Analyst programmers and software developers are making the most of IT skill shortages.
The latest New Zealand salary survey from TMP Worldwide says those IT workers enjoyed payrises averaging 16.87%. It estimates average earnings for them of $55,165 in Auckland, $55,113 in Wellington and $50,562 in Christchurch.
The survey also revealed 21% of firms were having trouble filling IT roles because of skill shortages.
In other IT sectors, webmasters’ salaries increased by 3.28%, systems analyst/architect/software quality assurance analyst roles rose by 2.91% and helpdesk roles paid 5.23% more.
The annual survey, formerly the Lampen Survey, looked at salary and employment trends for the year ending June 30, covering 550 employers across 21 industry groups nationwide.
TMP marketing communications manager Liz Bridgeman says the salary increases reflect those recorded in other surveys and are happening across the country. In addition, the pay gap between the South and North Islands is also narrowing.
"Some Christchurch people get paid the same [as those in Wellington and Auckland]," she says.
Similar trends were likely in the coming year, but while salaries in general remained in a 1% to 3% range in recent years, many more people would receive 5% pay rises, particularly those in IT roles.
Glenn Bratton of IT recruiter, Robert Walters, confirms TMP’s findings, although he says the figure for analysts programmers and software developers is a little high.
The TMP survey also revealed more firms have a website (71%), with a third using it for recruitment - double the number last year.
Most commonly, internet sites are used as a marketing tool and/or on-line brochure (63%), while 31% use it for information sharing and 8% say they use their website for e-commerce initiatives.