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We have seen strong and consistent growth in the Victorian economy over the last decade. The Victorian economy has maintained a triple-A credit rating over the past 18 years which is a reflection of the state's consistently strong economic performance.     

Over the past nine months, we have seen a slight shift in the economy which has impacted the technology and digital sectors slowing down projects in both Public and Private sector. This is predominantly due to economic confidence and a number of large digital and transformation projects coming to an end.

We have seen strong growth in our International Education Sector, which is Victoria’s largest service-based export.  A number of our Higher Education partners have continued to invest in technology to ensure they have a strong growth platform. The outlook for hiring demand will remain consistent over the next six to nine months with strong demands for specialist skills in Cloud, Security, Data and Development.


Top trends:

  • Autonomous things – robots, drones and autonomous vehicles.

  • The use of AI to Automate functions previously performed by humans.

  • VR to overtake AR – Experts forecast VR to overtake AR (augmented reality software)

  • Energy efficiency and sustainable development – smart tools, integrated platforms, smart data solutions and sustainable energy to replace coal

Simon Yeung
General Manager - VIC


69,681 technology professionals, with an average tenure of 1.4 years.


Contract: Support Manager, Database Developer, Change Manager, Perm: Help Desk Support, Project Coordinator, Tester


Mobile Developers, Data Specialists, Salesforce – Developers and Architects


Training and development, flexible working conditions, career development


NAB, Telstra, ANZ, NBN, Infosys


67% Male

33% Female

*The information in this site has been retrieved from sources with gender binary data. We acknowledge those who do not fit within this rigid framework and understand there are many more gender identities beyond the binary.


Melbourne is a mecca for people who want to live in a vibrant city with access to the best food, wine, art and culture. The rapid growth of the technology industry, supported by the fact Melbourne is home to more than half of Australia’s top 20 tech companies means that the city is attracting some of the world’s best tech talent.


Named as the most liveable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit for six years in a row due to the city’s dynamic business environment, education opportunities, quality of life and globally connected multicultural communities. The costs of living are on par with Sydney with housing slightly less, but as you will see in this guide the salaries are relative to the costs and as they say, you get what you pay for.   

All prices quoted are in local currency.

Average cost of a coffee


Average commute 

32 mins

Average cost of renting a 1 bed in the city 


Average gym membership per month 



Permanent roles are annual salaries and contract rates are hourly. All data is in local currency. Salaries are exclusive of superannuation. Contractor rate is the rate paid to the contractor.

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It's a good time to be working in technology in Australia and New Zealand, with demand high across most sectors. We break down each major city in detail.

02 / ANZ

Talent’s growing US operation is focused specifically on the life sciences sector in San Francisco, and digital and tech in New York. Explore each city to find out our latest insights from these rapidly growing spaces.

01 / USA

In a year of great political uncertainty how has the tech market held up? Find out what's happening across four of the UK's biggest tech hubs.

03 / UK

Germany is a European powerhouse. Explore how the nation's capital is rapidly becoming a mecca for European startups and discover what new tech on the rise in Düsseldorf.

04 / Germany