Demand heats up for business analysts

A shortage of quality technical and senior business analysts is confronting employers in the banking and insurance sectors, according to IT recruitment specialist sources.

Tracey Ramsey, consultant with Candle IT&T Recruitment and Charlotte Pincus of the IT division of Robert Walters, both agree that quality business analysts with IT backgrounds are becoming hard to find.

Pincus said many organisations are willing to pay premiums to secure the most talented professionals.

She said salaries for permanent business analyst positions, which are in the majority, are on the rise, while hourly rates for contractor positions are at the top end of the scale (see table).

Continued technological developments and organisations focusing on projects suspended to handle Y2K issues, according to Pincus, are thought to be the probable cause of the shortages.

Role Permanent Contract

$A000's p.a. $A

Business Analyst $65-$100+ $50-$70+ per hourC++/UNIX Developer $55-$100 $5 0-$75 per hourHelpdesk Manager $60-$80 $35-$45 per hourIBM Mainframe Developer $50-$70 $45-$60 per hourIT Manager/ Director $90-$150 $70-$90 per hourJAVA Developer $70-$110 $55-$85 per hourPC Support/Helpdesk Support $40-$60 $25-$40 per hourProgram Manager $120-$200 $900-$1200 per dayProject Manager $90-$140 $700-$900 per dayVB, Access, RDBMS Developer $50-$80 $45-$60 per hourVB/COM Developer $65-$100 $50-$80 per hourWeb Developer $55-$100 $50-$80 per hour

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