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The highest paying jobs in Ireland for 2018

07th February 2018

Although there has been an increased focus on a good work culture, work perks and benefits, a high salary will always be attractive.



While many jobs are at risk of automation, in Ireland many are seeing a surge in demand and higher salaries than ever before - so much so that almost 50% of Irish jobseekers believe they will see a pay rise in 2018.
Using data from our 2018 Salary Guide, we have gathered a selection of this year’s top paying jobs from sectors including Finance, Pharma and Tech.

Accountancy & Finance - Tax Director €85 – 275K

While salaries have remained relatively static in the accountancy & finance sector, niche areas such as tax are demanding a big premium this year. Tax Directors can expect a high of €135,000 while a more senior Tax Partner can expect a high of €275,000.

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Engineering - General Manager €90 – 150K

Salaries seeing the biggest rise in the Engineering space are in Pharma or Biotech companies reflecting the increased demand in these specialisations. Engineering managers in these types of companies can look to benefit from salaries of between €90 and €150K. Engineers in the Medical Device space are also commanding higher salaries this year.

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Financial Services - EMEA Head - €220 - 350K

The Financial services sector is set to grow 10-15% over the next year, instigating an increase in salaries also. Competitive benefit packages are part of the parcel in order to attract and retain top talent in this sector. An EMEA Head in this area can look to take home up to €350K. Compliance is another area experiencing a salary boost with a Chief Compliance Officer taking home €240K at the high end of the market.

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HR - Head of Compensation & Benefits - €100  - 160K

The HR function has experienced tremendous growth and is becoming a more central component to a company’s strategic planning. Specialised roles such as those in Compensation & Benefits are seeing the most growth and consequently the highest salaries. A Head of Compensation & Benefits will make between €100 and €160K as retaining top talent has become essential to every company’s long term vision.

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Science & Pharma - VP of Quality - €180 - €220K

Salaries in this space have risen thanks to new start-ups emerging, steep competition and a high demand for skilled talent. A VP of Quality in 2018 will earn a high of €220K with Quality being one of the top areas in demand this year.

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Technology - Contract professionals - €450 – €750 per day

Increased investment on the part of companies in new technologies and platforms has driven up salaries in many areas of the tech sectors this year. Big Data Developers can earn between €450 – 650K per day while Management Consultants in Professional Services can earn between €450 – 750K.

If you’re looking for a more permanent position, Java Developers will be making between €90 – 150K this year as they have and continue to remain in demand.

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Overall the top paying jobs in Ireland are job titles that require expertise in your area - whether that is Finance, Technology, Science or otherwise. If you're interested in moving up the career ladder and increasing your wages get in touch with one of our specialist recruiters who are always happy to offer guidance and share new job opportunities

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Alison Trueick

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I am new graduate with a degree in International Commerce with a major in Marketing. I will try my hand at anything marketing related, from events to content. I hope to give a fresh insight into the world of work and what's on trend in the market. 

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