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Despite the global economic difficulties, the Romanian IT-sector doesn’t seem to suffer at all. IT is still one of the best-performing Romanian sectors, where companies are rivaling for the best specialists, and the salaries are generally well above the Romanian average monthly net salary of 450 USD (approximately 330 EUR).
Earlier this fall there were news that big league players such as IBM, Oracle, Dell and Ericsson are considering to further expand their operations in Romania, and there is no sign that the healthy growth of this sector will have to suffer anytime in the near future.
According to a survey conducted by the Qualia head hunting agency, there were no salary cuts in the IT field during the difficult year of 2010. Instead of reducing their salary expenses, IT companies were trying to compensate their outages by replacing less productive employees with new, well-qualified staff.
Qualia points out that international companies rely more and more on outsourcing, therefore future looks good for the Romania’s outsourcing industry. Romanian companies are still looking to hire experienced people, especially specialists in Java and related technologies. However, an increasing number of software development companies prefer employment based on flexible, project-based contracts.
But how much do these specialists actually earn? There are no widely accepted and precise statistics. Besides the official numbers given by the National Institute of Statistics (which are too general to be useful), the head hunting agencies and employees have their own figures.
The numbers I present in this post are based on statistics from Ghidul Salariilor [update 08/12/2016: the platform is no longer active], the most popular Romanian on-line platform for wage survey. The platform is specialized in the IT industry, and because professionals are asked to give anonymous information about their salaries every three months, it gives the most accurate data possible.
The public salary level for each position is based on the average salary of at least 10 software developers, but sometimes more than 100 people working in the given position. I always talk about net monthly income in USD (and in EUR), and I will only present the median salary, not considering the highest and lowest salaries for the position.
As a general rule, the IT wages are highest in the Romanian capital, Bucharest. An average technical position pays 1,470 USD (1,100 EUR), while the salary for a management position is 2,030 USD (1,500 EUR).
In Cluj, one of the largest provincial IT hubs, the salaries are about 10-15% lower than in Bucharest, and this is applicable to other cities as well. In Cluj, an IT specialist working in a technical position earns 1,250 USD (930 EUR), while management staff makes around 1,875 USD (1400 EUR).
Developer wages vary upon the certificates obtained by a professional. A qualification in Microsoft (MCSE, MCP), CISCO (CCNA, CCNP, CCIE), Security (CISSP, CISA), Service Management (ITIL), Project Management (PMP), PRINCE2 can give a salary boost of 10-50% to an IT professional.
Just as elsewhere, the toughest job for outsourcing companies is to attract and keep best talent, especially when cool local product companies emerge and foreign well-funded startups and established companies open their development centers in Eastern Europe. Get in touch with us for free advice on selecting reliable outsourcing suppliers with strong HR brands and relevant expertise.
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