Lifestyle a draw for Waikato post

Fine country living is the promise of this entry-level position within Health Waikato. The IS department of the district health board is seeking a systems administrator to join its 35-member IT team in Hamilton and work alongside its experienced administrator.

Title: Systems administrator, Health Waikato, Hamilton

Function: Supporting Unix and Compaq systems at Waikato Health Board

Description: One of two systems administrators working within IT team of 35, answerable to IT manager

Dosh: $35,000 to $40,000+, depending on experience (agency supplied estimate)

Fine country living is the promise of this entry-level position within Health Waikato.

The IS department of the district health board is seeking a systems administrator to join its 35-member IT team in Hamilton and work alongside its experienced administrator.

Answerable to the manager of information technology, the post mainly involves supporting health board systems that use Compaq Alpha hardware, which operates in a Unix Tru-64 40F environment.

Chief information officer David Menzies says someone who has experience in Unix and databases is sought for the position, though it is entry-level, and paper qualifications in these areas are “desirable”. Menzies says the successful candidate is likely to be in a systems loading environment doing maintenance and system testing work. The post could lead to high-level database administration, Unix systems work or control management, or to an operation supervisory or management position.

Menzies says working in the health sector is interesting as IT has a broad range of applications and “you are also helping people”. An added attraction is that the job is based in “the wonderful Waikato”.

“Health has a very intensive IT environment, with things changing all the time, new systems becoming available and you never get bored,” he says.

A competitive salary is promised, though Menzies says he was not in a position to clarify remuneration as his board is still negotiating existing staff packages.

However, Rick Chapman of Enterprise recruitment says an entry-level admin role would be worth $30,000, and since Unix people are thin on the ground the post could be worth another $5000 pa. If Health Waikato wants candidates with six to 12 months’ experience he says it should add another $5000, and should offer at least $40,000 if it wants candidates with more than one year’s experience, Chapman says.

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