Survey finds ICT salaries emerging from freeze

Survey finds ICT salaries emerging from freeze

The IT recruitment scene is thawing after a frigid year in 2009, says AbsoluteIT director Grant Burley.

Last week, AbsoluteIT released its latest six-monthly Salary Report, which compiles data given by ICT workers in New Zealand. The latest survey canvassed 14,200 staffers and contractors in the IT industry, almost 25 percent more than in the previous survey.

The upshot of the latest survey is that activity is happening again in the industry after a lengthy subdued period.

“Six months ago, there was what we called cautious optimism, and now we’re starting to see people acting on that optimism,” Burley says.

“There are strong signs in the economy that things are on the improve and that confidence is back.”

The recession has prompted many organisations to look at the way they run themselves, he says.

“There’s more governance in place and companies are looking at how to place themselves in the market.

“There was a long period of little investment and treading water, and now we’re seeing a lot of activity across the board as companies and government organisations look at ways of gaining advantage. And technology is a driver of that.”

The April Salary Survey found that the median contracting rate was found to have gone up by 12.5 percent, from $70 to $80 per hour.

The commentary accompanying the survey notes: “In our last survey we reported a decrease of 12.5 percent; therefore this would indicate contractor rates are returning to their pre-recession levels.”

Of all the total of 14,200 IT staffers who completed the survey, 2500 were contractors.

Regarding permanent employees, the survey found that the median total salary package for permanent IT employees was $78,000, a 3.3 percent increase from six months ago.

Read more on Computerworld.

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