From the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics found in the 2005 Philippine Statistical Yearbook, I found some interesting facts regarding the payscales found in the IT sector for 2004.
For companies in the Computer and Related Activities Industry, the highest paid job average belongs to the Computer Engineers. The overall performance is quite good however, as majority of the salary averages are in the 20k mark.
Comparing the programmer’s salary average with a sampling of other job functions in other industries, their pay is quite in the upper echelon of the scale. Considering that they earn more than a University Professor, a Medical Doctor (Employed in a Private Health Facility), a Dentist as well as an airline stewardess. These are of course salary averages, so the deviation might actually be big for the jobs which are historically known to have huge salaries.
Now compare that average programmer salary with a davao programmer from a reputable company who’s starting pay is 9k. Time to outsource to the province where the cost of living is low?
For those whose job profession is as an Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer/Technician. The postal and telecoms sector has the highest pay averages for engineers and technicians.
For Customer Service Representatives, the Banking Sector has the highest pay averages. However, with the poaching going on right now for CSR talents I have to assume that this data has to be offset already. I know of one friend who has been promoted to a Team Lead within the span of just 6 months. Then again, she did transfer companies *snicker*.
When comparing unskilled labor employed in each industry, the IT sector pays quite well for unskilled labor. The definition of Unskilled labor excludes Janitors, Messengers and Freight Handlers. It also gives quite an insight as to which industry is making money as they can afford to give higher pay to job functions which don’t directly contribute to their profit.
Based from my experience, the best way to increase your salary is to jump to another company… hehehe
Source : 2005 Philippine Statistical Yearbook