The jobs about to get a massive pay rise
QUEENSLAND'S most in-demand workers could see their salaries jump by as much as a third this year.
As competition for talent heats up in infrastructure and technology sectors, Brisbane's relative affordability is attracting businesses from interstate.
The Robert Walters Salary Survey 2019, released yesterday, projected Queensland's biggest winners would be software developers (salaries up 32 per cent), project controllers/planning engineers (17 per cent), and human resources managers (34 per cent).
Robert Walters Queensland director Sinead Hourigan said demand for technology specialists was extremely high.
Last year, a software developer at the higher end of the pay scale earned $95,000, but this was expected to reach $125,000 in 2019.
This would bring Queensland's developers in line with the ACT ($115,000-$155,000) and ahead of Victoria ($70,000-$110,000).
Coder Academy Brisbane lead educator Janel Brandon said she had been a developer for 20 years and received a salary increase every year.
"It's a reflection of the increased value provided by software development," she said. "Every industry and every company that exists has to use technology and software and that means they need developers and that's not going to change.
"It's useful to know how to code because it increases your options for employment. Coding is the new reading."
Vygo lead mobile developer Clayton Waldock, 19, was snapped up for the role before he had even completed his six-month fast-tracked Diploma of Information Technology through Coder Academy.
He had been working as a labourer in Goondiwindi when he decided to move to Brisbane. He said he had searched for decent, well-paying jobs he could get into quickly and stumbled across software development.
"It doesn't surprise me at all (that salaries are increasing), especially in Brisbane. We are getting so many startups now because Sydney and Melbourne are becoming too expensive for small businesses," he said. "With more competition comes higher salary."
Meanwhile, The Robert Walters survey predicted Queensland's project controllers/planning engineers and HR managers would earn as much as $140,000 and $220,000 respectively in 2019.
Ms Hourigan said engineering and project management professionals with major infrastructure experience would be in huge demand, driven by projects such as Queen's Wharf, Inland Rail, Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro.
She said that as the Queensland economy became busier, employers would also seek more in-house HR professionals. "This will apply in most industry sectors with particularly high demand for HR specialists and generalists in the infrastructure, construction and financial services sectors," she said.
"HR professionals with expertise in workplace culture and wellbeing, change management, employee development and organisational design will be the third wage winner of 2019, and HR Managers could see their wages grow by more than 30 per cent or $55,000 more than 2018."
MORE JOBS WITH SALARY GROWTH
Credit analyst: $70-100,000 to $80-120,000
Financial controller: $140-230,000 to $150-250,000
Finance manager: $110-140,000 to $120-160,000
Chief financial officer: $180-280,000 to $190-300,000
Financial controller: $120-155,000 to $140-180,000
Payroll officer: $45-60,000 to $55-75,000
HR director: $200-250,000 to $250-285,000
HR manager: $120-165,000 to $165-220,000
HR business partner: $110-140,000 to $135-160,000
Change manager: $150-200,000 to $150-250,000
Remuneration and benefits consultant: $120-150,000 to $135-165,000
Organisational development manager: $135-150,000 to $150-185,000
OH&S adviser: $95-120,000 to $120-150,000
Return to work co-ordinator: $75-90,000 to $90-120,000
Procurement manager: $125-210,000 to $140-230,000
Procurement analyst: $85-105,000 to $95-120,000
Materials co-ordinator: $90-110,000 to $80-130,000
Technical director: $230-290,000 to $250-330,000
Principal design manager: $210-230,000 to $210-250,000
Project manager: $220-250,000 to $230-280,000
Construction manager: $200-240,000 to $220-260,000
Senior project engineer: $140-160,000 to $150-180,000
Senior estimator (10 plus years' experience): $180-210,000 to $200-250,000
Project controls/planning engineer: $90-120,00 to $110-140,000
Contracts administrator: $90-120,000 to $100-135,000
Chief information officer/chief technology officer: $200-260,000 to $200-280,000
Programme manager: $150-220,000 to $175-250,000
Senior project manager: $130-160,000 to $145-185,000
Business analyst: $70-105,000 to $100-125,000
Enterprise architect: $140-180,000 to $160-200,000
Software developer: $65-95,000 to $85-125,000
SOURCE: The Robert Walters Salary Survey 2019 - Queensland