IT pay rates plateau: survey

IT pay rates plateau: survey

Summary: A pay rate plateau for IT professionals has seen businesses ramp-up hires over the last year, according to employment firm Peoplebank.

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A pay rate plateau for IT professionals has seen businesses ramp-up hires over the last year, according to employment firm Peoplebank.

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The company's quarterly salary survey of some 50 IT professional roles claimed that industry job numbers have doubled in Victoria, risen 30 per cent in Queensland and NSW, and were subject to a "dramatic resurgence" in Western Australia over the last 12 months.

However, hires in the Australian Capital Territory had frozen in the lead up to the Federal Election, the report claimed.

The report noted that in-demand IT skills differ between states, but said that Java and .NET developers are wanted across the country. The skills desired in each of the states were:

  • NSW: business analysts, business intelligence, project coordinators and project managers;
  • VIC: business analysts and testers as well as Enterprise Resource Planning skills in both Oracle and SAP;
  • ACT: project managers, Java architects;
  • QLD: project managers, business analysts and business intelligence and data warehousing professionals;
  • WA: IT professionals are needed for some $17 billion in new projects generated from the booming resources sector, and are hedging bets between prospective jobs;
  • SA: business analysts and project managers.

  • Peoplebank's capital city salary rates for permanent roles

    The survey collected payment information for the 50 IT roles over a period of eight months. The results are published below. Rates are consistent between November 2009 to August 2010, unless otherwise noted.

    Position Sydney ACT Melbourne Adelaide Perth Brisbane
    Senior business analyst $120,000 (Nov '09) $110,000 $95,000 $120,000, $130,000 (Aug '10) $100,000 $90,000 (Nov '09) $105,000 $95,000 (Nov '09) $100,000 (Apr '10) $110,000 (Aug '10)
    Senior project manager $160,000 (Nov '09) $140,000 $130,000 $140,000 (Nov '09), $150,000 $110,000 $130,000 $120,000, $125,000 (Aug '10)
    Senior J2EE architect $120,000 $125,000 $140,000 $100,000 $120,000 $110,000
    Senior Oracle financials — functional $120,000 $100,000 $130,000 $110,000 $120,000 $120,000
    Senior PeopleSoft — functional $120,000 $107,000 $140,000 $120,000 N/A $105,000
    Senior SAP — functional $130,000 $113,000 $130,000 $140,000 $140,000 $120,000
    Senior CIO/IT director $350,000 $205,000 $300,000 $250,000 $240,000 $200,000
    Senior IT manager $180,000 $120,000 $150,000 $150,000 $120,000 $140,000, $110,000 (Aug '10)
    Senior sales and marketing manager $150,000 $120,000 N/A $130,000 N/A $130,000
    Senior web master $90,000 $90,000 $75,000 $90,000 $60,000 $80,000, $85,000 (Aug '10)

Topic: IT Employment

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