There was modest growth in junior salaries in these fields of IT between 2011 and 2012. For example, the top 10 per cent of junior ICT consultants were being paid $70,000 in 2011 (compared to $75,000 this year) while top junior developers and programmers were paid $68,000 (compared to $70,000 this year).
According to Gray, how much of a role salary plays in attracting and retaining junior staff depends on individuals' personal circumstances and motivations.
“A junior technologist with minimal financial obligations will focus more on the long-term opportunity of a role, the person they would be working for and their own career aspirations when choosing whether or not to apply and interview for a role.
“On the other hand, junior technologists with financial obligations will need to ensure they are earning the market rate for any role they apply for.”
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