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Expert Interview: Camille Laborde of YBorder

Camille Laborde is in charge of marketing and communication at YBorder, where she enjoys writing about tech and recruitment sectors. We recently spoke with Camille about the growing tech industry in Europe and heard her thoughts about negotiating a job offer.

How is YBorder different from other IT recruiting websites?

YBorder was founded two years ago by tech recruitment experts. The company was created to tackle a problem that headhunters encounter on a daily basis: how to place a candidate who doesn’t meet your clients’ expectations or who wants to work in another city or even abroad.

That’s what YBorder is all about. It is the first European tech recruitment platform where candidates are vetted by local headhunters. They hunt and qualify the best talents on their market and sign them up on YBorder for better visibility. Thanks to our intelligent matching system, we are able to put companies in touch with candidates that precisely meet their needs. This platform is also a response to the tech skills shortage occurring now in Europe. If companies have difficulties finding qualified candidates at home, they can still search for them abroad with the help of YBorder.

What types of IT skills are most in demand now? Are there any skills or coding languages that are becoming less important or irrelevant?

A lot of companies on YBorder are currently looking for front-end or mobile developers. Technologies such as PHP, Javascript, or iOS are among the most-searched keywords on our platform. On the other hand, technologies that fall under the Windows environment are less in demand by recruiters. For example, there aren’t many candidates who use .NET, and companies are not looking for these types of technologies when they set up alerts.

How much of an advantage (if any) is being fluent in multiple languages in the European IT industry?

In the IT industry more than in any other industry, English is used on a daily basis, mainly because programming languages and frameworks are written in this language. Therefore, the majority of developers have at least a minimum knowledge of English and are used to it. Also, thanks to the free flow of people within the European Union, workers have fewer difficulties expatriating themselves or working across borders. Therefore, English becomes the first common language for foreigners when they don’t speak the local language.

Being able to speak multiple languages when working abroad is essential in Europe, as there are many different countries and dialects. This is true for the IT industry, but it can be enlarged to any other industry that is willing to perform international activities.

For IT personnel, what are the pros and cons of working at a startup as opposed to being employed by a large, established company?

Working at a startup often implies starting a project from scratch, or at least participating in its development at an early stage. Developers are attracted to these types of companies because there are many challenges involved and they might be more flexible in terms of technologies they can use at work. However, some IT professionals can argue that they are less paid at a startup.

On the other hand, larger companies are often seen as places where change is difficult to implement and which are less flexible in terms of technologies used by developers. But those companies offer better salaries and more secure jobs. They can also offer advantages such as telecommuting or more holidays that are also important aspects of a job.

Within Europe itself, are there any national or regional differences in terms of salary for IT positions?

Differences in terms of salary for IT jobs exist within the European region. Western countries such as the UK, France, Germany, or the Netherlands tend to be more attractive and pay more than Eastern countries. The median salary of a Python developer in Germany is $53,753, $50,000 in the UK, and $42,151 in France. And within these countries, jobs located in tech hubs or big cities such as London, Berlin, or Paris generally pay more than positions in smaller cities. In France, web developers earn a median salary of $38,325 in Paris, $28,744 in Nice and $19,421 in Bordeaux.

What should IT job candidates keep in mind if they are offered a job and want to negotiate their salary?

Considering the current shortage of IT job talents, candidates for these jobs have an advantage over recruiters when negotiating a job offer. Some companies are ready to pay more in order to attract the best tech talents. However, IT candidates must also keep in mind that salary is not the only thing they can negotiate. Indeed, a job offer may be more interesting for developers and come with many other advantages. For example, it is common for some companies to allow developers to work on their personal projects during office hours. These type of benefits is often highly valued by employees. Also, telecommuting is often negotiated by developers. However, company culture is also important and it can be difficult to develop a sense of belonging when one is working from home. Employers and employees then need to find the right balance for it.

That said, pushing the negotiations too far can damage the relationship with recruiters. They usually don’t like divas. Therefore, one can end up without the job even though they were qualified for it.

Are there any benefits, perks, or job duties that IT job candidates should rarely (or never) try to negotiate when offered a job?

There are no benefits or perks that they should not negotiate – within the limits of reasonable demands, of course!

What do you expect to see in the future for the IT industry in Europe? What types of IT talent will employers be searching for?

The rise and popularity of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and data science are going to make new job positions come to life within the next years. Every sector is now turning to more digital and technological solutions to ensure their competitive advantage.

The IT industry will continue to grow at a fast pace in the near future. That’s why there’s an urgent need for more qualified and trained IT talent in Europe. Data scientists, for example, are highly in demand these days, and there are still very few of them. In addition to that, the European tech scene is becoming more and more attractive and is now truly challenging Silicon Valley. Despite Brexit, which impacts the European Union, foreign investors are looking to put more money into this market.

Thanks Camille.

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