Dear What Am I Worth,
I'm working in the UK as development manager for a small (30 people) software company. I've been over here for the last 3.5 years and am looking at returning to New Zealand.
I've an honours degree in maths and computer science and am two-thirds through an MBA that I want to finish in New Zealand. I'm originally a C/C++ programmer.
I'm 30 and have been with my current employer for around six years, where I've done everything from OO software development (Win32 and Unix) through to analysis/design for customer implementations or core product development and specification writing.
I've also spent considerable time on various customer sites around the world acting as trainer/customer support/troubleshooter. The main area of work has been telecommunications and I've considerable experience in all aspects of telecomms billing and mediation/call processing.
Over the past three years I've spent most of my time as a manager running a development team of up to 15 (located in four locations around the world), being responsible for resource allocation, system design and quality.
I'm interested in management roles, leading developers and business analysts, rather than hands-on technical roles.
Elan IT replies: I am assuming that since you have been in the UK for the past three and a half years and with your current employer for the past six years, that you have relocated with your current employer. Is there a possibility your current employer may be able to give you some indication of what they would pay in the New Zealand market for a similar role? Development managers in New Zealand can earn anything from $80,000 to $120,000 and BAs around $60,000 to $80,000, depending on the organisation.