“......latest Survey of Salaries and Remuneration Packaging in the Australian ICT Industry showed average base salary increases of 4.0% over the period Aug 2004 to Aug 2005, a small increase which challenges the predictions of a sharp surge in wages to meet skills shortages across the sector”.
Source AIIA ICT Salary Survey
“This year is shaping up as one the best paying years for information technology workers since the dotcom crash...... “
AFR 3 rd June 05
Finite’s experience in Sydney indicates more permanent staff are moving back into contracting and some key skills in short supply (contract) are seeking increased rates of up to 20% on this period last year (.Net, C#, Java/J2EE).
WHICH OCCUPATIONS HAVE PROVIDED THE MOST NEW JOBS? Source: DEWR Australian Jobs 2005
The ICT Sydney market remains hot; the quality candidate pool is drying up; mobility increasing amongst ICT professionals; salaries and contract rates are increasing;
Greater dependency being placed on “contractors” to lead as well as support projects;
More focus on innovative ways of retaining key staff and becoming an “employer of choice”- eg: improved work environment; morale programmes; compensation strategies; flexible work rules; training / career development; telecommuting; job share;
Consideration of longer term contracts to lock in key contractors and success payments on completion of deliverables;
Increasing request by clients for qualifications eg: PMP and ITIL
Attracting and retaining the right people is now business critical.
The Consultant will only have approx 60-90 seconds to assess your possible suitability, so do not waste time producing a large covering letter – bullet points addressing the brief are best!
Highlight relevant information in the body of the CV;
Create 2 or 3 CVs that best display different skills (e.g. Infrastructure / Applications / Both or Business / I.T.) for the Agency Database for search purposes, then be prepared to produce one for each individual role (if necessary).