IT, telecomms salaries rising, report says

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The rollout of third-generation networks by Telecom and Vodafone is driving demand for 3G technical specialists and the increasing uptake of VoIP is stretching the market for VoIP specialists.

That’s one of the findings of recruiter Hudson’s 2005-06 IT and Telecommunications Remuneration Guide, released this month.

The recently-released guide also notes that test analysts, business analysts, systems analysts, technical consultants, senior project managers, IT managers and IT sales and business development staff are in demand.

“Government statistics confirm that the number of ICT roles being created and advertised is increasing,” the guide notes.

“In short, there is more work than there are skilled workers — and employers are struggling to both attract and retain the talent they need.”

In general, salaries across the industry are up on last year, although a few jobs recorded a drop since the last survey.

Development, systems analysis and testing saw overall salary increases of 2–6%, while application and systems development pay is up 8–10% on last year, as are .Net skills, the report says.

Contractor rates also saw rises of 8–10% but the guide notes “the market is also questioning the sustainability of high contractor numbers.

“The government sector has already indicated intentions to move increasingly towards permanent or fixed term employment arrangements over independent contracting,” it says.

Overall, “even with slowing economic growth, the ICT sector remains committed to technology investment.

“As a result, the sector remains buoyant in terms of hiring intentions,” the report says.

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