2019 Technology Contract Salary Guide

Andrew Connolly 24.12.2018

2019 contract rates for Technology professionals such as Cyber Security Manager, UX Designer & IOS Developer

Contents:

 

Senior IT Management & Project Management Contract Rates  (€)

 DublinCorkLimerickWaterfordGalway
Chief Technical Officer (CTO)
 
Low800650600600600
High1,200900850850850
Average800750750750750
 
IT Director
 
Low550650650650650
High700900900900900
Average600750750750750
 
IT Manager
 
Low450450400400450
High700600600600600
Average550500500500500
 
Infrastructure Manager
 
Low450450400400450
High600600600600600
Average500500500500500
 
 
Software Development Manager
 
Low500450450450450
High700600600600600
Average600500500500500
 
Software Test Manager
 
Low400380350350350
High600580550550550
Average500450420420420
 
Technical Architect
 
Low500475475475475
High700575575575575
Average600525525525525
 
Service Delivery Manager
 
Low400400400400400
High600550550550550
Average500475475475475
 
Head of PMO
 
Low650600600600600
High1,000850850850850
Average850700700700700
 
 
Programme Manager
 
Low550500500500500
High900700700700700
Average750600600600600
 
PMO Analyst
 
Low250275250250250
High350400375375375
Average300325300300300
 
IT Project Manager
 
Low500400400400400
High700550550550550
Average600450450450450
 
Business Analyst
 
Low300275275275275
High500450450450450
Average400350350350350
 
Systems Analyst
 
Low300275275275275
High500450450450450
Average400350350350350
 
 
Product Manager
 
Low450400400400400
High650550550550550
Average600450450450450
 
Product Owner
 
Low350350350350350
High600500500500500
Average450400400400400
 
Scrum Master
 
Low500375350350350
High700550550550550
Average600425425425425
 
 

Web & Mobile Contract Rates  (€)

 DublinCorkLimerickWaterfordGalway
IOS Developer
 
Low350300300300300
High550450450450450
Average450400400400400
 
Android Developer
 
Low350300300300300
High550450450450450
Average450400400400400
 
Angular Developer
 
Low400350350350350
High550500500500500
Average500425425425425
 
React.js Developer
 
Low400350350350350
High550500500500500
Average500425425425425
 
 
Full Stack Developer
 
Low350350350350350
High550500500500500
Average450425425425425
 
PHP Developer
 
Low350275275275275
High450400400400400
Average400325325325325
 
UX Designer
 
Low325300300300300
High500450450450450
Average400400400400400
 
UI Designer
 
Low350350350350350
High550500500500500
Average450425425425425
 
JavaScript Developer
 
Low350350350350350
High550500500500500
Average450425425425425
 
 
Ruby On Rails Developer
 
Low350325325325325
High450400400400400
Average400350350350350
 
Web Designer
 
Low250200200200200
High350300300300300
Average300250250250250
 
Graphic Designer
 
Low250200200200200
High450375375375375
Average350275275275275
 
 

Software Testing & Development Contract Rates  (€)

 DublinCorkLimerickWaterfordGalway
Localisation Engineer
 
Low250200200200200
High350300300300300
Average300250250250250
 
Technical Writer
 
Low250225225225225
High450350350350350
Average350300300300300
 
QA/Test Engineer
 
Low250225225225225
High400375375375375
Average350300300300300
 
Automation QA Engineer
 
Low400350350350350
High600500500500500
Average500425425425425
 
 
System Tester
 
Low300225225225225
High400375375375375
Average350300300300300
 
Performance Tester
 
Low400350325325325
High500500475475475
Average450425400400400
 
.Net Developer
 
Low400325325325325
High600475475475475
Average500350350350350
 
SharePoint Developer
 
Low400375375375375
High600550550550550
Average500450450450450
 
Functional Developer (F#)
 
Low430370370370370
High600500500500500
Average460430430430430
 
 
C# Developer
 
Low400300300300300
High600475475475475
Average500400400400400
 
VB.Net Developer
 
Low350300300300300
High450425425425425
Average400350350350350
 
Microservices Developer
 
Low500300300300300
High600500500500500
Average550400400400400
 
Software Development Manager (.Net)
 
Low500450450450450
High700600600600600
Average600500500500500
 
Java Developer
 
Low400325325325325
High600475475475475
Average500375375375375
 
 
Scala Developer
 
Low500450450450450
High700550550550550
Average600500500500500
 
Software Development Architect
 
Low650450450450450
High750550550550550
Average700500500500500
 
Software Development Manager (Java)
 
Low500450450450450
High700600600600600
Average600500500500500
 
C++/C Developer
 
Low350300300300300
High500425425425425
Average400375375375375
 
Python Developer
 
Low400350350350350
High600525525525525
Average500425425425425
 
 

Infrastructure & Support Contract Rates  (€)

 DublinCorkLimerickWaterfordGalway
Windows Systems Admin
 
Low250250250250250
High375375375375375
Average300300300300300
 
Linux Systems Admin
 
Low300300300300300
High450450450450450
Average350350350350350
 
DevOps Engineer
 
Low500450450450450
High800700700700700
Average600550550550550
 
Cloud Engineer
 
Low500450450450450
High700700700700700
Average600550550550550
 
 
Cloud Architect
 
Low600500500500500
High800750750750750
Average700650650650650
 
Helpdesk Support
 
Low180160160160160
High230225225225225
Average200200200200200
 
Desktop Support Engineer
 
Low200200200200200
High275250250250250
Average230225225225225
 
Application Support
 
Low250200200200200
High350325325325325
Average300250250250250
 
SAN Specialist
 
Low300300300300300
High400400400400400
Average350350350350350
 
 
Citrix Specialist
 
Low300250250250250
High400375375375375
Average350325325325325
 
VMWare Specialist
 
Low400350350350350
High600550550550550
Average500450450450450
 
Telecoms Engineer
 
Low250250250250250
High400350350350350
Average350300300300300
 
Network Engineer
 
Low400350350350350
High600500500500500
Average500425425425425
 
 

ERP & CRM Contract Rates  (€)

 DublinCorkLimerickWaterfordGalway
SAP OTC Consultant
 
Low500500500500500
High750750750750750
Average575575575575575
 
SAP HANA Consultant
 
Low500500500500500
High750750750750750
Average575575575575575
 
SAP P2P Consultant
 
Low450450450450450
High700700700700700
Average550550550550550
 
SAP FICO Consultant
 
Low400400400400400
High600600600600600
Average475475475475475
 
 
SAP Solutions Architect
 
Low600600600600600
High750750750750750
Average650650650650650
 
ABAP Developer
 
Low375375375375375
High550550550550550
Average475475475475475
 
SAP Basis Administrator
 
Low450450450450450
High600575575575575
Average525500500500500
 
Oracle EBS Consultant
 
Low500500500500500
High750750750750750
Average575575575575575
 
Dynamics AX Consultant
 
Low500500500500500
High750750750750750
Average600600600600600
 
 
Dynamics Nav Consultant
 
Low450450450450450
High650650650650650
Average500500500500500
 
Salesforce Developer
 
Low550550550550550
High700700700700700
Average600600600600600
 
Salesforce Functional Consultant
 
Low550550550550550
High800800800800800
Average650650650650650
 
 

Data & Business Intelligence Contract Rates  (€)

 DublinCorkLimerickWaterfordGalway
BI Consultant
 
Low350350350350350
High550500500500500
Average450425425425425
 
BI Architect
 
Low600475475475475
High800650650650650
Average700550550550550
 
Data Analyst
 
Low350300300300300
High550425425425425
Average450350350350350
 
Data Scientist
 
Low400350350350350
High650500500500500
Average550425425425425
 
 
Data Architect
 
Low450425425425425
High800600600600600
Average600500500500500
 
Data Analytics Manager
 
Low500475475475475
High700650650650650
Average600550550550550
 
Big Data Developer
 
Low500475475475475
High700650650650650
Average600550550550550
 
AI/Machine Learning Specialist
 
Low400550550550550
High800750750750750
Average600650650650650
 
Data Warehouse Consultant
 
Low375375375375375
High550550550550550
Average450450450450450
 
 
Datawarehouse Developer
 
Low350325325325325
High550500500500500
Average450400400400400
 
SQL Developer
 
Low350300300300300
High500425425425425
Average400350350350350
 
SQL DBA
 
Low350350350350350
High550500500500500
Average450425425425425
 
Oracle DBA
 
Low350350350350350
High450500500500500
Average400425425425425
 
Oracle Developer
 
Low350300300300300
High550425425425425
Average450350350350350
 
 

IT Security Contract Rates  (€)

 DublinCorkLimerickWaterfordGalway
Director of Security
 
Low550550550550550
High800750750750750
Average650650650650650
 
Security Manager
 
Low450450450450450
High650600600600600
Average550525525525525
 
Security Architect
 
Low500500500500500
High700700700700700
Average650600600600600
 
Security Engineer
 
Low400375375375375
High650600600600600
Average500475475475475
 
 
Security Analyst
 
Low350350350350350
High500500500500500
Average400400400400400
 
Penetration Tester
 
Low350375375375375
High450600600600600
Average400475475475475
 
IT Auditor
 
Low350350350350350
High550550550550550
Average450450450450450
 
Risk Analyst
 
Low350350350350350
High450450450450450
Average400400400400400
 
 

Commentary on Technology Roles and Contract Rates in Ireland for 2019


Overview of 2018

It has been a significantly successful year economically for the Irish tech market, with a 37% increase in Cork alone in the number of contract roles coming into the market. There has been significant growth in the number of roles coming into the contract technology market in particular, this is due to a number of large projects kicking off and scaling up very quickly, as well as the desire for companies to remain agile so contract is the best option for them. As the economy has been particularly buoyant, it has finally given people the confidence to embark upon contract opportunities rather than always looking towards the more traditional permanent career route. Contract rates are also very lucrative which is a major pull factor for job seekers. People who are relocating for roles here are more open to contract roles than others as it gives them a taste of the local market without having to commit fully. Contract has also been emerging as the popular choice for technology professionals as they get the opportunity to be immersed in really interesting aspects of projects before moving on in turn to the next project. 

2018 was a challenging year for hiring managers in the IT Contract space as there was increased competition across the technology market. It was very much a candidate focused market, with the demand for technology talent reaching unprecedented levels. Therefore, job seekers had their pick of opportunities, with both SME’s and multinationals offering roles which gave them exposure to cutting edge technologies. 

In Demand Roles

The most popular roles in this sector were Project Manager, Business Analyst, SAP Specialist, Data Scientist and .Net Developers. A number of these positions are key stakeholders within significant projects that have kicked off during 2018. This is often the case as mentioned above, companies are looking to stay agile and adapt to market trends. Data and Security were the prominent growth areas of the year. In terms of relevant skills and qualifications, PMP Cert, Agile Certification, Scrum Master Certification, CISSP and CBAP all stood out. In regards to contractor rates, the most notable increase was for Project Managers, Business Analysts and Data Scientists, who received increases of between 8-12% on daily rates. 

Market Developments & Workplace Trends        

As mentioned above, data has established itself as one of the main focus areas for hiring across all sectors. The enactment of GDPR has enhanced this, with demand for IT Security Specialists continuing to rise. Companies can face severe financial penalties if they are negligent in their management of personal data. Therefore, there has been a rapid amount of hiring of senior professionals to meet these new regulatory standards before GDPR comes into effect. Within this area, there was an increase in hiring of DPO’s, but one issue with this is that companies were unsure of how long they were going to have a need for this role within their company. Therefore, they were more willing to take these professionals on on a contract basis, resulting in an influx of contract assignments within the sector.

The trend of flexible working is becoming more and more prominent within the industry, with companies becoming more willing to accommodate professionals who are seeking flexible working conditions. Flexi time and remote working are gradually becoming commonplace in the IT contract sector. These trends alone can result in being a key differentiator for employers in regards to talent attraction and retention. For the contract side of the sector in particular, completion bonuses are a growing trend. These ensure that the company in question retains the talent required to complete said project successfully. 

Predictions for 2019

Looking towards 2019, the IT contract market is set to undergo exponential growth, much like the year gone by. There is set to be a strong demand in the Financial Services and FinTech sectors, as more and more companies move their operations to Ireland. These are set to be predominantly Dublin based, but there will be some activity in Cork as well. Overall, the technology sector is an industry driving disruptive change in the market through the development of new solutions and products which are set to have a positive impact on job creation. Within this, the contractor market is highly competitive and buoyant at the moment, and this looks set to continue into 2019 and beyond.

Advice for Employers

It is important for employers and hiring managers to know exactly what they are looking for from a contractor in order to attract, source and retain talent. Although it is sometimes hard to forecast but employers should have a fair idea of the market rates so as to ensure they are offering an appropriate contract rate  in conjunction with what is averagely on offer. By creating a certain appeal as regards to working on a particular project, they can capture a candidate’s interest in their available opportunity. Their interview process should also be as streamlined as possible to avoid delays and as a final option, they should consider offering a completion bonus as an incentive to retain the contractor in order to complete a project successfully.  

Advice for Jobseekers

Build an awareness around the opportunities in contract based employment. If you are currently working a permanent role, and are hesitant to move into contract work, we would advise you do your research into what can be gained by making the switch. The current technology market is job seeker driven as mentioned previously. Engaging in contract employment, especially in a niche role, can offer value from both a financial and experiential perspective. Contract employment provides professionals with the opportunity to gain cross-industry experience, without the long-term commitment. From a remuneration perspective, specialised contractors in Ireland can charge at a premium if they demonstrate a strong record in their given specialism.

Andrew Connolly's picture
Associate Director | Dublin IT
aconnolly@morganmckinley.ie