As we roll into 2022, our Talent Month sponsor, ADLIB, has put together their annual salary guide benchmarks for freelance and permanent employees alike, working in tech and digital today.

To retain and attract top tech talent, it’s crucial for employers to offer competitive and fair rates. Meanwhile, we think it’s important for individuals to be aware of the value of their work, as to not undersell their service. To kick things off, we have advice for freelancers – from front-end developers to test analysts.

Tech and digital day rates

ADLIB, is always happy to give advice to local digital technology professionals. As a freelancer, it’s not always easy to know where to pitch yourself when applying and quoting for work, especially when you’re starting out in contractor life.

Given they speak to so many technology folk on a daily basis, ADLIB created a rough guide that should help Developers, Testers and DevOps people to figure out the right rate for them.

The following rates are based on our work with digital agencies, software houses and SMEs, rather than large enterprises or corporations. It’s also worth noting that the ‘number of years of experience’ is not an ideal measure of technical proficiency. However, as a general guide, it should provide some ballparks and pointer.

Permanent Contract Salary Guide

Within the tech sector, salaries are never stagnant, trends are consistently on the up. Year on year, there’s always an increasing demand for talent, with the levels of experience remaining the same.

With more of a push for businesses to become digitally focused in order to keep up with market competition, the number of available candidates doesn’t quite correlate. ADLIB is keeping close to market trends and how things can fluctuate between startups, scaleups, agencies, software houses, larger organisations and corporates.

In their Digital Tecnology Permanent Salary Guide, they aim to provide an overall range of salaries based on a variety of roles. The following rates are based on their work with digital agencies, software houses and SMEs, rather than large enterprises or corporations.

There are always factors to consider when assigning a salary to a role, such as the skill demand, the complexity of the technology, how popular it is in the market, level of responsibility as well as what other benefits are on offer, such as remote working. 

Thanks to ADLIB for sponsoring Talent Month at TechSPARK! Stay tuned for more content on the South West’s top tech talent.