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Salary Survey: Pay up 12.5% in “highly charged” talent market

| By Robin Harrison
The 2022 edition of the iGB-Pentasia Salary Survey reveals gaming industry pay is rising with technical and compliance skills in high demand.
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With industry salaries rising by 12.5% on average, the battle for talent is as fierce as it was in 2021.

Some candidates are commanding even higher raises, according to the gaming recruitment specialist.

The full results of the 2022 Salary Survey will be released early in November.

“Put simply, the scarcer the commodity, the more expensive it becomes,” Pentasia managing director Alastair Cleland explained. “The talent market is certainly presenting challenges, but the igaming industry is in good shape to take them on.”

Compliance and technical skills in demand

Premiums paid for compliance roles are particularly high, Pentasia compliance specialist Kerry Gillitt added. “This year there are pockets of extreme salary increases where compliance talent shortages are necessitating highly aggressive pay offers.”

Technical skills are also in demand. Remote jobs are particularly attractive to these candidates. It’s the skills, rather than the location, that commands a premium.

The number of remote working roles increased 30% from 2021.

This doesn’t mean pay has dropped; working from home pays the same as on-site roles.

Leadership salaries rising above industry average

The growth in senior leadership salaries, meanwhile, beats the industry average of 12.5%.

Salaries for leadership roles increased by over 16% on average. Pay packets are supported by generous benefit and equity packages, meaning candidates are comfortable demanding these perks.

DEI growing in importance 

Diversity in the workplace is an issue of increasing importance for employers. Equal opportunities are a key consideration for a gambling recruitment specialist’s clients.

However, the survey also highlights challenges that need addressing around gender diversity, particularly at the upper echelons of the industry.

Diversity in the workplace is an issue of increasing importance for employers.

Pentasia’s clients demand high standards when it comes to equal opportunities. In the area of gender diversity, there remain major challenges to be addressed, particularly at senior levels. 

Ultimately this means employers are having to work harder than ever to stand out in a competitive market.

“From flexible work options, to investing in retention and developing talent in-house, these are the factors that are giving employers a competitive edge,” Cleland added.

The full iGB-Pentasia Salary Survey will be published in November 2022. Catch up on last year’s findings here.

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