Who pays the best IT salaries in Europe?

Lucy Hattersley

Wednesday 4 March 2015

Which IT jobs pay the best in Europe? We take a look at ICT pay across the EU to find out where you’ll get paid the most for what you do.

From the banking centres of London, to the automobile powerhouses of Germany, different European countries have different ICT requirements. So, a key question is: will IT professionals get distinctly more money for the same job depending on where they work in Europe?

The EU identifies 34 European ICT Poles of Excellence (EIPE): London, Munich and Paris are Tier 1 areas. Smaller areas, like Cambridge and Stockholm are in Tier 2. Tier 3 areas are smaller cities with less ICT prestige, such as Dublin and Milan. Could you expect more money from a company operating in a Tier 1 area than in Tier 2, or Tier 3? Where should an IT professional be looking to live and work in Europe?

Robert Walters’ annual Global Salary Survey (GSS) is a good indicator of where different industries and roles are paying across Europe.

The GSS throws up significant variations across Europe. According to the survey, a CIO or CTO working in London can expect remuneration of around £150-220k; in Germany, the same CIO could expect €130-230k, or around two-thirds of the UK equivalent (once the Euro/Sterling exchange rate is taken into account). The same CIO in Paris would be looking at a package averaging between €90k and €140k.

There are differences at all levels, and in all positions. A programme manager in Paris could expect €55-65k, while in London the same position commands £95-120k (€125-157k). There is money to be made moving short distances: Java, .Net and C++ developers can expect €50-70k in Dublin compared to £60-90k (€79-118k) if they relocate to London.

Of course, the relative cost-of-living and lifestyle factors in each city need to be taken into account. However, it seems like  ICT positions on the whole are better remunerated  in London than in Germany or Paris, and that pay moves down in scale as you look into areas with less ICT activity.

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