And some in the public sector haven't had a rise in years. This year 23 per cent of private sector employees said they had any salary increase, which follows on from the 2010 survey which found 45 per cent of private sector ICT workers had endured salary stasis.
Bananas for public service ICT professionals are even more of a status symbol as according to the report, Government ICT salaries rose just 3.5 per cent during the year - down from 4.2 per cent growth a year earlier. The ACS believes this is due to a continued migration to permanent rather than often higher paying contract roles.
Conducted for the ACS by the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia, the survey reflects the responses of only ACS members and is therefore only a straw poll of the national ICT workforce which stands at around 426,000 according to the Australian Information Industry Association. According to ACS president Anthony Wong, 1,905 of the ACS's 19,000 members responded to its salary survey.
Mr Wong said that he expected pockets of skills shortages would lead to further salary growth over the next 12 months.
But he acknowledged that Australia was experiencing a 'two speed economy' where some sectors were enjoying more robust growth than others. The potential hot spots in terms of ICT demand over the next 12 months were likely to include NBN related activity, insurance, banking and finance, retail and mining he said.
'I am optimistic about the coming year as long as something dreadful does not happen.' Which, as Australia's banana growers well know, remains largely in the lap of the gods.