Information technology professionals with readily wanted skills (skills in short supply and high demand, resulting in rapid changes in market value) are still receiving pay and perks comparable to -- if not higher than -- past years, according to a new survey from Hewitt Associates.

Hewitt surveyed 198 companies (which reported data on nearly 42,000 employees with hot skills) and found that the median increase for base pay during the last 12 months was 7.5 percent, while the median total cash increase (annual base salary plus bonuses received during the year) was more than 6 percent.

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