“The number of employees in the IT sector is constantly increasing and Serbia is recognised as a country that produces quality experts,” said the director of the Digital Serbia initiative, Nebojsa Bjelotomić.
Serbia ranks among the top five countries in terms of the growth of the number of employees in the IT sector, with almost 100,000 more software developers in 2021.
In contrast, a large number of European countries experienced a drastic outflow of IT sector employees and this is the most pronounced in Iceland and Croatia. “Information technology is the fastest growing sector, both worldwide and in Serbia. Flexible working hours, working from home, but also excellent salaries are just some of the factors that have led to the increase in the number of IT experts in Serbia many times over in just a few years,” said Bjelotomić.
Research shows that the average salary for computer programmers/software developers is around 260,000 dinars, and can, in some instances go up to a million dinars so the fact that the number of IT experts has been going up is not surprising.
“Currently, there is a shortage of around 1.5 million software developers worldwide and it is estimated that this number could exceed 4 million by the end of 2025. IT is becoming a daily part of most businesses, so it is not surprising that in some countries, such as ours, there is a growing influx of IT experts,” Bjelotomić pointed out.
In contrast, a large number of European countries are experiencing a drastic outflow of IT staff. The largest number of IT employees who left their country comes from Iceland, where 1,300 programmers have left, a drop of 14.3%. Next on the list is neighbouring Croatia, where 2.8%, or 1,700 programmers have left the country. Next comes Finland, with a 1.8 per cent drop, and then Estonia, where only 40,000 employees are left in the IT sector.
“Many continue to migrate to find better living and working conditions, but this does not have to be a formula for success,” says Saša Popović, CEO of IT company Vega. ‘In Serbia, you can work on the same projects, under the same conditions and for the same global companies as abroad. At the same time, the salaries here will give you a much better living standard and quality of life compared to abroad,’ says Popović. “Our universities nurture the culture of engineering excellence,” Popović believes and adds that that is why an increasing number of global companies are interested in working in Serbia. “Hence, it is not surprising that Serbia is among the top five countries in terms of the number of employees in the IT sector,” the CEO of Vega concludes.
The country with the biggest increase in the number of IT employees is Greece, where the number of programmers jumped by 37.7 per cent last year to 110,700 programmers. Next comes Cyprus, with an increase of 16,600 programmers, or 29.7%, followed by Portugal, which now has 225,300 programmers. Serbia occupies a fourth place and where the number of IT staff grew by 93,900.
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