report that says more than 840,000 IT positions will remain unfilled by the end of this year?

VIALL: There have been some questions about the report. The authors considered contract positions, for example, as unfilled. But even if the figure is off by two percentage points, it still represents an enormous amount of opportunities, and that should drive salaries even higher.

SEARCH400.COM: How will IT be affected if Congress lifts the cap on H-1B visas?

VIALL: Then all bets are off. Despite the rhetoric we're hearing from politicians right now, the bottom line is that a lift on the cap will flood the U.S. IT job market with low-wage workers -- indentured servants, really. And that will bring salaries way down.

Baard is a contributing editor in Milton, Mass.

This was last published in June 2000

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