Our 2017 Salary Guide offers key recruitment insights within Project & Change Management, covering permanent salaries and contract rates across the Australian market.
* All salaries quoted exclude superannuation
|Project Manager (Projects $2m - $5m)||$130,000 - $150,000|
|Senior Project Manager (Projects $5m - $10m)||$150,000 - $180,000|
|Program Manager||$180,000 - $220,000|
|Senior Program Manager||$210,000 - $260,000|
|Manager (Black Belt)||$140,000 - $180,000|
|Lead Manager (Senior / Master Black Belt)||$190,000 - $210,000|
|Change Analyst||$110,000 - $125,000|
|Change Manager||$130,000 - $150,000|
|Senior Change Manager||$160,000 - $190,000|
|Head of Change||$190,000 - $250,000|
|Scrum Master||$130,000 - $150,000|
|Agile Coach||$160,000 - $180,000|
|Business Process Analyst||$110,000 - $130,000|
|Business Analyst Manager||$160,000 - $180,000|
|Lead Business Analyst||$140,000 - $160,000|
|Senior Business Analyst||$120,000 - $150,000|
|Business Analyst||$80,000 - $120,000|
|Project Manager (Projects $2m - $5m)||$800 - $950|
|Senior Project Manager (Projects $5m - $10m)||$900 - $1,100|
|Programme Manager||$1,100 - $1,300|
|Senior Programme Manager||$1,200 - $1,500|
|Manager (Black Belt)||$800 - $950|
|Lead Manager (Senior / Master Black Belt)||$1,000 - $1,400|
|Change Analyst||$550 - $700|
|Change Manager||$750 - $950|
|Senior Change Manager||$950 - $1,200|
|Head of Change||$1,300 - $1,800|
|Agile Coach||$1000 - $1400|
|Process Analyst||$600 - $750|
|Business Process Analyst||$600 - $750|
|Business Analyst Manager||$1000 - $1100|
|Lead Business Analyst||$900 - $1000|
|Senior Business Analyst||$700 - $900|
|Business Analyst||$600 - $700|
|BA - Agile||$700 - $900|
Last year the Projects and Change space saw a huge demand for Agile candidates across all levels. Agile candidates were increasingly hired on contract basis to meet immediate demand within a variety of projects as we continues to see the term ‘Agile’ spread from IT and software companies out to the banks, globals and multinationals. This was coupled with the continued need for candidates with a Lean Six Sigma background, or experience within Digital Transformation, candidates who could provide all this were in high demand.
Things carry over very similarly to this coming year, where the key roles in demand are still Agile Deliver Consultants, Agile Coaches, Change Managers and Mid-level Project Managers, and indeed any candidates across all levels with Lean Six-Sigma qualifications.
We have had to manage a surprising challenge this year as a follow on from last year’s heavily contract focused recruitment, as the market is now saturated with candidates familiar with contracting, daily rates and the flexibility that allows them, we have seen an increased demand for permanent or fixed term contract hires, in a now tough environment to find them.
With the market conditions being tighter for a number of our clients, the money being spent on large, company-wide transformation projects is being more tightly controlled. At the same time, all companies are looking at becoming more customer-centric, digital, or cost-efficient and need to run transformation projects to help them achieve this.
Regulatory requirements in the Financial services space is continuing to drive project spend and resources requirements, often on a temporary basis, so it is here we see the consistent contract recruitment carry through from last year. Because of this we are seeing a surprising push towards getting more candidates on a fixed term contract rate rather than a daily rate, obviously as a reaction to cost-cutting initiatives whilst still not needing the investment of a permanent hire.
Projects can almost be considered an anomaly bucking the current gender equality trend that leans towards favouring and up-skilling women. We have actually seen a slightly higher percentage of females in change management positions although when you look at the most senior levels of leadership this would not be the case. Across all other role types, there tends to be a fairly even split between males and females.
Agile experience will continue to be the main skill set in demand across Projects and Change this year, as it is certainly in global demand, and is advantageous in allowing candidates with this specific experience to move freely between international roles. We have first-hand experience with candidates from the UK, North and South America and Asia all successfully relocating this year.
Salaries are looking to remain fairly stagnant across the Projects and Change space; however for the skill sets in demand, such as Agile Delivery and Change management, candidates can expect an increased daily rate.
Additional certifications or qualifications in Agile/Scrum or Lean Six Sigma are recommended to those looking to take the next step, although it is still vital to couple this with the hands-on experience that is most highly regarded. Institutes like the PMI and CMI are often very helpful when deciding on the right course for you.