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2019 IT Permanent Salary Guide

IT Salary Guide

04-01-2019
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View the IT salaries and hiring forecast for 2019 for permanent roles. Our guide covers salaries from junior to senior roles across Commerce and Financial Services.

Contents:
IT Salaries in Commerce & Industry | IT Salaries in Financial Services
Commentary on IT Permanent Roles and Remuneration in Hong Kong for 2019

 

All Figures shown are in HK$ 

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IT Salaries in Commerce & Industry
Role Low High Average
 
.Net Architect 40,000 70,000 50,000
.Net Developer 25,000 40,000 30,000
Analyst Programmer 20,000 40,000 30,000
Android Developer 18,000 30,000 25,000
Automation Tester 15,000 30,000 25,000
Business Intelligence Developer 20,000 30,000 25,000
C# Developer 25,000 40,000 30,000
C++ Developer 25,000 40,000 30,000
Front End Developer 18,000 30,000 25,000
Information Architect 40,000 60,000 50,000
iOS Developer 20,000 30,000 25,000
Java Architect 40,000 60,000 50,000
Java Developer 20,000 30,000 25,000
Java Development Lead 35,000 50,000 40,000
JavaScript Developer 18,000 30,000 25,000
Localisation Project Manager 25,000 35,000 30,000
Mobile Developer 20,000 30,000 25,000
PHP Developer 20,000 30,000 25,000
Python Developer 25,000 35,000 30,000
QA Engineer 18,000 25,000 23,000
QA Engineer Automation 18,000 25,000 23,000
QA Manager (IT) 35,000 45,000 40,000
Quality Engineer (IT) 18,000 25,000 23,000
RPG Analyst / Developer 20,000 35,000 30,000
Ruby on Rails Developer 20,000 35,000 30,000
Software Development Team Lead 40,000 60,000 50,000
Software Tester 15,000 30,000 25,000
SQL BI Developer 20,000 35,000 30,000
SQL Developer 20,000 35,000 30,000
Technical Architect 40,000 60,000 50,000
Test Analyst 15,000 30,000 25,000
Test Engineer 15,000 30,000 25,000
Test Manager 30,000 50,000 40,000
Test Team Lead 30,000 40,000 35,000
UAT Tester 15,000 20,000 20,000
UI or GUI Developer 15,000 30,000 25,000
UX Designer 20,000 40,000 30,000
Web Developer 18,000 30,000 25,000
Full Stack Developer 18,000 30,000 25,000
Algorithm Engineer 25,000 35,000 30,000
SAP Analyst 25,000 35,000 30,000
SAP Consultant 30,000 45,000 35,000
SAP Supply Chain 30,000 45,000 35,000
UX Manager 30,000 50,000 40,000
Application Support .NET 25,000 35,000 30,000
Application Support Java 25,000 35,000 30,000
1st Level Support 18,000 25,000 22,000
Application Support 25,000 35,000 30,000
Application Support Team Lead 30,000 40,000 35,000
Architect (Infrastructure) 40,000 60,000 50,000
Infrastructure Manager 40,000 50,000 45,000
Network Administrator 25,000 35,000 30,000
Network Engineer 30,000 55,000 45,000
Network Security Engineer 30,000 55,000 45,000
Systems Engineer 30,000 40,000 35,000
Systems Administrator 25,000 35,000 30,000
Unix / Linux Administrator 25,000 35,000 30,000
DevOps Engineer 30,000 40,000 35,000
Site Reliability Engineer 30,000 40,000 35,000
Network Architect 40,000 60,000 50,000
Infrastrauctire Engineer 25,000 35,000 30,000
IT Director 70,000 120,000 80,000
IT Manager 45,000 65,000 55,000
IT Operations Manager 45,000 65,000 55,000
IT Project Manager 35,000 50,000 40,000
SAP Project Manager 35,000 50,000 40,000
Software Development Manager 40,000 60,000 50,000
Solutions Architect 45,000 65,000 55,000
Systems Analyst 30,000 40,000 35,000
Systems Implementation 20,000 30,000 25,000
 
IT Salaries in Financial Services
Role Low High Average
 
.Net Developer 25,000 40,000 30,000
Analyst Programmer 25,000 35,000 30,000
Android Developer 20,000 30,000 25,000
Automation Tester 20,000 30,000 25,000
Business Intelligence Developer 20,000 30,000 25,000
C# Developer 25,000 40,000 30,000
C++ Developer 25,000 40,000 30,000
Front End Developer 20,000 30,000 25,000
iOS Developer 25,000 30,000 25,000
Java Architect 50,000 60,000 55,000
Java Developer 25,000 35,000 30,000
Java Development Lead 35,000 50,000 40,000
JavaScript Developer 20,000 30,000 25,000
Localisation Project Manager 25,000 35,000 30,000
Mobile Developer 20,000 30,000 25,000
PHP Developer 20,000 30,000 25,000
Python Developer 25,000 35,000 30,000
QA Engineer 20,000 25,000 22,000
QA Engineer Automation 20,000 25,000 22,000
QA Manager (IT) 40,000 50,000 45,000
Quality Engineer (IT) 20,000 25,000 22,000
RPG Analyst / Developer 20,000 35,000 30,000
Ruby on Rails Developer 30,000 40,000 35,000
Software Development Team Lead 40,000 60,000 50,000
Software Tester 20,000 30,000 25,000
SQL BI Developer 25,000 35,000 30,000
SQL Developer 25,000 35,000 30,000
Technical Architect 40,000 60,000 50,000
Test Analyst 20,000 30,000 25,000
Test Engineer 20,000 30,000 25,000
Test Manager 40,000 70,000 50,000
Test Team Lead 30,000 40,000 35,000
UAT Tester 15,000 25,000 20,000
UI or GUI Developer 20,000 30,000 25,000
UX Designer 20,000 40,000 30,000
Web Developer 25,000 35,000 30,000
Full Stack Developer 25,000 35,000 30,000
Algorithm Engineer 40,000 70,000 50,000
UX Manager 50,000 80,000 65,000
1st Level Support 25,000 35,000 25,000
2nd Level Support 35,000 50,000 40,000
Application Support 40,000 90,000 55,000
Application Support Team Lead 60,000 120,000 80,000
Architect (Infrastructure) 70,000 90,000 75,000
Desktop Engineer 35,000 40,000 35,000
Infrastructure Manager 60,000 75,000 70,000
Network Administrator 30,000 40,000 35,000
Network Engineer 40,000 60,000 50,000
Network Security Engineer 45,000 60,000 50,000
Systems Engineer 35,000 45,000 40,000
Systems Administrator 30,000 45,000 35,000
Unix / Linux Administrator 35,000 55,000 40,000
DevOps Engineer 35,000 70,000 40,000
Network Architect (CCIE) 60,000 90,000 75,000
Infrastrauctire Engineer 30,000 50,000 35,000
IT Graduate 16,000 25,000 18,000
IT Manager 45,000 65,000 50,000
IT Operations Manager 40,000 65,000 50,000
IT Project Manager 45,000 65,000 50,000
Software Development Manager 50,000 70,000 50,000
Solutions Architect 60,000 80,000 70,000
Systems Analyst 35,000 55,000 45,000
Systems Implementation 30,000 45,000 38,000
 

Commentary on IT Permanent Roles and Remuneration in Hong Kong for 2019

2018 was an interesting year for IT recruitment. In contrast to previous years where financial services were the main market for candidates, this year we saw startups and technology companies absorb much of Hong Kong’s IT talent.
 
While in 2017, the finance sector found it relatively easy to make hires, swift changes in the last 12 months have made it an increasingly challenging market for hiring managers. Candidates have more options on the table and those at the entry and associate levels are expressing a preference for the market’s new players over traditional careers in banking and finance. The growing appetite for IT talent from startups and technology firms means this trend is unlikely to abate anytime soon.
 
2018 saw increased demand for programmers and software engineers in particular, while roles in the infrastructure space have dropped, with the exception of network engineering and IT security. With more organisations migrate to cloud platforms, we do not expect the traditional infrastructure headcounts to come back.

In-Demand Roles, Skills and Qualifications for Hong Kong IT Professionals

In 2018, Java developers remained the most in-demand talent, closely followed by Application Supports and Business Analyst, which were sought out by financial institutions in particular.
 
A trend new to Hong Kong, but one gaining momentum, is an emerging request for DevOps and Site Reliability Engineers (SRE). The demand is mainly coming from large firms that have begun to embrace Agile methodologies and, as a result, seek out individuals with strong programming backgrounds. Based on 2018 trends, we predict a surge in demand for Data Scientists through to 2020 and engineers with a focus on Machine Learning, Predictive Analysis and NLP will be in greater demand at all levels, this includes openings for fresh graduates and junior level employees.
 
With issues concerning data leaks becoming more prominent and a few high-profile incidents in Hong Kong, there is an increased need for cybersecurity professionals. Certifications like CISSP or CEH are considered a prerequisite for anyone developing a senior career in information security and will help a candidate’s CV stand out from the crowd. 
 
While BAU functions increasingly move offshore, Hong Kong remains as key Asia hub for senior staff, who are tasked with driving new initiatives and digital transformation. In light of this, we expect to see demand for senior IT professionals remain.

Workplace Trends Impacting IT Professionals in Hong Kong

 
While the IT sector remains male-dominated, companies are making efforts to shift gender dynamics within IT teams by seeking out female talent. Line managers, in particular, are acknowledging the benefits of having more diverse teams to promote a positive workplace culture and attain new perspective and ideas.
 
Tech candidates have long sought out autonomy, flexibility and more open workplace environments and a firm’s willingness to offer a flexible working culture remains a top selling point for IT candidates when choosing a company. Companies are realising that a brand itself no longer sells for candidates, who, with the exception of salary, find it difficult to differentiate between one firm and the next. We are seeing an increasing number of organisations employ more relaxed dress codes, open office plans, hot desking and working hour flexibility to become more appealing to these candidates.

What Does the Future Hold for IT Professionals? Predictions for the 2019 job market and Beyond

In light of the US-China trade dispute, Hong Kong organisations are proving to be more hesitant, speculative and conservative in their hiring decisions for the coming year. Despite this, we remain optimistic for 2019. The demand for tech talent won’t end and the future looks bright for job seekers in this sector as businesses leverage technology to stay relevant and gain a market advantage.
 
Advice for clients and hiring managers is to remain open-minded towards IT talent, and to shift their mindsets from viewing IT talent as a support function to one at the forefront of the business. Clients need to view technology as an asset to their organisations and salaries will need to catch up to the value talented IT individuals can bring to a business. With candidates having more options than previous years, hiring managers are encouraged to be more flexible in their requirements for a role.
 
With the rate of technological change impacting the IT sector, job seekers are advised to continually upgrade their skills and invest in their own development. Every quarter we see new roles in the IT sector emerging and today’s hot technology and skills can swiftly become tomorrow’s old news. Candidates need to stay up to date with market trends to avoid their skills becoming marginalised or even defunct.

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