In February, the Berlin market researchers at the Trendence Institute surveyed 60,000 students every year, including 7,886 of the IT subjects, about their ideas about starting a career. Which employers are attractive, what do they expect from their first job and how high must the starting salary be?
The US tech companies, led by Google, are high on the wish list. The winners this year include Apple and Adobe. The iPhone manufacturer operates 15 stores in Germany, employs a good 2,500 people, and 300 engineers are researching energy-saving chips in the “Bavarian Design Center” in Munich.
Young computer scientists value exciting tasks, good development opportunities, friendly colleagues and a high starting salary. For 96 percent, the latter is the most important criterion when choosing an employer. On average, the computer scientists expect a gross annual salary of 50,200 euros after completing their studies, in 2019 it was 48,700 euros, in 2018 still 47,900 euros. At the same time, they assume that their weekly working hours will decrease.
Trendence managing director Robindro Ullah says: “The gap between expected weekly working hours and expected annual salary is widening. Not particularly surprising, given a target group that is still in demand.” The IT people know about their value, but were also hit by Corona. For example, 40 percent of IT students in the Trendence Corona HR Monitor stated that they feel insecure about their professional future after graduation.
While before Corona the majority of IT students had at least one job promise in their pocket and often also the choice between offers from several employers, the tide seems to be turning, Ullah continues: “Those who are currently looking for IT students could Only 12.5 percent of IT students who are close to graduation indicated that they already have a firm job offer, 37 percent are currently researching job opportunities, and 54 percent think their prospects are worse than before the crisis Pay off countercyclical recruiting strategy. ”
However, Trendence market researchers do not expect the demand for IT talent to collapse as a result of the corona crisis. IT corporations have often done well in the past few months. Companies that develop video conferencing systems or tools for digital collaboration are among the winners of the crisis.
However, there are signs of a shift on the IT job market. The ranking of preferred employers before Corona shows that IT students no longer find car manufacturers and their suppliers, but also electrical engineering and mechanical engineering companies, as attractive. BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, Audi – they all lost places. Only Porsche was able to advance from 13th to 8th place. This development away from traditional industries is likely to be further accelerated by the corona crisis. According to the “Trendence Corona HR Monitors”, the students assume that these sectors, in addition to tourism and aviation, “are significantly affected by the crisis”.
Last but not least, this helps the specialized IT consultancy and system houses, which had already built up a better image among graduates in the past few years. MSG Systems, Materna and Sopra Steria are among the winners. Although these companies do not occupy any top positions in the ranking, their level of awareness increased noticeably compared to the previous year. The retail sector is also intensively campaigning for IT talents and in some cases even founding its own companies. Rewe Digital and Oetker Digital are two examples: The companies want to score with their start-up atmosphere among young people.
The public sector has also improved in the ranking. There are four institutions from the public sector in the top 20: BSI, Fraunhofer, BND and DLR. The downside here is that public sector employers in the research sector often only offer temporary contracts with below-average salaries. Interesting tasks and sufficient free time make up for this deficit from the perspective of some applicants. Public employers such as Bundesdruckerei, BWI, ITZ-Bund or DRB Bund have been actively approaching talent for a long time. Corona could make their work easier, Trendence boss Ullah believes: job security is suddenly again an important issue for many computer scientists.
Trendence dares to take a cautious look into the future: “Tech companies will continue to attract top talents. But they have the choice of working in IT consulting or for a public employer with the associated security (possibly even an official position) “, more prospective IT experts could choose public institutions in the future. The new entry of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution in the ranking at number 41 underlines this.”