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From $10 an hour to $100K a year

From $10 an hour to $100K a year

With the Australian Computer Society (ACS) predicting another tough year ahead for IT workers, ARN has decided to leave you with a feel good story to think about.

You may remember a tale we told you back in February about an IT consultant who, after seven years in the business and six months out of work, had swallowed her pride and taken a $10 an hour job as a waitress in Sydney’s CBD.

Just when she thought things couldn’t get any worse, her boss decided her coffee-making skills were not up to scratch and decided to drop her wages.

This was the final straw and our plucky heroine was back on the job market.

Since then, she has spent three months working at an inbound call centre for a well known telco, polishing her resume and looking for a way to get back on the consultancy horse.

The ACS released the results of a survey this week (see ARN, page 10), which found that around a quarter of more than 1600 consultants and contractors interviewed had been forced to drop wage demands between April 2002 and April 2003. A further half had accepted the same pay as a year earlier.

But, with an increase from an hourly rate of $10 as a waitress in February to an annual salary in excess of $100,000 as an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) consultant, the outlook is certainly brighter for one member of the IT community.

While this is of little benefit to the rest of you, most will be only too aware of the tentative grip you hold on a highflying lifestyle (particularly those brave souls going for the ‘big bucks now and to Hell with tomorrow’ offered in the world of contracting).

For that reason alone, this story will probably raise a smile on a few faces in recognition of the success of a fellow tightrope walker.


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