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Web developers: these are the countries where you will be paid the most

Thanks to the international nature of programming languages, it is much easier for developers to move from country to country in search of better paying jobs than it is for other workers. And there are still big differences in developer pay around the world, which might justify the move.

According to data collected by Yell Business, the UK ranks 15th in web developer salaries after adjusting for cost of living, with an average salary of £ 32,286. In Yell’s list of 25 countries, only 13 countries – including South Africa, Greece and Ireland – had lower average unadjusted web developer salaries than the UK.

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Chinese developers are the biggest winners, earning a salary of £ 55,352 after cost of living adjustment, which is much lower in China. While the real average salary is similar, the significant difference in living standards means Chinese developers are far better off than their British rivals.

In other cases, like the comparison with US and Swiss developers, even though the cost of living is higher in these countries, higher local salaries more than make up the difference.


Winning web developer in different countries.

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In some countries, such as Spain, Portugal, and Thailand, developers can expect to earn less than in the UK, but since the cost of living is lower, developers will always feel richer. than British workers.

The research raises other quirks: While Norwegian web developers will earn significantly more than their UK counterparts (£ 50,797), due to the significantly higher cost of living, their equivalent incomes are actually a fraction below the standard. British. Separate data from Yell suggests the UK appears to be doing much better when it comes to salaries for IT technicians – a potentially larger category of staff. Here, it ranks third on the list in terms of equivalent income, second only to the United States and China.

It should also be remembered that salaries can also vary considerably within countries. In the UK, Belfast is one of the best places to work for software developers after the cost of living is factored in. Project managers might be better off in Glasgow, while IT systems architects might find their money goes the most in Cardiff, according to data released by the UK government’s Digital Economy Council last year. But for developers who want to move on in search of more money, Python and C might not be the only types of languages ​​they should be upgrading to.