WORK­OUT Switzer­land an IT gold­mine

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence -

WHICH coun­try pays IT man­agers the most? It’s not any of the na­tions which have pro­fessed a com­par­a­tive ad­van­tage in IT ser­vices, nor is it in the top five economies of the world.

It’s Switzer­land. IT man­agers there make $US140,960 on av­er­age per year while their coun­ter­parts in the low­est pay­ing na­tion, Viet­nam, make $US15,470.

A Mercer study of IT staff in 6545 com­pa­nies in 35 na­tions shows six of the top 10 high­est pay­ing coun­tries are in West­ern Europe. Aus­tralia just man­ages to make it into the top 10 list. Top 10 1. Switzer­land $US140,960 2. Den­mark $US123,080 3. Bel­gium $US121,170 4. UK $US118,190 5. Ire­land $US108,230 6. US $US107,500 7. Ger­many $US106,730 8. Canada $US93,860 9. Hong Kong $US90,340 10. Aus­tralia $US88,850 Bot­tom 10 1. Viet­nam $US15,470 2. Bul­garia $US22,240 3. Philip­pines $US22,280 4. In­dia $US25,000 5. In­done­sia $US31,720 6. China (Shang­hai) $US33,770 7. Malaysia $US35,260 8. Czech Repub­lic $US35,880 9. China (Bei­jing) $US36,220 10. Ar­gentina $US43,180

The Mercer sur­veys shows de­vel­op­ing trends in the IT sec­tor. ‘‘ The im­pact of out­sourc­ing and off­shoring on IT roles in North Amer­ica and West­ern Europe helps ex­plain the pat­tern of global pay,’’ says David Van De Voort, of Mercer’s Chicago of­fice. ‘‘ Low­er­level roles are be­ing moved to re­gions where tal­ent is cheaper; the jobs that re­main in West­ern Europe and the US may be fewer in num­ber but are more de­mand­ing and com­plex roles such as ven­dor re­la­tion­ship man­ager, in­ter­nal con­sul­tant and IT busi­ness part­ner.’’

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