[Linux-aus] Salary Survey

Bret Busby bret at busby.net
Tue Jun 7 09:54:02 UTC 2005

On Tue, 7 Jun 2005, Ian Wienand wrote:

> Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2005 09:47:07 +1000
> From: Ian Wienand <ianw at ieee.org>
> To: linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au
> Subject: Re: [Linux-aus] Salary Survey
> On Mon, Jun 06, 2005 at 09:11:09PM +1000, Pia Waugh wrote:
>> I think it'd be interesting, and also having a polling functionality
>> would be cool at any rate. Want to set it up? ;)
> I couldn't commit time to develop a custom solution; but if someone
> knows of a good open source polling/questionnaire builder that has
> some sort of minimal level of anti-spoofing and security I'd be
> willing to set it up and admin it.  Alternatively it could be part of
> MemberDB?
> -i

I think that one thing to be wary of, if it is connected to MemberDB, is 
the potential for loss of anonymity of people who would supply the 
information, which could be a disincentive to participate.

For such a survey, possible questions could include:
1. Highest level of computing qualification obtained/ partially
2. Level of computing qualification currently being undertaken
3. Employed or Self-employed/contractor
4. Current salary/annual gross income (to include
5. Proportion of current working hours spent working with open source
6. Has/is proportion of working hours spent with open source software,
    increasing or decreasing?
7. Computing/professional organisations of which you are currently a

With 1 and 2 including both academic (university/TAFE, etc) 
qualifications and industry certifications, both open source and 

I think that a survey that included the above information, could provide 
an interesting snapshot.

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
  you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
   Chapter 28 of
   "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
   A Trilogy In Four Parts",
   written by Douglas Adams,
   published by Pan Books, 1992


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