ZDNet Asia IT Salary Benchmark 2009

ZDNet Asia IT Salary Benchmark 2009

Summary: This year's salary survey polled 21,627 across eight Asian economies, with Hong Kong IT professionals pulling in region's highest average annual paycheck.

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TOPICS: India
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ZDNet Asia conducted an online survey between October 2008 and May 2009, to gain insights into salary trends and the IT workforce across Asia.

Number of Respondents by Country
China779
Hong Kong1,191
India6,960
Indonesia2,577
Malaysia2,722
The Philippines3,008
Singapore3,526
Thailand864
TOTAL21,627
* polled from October 2008 to May 2009

The study polled a total of 21,627 respondents from various sectors including government, healthcare, IT, services, telecommunications, legal and finance, and across eight Asian economies: China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

In this ZDNet Asia special report, which profiled salary benchmarks across the region, IT professionals in Hong Kong once again led with the highest average annual salary of US$66,140, up from US$57,303 in last year's survey.

Singapore IT professionals ranked second at US$45,341, followed by their Thai counterparts who earned US$20,154.

Across the eight Asian economies, the overall average annual salary peaked at US$23,893, while the region's average work experience stood at 7.6 years.

Hong Kong professionals also highly valued IT certifications, where 46.5 of respondents owned at least one IT certification--the most among the eight markets. They were followed by Singapore's IT professionals, 44.7 percent of whom were armed with at least one IT certification. India ranked in third at 41.8 percent.

Average Annual Salary by Years of Experience (US$)

Country Years of Experience
Less than 5 years 5-10 years More than 10 years
China 9,062 19,239 26,866
Hong Kong 40,511 56,847 84,999
Malaysia 11,547 19,049 26,443
Singapore 28,417 44,541 63,327
Thailand 10,577 19,102 29,197
Indonesia 3,527 7,494 11,382
India 7,454 14,502 19,599
Philippines 5,784 9,564 13,007

Respondents with At Least 1 IT Certification

IT Certification by Proportion and Ranking
Rank Country Hold at least 1 IT Certification (%)
1 Hong Kong 46.5
2 Singapore 44.7
3 India 41.8
4 Malaysia 38
5 Thailand 37.7
6 China 33.9
7 Indonesia 32.4
8 Philippines 26.8
REGION 38.4

Top 10 Most Popular IT Certifications

Rank IT Certifications % of Respondents
1 Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) 11.4
2 Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 11.2
3 Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) 7.4
4 Project Management (PMP) 5.3
5 Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA) 4.3
6 IBM Certification 3.8
7 Network+ Certification 3.7
8 Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 3.6
9 A+ Certification 2.9
10 SAP Certified Application/Technical Consultant 2.8

Average Annual Salary by Job Function (US$)

Country Job Function
IT Management Project Management Systems Development Comms Support Admin Other IT Professionals
China 25,103 21,574 11,788 11,762 9,824 13,725 7,124
Hong Kong 89,770 61,304 51,228 64,062 44,794 53,580 62,080
India 18,354 16,783 10,325 8,823 6,584 8,320 11,499
Indonesia 10,376 8,114 4,564 5,177 3,897 4,887 5,688
Malaysia 26,407 21,604 14,297 17,804 11,976 14,499 19,511
Philippines 12,466 11,119 8,199 7,423 4,730 8,165 6,406
Singapore 65,785 51,158 34,010 36,130 29,562 37,033 50,499
Thailand 29,066 22,285 13,237 14,987 13,155 17,520 23,600

Topic: India

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  • I hope the salary in PHILIPPINES will increase!!!!
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