Contracting as an IT pro can still be lucrative, but it does depend on where you live. New data suggests that you're going to earn a lot less in Victoria than South Australia — but you'll still typically get twice the hourly rate of a permanent employ. Plus: which roles are the most likely to be hired?
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This data, compiled by the Information Technology Contract & Recruitment Association (ITCRA), covers the last calendar quarter of 2014. In the table below, we've shown the typical rates for permanent and contractor roles across NSW, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and the ACT, as well as how long it typically takes recruiters to fill those roles. (As with other IT employment statistics, Tasmania and the Northern Territory get left out because the base of employees is too small.)
days to fill
days to fill
|New South Wales||$64.32||$124.15||28||39|
What those averages conceal is the demand for particular roles. TheITCRA report also lists the roles that recruiters find most in demand at the moment:
|Analyst programmer||Project manager|
|Business analyst||Business analyst|
|Help desk||Analyst programmer|
|Network designer||Help desk|
|IT manager||Network engineer|
Of course, the higher rates for contractors are designed to cover for lack of holiday leave and other full-time benefits. Not everyone finds contracting suitable, but if you're working in one of the high-demand areas, it could be worth considering.