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whats a realistic starting wage?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Paul_o, May 18, 2006.

  1. Paul_o

    Paul_o Nibble Poster

    Just looking at taking a JBC course to go from electronic engineering into IT. They state that a typical starting salary for a desktop support technician is 14-18K, the course i am looking at is the network support practitioner but they give no idea as what salary to expect. I know wages are regional i am in the east midlands. i am on 18.5K now and really cannot afford to drop too much. I would be happy with 18K. would that be about right?
    Certifications: C&G Advanced diploma in network support
  2. zimbo
    Honorary Member

    zimbo Petabyte Poster

    it depends... if you going to make a move into IT you have to be ready if the case is needed to make a cut. 14-16k sounds more realistic i think...
    Certifications: B.Sc, MCDST & MCSA
    WIP: M.Sc - Computer Forensics
  3. Boycie
    Honorary Member

    Boycie Senior Beer Tester


    I would say you would be lucky to match your current wage. I'm not trying to put you off, start looking at all the agencies;


    The key is experience and Certs together. I had to drop almost 10K when i got my first IT Job. It is tough, but it won't get easier. My advice to you is think hard about if it is what you want to do, think wise before spending huge amounts of money, and if it is what you want, bite the bullet!
    Good luck :thumbleft


    When i said "it won't get any easier what i meant was to make the change in career.... If you want to do it, do it as soon as you can :thumbleft
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  4. mattwest

    mattwest Megabyte Poster

    Yeah i think our 2nd level support guys get about 18k max.... if your looking at 3rd line its about 22k.... however thats public sector.

    To be honest i have see desktop jobs for 20-25k but they are rare and in the right areas but typically for a first position its anywhere from 12-16k, but with experience and few moves you'll work up.

    To be honest part of my wishes i'd job hop'd a bit more and i'd be on alot more money! :blink
    Certifications: See my signature...
    WIP: Maybe re-certify my CCNA
  5. slyuen

    slyuen Byte Poster

    It's even harder for a change if you've done it late and have a family......say kids....etc.... a drop of income, especially 5-10K will make a lot of people suffer......... unless you do extra jobs to put that up but that's a lot of extra work and reduced time with your family and stuff......

    I'm trying to make a change now......I'm only 22 and I'm finding it hard myself to have to drop my income for this... perhaps I'm in London, that's why it is hard :)
    Certifications: ECDL,A+,Network+,CST,CNST,MCDST,MCSA
    WIP: MCSE, CIW, CCNA, CWNA, Others...
  6. Baron210

    Baron210 Bit Poster

    I used to be a Transport Manager (now relabelled - Logistics Manager), in the Royal Mail, and moved into a similar position where I was on (maybe not earning) £23.000 per annum, and now I have re-located to a more "rural" area to live, and have had to settle for less, however, I have made a total change of direction, building PC's in a small company who specialise in "Heavy Duty" rack mounted PC's, and the lack of stress makes my (comparatively low) 14.500 per annum all the more agreeable!

    LOL Baron210! :p :p :p
    Certifications: Cerco CCSN comptia A+ & N+
    WIP: Cisco CCNA (Aiming for CCNP)

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