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Average tech salary in Australia falls in the first quarter

- April 9, 2015 2 MIN READ

Despite a rising trend towards the end of 2014, the average Australian tech salary dropped 6 percent between January and March this year, according to new data from Melbourne-based tech career marketplace Gooroo.

The startup analysed over 3 million job ads across Australia, the United States, and Great Britain to assess demand for particular roles and skills, and found that the drop in salaries was most pronounced in job ads for mobile developers and jobs looking for skills across various enterprise products such as CRM and SharePoint.

Asking salaries for mobile developers dropped 13 percent, while the average salary for jobs seeking enterprise skills dropped 8 percent.

The highest advertised salary in January was just over $118,000 for enterprise skill jobs, which fell to $103,611 in March.

Service and support roles have the lowest average salaries in the tech industry at $73,899 in March, well below the next lowest $98,000 advertised for design and UX professionals.

Gooroo also found that demand for management roles has fallen, while there has been an increase in demand for analytical skills globally.

However, salaries for these roles have not risen along with demand, suggesting that the availability of these skills is high.

The trends in Australian tech salaries are similar to those in Great Britain, which have dropped almost 3 percent this year. Salaries in the US have remained steady, with the average salary hovering around $90,500.

Gooroo, which closed a $1.24 million seed round in December last year, has used data to create an algorithm that helps match tech talent with roles and companies. By examining ‘people analytics’ – a user’s education and work history, and their skills and qualifications – Gooroo finds relationships between skills, careers, salaries, and experience.

Carl Joseph, product VP at Gooroo, believes the company’s data can play an important role in the tech industry.

“When educational institutions start accessing global trending data such as what roles are in demand and what skills are necessary to fulfil those roles, curriculum and upskilling courses at universities and RTOs and faculties can be better informed about what students will be wanting or should be studying,” Joseph said.