MEDIA RELEASE: Wednesday 14th December
A recent remuneration survey of ICT professionals has found that wage growth is underperforming across the sector, drawn down largely by poor public sector figures.
ICT Professionals Australia – a division of Professionals Australia – has released its 2016 ICT Professionals Employment and Remuneration Report. The report investigates the pay and conditions of ICT professionals across Australia, including employment intentions, work priorities, working hours, staff morale and the gender pay gap in the profession.
Professionals Australia CEO Chris Walton said the report raises concerns about remuneration in ICT, and the conditions faced by employees.
“ICT is the key to Australia’s future, enabling innovation and driving productivity across the nation.”
“However, while job numbers are climbing, wages are stagnating, and offshoring of jobs remains a major problem for the local workforce.”
Wage growth across the profession recorded only 1.1%, well below CPI and much lower than the 1.9% growth recorded across the wider workforce.
“Sadly, it is the public sector holding back the profession, with no wage growth at all, coupled with overall lower wages.”
“It isn’t surprising that we are seeing major public-sector failures – such as the census debacle – when the public sector is failing to attract the best and brightest talent” said Mr. Walton.
Offshoring of jobs and precarious working conditions also concerned many survey respondents, with 20% concerned about future opportunities, and many concerned that their roles would soon be offshored to cheaper providers abroad.
“For Australia to lead the way into the future, we need to recognize the value of the professional ICT workforce, and provide incentive for the next generation to aspire to ICT careers.”
“Employers need to recognise the role that ICT professionals play in driving innovation, efficiency and profitability. At present, ICT professionals are concerned that this recognition is lacking” said Mr. Walton.
The report also identified a persistent wage gap, with women earning 9% less than men, and representing only 25% of the workforce.
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* The report including definitions of terms is available online at http://www.professionalsaustralia.org.au/ict-remuneration/