Web tool calculates tech salary levels in real time

5 Dec 2006

Bosses beware: if the company sales team or the techie staff have begun acting strange lately, there might be a good explanation – they know what they really ought to be getting paid.

The SalesJobs.ie website and its sister site ComputerJobs.ie have put up a real-time salary calculator online, which is derived from current job vacancies being posted around the country. The tool is intended for use by companies looking to hire staff, prospective employees or recruitment agencies.

Employees can use it to gauge current salary expectations, enabling them to achieve maximum bargaining power when looking for a new job in sales or IT. Businesses in recruitment mode can assess what salary they need to offer in order to hire the right person. It’s thought that recruitment agencies could avail of the calculator to keep up to date with current salary levels and manage expectations for both sides prior to a job offer.

Working from a range of drop-down menus, the calculator provides users with the minimum, average and maximum salaries for a range of technical or sales roles across a range of job titles, industry sectors and locations. For example at time of writing, a person with up to five years’ experience seeking a technical support position in central Dublin could expect to earn a base minimum salary of €35,500 up to a current high of €45,973. The same job spec in Limerick commands a lower maximum salary of €31,812.

Niall Kelly, managing director of SalesJobs.ie and ComputerJobs.ie, said there were multiple benefits to the service. “IT and sales staff can feel more confident when negotiating their new salary while employers can feel confident that they are close to the mark when they make a job offer.”

Sean Finnegan, managing director of Richmond Recruitment, one of Ireland’s leading recruitment agencies, welcomed the calculator, calling it “a great guide to use when doing presentations to clients”. He added that the breadth of jobs and sector covered made it a “very realistic barometer” for current salary levels.

By Gordon Smith