[SATLUG] OT: Ratio of IT Staff to Employees

David Power dpower at hal-pc.org
Sun Jan 13 10:40:27 CST 2008

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> From: satlug-bounces at satlug.org [mailto:satlug-bounces at satlug.org] On
> Behalf Of Eric Haugen
> Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2008 2:25 AM
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> Subject: [SATLUG] OT: Ratio of IT Staff to Employees
> I am trying to convince my boss that he needs to hire possibly 2-3 new IT
> staff members since the current situation is that I am the only full time
> IT
> person on the payroll.  We have contracted with an outside IT firm  for a
> guy to work on some large projects and act as the department coordinator.
> Current employee to IT ratio would make that about 140:1  This would not
> be
> so bad if we were all in 1 building but we have 9 building on the main
> campus and 7 remote locations.
> That being said what is the ratios in you your businesses?
> Are there any articles I can use as ammo for my argument to hire some more
> help?
> So far I have come up with these
> http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=784840
> http://news.zdnet.com/2422-13569_22-155252.html
> http://news.zdnet.com/html/z/wb/6099383.html
> Thanks for your help,
> Eric Haugen

I've managed several shops and like the 50 to one unless there are some
deadline driven specialty apps or processes that are being supported.
Multiple campuses would justify extra person. Its hard to get by, even in a
100 person shop with less than two, somebody has to be there for vacations
or sick days.

The craziest place I every worked had around 4300 employees and over 700 IT
staffers and the network was always going down, sometime for days (I was in
a different division). I never did figure out what they were all doing.
Putting 1 sheet of paper at a time in the printers perhaps? It was a
regulated utility, imagine that.


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