Dear What Am I Worth,
I’m a senior technical consultant working for a top-notch IT service provider in Auckland. I have a bachelor degree in computer science and I have over 10 years combined experience in networking, system integration and software development.
My responsibilities involve reviewing and testing solution architecture, building and supporting systems often with complex server and network design.
My technical skills encompass operating system, networking and some specialised enterprise testing tools. I have gained a number of industry certifications including CCNP, MCSE, CCA and ASE. What am I worth in my current role? And what will I be worth if I move into a more network-focused role?
Elan IT replies: The type of role you describe is a bit of a rarity at the moment. The problem in the market is that, first of all, we have a high level of technical candidates who have immigrated to New Zealand. Whereas on one hand we have people returning from the UK and from the US who are aghast at the minuscule salaries in New Zealand, we also have a number of immigrants for whom a $45,000 salary offers riches beyond their wildest dreams.
When faced with the low level of growth in the economy employers are seeking to reduce their costs — namely in the salary area. If they can employ an immigrant who is willing to take $40,000 for a position that would have paid $60,000 a year ago, this sets a new precedent. In short, salaries have dropped and employees are holding tight to the positions they have. If your position were to be advertised, I would imagine it would carry a salary of between $80,000 and $100,000. However, I imagine the competition for it would be severe, and the salary could well be lower at the final offer.