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IT: Where The Money Is Spent And The Best Jobs To Seek

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune is probably working in IT. Staff remain the single biggest expense for IT departments — but that won’t necessarily be the case in the very near future.


The Age You'll Live To For Every State In Australia

Australians are living longer than ever — whether you’re male or female, chances are you’ll be older than 80 before you die. Here are the life expectancies for men and women in every state in Australia — plus how many people died in 2013.


Want A Job At Google? Learn MATLAB

Google remains one of the most desirable tech employers, and we’ve covered tricks for getting hired there in the past. One potential entry point? Bone up on statistics and learn MATLAB.


Who Is Signing Up NBN Customers The Fastest?

It’s not clear for many of us when (if ever) the National Broadband Network (NBN) will ever arrive. But for people who can already connect to the high-speed fibre network, which providers are they actually choosing?


How To Stop Confusing Correlation And Causation

Just because two statistics appear to follow the same pattern, that doesn’t mean you can assume that one causes the other. Jonathan Borwein & Michael Rose from the University of Newcastle explain the fundamentals of correlation and causation.


How University Makes A Difference To IT Pro Salaries

How much more will you earn in IT if you finish a postgraduate university qualification? A report from Graduate Careers Australia suggests you’ll end up earning more by doing a postgraduate course, but that going as far as a masters or PhD might not make a significant difference.


Which Phone Companies And ISPs Had The Most Complaints?

Annual figures for complaints to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) show that the number of complaints were down, but almost 140,000 of us still had problems bad enough to make involving the TIO necessary. Which providers received the most complaints?


60 Aussies Complained To The TIO About $10,000+ Excess Data Bills

The good news? Overall complaints to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) have fallen over the past year. The bad news? Too many people are still being shafted for excess data charges.


How The Super Guarantee Delay Will Hit The Typical Australian

The Abbott government’s deal with the Palmer United Party to freeze the minimum superannuation contribution rate at 9.5% until 2021 will not only cost retirees, it will also see future governments forced to bear the brunt of an increased reliance on the Age Pension. There has been considerable discussion of the impacts of the deal on both the wages of workers and their retirement savings. However, asserted effects have been either speculative (in the case of wages) or limited to a few hypothetical examples (in the case of retirement savings).


How Universities Improve Society (And Your Salary)

Tertiary education graduates across the OECD earn on average 70% more than the non-tertiary educated, meaning despite rising costs of higher education in Australia the investment is still worthwhile.