28 February 2020 · Absolute IT Reports

The January 2020 Absolute IT Tech and Digital Remuneration Report found that once again, the national median base salary is on the rise for both tech and digital professionals.

We saw the national median tech base salary rise 3.3% from $92,000 in January 2019 to $95,000 in January 2020. Meanwhile, the national median contract rate has remained steady since July 2018 and sits at $100/hour.

The national median base salary for digital professionals increased by 0.6% to reach $87,500 in January 2020, a slight rise from $87,000 as recorded in January 2019. The national median contracting rate for digital professionals is $70/hour.

Graphic representing the rise in median tech and digital salaries in New Zealand

Wellington’s median tech base salary had the smallest increase of 5% which nonetheless secured their position as the highest paying region with the median salary sitting at $100,000. Meanwhile, their median digital base salary had a very slight increase of $250 to $91,500, which nonetheless further solidified their position has the highest paying digital region.

Auckland’s median tech base salary is $95,000, up 9% from the $87,500 record in January 2019. The median tech contracting rate of $100/hour is tied with Wellington for the highest rate in the country and up 5% from last year’s rate of $95/hour. The median digital base salary stayed steady at $90,000 between 2019 and 2020.

In the regions we saw increases in both tech and digital salaries with Canterbury, the Waikato and the Bay of Plenty following suit with the larger cities. Canterbury’s median tech salary made a sharp increase of 9% to $90,000 in 2020 while their median digital salary made a more modest increase of 4% to reach $79,000. The Waikato also increased their offerings across the board, with a 6% increase in the median tech salary to reach $85,000 – and an impressive 10% increase in their digital median salary from $72,500 in 2019 to $80,000 in 2020.

In terms of regional median tech contract rates, Christchurch remained steady at $95/hour while Hamilton and Bay of Plenty saw a 6% drop from $85/hour in 2019 to $80/hour in 2020.

View and download the full January 2020 Tech & Digital Remuneration Report.  

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