Tech workers in Ireland see their wages rise significantly over the past year

With the pace of digitization of life and work increasing rapidly, especially in recent years, it’s probably no surprise that wages have been rising for tech workers.

A shortage of workers has also helped push up wages for tech workers, according to an Ireland wages survey.

Technology is where the money is

Wages for tech workers in Ireland have risen by an average of 3%, with severe shortages in some sectors. Engineers working in cloud infrastructure have a salary range of between €60,000 and €80,000, while they typically earn €73,000, according to Hays, a staffing firm that conducted the survey.

DevOps engineers, on the other hand, can expect to be paid between $55,000 and $110,000, and typically earn $75,000. They typically work on coding, programming, and maintaining computer and online networks. The average salary for a DevOps manager jumped nearly 20% last year.

Those who work in technology security – whether as analysts, engineers or framework builders – can also expect to earn salaries ranging from €55,000 to €120,000.

According to Hays, a key factor “contributing to skill shortages in the industry is the number of employers competing for the same professionals”. This, in turn, drives up wages.

Overall, the tech industry in Ireland accounted for 10 of the top 20 jobs based on salary increases.


As the construction industry returns after prolonged shutdowns, one of the top three jobs most in demand by employers is that of health and safety officers on construction sites. There has been a 1.6% wage increase for workers in the construction sector for 2021.

The typical salary for a junior site health and safety manager was €35,000 nationwide, while those with substantial experience could expect to earn around €55,000 a year, those based in Dublin receiving an additional €10,000. Site managers typically pulled in €65,000 a year in Dublin, with slightly less for outside the capital.

Contract managers, however, could expect to earn between €90,000 and €110,000, typically earning between €90,000 and €95,000 according to Hays.

With an increasingly tight pool of workers in the construction sector, employers are looking to attract workers to Ireland or, in some cases, back to Ireland.

Social Protection

The pandemic has shown us once again how much we all depend on social workers to care for the most vulnerable in society.

However, with wages static and inflation continuing to drive up the cost of living, workers are looking elsewhere, especially where employers are unable or unwilling to offer better wages.

A healthcare assistant in Ireland can expect to earn between €21,000 and €24,000, less than half the average full-time salary in Ireland.

Social workers, meanwhile, can expect to earn between €29,000 and €33,400 according to Hays.

Unlimited holidays and four-day weeks

As companies and employers bid up to hire and keep workers, they also offer more than competitive wages.

Companies are also trying to differentiate themselves by offering unlimited time off, a four-day work week as well as better and clearer career progression opportunities and less overtime.

William M. Mayer