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IT job seekers can expect multiple offers, survey claims

Randal Jackson | March 4, 2013
A shortage of IT talent will result in salary increases this year, according to the latest Global Salary Survey from recruitment consultancy Robert Walters.

Permanent salaries for CIOs will rise from $145,000-225,000 in 2012 to $150,000-250,000 in 2013, the consultancy predicts. Contract rates will rise from $140,000-200,000 to $150,000 to $200,000.

Next best paid in 2012 were enterprise architects, who would attract permanent rates on $140,000 to $210,000 in 2013, and $110,000 to $150,000 at contract rates.

Experienced .NET and Java developers will earn up to $80,000 on permanent salary, and a similar rate on contract.

Bottom of the pile were service desk/ desktop support/ applications support people with one to three years experience, who would earn up to $55,000 in permanent jobs, and up to $45,000 on contract.

The Auckland market overview says jobs were tight throughout 2012 as organisations continued to focus on business growth. There was a consistent demand for permanent IT professionals in the first half of the year but organisations had to focus on hiring contract staff in the second half, due to a severe lack of available candidates.

Business analysts with business process re-engineering experience were in extremely high demand, as were professionals with Microsoft technologies experience.

Toward the end of the year, there was increasing demand for business intelligence data analysts.

Robert Walter expects the shortage of available job seekers for permanent roles in 2013 will continue and, as a result, salaries are likely to increase.

"We expect the contract market to increase significantly in 2013 with a strong pipeline of requirements going into the year."

CIOs and CTOs top the list of likely permanent salaries at $150,000, with those on contract earning up to $190,000, the same as in 2012.

Next best paid are likely to be programme managers, at $130,000 (up to $150,000 on contract), followed by development managers (up to $130,000 in a permanent role) and experienced project managers (up to $120,000 in a permanent role).

Experienced .NET and Java developers will earn up to $110,000 in a permanent role (up to $100,000 on contract). As in Wellington, the lowest paid jobs will be for support people (up to $55,000 in a permanent role and up to $35,000 on contract).


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