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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 11:49

ICT architects Australia’s top earners: SEEK

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ICT architects are the top salary earners across Australia, according to the latest report on jobs and salaries from SEEK.

And the national average advertised annual salary on SEEK for ICT architects over the 12 months from July 2016 to June 2017 was $135,744 – slightly ahead of management roles across engineering and mining resources and energy.

According to SEEK’s Kendra Banks, ICT architects play a fundamental role in structural designs of shared information environments within organisations, and “it’s no surprise that the ICT architect job was the highest advertised salary on SEEK in FY17”. 

“More and more businesses are relying on technology and software solutions to support their operations. Businesses require the highly technical skills of ICT architects to organise and manage these assets so that’s why they command a high salary.” 

ICT architects also topped the highest paying job title across the following states and territories, with the average advertised annual salary varying across these labour markets:

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“Behind ICT architects, at a national level, management roles across engineering ($133,264) and mining resources and energy {$130,628) were the next highest paying jobs on SEEK,” Banks says.

"These management roles directly support the growth and prosperity of our nation, and professionals in these positions are being highly remunerated to manage and build teams to deliver the needs of businesses. 

“Improved demand from infrastructure projects and residential construction on the eastern seaboard, as well as some turnaround in mining investments, are other likely drivers of high salaries for managers in the engineering industry. 

“High salaries across mining management reflects recent improvements in mining conditions and the pick-up of exploration activity by mining companies as they aim to maintain production levels after having cut back on expenditure over a couple of year,” Banks says.

According to Banks, during the past financial year, advertised salaries on SEEK were relatively flat, with little to no growth, “but in June this year salaries started to tick higher after dipping in May”.  

“This improvement is very encouraging, especially since salaries fell sharply in 2012 to early 2014. This period of decline predominately reflected the downtrend in advertised salaries on SEEK in Western Australia and Queensland, in turn driven by much weaker salaries being advertised in mining, resources & energy and other associated sectors - i.e. engineering and construction,” Banks says.

SEEK also reveals that average advertised salary increased across all states and territories in FY17.

“Western Australia and Tasmania experienced the sharpest increases in average advertised annual salaries on SEEK (up 3.7 per cent y/y and 2.8 per cent y/y respectively],” says Banks.

“However, Tasmania offered the lowest average advertised annual salary [$71,665] on SEEK of all the states and territories during FY17.

“Increases were enjoyed in Victoria (up 2.4% y/y), the Northern Territory (up 2.3% y/y) and South Australia (up 2.2% y/y). Growth was also seen in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) (up 1.1% y/y), NSW (up 1.2% y/y) and Queensland (up 1.9% y/y).

“In FY17, the ACT followed by NSW then WA topped the states/territories list for offering the highest average advertised annual salaries on SEEK,” Banks said.

SEEK reports that the average advertised annual salaries across the states and territories during FY17 and growth year on year were:

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. 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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