Dear What Am I Worth,
I am a 33-year-old technical architect/analyst. My background is IBM mainframe but over the past three years have had experience in the NT arena. I have experience in Assembler, Cobol, Rexx, IMS, CICS, DB2 and limited VB6 mostly gained in the retail banking and motor manufacturing sectors.
I have recently completed Java Developer training with Sun Microsystems and will soon be writing my developer cetification. I am based in London but work as a technical consultant for a large retail bank in Southern Africa on projects involving various mainframe systems and legacy rejuvenation. I have UK A-level equivalent qualifications.
Icon Recruitment replies: Opportunities in the mainframe area are available, but not abundant, so your opportunities in this area would be limited. Developers with skills in VB and Java are reasonably sought after here in New Zealand both for contracting and permanent positions.
Your commercial experience will determine how quickly you secure a role. Mainframe developers are earning around $50 to $70 per hour on contract, and VB contract developers are getting around the $60 per hour, or permanent anything from $50,000 to $80,000 dependent on experience.
I would suggest that you focus on getting in the door with your VB skills, and then look to gain Java commercial experience whilst employed.