IT companies battling brain drain, ProsperityCompanies in the digital sector in Ireland are struggling to fill jobs as professionals leave the country for better deals abroad. This is according to a salary survey by recruitment agency Prosperity.

The survey circluded data from 60 companies in Ireland, the UK, Singapore, Czech Republic and Israel. Multinational companies were found to have the upper hand in salaries, incentives, training opportunities, flexible hours and mobility. Salaries have also stayed at roughly 2009 levels, despite cutbacks in other areas of the private sector.

There is some good news for professionals looking to get ahead in the digital sector, as salaries in Ireland were found to be 5 to 15% higher than those in the UK and Israel.

These results have been echoed by this week's TechCentral survey which, at time of writing, found that 70% of respondents cited a lack of skills as being the primary challenge facing employers in the ICT sector.

The main areas of demand were found to be Web/mobile developers; e-commerce managers; interactive/digital designers; digital product managers; digital account managers from media; social media/community managers;; and search engine optimisation specialists.

The full survey, including a breakdown of salaraies can be found at

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