It’s all about the money in IT

The majority of employees considering a change of job count on a higher salary in their new position. It’s worth looking around the IT industry as for a number of years it has been one of the better paid market sectors with salaries far above the national average. Among IT programmers specialising in the most popular programming languages, the highest paid are mobile application creators (averaging 7,200 PLN) and JAVA coders (averaging 7,000 PLN). How can you manage your career path to earn more?


At the end of last year the Sedlak & Sedlak consulting company issued the “HR problems in IT companies” report, describing the biggest obstacles appearing in recruitment. The most significant is the shortage of applicants with the expected qualifications; 88% of those surveyed highlighted this problem. The second most important aspect went to the low salaries offered by companies.

Smaller companies find it hard to compete with large, international IT corporations. High salaries aside, they offer also a number of perks, which can be very hard for small entities to finance – says Sylwia Wieteska, HR Specialist in Hicron, IT system integrator. We’re noticing a growing trend of employees being aware of their rights. Companies extend their social packages to offer not only private healthcare or sports cards, but also vouchers, holidays or language course subsidies, or complimentary fruit five days a week. A lot of attention is paid to team interests and the development of hobbies, for instance, financial support for sports groups or other interest groups created or proposed by the employees. These many options, salary aside, tend to draw applicants in – she adds.


Programming languages knowledge in demand

The less popular and at the same time more sought after the specialisation, the higher the chance of a satisfactory salary. This is clearly visible especially in the IT industry, where the most valuable employees are often hard-to-find programmers with skills sets that are of key importance to the company’s business operation.

The rarer the technology the higher the salary. Often times the situation here is quite peculiar in that it is the employee who dictates the terms and conditions. Companies are ready to pay such programmers a dozen or so thousand PLN per month. When it comes to more popular technologies, the best paid ones include mobile applications where the median of monthly gross salaries of the most experienced programmers is about 7,200 PLN. That’s about twice the average salary reported by GUS (Poland’s Central Statistical Office). A quarter of mobile app specialists earn more than 8,833 PLN gross per month – says Damian Pokrywka, Salary Specialist at Sedlak & Sedlak.


The older you are the more you earn

The more years spent in the industry and the more experience gained, the higher salary offered by the employer. A beginner in .NET technology earns 4,000 PLN on average, experienced employees can easily earn over nine thousand gross PLN per month.

Salary levels may also vary depending on the form of contract: self-employment, employment agreements, or contracts differ in many details, including the extent of the employer’s costs, and may be a strong argument in the initial phase of negotiations. Sedlak & Sedlak’s data says, that a more permanent contract is more beneficial than one-off employment agreement: in case of experienced specialists the difference is about 624 PLN monthly, but a head of the department may gain 5,115 PLN.


Profitable business means higher salaries

Employee salary depends also on the annual income of the company. Senior IT specialists will earn 8,103 PLN in the company with up to 25mn PLN in revenue. If they manage to get a job in the company with the income over 200mn PLN – salary may rise up to 9,850 PLN.

The Polish IT company market is undergoing a dynamic development process change and even smaller companies (hiring 200-300 employees), offering equally appealing salaries, begin to enter the stage. These companies often win not only thanks in financial terms, but also due to their less formalised structure, higher employee autonomy and non-standard development possibilities – says Sylwia Wieteska.


An office with a view

Regions which are bases of operations of the largest number of similarly-profiled companies, have witnessed a stepping up to the fight for the employee, which directly relates to increasing salaries. A Java programmer in the Mazovian and Lower Silesian regions will earn 7,000 PLN, in Silesian – 5,600 PLN, whereas in the Lubelskie region only 4,100 PLN – slightly more than the national average. Also, the lower and upper quartiles are shaped differently. To compare: in the Lower Silesian region a quarter of Java programmers earn less than 4,700 PLN, whereas in the Lubelskie region this indicator in 2014 was at 3,000 PLN.


Employee wanted now!

Demand for IT specialists has been growing for couple of years. Human resource shortages have been especially severe in cases of dynamically developing companies, in which the recruitment process is almost a continuous one.

A permanent recruitment process is becoming a common thing in many IT companies, including Hicron. Right now we are looking, among others, for Java and .Net programmers. To satisfy our staff requirements we have to hire around 20 people. Demand for specialists in this area is huge and ever growing; especially in cities like Wrocław or Warsaw, which are becoming bases of operations for a growing number of IT companies – sums up Szymon Włochowicz, Solutions Architect and Enterprise Mobility Team Leader in Hicron.

In the age of huge demand for ICT sector specialists it is worthwhile to plan your career development path around interesting and challenging projects as well as potential financial profits. Form of employment, size of the company, its location and our professional profile – these are but a few of the main factors which lead to professional satisfaction in the IT industry job market.

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Article based on Sedlak & Sedlak consulting company’s data published in following reports: Salaries in IT in 2013, and Sedlak & Sedlak Salary report for IT – 2015.