It is one of the few sectors in countercycling economic. In information technologies (TI), the scarcity of available talent, still far below demand, continues to stir up wage ranges in Portugal.
By the numbers of the consultant Robert Walters, the salary the professions the TI continue to rise this year, a trend that has been visible over the past few years. There are three technological profiles highlighted in 2021: data & analytics manager, DevOps engineer e cyber security manager. The consultant’s figures are the result of an annual survey, which establishes annual salary ranges, divided by years of experience (between two and five years, five and ten years and ten or more years of experience). Due to the novelty of any of these professions on the market, the area of ten or more years of experience does not always exist.
For this year, specifically among the three most sought after profiles, the best remunerations at the beginning of their career belong to data & analytics managers, with a salary range between 65 thousand and 80 thousand euros annually. After all, remuneration These professionals’ monthly fees may exceed 5700 euros, at the maximum point of the interval. Last year, the range was between 68 and 70 thousand euros per year (2 to 5 years of experience).
Between five and ten years of experience, the annual remuneration of a data & analytics manager varies between 90 and 100 thousand euros per year. In the best possible scenario, with the division for 14 months, the highest salary for this type of experience will exceed 7100 euros. Compared to 2020, the salary range increased by ten thousand euros.
In the case of DevOps engineer, between two and five years of experience, the maximum ceiling has risen by five thousand euros compared to 2020, now standing between 50 and 60 thousand euros. Up to ten years of experience, this type of professional can earn between 70 and 85 thousand euros.
The monthly remuneration will be around six thousand euros per month, the maximum end of the interval.
Finally, completing the top 3, a profile linked to the security area: cyber security manager. Robert Walters estimates that, with a maximum of five years of career, in 2021 the annual salary may be between 35 and 45 thousand euros. With up to ten years of experience, a professional like this can earn between 55 and 70 thousand euros per year.
Note that, among the three most sought after profiles, this is the only profession with more than ten years of experience. In this situation, this profile could earn between 75 and 90 thousand euros per year.
Quality testers and analysts receive less
Robert Walters’ list of annual salary ranges is extensive, covering areas such as management, development, product, sales, ERP (process management software), security, data and analytics, administration and infrastructure.
Between two and five years of experience, testers and QA analysts (quality analysts) receive the least: between 25 and 35 thousand euros per year. That is, a monthly salary may be up to 2500 euros, at most. It should also be noted that this is one of the only professions in the table where there is no forecast of a salary increase in 2021, in any of the different years of experience.
With up to a decade of experience, a tester / QA analyst can earn 45 to 50 thousand euros per year.
At the other extreme, the best remunerations in an early career stage belong to DevOps engineers (between 50 to 60 thousand euros, an increase of five thousand euros), data architects (55 to 65 thousand euros / year) and data scientists ( 50 to 80 thousand euros per year).
Chief information officer with low salary
According to the salary table made available, in the area of management, chief information officer is one of the few professions with annual salary reduction in 2021. If in 2020 the salary range varied between 95 and 125 thousand euros, this year the annual remuneration becomes from 90 to 120 thousand euros.
In the development area, there is a relative stabilization of wages, as is the case of OutSystems developers, who continue with the salary ranges equal to those of 2020. With two to five years of experience, the annual salary varies between 30 r 45 thousand euros ; 45 ra 55 thousand euros per year up to ten years of experience and, in more advanced stages, between 55 and 75 thousand euros.
Wages below what is paid in northern Europe
Despite much above the national average, the remuneration of the technology area in Portugal is still below the values of northern Europe. Ruben Vidal, head of IT at Robert Walters, shares that many of these professions have “more global wages”, given that “many of the jobs are done remotely”. Some even take the opportunity to work for Nordic companies from here, making use of the low cost of living in Portugal.
“A good idea is to live in Portugal, due to the cost of living, and to have a contract with an American company, for example, or with countries in northern Europe, which normally have higher salaries than in Portugal”, exemplifies . “Most of the talent that is coming to Portugal comes for that reason, due to the reduced cost of living.”
At a time when remote work has broken distances, Ruben Vidal notes that “it is not very common to find totally remote jobs in Portugal”, but that the “pandemic has allowed companies to change the traditional model to start betting on new alternatives”. One of them are more flexible models, something that for the consultant’s head of IT should be on the table. “We have to be more goal oriented and not spend hours sitting in an office”, he stresses.
To face the demand for talent in IT, Vidal notes the importance of betting on “talent from Latin America and South America”. “I think it is a key factor, there are very good candidates in these regions and we have to make things easier, not only for Portugal but also for Spain and the rest of Europe. We have to try to take advantage of these talented professionals and bring them to here, where we have a high demand. ” However, the current pandemic situation creates obstacles. “With the current situation, all procedures are taking too long and we need to get things done faster.”