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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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Not everyone wants to work for a large company. The traditional approach of a big corporation (fixed hours, central location, clock watching) can seem entirely pointless in terms of productivity. But would you happily work as a contractor for a business where you wouldn't want to work for full-time?
Working as an IT contractor can be rewarding, but you have to match your skills to what's currently in demand. According to the most recent SkillsMatch research by the Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association (ITCRA), there's a serious mismatch between the most frequently offered skills and what employers are actually looking for.
With an average annual salary for Australian IT contractors of $129,071 and an average hourly rate of $83.46, working in technology sure beats flipping burgers. However, as with most average figures, the devil is in the detail: some career paths and locations pay much better, and there's an apparent shift towards longer-term contracts.