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The average salary for tech professionals has been revealed

6 Oct 2017

The survey, conducted by Computer Weekly, found that women in tech earn 25pc less than men.

The average tech professional in the UK and Ireland earns between £50,000 and £75,000, according to new figures reported by Computer Weekly in their 2017-2018 salary survey.

The survey, which polled more than 1,200 employees in the tech industry both here and across the pond, found that at least 25pc of tech workers receive this salary.

The survey also found that 47pc of those in the technology industry with three years of experience or less earn at least £35,000. Of those with three years experience or less, 20pc earn between £35,000 and £50,000 a year and 8pc earn between £100,000 and £150,000.

In many cases, the salary figures reported by tech employees were higher than those reported in Computer Weekly’s 2016 survey. The average salary for employees with fewer than seven years of experience is £49,012, an increase of £6,177.

The figures plateau the longer an employee remains in the industry, with the average salary of those with between seven and 19 years of experience at £71,012 and rising to £79,064 for employees with at least 20 years’ experience.

Most alarmingly, the survey found sizeable gender disparity in reported salaries, with women in tech earning an average of 25pc less than their male counterparts. This wage gap is observed across all roles regardless of years of experience. In certain roles, such as senior management, the gap is higher and women can expect to earn less than half the salary a man earns.

Additionally, women’s salaries decrease in the middle of their careers. Those who have between eight and 12 years of experience make more, on average, than women with between 13 and 19 years of experience.  

While men see a small drop in average salary at between four and seven years of experience, their average salaries subsequently increase with time.

The survey also discovered that one-third of IT employees in the UK and Ireland feel that they require more formal training to progress in their career, despite the fact that more than half of IT professionals are receiving some form of formal training or training funding from their employer.

For a breakdown of the figures from the salary survey, check out the infographic below.

Infographic: Computer Weekly

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Eva Short
By Eva Short

Eva Short was a journalist at Silicon Republic, specialising in the areas of tech, data privacy, business, cybersecurity, AI, automation and future of work, among others.

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