Software Development Salary Hong Kong 2018

Software Development Salary Guide

Hong Kong 2018

CANOPY has collected salary benchmarks from across the market to present the most comprehensive guide to software development salaries in Hong Kong. We have gathered data points from candidates, companies and recruitment agencies for our analysis to present a complete view for you.

Last year, technology and Innovation continued to be one of the most robust hiring areas across almost every industry and 2018 is no different. Software Developers remain in high demand in Hong Kong as companies allocate more resources in pursuing digital transformations to drive both cost efficiencies and revenue growth. 

The Fintech and Insurtech industry in particular has shown a new wave of technological developments this year including the inclusion of chatbot advisors, new cybersecurity measures, and emerging blockchain technologies.

HKD ($), Salary (monthly rate)

CTO, Technical Directors, Technical Leads

IT directors with proven experience to lead digital transformations are highly sought after this year. We have seen companies investing resources in hiring seasoned professionals in leadership positions that can drive innovation forward.

CTO
$123K-140K
Technical Director
$80K-120K
Technical Lead
$50K-80K

Mobile Application Developer

Mobile Application Developers continues to be in high demand. Having competent mobile developers allow companies to digitally transpose their business into easily accessible applications on our mobile phones and in an effort to retain the quality of these applications, in-house recruitment for mobile application developers continues to be favoured over outsourcing.

Companies in Hong Kong are focusing on building and strengthening their internal development capability by offering work visas, competitive remuneration packages and flexible working hours.

Lead
$53K-65K
Senior
$43K-58K
Mid
$30K-43K
Entry
$22K-33K

Software Developers

Within the financial industry, Java continues to be the preferred language. However, there has been a growing popularity for Python developers as companies are seeking talent to handle big data projects involving data modelling and analysis.

Front End Developer

Senior
$30K-45K
Mid
$25K-35K
Entry
$25K-30K

Back End Developer

Senior
$30K-50K
Mid
$25K-35K
Entry
$25K-30K

Full-stack Developer

Lead
$53K-78K
Senior
$41K-58K
Mid
$27K-41K
Entry
$19K-27K

Web Developer

Senior
$40K-50K
Mid
$30K-40K
Entry
$15K-30K

Quality Assurance Engineers

We’ve seen several companies in Hong Kong embrace the idea of IT automation and this year, the implementation of automated solutions for software processes has continued to grow.

Therefore, the demand for QA Engineers is higher this year, particularly those with experience in designing and executing QA test scripts that run automatically.

Lead
$40K-65K
Senior
$31K-50K
Mid
$25K-40K
Entry
$19K-27K

DevOps Engineers

The demand for DevOps engineeers spiked this year as larger corporates have taken on startup practices in an effort to generate better internal communication and collaboration. We are seeing more companies invest in improving the integration between the Development and Operations branches of the business.

Lead
$80K-100K
Senior
$50K-70K
Mid
$38K-62K
Entry
$25K-35K

System Administrator

We saw an increase of hiring for system administrators when financial institutions looked to migrate and utilize cloud services. However, with the recent events relating to hacks on cloud services, the demand for system administrators has slowed down.

Senior
$35K-44K
Mid
$28K-40K
Entry
$19K-30K

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