Their peers in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne might not have seen the same sort of percentage salary kickers, but CIOs in those capitals could command upward of $300,000 a year.
Brisbane-based business intelligence specialists similarly scored a 7.7 per cent salary increase to reach a top whack of $160,000 – but that was still $25,000 shy of what top end BI specialists could get in Melbourne or Brisbane. Perhaps not surprisingly Queensland CIOs were found to be particularly concerned about their ability to hold onto staff.
While 66 per cent of all Australian CIOs and CTOs interviewed for the survey expressed some level of concern regarding staff retention, 83 per cent of Queensland CIOs said that they were worried about staff retention.
The Salary Survey makes for interesting reading, especially for IT professionals wanting to assess whether they are being paid market rates and seeking some leverage in salary negotiations.
Besides providing some idea of the pay rates on offer around the country for different roles the Survey also reveals the results of a survey of 200 CIOs and CTOs in Australia and New Zealand. That survey uncovered relatively high levels of optimism about both the general economy and their own businesses.
It found that 45 per cent of all organisations planned to increase their IT headcount in the next year, 44 per cent planned no change while 9 per cent were planning reductions.
Skills in highest demand were identified as database management, network administration, business intelligence, virtualisation and wireless network management.