Dear What Am I Worth,
I'm a senior consultant with a small London-based IT consultancy firm, which basically means that I'm a technical architect on client projects, but with various internal managerial responsibilities. I spend the majority of my time in New Zealand, but travel to Europe quite frequently.
I have approximately 10 years of commercial computing experience, with a variety of roles including hands-on development in very many technologies beginning with Fortran and COBOL and now including J2EE and .Net (I still enjoy getting my hands dirty, for example recently leading development of a multi-threaded COM/CORBA bridge in VC++). I have some development process experience (RUP, XP), with limited UML-based modelling, as well as several years in pure management roles.
I have a strong academic background, with bachelor's degrees from New Zealand and a doctorate from a top-flight UK university.
Finally, I have a record of successful innovation and early technology adoption (eg I introduced XML into a blue-chip UK merchant bank). If I wanted to cut down my travelling time to (much) less than three months a year, what could I be worth on the domestic market?
Stay at home
IT@Work replies: Based on your experience within the consulting area, and taking into account your academic qualifications, we would suggest, as a consultant for a solution-provider or management consultancy, a salary package ranging from $85,000 to $115,000 per annum.
Remuneration in this type of role tends to be made up of a base salary, car allowance, possibly other subsidies such as medical, parking, technology allowances and possibly some sort of On Target Earnings, (OTE). Factors such as knowledge of the New Zealand market and the region of the country in which you take up employment will influence remuneration also.