Among many other changes, Covid-19 has brought with it an exponential growth in digitization processes and, with it, the growing need for professionals and experts in technology and the digital world. The Spanish economy not only sank 18.5% in the second quarter of the year, well above 11.4% of the European Union, according to Eurostat figures, but it is also unfortunately the leader in job losses. However, technology profiles continue to rise.
Employers and human resources departments maintain that in recent years there is a great lack of digital experts, something that has been accentuated by the pandemic. So much so that, according to the latest reports presented by InfoJobs, for each technology vacancy, there are less than a dozen applications.
In fact, during the confinement, this report highlights that while job offers fell by up to 70% in Spain, in the IT and telecommunications sector the number of vacancies reached 14,503, second in the ranking, only behind health and health, which had a total of 15,573 vacancies.
With the aim of knowing the labor reality of IT specialists, the firm Ironhack has made an employability report of its more than 800 graduate students, full-time and part-time, during the first semester of 2019 in its web development programs, UX / UI design, and data, in any of its international campuses: Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Berlin, Amsterdam, Mexico, Miami, Sao Paulo, and Paris. A report for which parameters such as graduation rate, employability, working time, and average salary have been used, among others.
Among the main conclusions, it stands out that not only 96% of students graduate, but that 9 out of 10 find work in less than 180 days, a figure that contrasts with 41% of young Spaniards are unemployed, according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). If the situation of the students is analyzed just at the end of the training, 68% of the students find a job at the end of the course, compared to 29% who decide to choose another route and 3% who are actively looking for a job.
A total of 463 students were trained in web development, obtaining a job placement rate of 82% in the first quarter after completing the course, a percentage that rises to 90% if the first semester is analyzed. The most demanded specialties in the labor market are front-end developer, which accounts for 17% of hires, closely followed by the full-stack developer (16%), web developer (7%), developer of software (5%), and backend developer (3%).
At the national level, Madrid and Barcelona have insertion rates of 94%, a percentage slightly higher than the average. The significant difference arises when comparing average salaries since in Barcelona some € 28,160 are charged and in Madrid, € 22,060, which represents a difference of almost € 6,000 per year.
At the European level, cities such as Berlin (€ 44,103), Paris (€ 35,371), and Amsterdam (€ 30,600) exceed average wages in Spain, which is only positioned above Portugal by more than € 7,000 per year. Regarding the international scene, Miami is in the lead (€ 45,504) and on the opposite side of the table: Sao Paulo (€ 8,700) and Mexico (€ 10,713).
UX / UI Designer
In the era of digitization, UX / UI designers have become vitally important in companies, for which the customer/user has become the center of their strategy. The loss of standardization and the move to content customization has increased the need for professionals in the sector. Around 37.5% of students enrolled at Ironhack opted for training in these areas. The graduate ratio is 98% and about 7 out of 10 UX / UI design students found a job in the 90 days after completing their training, a percentage that increases to 86% if the 6 months after they are analyzed.
The highest rates of recruitment within the specialty are d iseñador UX / UI (21%), d iseñador UX (16%), d iseñador Product (6%), consultant UX / UI (4%), and designer UI (two%). Of the students who were trained in UX / UI design, the insertion rate is quite high, being 91% in Barcelona and 81% in Madrid. Internationally, Paris has the highest rate (94%), and Berlin with the lowest rate (75%).
The significant differences arise when comparing average salaries since in Barcelona they are charged about € 28,854 and in Madrid, € 22,259, which also represents a difference of almost € 6,000 per year. At the European level, cities such as Paris (€ 43,007), Berlin (€ 37,923), and Amsterdam (€ 35,395) exceed average wages in Spain. Regarding the international scene, Miami is in the lead (€ 45,480) and Sao Paulo (€ 7,581) and Mexico (€ 9,248) in the tail.