Starting salaries for technology professionals in Australia will increase by an average of 2.7 per cent during 2017, according to the 2017 Robert Half Salary Guide, with top candidates in several IT functional areas able to negotiate above-market salary increases for the year ahead.
This increase is above the overall national average wage growth of 1.9 per cent over the last year.
The most competitive salary increases are being offered in Melbourne, with an average year-on-year increase of 4.1 per cent, followed by Brisbane at 3.2 per cent, Sydney at 2.2 per cent, and Perth at 1.1 per cent.
“The technology market continues to thrive. As the industry becomes more customer-centric, and concern over persistent cyber-security threats increases, demand for specialist IT skillets is rising. Because of demand consistently outweighing supply, top IT talent in many functional areas are able to negotiate higher salaries, and sometimes even above-market average,” said David Jones, senior managing director, Robert Half Asia Pacific.
“Confidence is returning to the Brisbane region after the resources downturn, which is placing upwards momentum on starting salaries for IT professionals. Demand is also growing for IT professionals in Melbourne and Sydney as companies take a more innovative approach to growth and expansion, placing IT candidates in a good position for salary negotiation.
“In Perth, demand for technology professionals remains strong as a consequence of nationwide IT projects and recovery within the mining sector impacting the local economy. Salary growth is moving from a stabilisation into a recovery phase and there is reason to be optimistic as businesses are forecasting growth again in 2017.”
For the top 10 “golden jobs” in IT, salary increases will be well above the regional average. These include:
|Title||2017 salary range||Year-over-year growth|
|1. Cybersecurity specialist||$118,000 – $160,000||6.2%|
|2. Senior development (front-end development)||$117,000 – $149,000||5.1%|
|3. Developer (front-end development)||$87,000 – $125,000||4.9%|
|4. IT security specialist||$121,000 – $161,000||4.8%|
|5. Senior developer (full-stack development)||$113,000 – $148,000||4.5%|
|6. Junior developer (back-end development)||$68,000 – $93,000||4.4%|
|7. Business intelligence analyst||$89,000 – $120,000||4.0%|
|8. Junior developer (front-end development)||$71,000 – $95,000||3.9%|
|9. Business intelligence manager||$121,000 – $175,000||3.6%|
|10. Database administrator||$83,000 – $133,000||3.6%|
“As big data/machine learning, customer-centric technology, and cyber-security dominate the IT landscape, top IT candidates – especially those in the development and cyber-security/IT security space – will typically receive multiple job offers, leaving them well-placed to drive their salary negotiations. Employers will be faced with IT specialists leaving the organisation when they are offered a better remuneration package,” Jones said.