Survey finds UK developers highest paid in Europe

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

CodinGame (Montpellier, France) asked “close to 15,000 ” developers in more than 134 countries their annual salary and created a ranking of the ten top paying countries. The company is a provider of online competitive coding challenges that are used as the basis for technical recruiting and candidate assessment.

Top ten countries by average software engineers’ annual salary in 2021. Source: CodinGame.

On average UK developers earn $64,315 per annum (about £46,200), just ahead of those in the Netherlands and Germany. Developer salaries almost 23 percent highers than the average developer salary in France and more than double that in the Ukraine. But UK salaries also come in about 30 percent behind the US, the top-payer for software talent globally, CodinGame notes.

Coders in India are the lowest paid in the world with an average annual salary of $20,750, only just behind Brazil at $21,243.

Next: By position in the UK

CodinGame points out that salary is highly dependent on the sector where the software is applied. It can make a big difference depending on whether the coder is employed in security or insurance at the high end or education, and public administration at the low end.

Average UK software engineers’ annual salary in 2021 by position. Source: CodinGame.

Also headline salary is not the only consideration in employment. Job seekers value technical challenge and flexibility of working hours and location more highly than salary, CodinGame said. Also, the buying power of high salaries in the US are strongly impacted by the cost of healthcare. Similarly, those being asked to work in large cities may find their desposable income eroded by high living costs.


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