Technical specialist

I'm working for a large multi-national law firm and I look after a 2500-user LAN. Primarily I do Cisco LAN/WAN-related work.

Dear What Am I Worth,

I'm working for a large multi-national law firm and I look after a 2500-user LAN. Primarily I do Cisco LAN/WAN-related work. My key skills include experience with Cisco, LAN/WAN, Token Ring/Ethernet, NT and TCP/IP technology.

The work involves design, tech support and troubleshooting and I am working as technical specialist in a $4.5million project to migrate the building from token ring to ethernet.

Please assume that I am working in Auckland.

I will have my CCNP in about two weeks, so when replying to this please assume that I have it, as well as CCNA, CCDA, MCSE and CNA.

Technical specialist

Sapphire Technologies replies: You have an excellent background and skills and have done very well to supplement this with obtaining the appropriate qualifications.

You would have no problems obtaining employment in Auckland and the salary range you could expect would depend on whether you were to be working for a vendor/services company or an end-user organisation, with the former typically paying about $10,000-plus more.

I would expect that for permanent employment, you would be looking at between $80,000 and $100,000 and contract rates would depend greatly on opportunities available and length of term.

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