Tuesday, 24 November 2015 12:23

IT pros look on the bright side with salaries


IT professionals are optimistic about their future annual pay and packages and many are expecting a salary increase next year.

According to a survey of Australia’s IT professionals by recruitment consultancy Robert Walters, 7 out of 10 – or 67% - of professionals say they are anticipating a salary increase in 2016.

And, 70% of the IT professionals surveyed also said they are looking to change roles by moving jobs, while career progression (33%) and an improved salary package (29%) were stated as the main motivating factors for IT professionals looking to move.

Robert Walters Associate Director, IT Melbourne, Ben Brown said salaries for IT professionals were fairly stagnant in 2015 and this means there is generally a “strong expectation of a pay increase after a delay”.

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“The reasons for the expected increases vary from state to state. For some this may be due to improved economic conditions in their state and for others it could mean they are looking to change roles to achieve these increases.”

Brown said IT professionals value opportunities for career progression when it comes to job satisfaction and looking to change roles.

“However, a competitive salary is always an important factor when looking to attract good talent. As well, to remain attractive to IT talent, employers must increase their focus on offering and promoting genuine career opportunities and pathways. This is even more important as the recruitment market heats up and becomes more competitive.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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