In a departure from conventional paper-based salary surveys, recruitment firm absoluteIT has launched a website where IT staffers can share and compare details of their pay and other workplace benefits.
The site, www.ITsalaries.co.nz, was launched last month and has notched up more than 3,500 salary entries, says absoluteIT co-director Martin Barry.
“It was launched partly due to feedback from clients”, Barry says.
“We’ve been doing salary surveys for some time, and by the time we’ve compiled the information, it is already dated — it takes between six weeks and two months to do the survey and compile it, and there’s another period of time before the survey comes out.”
Barry sees the site as an example of the trend of groups of peers to share information over the net.
“You provide accurate and anonymous salary data by answering 14 questions about your current role, and in return you get access to all the salary information shared by other members of the IT community,” he says.
Bogus site visitors who enter inaccurate or fictitious salary details will be quickly spotted by legitimate users, he says.
“Any inflated or inconsistent salary entries can be flagged as suspicious by other members of the community or by absoluteIT and quickly removed from the system,” he says.
The site allows individual specialities within it, for example SAP skills, to be compared, Barry says.
“If you were looking at SAP, you could do a search and look at the salaries SAP people are earning, and get a general idea of who is out there.”
The database is updated constantly, in real time, again providing an advantage over paper-based surveys, he says.
When looking under a particular job category, the site lists the median base salary based on feedback from users, along with the percentage of respondents who get a non-monetary benefit such as a mobile phone allowance, car park, flexible working hours et cetera.
There is also a list of available jobs in that category.
The site is aimed not just at job-seekers, but at employers, IT students, and the wider IT community, Barry says.