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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 01:25

The glass ceiling firmly in place in NZ ICT market Featured

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The gender gap in the New Zealand ICT market seems to have blown out, with a newly released report by a major recruitment firm revealing that men are by far and away better off in the remuneration benefit stakes than their female colleagues.

According to a survey of 5,316 ICT professionals in New Zealand by recruiters Candle, while bonuses and benefits to attract and keep IT staff – male or female - remain stable, men’s payments are 50% higher than their female colleagues.

The data drawn from the Candle NZ MySalaryPortal reveals that the average bonus received by males in the profession in New Zealand was $13,176 compared to $8,624 for women – a $4,552 gap.

Meanwhile, similar research in Australia shows the gap was just under half that at $2,845.

According to Candle New Zealand Country Manager Troy Hammond, the discrepancy between the genders reflects the sheer numbers of men in IT which has been a traditional career path, although he says this is changing.

“The bulk of the IT workforce in New Zealand is male and that’s reflected in the bonus payments but looking at the market now, we’re seeing a lot more women going into IT, particularly in sales roles, and having a lot of success.”

The survey also reveals that over the past year 27% of all New Zealand ICT practitioners received an average bonus of $12,014, just 3% up on the previous year (2012 – 2013).

The overall awarding of benefits in New Zealand, however, jumped with nearly 70% of practitioners receiving one or more benefits, such as overtime or healthcare subsidies, up from 58% the previous year – compared to only 42% of Australian ICT professionals receiving some kind of benefit.

Candle says that housing affordability and accessibility - in business hubs such as Auckland and increasingly Christchurch - are pushing up salary demands and lifestyle related benefits.

“In the bigger established players, people are tending to go for security with higher salaries than an ‘at risk component’. Bonuses are still popular however in IT sales and in consulting where there’s a sales element to the role,” Hammond said.

“At the other end of the scale, in the start up community, we’re seeing share options being offered rather than bonuses.”

Candle reveals that one of the biggest bonuses, of $225,000, was paid to a Wellington Sales Account Manager working at a medium sized IT & Internet company, with no direct reports, a Postgraduate degree and between 11 and 15 years experience.   

In terms of benefit trends, Hammond said company paid training was the big mover, and together with a sharp increase in overtime payments reflected ongoing innovation in the market, but that not enough people to handle the new opportunities were being generated.

“Lifestyle is the biggest one that we see these days where people would rather a day from home or get flexi time rather than a bonus.”

In Australia, Candle says mobile phones topped the list of benefits followed by a car park and then car allowances, while in New Zealand the top IT benefits are:

 

Benefit

2013 - 2014

2012 - 2013

1

Mobile phone/mobile allowance

18.9%

16.6%

2

Flexible working hours

17%

8%

3

Health care subsidies

13.5%

20%

4

Company paid training

13.1%

1.6%

5

Car park

11.9%

27%

6

Overtime payments

6.7%

1.5%

7

Extra annual leave

4.9%

8.8%

8

Additional Superannuation

3.9%

2.7%

9

Car and/or car allowance

3.3%

11.6%

10

Gym/health club membership

3.3%

0.7%


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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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