One reason your salary might not have kept pace with general trends in recent years is the increasing shift to contracting. Flexibility is one of the great benefits of a contract/freelance lifestyle, but a recent survey suggests increased earnings won't necessarily follow.
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The study of 256 independently contracted workers by Monash University for Entity Solutions suggests that one in four "independent professionals" have seen a cut in their pay, while almost half expect that they'll need to be more flexible about the rates they charge. You might be tempted to chalk that up to general economic turmoil, but as we noted in yesterday's discussion of how salaries have changed, average weekly earnings have actually gone up in the last year.
IT workers are a big chunk of the contract market, and also a big percentage of Lifehacker readers. If you've been feeling the pinch money-wise, share your tale of woe in the comments.