Architects to fore as IT salaries surge

Test analysts, application support analysts and development managers also showed notable increases

Enterprise Architects have received some of the biggest salary increases in the past year, according to Hays Recruitment’s 2008 salary survey.

A typical salary for an architect in Auckland was $110,000, slightly less than for Wellington ($114,000). That compares with $140,000 in Sydney and Melbourne.

The information was compiled from 42 locations throughout New Zealand and Australia. The salaries quoted reflect those being paid or offered by employers over the past year.

Hays says rapid growth in IT jobs was the key feature of the past 12 months. There was a substantial requirement for staff over a range of skills and technologies, both permanent and contract.

The trend towards business technology rather than information technology was marked, Hays says.

Employer insistence on candidates exactly matching all criteria exacerbated the skills situation. In business areas, permanent senior project management and business analysis candidates were hard to find, perhaps due to the numbers of people moving into contracting.

Salaries had not increased across every role in every location, however.

Apart from architects, other jobs to show notable increases were test analysts, application support analysts and development managers.

Within infrastructure, helpdesk support services salaries rose in all locations, with an 11.6% average increase. In New Zealand, there were strong increases, for Unix engineers and systems engineers.

Generally, salaries in Wellington were slightly higher than in Auckland. For example, a Wellington database administrator averaged $90,000, but an Auckland DBA received only $80,000; a development manager earned $125,000 in Wellington but only $115,000 in Auckland; network engineers were paid $82,000 on average in Wellington and $70,000 in Auckland.

The average salary for a Wellington-based chief information officer was $180,000 while in Auckland a CIO earned on average $160,000.

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