1 It pays to be top dog GAP WIDENS BETWEEN PORTABLE IT STAFF AND THOSE WITH BUSINESS IMPERATIVE SPECIALIST SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE. words RANKA JOVANOVIC photos SUZANNE GELL Gender gap The gender gap remains one of the constants in a decade of doing this survey. However, in this sample, female respondents reported a median salary 26 percent higher than the previous year, compared to male respondents, whose median is up 20 percent. Education pays off Reported salaries reflect a logical progression when it comes to education, experience and seniority of position. Annual median packages of those with matric, diplomas and certificates are clustered around the 300k mark. Those with degrees earn significantly more from 430k (Honours) to 630k (Masters) and 730k (Phd). C-level earnings Not surprisingly, chief security officers, CIOs and CTOs top the list of highest earners. CEOs, however,reported significantly less an anomaly that can be explained by the nature of this sample. Respondents are CEOs of IT companies, while CIOs work for much larger organisations in other sectors, where the CEO is probably getting R2 million a year, explains McGorian, technology executive at 21st Century Pay Solutions. Overall, the gap between small and large companies has narrowed. Whether you are a company of ten or , if you want a specialist, you are going to pay what the market pays, notes McGorian. their jobs. This is evident in the survey, which splits the sample into senior and operational managers on the one hand, and IT specialists and IT staff on the other. An IT specialist, such as enterprise architect, is hired for the specialist skill, without necessarily having any staff reporting directly to him or her. At executive level, the median salary is R59 000, followed by R for operational managers, R for IT specialists and R25 00 for general IT staff. Unequal pay Morag Phillips, executive director at 21st Century Pay Solutions says that over the past 18 months, many companies affected by the economic crunch have applied a salary freeze. For those who were not negatively affected, second group, salary increases have been between eight and nine percent. We expect that this will drop even further to between 6.75 and 7.25 percent by the end of 2010, notes Phillips. Economic crunch Increases could drop to between 6.75 and 7.25 percent by the end of 2010, says Morag Phillips, executive director at 21st Century Pay Solutions Group. Educated The benefits of getting a degree are apparent, but a lot of IT people don t believe that, notes Ian McGorian, technology executiveat 21st Century Pay Solutions Group. > STEADY GAINS Median monthly salary per level of responsibilty. > LEVEL SPLIT > SAFE CHOICE
2 Most respondents are in permanent employment. > GENDER GAP Gender 10th 25th MEDIAN 75th 90th Range Female R10,925 R17,136 R29,000 R42,977 R55, % Male R12,800 R20,739 R32,600 R50,000 R67, % > TOP TECH JOBS > REGIONAL DIFFERENCES Primary technology MEDIAN annual Province MEDIAN IBM MQSeries R IBM OS/390 R Microsofr BizTalk Server R HP-UX R HP OpenVMS R Sun server hardware R Java, J2EE R Cobol R Sun Solaris R Limpopo R 252,986 Free State R 263,314 Mpumalanga R 269,424 Northern Cape R 320,755 KwaZulu-Natal R 347,759 Eastern Cape R 394,048 Western Cape R 416,374 North West Province R 468,080 Gauteng R 470,665 SAP R Oracle Development Tools R Juniper R Oracle Data Warehousing and BI R HP OpenView R EMC R Methodology and Sample How we did it The ITWeb/CareerWeb IT Salary Survey ran for four weeks on ITWeb and Career- Web in November and December, As it is an online opt-in survey, its sample is not controlled, but it remains the only survey that captures data directly from South African IT professionals. Data was cleaned and analysed by survey partner 21st Century Pay Solutions Group, a specialist remuneration consultancy. A total of usable responses were received for the remuneration analysis - 30 percent up on the previous year s number. Sample snapshot Participants include IT professionals, IT business managers and business owners from across South Africa, from small to large companies. Most respondents live in Gauteng and work in the IT, telecoms and financial services. Over 80 percent are male, nearly 80 percent are permanently employed and more than half are between 25 and 35 years old. > GENDER Female % Male % > EMPLOYED Contracted % Employed - business owner / Self-employed 266 6% Employed - permanently % Not employed or contracted 144 3%
3 > RACE Asian 43 1% Coloured 272 6% Indian % Black % White % > AGE < % % % % % % % > % > EDUCATION Matric or equivalent % Further education or training (eg technical college) % Tertiary diploma (eg Technikon) % Professional certification (eg Microsoft, Cisco, Novell, etc ) Tertiary / university degree (3 years) % % Tertiary / university degree (4 years) 327 8% Honours 396 9% Masters degree 281 6% PhD 23 1% > INDUSTRY advertising / marketing / public relations 52 1% agriculture 34 1% business services / consulting (non-ict related) construction / architecture / engineering 67 2% 64 2% education 96 3% finance / banking / insurance / accounting % government 118 3% ict distribution / var 133 3% ict internet service provider 76 2% ict services / consulting % ict software development % legal / real estate 10 0% manufacturing (non-computer related) 96 3% media / tv / print / online 5 0% media / tv / print/online 67 2% medical / dental / healthcare / pharmaceutical 71 2% mining / petrochemical 58 2% non governmental organisation (e.g.: non-profit) 28 1% other (ict-related) 199 5% other (non-ict related) 78 2% parastatals / utilities 49 1% retail/ wholesale 125 3% telecommunications / cellular providers 314 8% transport 46 1% Total 3805 > JOB LEVEL Executive Manager / Director %
4 IT specialist % Operational manager % Staff % 2728 More salary graphs and tables > COMPANY SIZE People Annual Median 10 or less R322, R360, R360, R360, R357, R390, R401, R408, R430,000 more than 5001 R430,000 > COMPANY SIZE People Staff IT Technical Operational Manager Executive Manager / Director Whole Sample 10 or less R199,000 R354,000 R240,000 R540,000 R322, R240,000 R360,000 R360,000 R660,000 R360, R280,000 R390,000 R366,000 R720,000 R360, R298,686 R355,800 R364,500 R912,000 R360, R270,000 R504,000 R366,000 R1,200,000 R357, R348,000 R378,000 R499,800 R945,190 R390, R321,622 R438,000 R492,000 R832,242 R401, R350,000 R400,000 R429,500 R839,000 R408, R308,500 R400,000 R504,500 R841,500 R430,000 more than 5001 R337,000 R460,805 R504,000 R1,080,000 R430,000 > OUTGOING About 18 percent of respondents are considering leaving South Africa. Most of them are managers and directors. > TOP WORRIES Those who plan to leave South Africa hope for better career prospects overseas, or are driven away by crime.
5 >FAIR DEAL The majority of respondents believe their salary is competitive or even very competitive. > TOP TECH JOBS Primary technology MEDIAN annual IBM MQSeries R656,500 IBM OS/390 R600,000 Microsofr BizTalk Server R576,000 HP-UX R552,000 HP OpenVMS R Sun server hardware R549,000 Java, J2EE R530,000 Cobol R516,000 Sun Solaris R500,000 SAP R497,500 Oracle Development Tools R482,400 Juniper R480,000 Oracle Data Warehousing and BI R471,500 HP OpenView R469,000 EMC R464,000 > WHAT PEOPLE WANT Professional growth trumps money as the biggest driver of happiness in a job. > TECHNICAL JOB FUNCTION Technical Job function or role 10th ile 25th ile MEDIAN 75th ile 90th ile Customer support / Helpdesk technician R59,232 R99,000 R139,000 R205,000 R281,600 Web designer R110,669 R143,400 R169,794 R240,000 R294,000 Network administrator R100,800 R120,000 R182,000 R228,372 R252,828 Tester / Software tester R73,559 R146,100 R183,000 R324,000 R421,200 Consultant Financial software R114,600 R138,000 R199,000 R587,400 R612,000 IT Trainer / Training officer R94,800 R143,250 R204,000 R315,000 R360,000 Systems administrator R121,307 R165,900 R233,800 R332,143 R419,100
7 Delphi R153,600 R232,200 R348,000 R465,000 R624,000 MySAP R153,600 R235,500 R348,500 R597,000 R855,200 Cisco R161,364 R223,500 R350,000 R514,500 R720,000 Microsoft Dynamics R173,100 R291,000 R359,500 R525,000 R858,000 AS400 R180,700 R215,400 R360,000 R518,500 R600,000 Microsoft SQL R152,280 R241,000 R360,000 R482,700 R648,598 SAS R234,000 R305,811 R365,500 R507,500 R720,000 Goldmine R175,200 R264,000 R373,000 R565,000 R621,600 SCO R241,830 R265,050 R374,100 R495,000 R517,500 IBM AS/400 R140,590 R190,060 R384,000 R540,000 R728,000 J2EE R151,400 R252,000 R384,000 R540,000 R705,600 JD Edwards R 213,600 R258,000 R384,000 R614,500 R774,000 Microsoft C# R143,200 R242,400 R387,676 R480,000 R600,000 Java R166,900 R259,680 R399,500 R540,000 R720,376 Business Objects R170,400 R246,000 R400,000 R600,000 R806,928 Cognos R213,600 R312,000 R400,000 R565,000 R803,000 Sun Java R132,000 R270,000 R400,000 R504,000 R597,600 AIX/UNIX R220,600 R276,580 R410,000 R594,000 R731,000 IBM DB2 R156,300 R317,006 R419,000 R590,000 R771,600 Adabas R240,000 R260,000 R419,650 R600,000 R720,000 Object oriented platforms (C++ / UML / Rational Rose, etc) R208,400 R264,000 R419,650 R558,000 R653,995 IBM WebSphere R266,992 R316,500 R420,000 R615,000 R772,000 Oracle Applications R166,500 R276,250 R420,000 R620,250 R803,920 Unix R180,000 R272,175 R426,000 R600,000 R758,400 Oracle Database R216,000 R280,000 R432,000 R576,000 R737,200 Siebel R210,000 R319,500 R445,000 R624,000 R800,000 Avaya telephony solutions R192,000 R315,000 R448,000 R600,000 R719,824 SAP NetWeaver R213,200 R270,000 R450,000 R583,500 R859,200 PeopleSoft R136,560 R172,500 R456,000 R617,643 R652,800 EMC R220,000 R366,000 R464,000 R567,000 R744,000 HP OpenView R177,500 R256,000 R469,000 R610,000 R791,500 Oracle Data Warehousing and BI R291,828 R351,000 R471,500 R643,500 R936,492 Juniper R144,000 R282,000 R480,000 R630,000 R726,000 Oracle Development Tools R213,600 R294,500 R482,400 R654,000 R 814,272 SAP R/3 R190,200 R323,750 R497,500 R674,000 R849,728 Sun Solaris R292,800 R369,000 R500,000 R600,000 R840,000 Cobol R252,250 R342,000 R516,000 R646,000 R832,800 Java, J2EE R290,400 R377,250 R530,000 R582,000 R780,000 Sun server hardware R212,000 R480,000 R549,000 R738,000 R800,000 HP OpenVMS R408,000 R480,000 R550,000 R564,000 R633,600 HP-UX R247,978 R396,000 R552,000 R612,000 R671,342 Microsofr BizTalk Server R312,000 R396,000 R576,000 R614,500 R680,000 IBM OS/390 R237,600 R357,180 R600,000 R708,000 R795,865 IBM MQSeries R298,446 R438,000 R656,500 R757,331 R887,933 > BRONZE SPONSOR > SURVEY PARTNER