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September 22, 2015

UK’s IT pros amongst world’s best paid

Switzerland tops list with an average salary 32% higher than what British experts earn.

By Joao Lima

The UK’s IT professionals are amongst the world’s most well paid in a list topped by Switzerland, Belgium and Denmark.

According to the Worldwide IT Salary 2015 survey, the nation’s IT professionals earn on average $129,322 a year, an increase of .27% when compared to 2014 ($128,970).

Earning more than UK experts are professionals in Switzerland who earn $171,465 per year, followed by Belgium ($152,980), Denmark ($139,920) and the US ($132,877).

All the top six countries maintained their ranking positions when compared to 2014 figures, according to recruitment platform who surveyed IT staff at 9,413 companies worldwide.

At the other end of the rankings are Thailand ($34,423), Vietnam ($30,938) and Bulgaria ($25,680). Compared to 2014, both Vietnam and Bulgaria kept their places with the least well paid IT managers, while Thailand was overtaken by Indonesia and came down one position from a 2014’s average salary of $34,763.

Countries that have moved up in the IT salaries rank when compared to last year include Germany, which reached eighth place with an average salary of $116,454 in 2015, China (14th, $42,689), the Philippines (16th, $37,500) and Indonesia (17th, $34,780).

The remaining countries featuring in the 2015’s rank include Ireland (7th, $122,433), Canada (9th, $115,232), Australia (10th, $112,340), Hong Kong (11th, $105,320), Argentina (12th, $51,380), Czech Republic (13th, 43,219), India (15th, 41,213) and Malaysia (18th, $34,540).

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Rajesh Kumar, CEO at, said: "The impact of outsourcing and off-shoring on IT roles in North America and Western Europe helps explain the pattern of global pay."

Kumar explained that lower-level roles are being moved to regions where talent is cheaper.

He added: "The jobs that remain in Western Europe and the US may be fewer in number, but are more demanding and complex."

The firm said that when conducting the survey, it asked human resources managers at each company about salary scales. The study also did not take into account purchasing power parity.


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