The ITWeb Salary Survey 2014 has revealed the top paying popular skills – with more than a hundred survey respondents – are SAP, Java, Cisco and C#, with average annual salaries between R620 000 and R520 000.
Closely behind are those who list MS SQL Server as the technology platform they specialise in, with just over R500 000 on average, while those focusing on Windows Server family platforms earn just over R440 000. But those are not the highest paid skills overall – that spot is taken by less popular, "older" technologies, largely because those respondents are in senior, mission-critical positions, with long track records.
Adabas came in tops, with 12 respondents earning an average of R841 667. They are followed by IBM Lotus Domino specialists at R819 333, Sun server hardware at R793 333, and PowerBuilder at R792 000. Next came Assembler with R750 000, Sun Solaris at R736 000, and Avaya and Cobol at just over R730 000. "High salaries for Adabas, Cobol, Assembler and other legacy platforms show the mainframe is far from dead," says Anton van Heerden, MD of Sage VIP Payroll & HR. "However, the sheer number of respondents working on more modern Web-based platforms and the salaries they command also show South African organisations are embracing digital transformation of their businesses." IT pay up 11% (../index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=134426)Female CIOs boast top salaries (../index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=134456)Salary comparison tool 2010-2014 (../index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=71529) ITWeb's 14th annual IT Salary Survey captured a total of 5 385 valid responses – more than double the 2013 sample. A marginal positive change is seen in the male/female ratio – 79% of the respondents were male and 21% female, compared to 82% and 18% respectively in last year's survey. The majority (82%) are permanent employees and include C-level executives, business managers, consultants, IT practitioners, developers from all around the country, ranging in age from under 20 to over 50, and from organisations with under 10 people, to enterprise giants with over 5 000 staff. Those aged 31 to 35 made up the bulk of the survey, followed by respondents in the 26 to 30 range, and 36 to 40 range. This survey was conducted online in late 2013 and early 2014, and as such, it does not have a controlled sample. The results report is meant to serve as an indicator of local IT salary trends. "The annual ITWeb IT Salary Survey offers a fascinating window into IT employment trends in South Africa and shows how the salary landscape is changing," says Anton van Heerden, MD of Sage VIP Payroll & HR.