Dear What Am I Worth,
I am an IT administrator for a small Bay of Plenty company. My main duty is to administer a small LAN operating NT4 and Windows 95/98. Applications are mostly MS Word, Excel and Access. I am also responsible for training and supporting staff.
I undertake our daily backup and anti-virus updates; install upgrades; and troubleshoot the printers, our networked fax and email software etc. I source new hardware with updated software for all PCs and servers.
I have five years' secondary school teaching and two years' adult training experience. While in these jobs, I was responsible for maintaining the computer networks and training students and staff in information technology.
I have completed Jade programming training and have started a CCNA course. As part of this course I will be travelling to Australia to take part in a CCIA course.
I will also be undertaking a thesis for my Masters in Education - distance education is my topic. I also work in my own business carrying out computer repairs, software installation, network troubleshooting and systems consultancy.
Sapphire Technologies replies: In Auckland and Wellington, your market worth for the role of IT administrator would be around $45,000 to $50,000, but as I am unfamiliar with the Bay of Plenty pay rates, it's difficult to give you an accurate estimate.
If you complete the CCNA and CCIA courses, this will increase your market worth. I am assuming that in your own business you charge your clients on an hourly rate basis, and that these jobs are completed outside of standard hours.
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