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Moscow Java experts can earn $60,000, but they're in short supply

0 27 January 2014

Recruitment agency Luxoft Personnel has published research into demand for domestic IT specialists and their salary expectations. They say that their research has revealed a serious deficit in developers, project managers and support specialists.

Furthermore, Russia’s tech sector also lacks experts in cloud technology, Big Data, Digital, mobile development, and development in the banking sector. Demand for IT sales managers, support specialists, and R&D managers is steadily increasing. As well as this, many employers are on the hunt for CIO’s – Chief Innovation Officers.

The study's findings lend support to Russian government claims that more IT migrants are needed if the sector is to fulfil its potential. 

According to the forecast from Luxoft Personnel, demand for IT specialists is only set to grow in 2014. As for pay, wages for specialists in the field have grown on average by 10-15%. 

The most sought after, and highest paid, are Java developers, who were sought by 25% of companies looking for programmers. Following them in popularity amongst programmers are PHP and C++ developers (21% and 19% respectively).

In second place are support specialists, making up 18% of all vacancies in the IT sector. The greatest demand amongst this group is for system administrators. 

In third place are project management and product management vacancies. These count for 17% of the total number, amongst which the greatest demand is for project managers. Below these are analysts, software testers, ERP/CRM specialists, mobile developers and others. 

Yet another tendency is the increasing demand for ‘universal specialists’. For example those combining three different functions, those of analyst, architect and product manager. IT companies are also beginning to cultivate their own experts. For example several companies are opening ‘IT-schools’, organising conferences, and even Olympiads. The aim of these events is to discover talented students and candidates for future positions within their companies. 

If even the largest companies are struggling to find IT-specialists, what should startups do? For them bringing talented specialists into the team is a real challenge. Some Russian entrepreneurs have given their thoughts on the situation:

Ivan Krasnikov, CEO K50:

The best IT specialists will have several offers from different firms, and can pick according to their own taste, or whatever takes their fancy. Even we are looking for developers. There are professionals out there, but there aren’t many of them. 

Bayram Annakov, CEO Empatika:

We prefer to develop our own developers. We provide free development schools and pick the best people for paid internships. Then based on the results of these we decide whether or not to take them on. This way works best for us, because people come to us bright eyed and ready to take on the world. 

Sergei Dmitrichenko, CEO GMS, Co-founder AmazingHiring:

The demand for developers is very high, especially for those who are capable of creating world-class products. Usually the beginning of the year is the ‘quiet season’ in recruitment, with companies pouring over the results from the previous year and planning for the one ahead. This year at GMS, on the other hand, we are seeing a lot of activity from our clients. Here’s the good news - (1) more and more of the best specialists are appearing in the regions, and (2) companies are ever more frequently choosing to build their workforce from within, organising schools or placements for young specialists, and actively developing them. Shining examples of this are ‘Yandex’ and ‘Kaspersky Lab’.

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