ZDNet Asia IT Salary Benchmark 2012

Summary:Some 945 IT executives across seven Asia-Pacific markets were surveyed, with Hong Kong's IT management and project management professionals coming up tops in annual salary stakes again.

With the global economy in uncertain times due to the situations in North America and Europe, ZDNet Asia conducted its annual online survey to look into how macroeconomic factors have impacted employment trends and the accompanying pay packet IT professionals here have been getting.

Number of respondents by country
China104
Hong Kong40
India508
Indonesia78
Malaysia72
Philippines107
Thailand36
TOTAL945

A total of 945 IT executives from seven Asia-Pacific markets were polled between March 2011 and March 2012, with job functions varying from administrators and support to IT management and systems development. The countries surveyed include Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, China, India, Philippines, and Indonesia.

Besides salary trends, the survey also zoomed in on areas such as which IT certifications are most sought after as well as how certain IT skills, job functions, and years of experience affect the overall value of an IT professional within the industry.

Hong Kong continued to stay ahead of its regional counterparts in terms of average annual salary earned, topping the list at US$76,672 and representing an increase from 2010's US$63,990. Malaysia came in at second with US$23,562, which is an improvement from the US$20,612 registered two years' back.

At the other end of the spectrum, Indonesia's IT professionals earned an average of US$9,884 while the Philippines placed just above them with US$10,981.

The average annual salary across the seven Asian markets came up to US$25,530.

As for average annual salaries according to job function, IT management executives in Hong Kong were the highest paid at US$106,029, followed by their project management counterparts at US$78,747, the survey showed. It also meant nothing has changed since 2010, when both job functions came up tops then too.

Communications executive in Indonesia were the lowest paid at US$1,736, with the next lowest paid job in Indonesia's administration sector in which professionals earned US$4,728, it noted.

Average annual salary by job function (US$)

Country
Job function
IT Management
Project Management
Systems Development
Communications
Support
Administration
China
29,541
25,280
20,825
14,712
20,358
14,727
Hong Kong
106,029
78,747
36,943
53,466
61,582
60,122
India
18,418
18,660
11,464
11,722
8,905
9,600
Indonesia
23,841
9,175
7,934
1,736
7,250
4,728
Malaysia
33,924
28,162
18,811
17,369
13,653
21,170
Philippines
15,477
14,042
11,131
10,603
6,153
8,197
Thailand
24,169
22,150
19,544
14,658
12,208
15,2

IT certification by proportion and ranking

IT certification by proportion and ranking
Rank
Country
Hold at least 1 IT certification
(%)
#1
Hong Kong
38.5
#2
India
34.4
#3
China
30.2
#4
Thailand
27.8
#5
Indonesia
26.2
#6
Malaysia
23.6
#7
Philippines
21.9
 
Overall
31

Top 10 IT certifications in region

Top 10 IT certifications in region
Ranking
Certification
% of respondents
#1
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
14.2
#2
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
11.8
#3
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
8.8
#4
Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA)
6.1
#5
Project Management (PMP)
5.6
#6
Network +
3.5
#7
A+ Certification
3.3
#8
IBM certification
3.3
#9
Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)
3.0

"Positive" hiring outlook in Singapore
While Singapore was not featured in ZDNet Asia's survey, recruitment agency Robert Walters' annual global salary survey for 2012 pointed out that the highest paid role in the country's IT sector belonged to the Chief Information Officer or Chief Technology Officer, who received an average of between S$320,000 (US$256,373) and over S$400,000 (US$320,467). This figure is likely to remain the same over the course of 2012, it noted.

By contrast, the lowest-paid job in the market is helpdesk and desktop support professionals with five or more years' of experience, the Robert Walters survey showed. They received between S$40,000 (US$32,046) and S$60,000 (US$48,070) in 2011.

It also predicted a "positive" IT hiring outlook for 2012, particularly for professionals with prior experience in managing large-scale projects focusing on development or infrastructure as companies here look to implement significant transformation programs such as the moving of central data.

"We anticipate that certain issues such as data security and storage, virtualization and cloud computing will continue to be key concerns for employers and there will also be active hiring in these areas," the agency said.

 

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Topics: IT Employment, CXO, Hong Kong

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