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Peoplebank Salary Survey published

Business confidence is slowly firming in the wake of September’s Federal election, says Peter Acheson, CEO of Peoplebank, launching the Peoplebank ICT Salary Survey Indexes for November.

The surveys cover rates and salaries currently being negotiated by the company – Australia’s largest ICT recruiter - for new employees in more than 50 ICT job categories in each of Australia’s major cities.

Mr Acheson commented that in most markets, payscales have remained static over the past three months, reflecting what has been a generally soft market, marked by an absence in the banking sector projects that drive hiring in the largest markets of Sydney and Melbourne.

Acheson said, “While for much of the past quarter, demand for ICT skills was soft across Australia, the good news is that there has been, since September’s Federal Election, some signs of improvement. This lift was especially noticeable in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, where job numbers climbed to levels similar to those of October 2012.”

 Acheson continues, “Furthermore, private sector employers are indicating that they are going to push ahead with new ICT projects. Once the holiday period is over, we should see a lift in opportunities for Australia’s ICT skills pool, especially in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth” Acheson said.

 Among exceptions to the strengthening trend is the ACT market, where demand has been constrained by the Federal Government’s plans to axe more public sector jobs. As a result, some rates for ICT contractors have decreased. However, Peoplebank is confident that the new Federal Government’s business plans will generate demand for ICT skills, leading to rising job numbers from about March 2014 onwards.

 On the back of a sustained period of low demand, Peoplebank has a pool of strong candidates seeking permanent and contract roles, observes Acheson.

 “As a result, employers currently have the luxury of being able to appoint highly skilled candidates at moderate remuneration rates, and companies are making excellent hires.”

 “In this market, technology professionals with broader business skills such as commercial acumen and communication skills have an advantage – and we are talking to candidates about boosting their skills in these areas, to help them do well now and into the future,” he concludes.

 Hallmarks of demand in the major markets includes:

•  NSW: demand is strongest for technical skills, such as technical Business Analysts and those with Ruby on Rails expertise, as well as for BAs with wealth management experience.

•  VIC: strongest demand is for professionals with deep expertise in cloud and security technologies, as well as for Project Directors and Solutions Architects. Late October saw renewed hiring of SAP professionals, Project Managers and Business Analysts as new projects began to emerge.

• ACT: Peoplebank is beginning to see some opportunities for Project Management roles, which typically indicate that projects – and demand for implementation skills – will follow.

• QLD: The combined impact of reduced hiring by Government and the resources sector is that hiring rates have fallen to levels last experienced during the GFC. As a result, there are no specific demand trends.

• SA: Demand is strongest for Business Analysis, Service Desk and those with programming skills.

• WA: Peoplebank is seeing the beginnings of a rise in the scoping roles associated with the commencement of new projects (eg Business Analyst/Project Managers and Architects) as well as implementation skills – Developers (especially with Sharepoint 2013 skills), Support and Systems Analysts, Systems Engineers, Tech Support and Help Desk roles.

Peoplebank’s Salary Surveys for each of the capital cities can be downloaded from www.peoplebank.com.au

Table 1: Comparative Sample of Capital City Salary Rates (for permanent roles)

Notes:

Row 1 – November 2013 (red salary contraction, green salary rise, black salary unchanged)

Row 2 – August 2013

Row 3 - March 2013 (black),

Row 4 – October 2012 (brown)

Position

Sydney

ACT

Melbourne

Adelaide

Perth

Brisbane

Senior Business Analyst

$130,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$115,000

$115,000

$120,000

$120,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$120,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$120,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$120,000

$104,500

$104,500

$109,000

$115,000

Senior J2EE Architect

$150,000

$150,000

$140,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$160,000

$125,000

$120,000

$120,000

$140,000

n/a

$122,500

$122,500

$128,500

$135,000

Senior Oracle Financials – Functional

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$100,000

$100,000

$100,000

$100,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$108,500

$108,500

$114,000

$120,000

Senior  PeopleSoft – Functional

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$107,000

$107,000

$107,000

$107,000

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

n/a

$95,000

$95,000

$100,000

$105,000

Senior  SAP – Functional

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$130,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$130,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$140,000

$122,500

$122,500

$128,500

$135,000

Senior CIO/IT Director

$350,000

$350,000

$350,000

$350,000

$205,000

$205,000

$205,000

$205,000

$300,000

$300,000

$300,000

$300,000

$250,000

$250,000

$250,000

$250,000

$250,000

$250,000

$250,000

$250,000

$180,500

$180,500

$190,000

$200,000

Senior IT Manager

$180,000

$180,000

$180,000

$180,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$120,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

$160,000

$170,000

$170,000

$170,000

$170,000

$104,500

$104,500

$109,500

$115,000

Senior Web Master

$100,000

$100,000

$100,000

$100,000

$90,000

$90,000

$90,000

$90,000

$100,000

$100,000

$100,000

$100,000

$100,000

$100,000

$100,000

$100,000

n/a

 

$86,000

$86,000

$90,500

$95,000

 

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