Dear What Am I Worth,
I work in Scotland as a systems engineer (applications support) but as I have dual nationality I am looking to return to New Zealand.
I have been at BP Amoco for two years working with a number of applications: Engarde, which runs on VMS/VAX, is a procurement and maintenance system that uses Oracle SQL backend. To support this application, I have knowledge in VAX/VMAS scripting and Oracle SQL; MAPS, a system that is used by oil companies to monitor personnel offshore, which runs on Unix as well as having Oracle SQL back end; and Business Objects, a tool that can sit on pretty much any database and runs reports.
I am supporting it sitting on Engarde databases. I have been on a course which is run by Business Objects people and have experience in Supervisor and Designer. Prior to applications support I was involved in designing intranet sites for our company using MS FrontPage, Notepad and a bit of Dreamweaver. I have used Macromedia Director in the past as well.
I also worked on a helpdesk for a year. My main qualification is a National Diploma in Business Computing from Waikato Polytechnic.
IT Futures replies: It's uncertain how much you are involved individually in the design and implementation of the universes and business objects, and they are skills that will influence the value of your potential earnings when and if you return to New Zealand.
VAX/VMS is in demand as more people move away from the area and legacy systems still need administration and support. Your skill set, other than the technical skills, is attractive in that good support skills are always attractive to a potential employer. We would suggest a salary of $55,000 to $60,000.
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