IT professionals remained in high demand in Ireland in 2011, particularly .Net, Java and C++ specialists, who were able to negotiate a higher salary when switching jobs, according to the Robert Walters Global Salary Survey.
Financial services and insurance companies were very active in IT recruitment in 2011, with an ‘unprecedented’ demand for .Net, Java and C++ specialists, according to the survey.
“Candidate confidence remained high for those with specific sought-after skill sets such as Java, .NET and C++, with many professionals able to command salary increases of 5-10pc when moving roles,” said Conor Higgins from the IT Division at Robert Walters Ireland.
“The demand for project managers with IT experience returned at the start of the year, particularly for contract roles. Overall, we have seen a preference amongst employers for contract hiring since the start of 2012,” he said.
According to the survey, in Dublin, .Net and C# developers earned salaries of between €47,000 and €66,000 per year in 2012, compared to €45,000 to €60,000 in 2011.
Java developers and general software developers in permanent roles get an average salary of between €42,000 and €60,000 per year in 2012. This compares to an average salary of €40,000 to €55,000 in 2011.
However, in London, Java developers managed to get an average salary of between €66,000 and €107,000, while in Sydney, they could get salaries of between €73,000 and €105,000.
The survey expects demand for IT staff in Ireland to remain ‘relatively strong’ in 2012, with continued demand for business analysts and .Net specialists.