OK, it's cold and the roads are confusingly circular and the airport bus is not all it could be. But if you're hoping to exploit your tech skills and earn some bucks, Canberra looks like the place to be right now.
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Ironically, according to a study by recruitment firm Peoplebank (which kindly got passed on to Lifehacker this morning), the reason for that is that contract positions in Canberra are drying up as a result of a government shift to appoint full-time workers. As a result, contract workers are moving to Sydney and Melbourne, which means that IT salaries are on the up for contract roles, though that somewhat depends on your location and existing skill set. Peoplebank's Labour Hire Index for federal ICT workers has fallen 50 per cent from its peak in August 2006, while the number of contractors hired has dropped by 25%.
In the long term, though, that exodus might mean seem roles see their salaries rise in the near future. That's already evident in some sectors, Peoplebank argues:
For instance, rates for senior .NET developers have risen from $90/hr in November 2009, to around $110/hr in April 2010. Rates for senior business analysts rose from to $90 in November 2009 to $95 in April 2010.
The bottom line? If you've got relevant skills (especially with Microsoft products) and no immediate job in sight, Canberra might be a wise choice.