It is commonly said that IT workers live like doughnuts in butter. High salaries, the opportunity to learn from scratch in the workplace, endless benefits. However, market saturation is slowly taking its toll on juniors - although seniors do not have to worry about competitive offers.
77 percent of juniors have had or are having trouble finding jobs in the industry, according to a report prepared by No Fluff Jobs: “Juniors in a pandemic. The situation of entry-level IT professionals in 2020.” Nearly half of the surveyed earn between 3 and 5 thousand PLN net, and every third person earns less than 3 thousand PLN on hand. Their salaries are usually two times lower than for positions at the average level of experience.
Recruiters interviewed by Pracuj.pl analysts emphasized the growing pressure to recruit more experienced IT candidates during the coronavirus pandemic. This was due, on the one hand, to the steady increase in the level of sophistication of IT projects carried out in Poland and, on the other hand, to employers’ slightly less willingness to take risks in recruitment due to the uncertain economic situation. What is the current situation like? On Pracuj.pl, between January and May 2021, ads targeted at interns/trainees and juniors accounted for 6.5 percent of all job offers. It can be noted that despite the growing emphasis on recruitment for senior positions, the IT industry is still slightly more interested in candidates at the beginning of their career paths,” says Aleksandra Skwarska, an expert from Grupa Pracuj, in an interview with Bankier.pl.
On the other hand, in the industry’s job board, the share of offers for junior positions in 2020 was 4.9 percent, while at the beginning of 2021 - 7.5 percent. According to the salary scales prepared by NFJ, the lowest salaries are received by people employed in UX/Design positions – from 3300 to 5000 PLN gross per month, followed by admins – 3400-5500 PLN gross, then support staff – 4100-5500 PLN gross and finally those employed in testing – 4000 to 6000 PLN gross.