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Demand for skills driving salaries upward across Ireland 

By James Milligan, Director UK & Ireland, EMEA for Technology and Project Solutions


The number of tech roles available in Ireland continues to far outstrip the number of skilled professionals, and this candidate shortage looks set to endure into 2020. According to the Hays Ireland Salary & Recruiting Trends 2020 report, the vast majority (92%) of Irish employers overall have experienced skills shortages in the past 12 months, and 70% state that competition for roles and job opportunities is the main cause of these shortages.

With regards to the tech industry specifically, established enterprises are having to compete with more agile scale-ups for talent, and salaries are on the rise. There has been a 2.0% average salary increase across technology roles, largely a result of the competition between contract and permanent roles in the sector. Demand for digital skills looks set to continue in the areas of development, data science and cyber security, and employers will need to continue to look beyond their traditional talent pools, and consider recruiting hobbyists or sourcing from modern apprenticeship projects.

For employees, the upshot of this demand for talent is that if you work in an area where candidates are in especially short supply, you’ll be in a position to choose from a range of roles with competitive pay rises. In light of this, we’ve taken a look at which roles have seen the greatest salary increases, and will be in the greatest demand as we head into 2020.

Top 10 most in-demand roles for 2020 in tech:

  1. BI Analyst
  2. DevOps Engineer
  3. Software Engineering Lead
  4. Software Developer
  5. Web Developer
  6. Security Engineer
  7. Cloud Engineer
  8. Data Scientist
  9. Cloud Architect
  10. Scrum Master

If your role isn’t on this list, it may be worth using the New Year as an opportunity to revise your skills portfolio and have a think about where you want your career to go. A sideways move or upskilling opportunity may be what you need for a salary boost.

Exactly what skills are employers looking for?

The increasing proliferation of digital transformation and automation projects in the world of work at large is driving the need amongst Irish employers generally for operations skills (38%) and managerial skills (32%). In tech specifically, soft skills such as communication, problem-solving and critical thinking are all in high demand, reflecting the evolution of technology as a function as it moves from simply offering support, to being a core area of the business with the need to work across multiple departments in a wider strategic capacity.

Do you know what you’re worth?

Whether you are planning to move on or remain in your current role, it is vital to know whether you could earn more in line with regional and national averages and your own skillsets and experience.

Once you have this knowledge to hand, you can make the case for a pay increase, or build on those existing skills that are most in demand and would command the highest salary.

Find out how salaries and recruiting trends are changing across the tech function by requesting your copy of the Hays Ireland Salary & Recruiting Trends 2020 guide.

About this author

James is Director of Hays IT, Digital Technology and Project Solutions in the UK, Ireland and EMEA. Having joined in 2000, he is responsible for the strategy of Hays’ Project Solutions, IT and Digital Technology businesses, which includes IT contracting, permanent technology recruitment, resource augmentation and statement of work solutions across both the private and public sectors.


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