The ICT contracting sector is progressing at a time of economic uncertainty, according to A/NZ ICT contract and recruitment company, ITCRA.
However, its latest ITCRA SkillsMatch Contractor salary survey showed significant variance among regions and industries.
The survey, which analysed 1112 contract placements, revealed there was a shift back to longer-term contracts between March and August 2012, with the number of contracts longer than a year accounting for up to 11.2 per cent, while the number of available contractor roles fell by 15.5 per cent between the second and third quarters of 2012.
Project manager roles saw the greatest drop, falling 32.2 per cent over this time.
“While it may be a temporary shift, the percentage of contracts over one year fluctuated between 5.2 per cent in March and 11.2 per cent in July. So while contract lengths grew, the number of available contracts fell, which suggests the ICT industry is cautiously committing to longer-term projects” ITCRA CEO, Julie Mills, said.
The study also showed the average annual salary for an ICT contractor was $129,071, while the average hourly rate was $83.46.
But the rates varied depending on the specific role and company sector.
Those in analyst programmer roles saw the biggest increase in average pay rates – growing by 20 per cent. Average rates for architects grew by 19 per cent, while rollout engineer rates grew by 11 per cent.
Conversely, account manager rates dropped by 42 per cent, quality assurance manager rates dropped 27 per cent, and data conversion leads were paid 27 per cent less.
By region, systems analysts in Queensland were the best remunerated, earning 156 per cent above the national average, while account managers in South Australia earned 71 per cent less than the national average.
“Overall, South Australia had the lowest average salaries, with incomes averaging 18.8 per cent lower than the national average for all roles. ICT contractors in NSW enjoyed the highest levels of remuneration, with incomes 7.8 per cent higher than the national average,” Mills said.
In the coming quarter, ITCRA expects rates for technical roles to continue to rise and rates for support roles to fall.