2017 IT Contract Salary & Benefits Guide

Stephen O'Brien 01.01.2017

Short and fixed term hires in IT have been slightly lower than 2015, with a number of employers shifting towards hiring permanent staff.

Software development technologies remain in strong demand, with especially high interest in from the sector in skills like Full Stack and Java Development.

Included in the IT Contract Salary Guide are salary ranges for  Senior IT Management * Contract Rates | Project and Change Management * Contract Rates | Web & Mobile Contract Rates | Online & Digital Contract Rates | Software Testing & QA Contract Rates | .NET Contract Rates | JAVA / C++ Contract Rates | Infrastructure & Support Contract Rates | ERP & CRM Contract Rates | Data Analytics & Business Intelligence Contract Rates | Oracle / SQL Contract Rates | IT Security Contract Rates  |  Commentary

Senior IT Management * Contract Rates

RoleDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Chief Technical Officer (CTO)600 - 850550 - 750500 - 650500 - 600
IT Director *600 - 800550 - 700500 - 600500 - 600
IT Manager450 - 650400 - 600400 - 550400 - 550
Software Developer Manager500 - 650425 - 525400 - 500400 - 500
Infrastructure Manager400 - 550350 - 500350 - 500350 - 500
Technical Architect500 - 600475 - 550400 - 500400 - 500
Software Test Manager400 - 550350 - 500350 - 500350 - 500
QA Manager *400 - 550350 - 500350 - 500350 - 500
Service Delivery Manager *400 - 550375 - 500350 - 475350 - 475
Technical Lead400 - 550350 - 500350 - 500350 - 500

Project and Change Management * Contract Rates

RoleDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Programme Manager500 - 700450 - 650400 - 600400 - 600
Systems Analyst400 - 500300 - 400300 - 400300 - 400
Business Analyst400 - 500350 - 450300 - 400300 - 400
IT Project Manager450 - 600400 - 550400 - 500400 - 500
Product Manager450 - 600400 - 550400 - 500400 - 500
Management Cosultant500 - 700500 - 650500 - 650500 - 650

Web & Mobile Contract Rates

RoleDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
IOS Developer350 - 500350 - 450325 - 425325 - 425
Android Developer350 - 500350 - 450325 - 425325 - 425
Python Developer400 - 550325 - 425300 - 400300 - 400
PHP Developer350 - 500300 - 400300 - 375300 - 375
UX Developer350 - 600350 - 450350 - 450350 - 450
UI Designer340 - 450350 - 450350 - 450350 - 450
JavaScript Developer400 - 550300 - 400300 - 375300 - 375
Ruby On Rails Developer400 - 550325 - 400300 - 375300 - 375

Online & Digital Contract Rates

RoleDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Web Designer250 - 350200 - 300200 - 300200 - 300
Graphic Designer250 - 350200 - 300200 - 300200 - 300

Software Testing & QA Contract Rates

RoleDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Localisation Engineer200 - 300175 - 275175 - 275175 - 275
Technical Writer200 - 300200 - 300200 - 300200 - 300
QA/Test Engineer300 - 450250 - 350250 - 350250 - 350
Software Test Engineer300 - 400250 - 350250 - 350250 - 350
Automation QA Engineer350 - 500350 - 425350 - 425350 - 425
System Tester300 - 400250 - 350250 - 350250 - 350
Performance Tester350 - 500350 - 425350 - 425350 - 425
Test Consultant350 - 500300 - 450300 - 450300 - 450
Test Analyst250 - 350250 - 350250 - 350250 - 350

.NET Contract Rates

RoleDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
.Net Developer350 - 500350 - 450325 - 425325 - 425
SharePoint Developer400 - 600400 - 550400 - 500400 - 500
ASP.Net Developer350 - 500350 - 450325 - 425325 - 425
C# Developer350 - 500350 - 450325 - 425325 - 425
VB.Net Developer300 - 450300 - 400300 - 400300 - 400
Software Development Manager (.Net)450 - 650450 - 600400 - 550400 - 550

JAVA / C++ Contract Rates

RoleDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Java Developer400 - 500350 - 450325 - 425325 - 425
Java GUI Developer400 - 500350 - 450325 - 425325 - 425
Software Development Architect500 - 600450 - 550400 - 500400 - 500
Front End Developer350 - 450300 - 400300 - 400300 - 400
Bac End Developer350 - 450300 - 400300 - 400300 - 400
Lead Java Developer450 - 550400 - 500400 - 475400 - 475
Software Development Manager (Java)500 - 650450 - 600400 - 550400 - 550
C++/C Developer350 - 450300 - 400300 - 350300 - 350

Infrastructure & Support Contract Rates

RoleDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Systems Admin
(Unix/Linux/Windows)
250 - 400250 - 375250 - 375250 - 375
DevOps Engineer400 - 600350 - 500350 - 475350 - 475
Cloud Architect500 - 750500 - 700500 - 700500 - 700
Helpdes Support150 - 220150 - 220150 - 200150 - 200
Application Support250 - 350225 - 325200 - 300200 - 300
Senior Support Analyst200 - 300200 - 300200 - 275200 - 275
Destop Support Engineer220 - 300200 - 300200 - 275200 - 275
SAN Specialist250 - 400250 - 375250 - 375250 - 375
Citrix Specialist300 - 450250 - 375250 - 375250 - 375
VMWare Specialist350 - 500300 - 450300 - 450300 - 450
Telecoms Engineer300 - 400250 - 350250 - 350250 - 350
Cisco Certified Networ Engineer300 - 450300 - 450300 - 400300 - 400
CCNP /CCIE Engineering400 - 650450 - 550450 - 550450 - 550

ERP & CRM Contract Rates

RoleDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
SAP Consultant500 - 700500 - 700500 - 700500 - 700
FI/CO Consultant500 - 700500 - 700500 - 700500 - 700
ABAP Developer400 - 600400 - 600400 - 600400 - 600
SAP Basis Administrator450 - 600450 - 600450 - 600450 - 600
CRM Consultant450 - 650450 - 650450 - 650450 - 650
Oracle Applications Consultant500 - 700500 - 700500 - 700500 - 700

Data Analytics & Business Intelligence Contract Rates

RoleDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
BI Consultant    
Data Warehouse Consultant450 - 600400 - 550400 - 550400 - 550
Solutions Architect500 - 650475 - 550400 - 550400 - 550
Director Web Analytics450 - 650400 - 550400 - 550400 - 550
Data Scientist400 - 550350 - 500350 - 500350 - 500
Data Architect500 - 650475 - 550400 - 550400 - 550
Data Analyst300 - 400275 - 375275 - 325275 - 325
BI Developer350 - 500325 - 475300 - 450300 - 450
Datawarehouse Developer350 - 500325 - 475300 - 450300 - 450
Analytics Manager450 - 600400 - 550400 - 550400 - 550
Reports Developer275 - 400250 - 350250 - 350250 - 350
BI Architect500 - 650475 - 550400 - 550400 - 550

Oracle / SQL Contract Rates

RoleDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
SQL Developer350 - 450300 - 400275 - 375275 - 375
SQL DBA450 - 550400 - 500400 - 500400 - 500
Oracle DBA450 - 550400 - 500400 - 500400 - 500
Oracle Developer350 - 450300 - 400275 - 375275 - 375

IT Security Contract Rates

RoleDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Head of Security550 - 750500 - 700500 - 700500 - 700
IS Security Architect450 - 600450 - 600400 - 550400 - 550
Security Engineer400 - 500375 - 475375 - 475375 - 475
IT Security Analyst375 - 450350 - 450350 - 450350 - 450
Cyber Security Consultant400 - 550400 - 550400 - 500400 - 500
IT Auditor400 - 550400 - 550400 - 550400 - 550
IS Manager450 - 550450 - 550450 - 550450 - 550
Risk Analyst350 - 450350 - 450350 - 450350 - 450

Commentary on IT Roles and Contract Rates in Ireland for 2017

Employers are looking for longer term options on projects as these tend to be far more cost effective than contract hires. Concurrently, job seekers themselves are pushing towards longer term deals as benefit packages associated with these roles having improved, with the likes of share options being significant factors in candidates’ decision making. This has turned heads for a number of “career” IT contractors due to the potential financial rewards.

However, there is still a skills shortage in software development resulting in a continued demand for IT contract professionals for the foreseeable future - especially if a permanent staff member hands in their notice or when a project release is due.

Within software development, the main technologies that are sought after by employers are people with either Full Stack, Java or .Net development skills. Companies are trying to hire more local talent, but due to the skills shortage, a number of candidates are being sourced from abroad. Companies are also starting to offer remote working opportunities, particularly for those based abroad, in order to attract the best talent available.

2017 should be an interesting year for IT contractors. Whilst the market is pushing towards permanent hires, a talent shortfall nationwide should open up a number of new opportunities for contractors. 
 

 

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