IT sector beats downward salary pressures

13 Jan 2009

Salaries in the local IT sector remain healthy despite the recent threat of job losses, the latest salary guide from maintains.

According to Niall Kelly, director of, there was an obvious large decline in the property and construction sectors advertising for staff, although technical sales reps remain high in demand.

“The IT sector remains quite healthy, despite the recent threat of job losses,” Kelly said. “Facility service providers and renewable energy companies continue to hire staff as their sector continues a steady growth path despite the economic downturn.”

Kelly said he also saw a large growth in job roles advertised in the medical sales sector, which has surpassed the FMCG sector, as well as the media sales sector which saw a high demand for online marketing sales executives as more businesses compete for high search engine positioning and sales online.

“The business sales executive role was highest in demand in 2008, with average salary offerings of €45,000,” Kelly said.

In the IT/telecoms sector, sales directors can expect to earn between €76,000 and €112,000; sales managers between €58,000 and €80,000; account managers/executives between €40,000 and €52,000; technical sales between €48,000 and €59,000; and software sales between €41,000 and €51,000.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy
By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years. His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.

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