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Tech roles saw most significant salary increases in 2021, says Hays Ireland

13 Dec 2021

DevOps manager, full-stack developer, help desk analyst, site reliability engineer and DevOps engineer were the top five tech roles for salary increases.

Tech salaries have increased by up to 19pc for Irish workers over the past 12 months, according to research from recruitment company Hays Ireland.

Its Salary and Recruiting Trends Guide 2022 saw the company survey 1,500 Irish-based employees and employers. The results suggested that tech, finance and construction roles have seen the biggest rise in salaries over the past year.

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Hays said that tech roles experienced some of the most significant salary increases in 2021, accounting for 10 of the top 20 salary increases in the last 12 months.

The top five salary increases in tech were DevOps manager (up 18.8pc to an average salary of €95,000), full-stack developer (up 16.9pc to €76,000), help desk analyst (up 16.7pc to €35,000), site reliability engineer (up 15.4pc to €75,000) and DevOps engineer (up 15.4pc to €75,000).

Other tech roles that saw strong salary increases this year included CTO (up 13.6pc to €150,000), front-end web developer (up 12.9pc to €70,000), head of development (up 10pc to €110,000) and transformation director (up 8.3pc to €130,000).

“The competition for talent has been a consistent theme across 2021 and we expect this to continue into the New Year,” said Hays Ireland director Maureen Lynch.

Lynch added that it is well documented that Ireland is currently “operating in a candidate-driven market” and this was “reflected in rising salaries across the board”, particularly in areas such as tech.

“From an employer perspective, it is important that we look to identify meaningful solutions to meeting the current demand for talent. The ability of employers to recruit and retain talent is integral to delivering upon their wider business objectives and, at a more macro level, driving the fundamentals of a prosperous Irish economy into 2022 and beyond.”

Another recent report from Hays found that 91pc of Irish employers had experienced recruitment challenges over the past year. Competition for talent and retaining staff amid a market skills shortage were cited as some of the biggest challenges for employers in 2021, and these are due to continue into next year.

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Blathnaid O’Dea
By Blathnaid O’Dea

Blathnaid O’Dea joined Silicon Republic in 2021 as Careers reporter, coming from a background in the Humanities. She likes people, pranking, pictures of puffins – and apparently alliteration.

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