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Recent Australia Java Contracting thoughts?

Susan Gapper
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Joined: Mar 11, 2008
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Hello everyone,

I have searched the forum for Australian advice but it all seems over a year out of date, I hope that you can help me out with some recent info?

I am moving to Sydney in March from the UK and will be looking for java web application development roles (middle tier Oracle (BEA) WebLogic is my specific area of experience).

I worked for 4 years in government contracts in total (2 years in small company with lots of design and architecture responsibilities, 1 year in a multinational and 1 year as an independent contractor both with analysis and development responsibilities). I have an MSc in Computer Science (2003) and SCJP (2005)/SCWCD(2007) both 1.4.

I have travelled for a year with my husband and now we want to settle in Australia (we have permanent residency via Skills Assessment).

I would like to contract again in Australia but cannot seem to find Australian-specific advise about starting up a company (I had a Ltd company in the UK) or salary expectations for contractors.

Chatting to a former colleague yesterday, the going rate in the UK is now about £450 a day at her place (AUD$790).

I'd be really interested in your thoughts and experiences... tackling the year gap with certificate upgrades and such is the next job!

Many thanks,

Susan.
arulk pillai
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Joined: May 31, 2007
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-- You can either talk to an accountant about starting your own company or join one of the umbrella companies as a pay as you go employee for a fee of 3%-4.5% of your gross income. For example http://www.lester.com.au/, etc. With your own company, you have to arrange for indemnity insurance, manage your BAS statements, etc. If you are with an umbrella company, they take care of everything and easier to take loans (in my view) as well. I have been with Lesters for the past 5 years. You will have to work out the pros and cons. Here are some links on this.

-- http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/735764.html


-- http://www.frontierjobs.com.au/ContractorManagementCompanies.html




-- Contract rates vary based on your experience, skills, role, type of organization, etc between A$500.00 per day to A$1100.00 (This is more for an architect, team lead roles) per day. Currently the average is about A$600 per day. You can check the job advertisements to get a better idea. Guide only --> http://www.hays.com.au/salary/pdfs09/Information%20Technology.pdf

-- http://gurus.com.au/?gclid=CO_ToYuEpZ8CFQxbagodt0u5aQ

-- http://www.careerone.com.au/it-jobs?247SEO=N&CMP=KNC-SEM&referrer=gjobsearch&type=P&WT.srch=1

-- http://www.indeed.com.au/Java-jobs

-- http://employment.byron.com.au/search_results.asp?search=simple&cat=19&loc=&word1=java&source=GoogleAdWordsSearch



Good luck.





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Susan Gapper
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Joined: Mar 11, 2008
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That's great, thanks very much - I'll have a look at those sites and maybe speak to an accountant.

We certainly found that having our own company was worth more to us than an umbrella in the UK.
Is there an aussie equivalent of Companies House?
arulk pillai
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Check this --> http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/735764.html

All depends on the cost of the insurance. Many companies demand indemnity & liability insurance.
Susan Gapper
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Joined: Mar 11, 2008
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arulk pillai wrote:Check this --> http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/735764.html

All depends on the cost of the insurance. Many companies demand indemnity & liability insurance.


Yes, and I've always had insurance through PCG in the UK. I wonder if anyone knows the Oz equivalent?
It seems that the umbrella/Ltd company argument is the same in Australia as the UK so I'll have to do a lot of research.
Billy Tsai
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do you consider permanent position?
Susan Gapper
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Joined: Mar 11, 2008
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Billy Tsai wrote:do you consider permanent position?


Are you offering?
I think it's quite difficult to get a really good permanent position straight away so I'm being realistic in asking about contracting roles. Plus the extra money and the flexibility will help in settling myself and my husband to start with.
 
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