There are those cities with certain unique dynamics that seem to magically attract companies, innovation, and creativity. Cities such as Tel Aviv, New York, London, and Berlin. When we wanted to know: Where would tech-experts like to work, which programming languages are the most common ones and what are the best-paid job positions? We commissioned the most recent 4scotty Report, which exposed that Berlin is one of the cities, most developers would love to live and work in.
Berlin, Berlin – Everyone wants to go to Berlin
Already, the city is a top location for entrepreneurs in Germany. Compared to 1 company being founded in Munich, 2.8 companies are founded in Berlin. In 2012, German and foreign venture capitalists invested € 133 million in start-ups based in Berlin, but only € 24 million in Baden-Württemberg, € 19 million in Bavaria and € 14 million in Hamburg. Berlin is one of the top 5% of European Regions attracting new businesses from home and abroad. By 2020, more than 100.000 new jobs will be generated in the start-up scene in Berlin. This emerged from a study by McKinsey & Company. If that’s not enough input: Berlin also has 175 museums (more museums than rainy days) and is home to more than 50 theaters and 300 cinemas. There are 4650 restaurants, 900 bars, and 190 bars and nightclubs. More kebab shops than in Istanbul. Roads meander with a length of 5,350 kilometers and more than 400,000 street trees. Frank Gessner, the co-founder of 4scotty, is not surprised that IT professionals are attracted by Berlin: “Of course many techies want to work in Berlin. This depends on the one hand to the fact that Berlin is an extremely inviting due to the quality of life and the low cost of living. It also provides tremendously good and interesting job opportunities for techies. There are so many companies here, that a tech expert can quickly switch. A further advantage: Many companies operate internationally, so in most tech teams in Berlin, English is the company language. That offers variegated opportunities, even within a company.”
What are employers looking for?
But also software developers who handle the old systems can earn a lot – simply because there are so few people who can handle these older systems. For example, AS400 was up-to-date about 30 years ago, but it is still in use.
Money makes the world go round
Although some sites like Myhiringclub are announcing dizzyingly high average salaries in the IT industry, our experience has shown something else. Although you have relatively high salaries in the IT sector, 104.000 euros salary is usually unrealistic. The best paid positions, of course, are the CTO or CIO ones, who demand 90.000 euros a year on average. But also as a Data Scientist (67,000 euros), Product or Project Manager (64,000 euros), Software Developer (58,000 euros) and Backend Developer (55,000 euros), one earns quite well.