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Qualifications and pay up in Jordan's ICT sector says int@j

Survey by int@j and ISS shows levels of certification and salaries have grown with Jordan's ICT sector

Qualifications and pay up in Jordan's ICT sector says int@j
Increased salaries and better qualifications are a mark of Jordan's maturing ICT sector, says int@j.

Levels of IT qualifications, and of remuneration, have increased in Jordan, according to a survey by the Information Technology Association of Jordan (int@j)

The survey, which was conducted by int@j in cooperation with Integrated Standard Solution (ISS), surveyed 30 companies in Jordan's ICT sector in March this year.

The key finding of the study was that in comparison with data from 2004, the levels of qualifications in ICT has increased, and that salaries have also risen, which int@j says is a clear indication of improvement in the ICT Sector in Jordan in terms of quality and maturity.

The Jordanian ICT sector has grown to approximately $2.4 billion in revenue in 2008 including approximately $1 billion in IT alone. In reflection, the sector perceived a development in the organizational structures, salaries, benefits and overall compensation levels.

The study found that among technical support officer roles, all of the respondents had a bachelor degree in ICT or related subject, compared to 77% in 2004, with 23% of respondents holding a 2-year diploma in an IT related subject.

Among technical managers and directors, the study found that most were qualified to at least a masters-level degree, with minimum experience of ten years.

The improved standard of qualifications is reflected in enhanced salaries in the sector as well. The median annual salary for a senior system analyst increased from JD24,000 ($33,900) to JD29,000 ($40,900), while other technical positions also experienced a small percentage increase. On the administrative side, the median salary for a financial manager went from JD11,220 ($15,800) to JD28,600 ($40,400). int@j said that the increase in salaries on the administrative side of businesses can be traced to the expansion of the scale of operations of Jordanian ICT companies, which has increased these positions' responsibilities and compensation.

The survey also revealed that CEOs are paid between JD2,000 ($2,800) and JD7,285 ($10,300) per month, while operations and logistics directors are the best paid positions in the ICT sector earning JD3,480 to 7,321 ($4,900 to $10,300) reflecting the development of operations managers' roles. Furthermore, the highest paid programmers in the sector are Java Software Developers, who are paid twice as much as .net developers.

The survey covered job categorization, leveling, classifications, evaluation, salaries, with the surveyed data, being analyzed to formulate specific job titles, categories and levels in the sector.

int@j, is an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry-support association, founded in 2000 with the aim to improve the dynamics of Jordan's ICT market and develop the Kingdom's ICT related activities, and includes more than 175 local and global companies working in IT, Telecom, and IT enabled services (Outsourcing).

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