Dear What am I Worth? I am the IT manager for a six-server “cluster” for the international company that I work for in the UK, responsible for six offices and about 350 computers. I look after several technicians who help run a helpdesk facility and support the users on a day-to-day basis. Each office has a local area network, several of which I have designed and installed. I have been manager for several years and over the past 12 months have managed the migration from NetWare to a total NT environment. I have been responsible for the upgrading of both hardware and software to ensure a common standard throughout the business, and for budgeting and purchasing IT-related products. I have an in-depth knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Office products. I am also involved with programming using Visual Basic version 3 through 6 and most recently, using HTML and ASP for developing intranet and Web applications. I have installed and configured several Microsoft Exchange servers to act as email and collaboration servers. Similarly, I have deployed Microsoft Outlook as the standard mail client and manage the servers on a daily basis. My qualifications include a BSc(Hons) in Electronic Engineering and I am a full member of the British Computer Society. I am also a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council. I have recently gained my MCSE qualification. I am involved with senior management to a high degree, in providing technical solutions to business problems. I would like to relocate to New Zealand and do a similar role although I would like to progress into a consultancy role if the opportunity arose.
IT @ Manpower replies: You seem to have a solid mix of hands-on technical and management experience in a mid-sized computer environment. To win a job in the local market you will need to present a professional CV showing your stand-out attributes on each side. Be prepared to come over here at your cost and network yourself to get in front of prospective employers. Of course many IT managers moved towards consulting pre-Y2K, but the market is no longer buoyant in this field, so stick to your knitting. I'd be interested to know your salary. I believe a UK salary of £40,000 equates to about $80,000 here, and that's where I think you should aim.