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The most sought after professions and wages in Portugal in 2020

The most sought after professions and wages in Portugal in 2020

With all the difficulties that we know exist in the middle of the covid-19 pandemic, it is believed that in 2021 there may be an economic recovery of the businesses that have suffered the most, but also that companies that have shown themselves to be resilient and even innovative can grow, domestic and foreign markets. For better planning we will analyze the most sought after professions and average wages in Portugal in 2020.

Most Wanted Professions

According to Robert Walters' 2020 Salary Survey, 44% of professionals in Portugal are actively seeking new job opportunities.

The four reasons that lead professionals to try new opportunities are:

  1. Improve salary and other benefits
  2. Progress in career
  3. Improve work-life balance
  4. Finding a more attractive business culture

The relative importance of each of these reasons depends on the sector of activity of each professional.

For example, in the Accounting and Finance area, salary has a 55% weight in the decision and career progression counts 18% in this decision.

In Engineering and Operations, the salary is 37% in the decision and the career progression counts 26% in this decision.

In Information Technology professionals, 50% seek a better salary and 27% seek career advancement.

As for Sales and Marketing professionals, 28% look for a better salary, 26% look for career progression, 16% a better balance between family work and 15% give more importance to a change in roles / responsibilities.

In addition to the technical knowledge required for professionals in the business world, foreign language skills, which are necessary for communication in an increasingly global market, are also being targeted.

Still, according to Robert Walters, the most required “soft skills” will be the versatility in communicating with the different stakeholders, critical thinking, creativity and the ability to adapt to change, of which remote work has proved to be an important challenge for most professionals.

It is also noted that, in general, the most relevant factors for maintaining a good level of job satisfaction are: a good balance between work and family life, having feedback and motivation on the part of company leaders and managers, as well as remuneration and competitive benefits.

Wages in Portugal in 2020

We chose some of the functions presented by Walters, in particular those with an intermediate level of experience, between 5 to 10 years, based on the salary range in Portugal in 2020.

Average Wages 2020 in Portugal, Source: Robert Walters
SectorFunctionAnnual Salary (€) MinAnnual Salary (€) Max
Accounting and FinanceChief Finantial Officer (CFO)€ 75€ 90
Accounting and FinanceFinancial Controller€ 45€ 60
Accounting and FinanceCertified Accountant€ 28€ 35
Accounting and FinanceInternal Auditor€ 30€ 45
Accounting and FinanceStrategy Consultant€ 40€ 55
Engineering and Operations; Industry and LogisticsDirector of Operations€ 65€ 85
Engineering and Operations; Industry and LogisticsTechnical director€ 55€ 70
Engineering and Operations; Industry and LogisticsIndustrial director€ 50€ 65
Engineering and Operations; Industry and LogisticsProduction Manager€ 40€ 50
Engineering and Operations; Industry and LogisticsProcess engineer€ 35€ 45
Engineering and Operations; Industry and LogisticsLogistics Manager€ 45€ 60
Engineering and Operations; Industry and LogisticsPurchasing Manager€ 38€ 45
Engineering and Operations; Industry and LogisticsMaintenance Manager€ 45€ 55
Engineering and Operations; Industry and LogisticsQuality Manager€ 45€ 65
Engineering and Operations; SalesSales Director€ 65€ 95
Engineering and Operations; SalesBusiness Development Manager€ 55€ 95
Engineering and Operations; SalesRegional Head of Sales€ 50€ 60
Engineering and Operations; SalesSales Engineer€ 35€ 50
Engineering and Operations; SalesSales Representative€ 32€ 45
Engineering and Operations; SalesCustomer Service Manager€ 35€ 45
Engineering and Operations; Construction and Renewable EnergiesTechnical director€ 60€ 80
Engineering and Operations; Construction and Renewable EnergiesProject director€ 60€ 90
Engineering and Operations; Construction and Renewable EnergiesPlanning Director€ 60€ 70
Engineering and Operations; Construction and Renewable EnergiesProject Development Manager€ 40€ 55
Engineering and Operations; Construction and Renewable EnergiesProject Manager€ 45€ 60
Engineering and Operations; Construction and Renewable EnergiesRenewable Energy Project Engineer€ 35€ 45
Information Technologies; ManagementChief Information Officer (CIO)€ 90€ 100
Information Technologies; ManagementDevelopment Director€ 60€ 75
Information Technologies; ManagementDigital Transformation Manager€ 60€ 70
Information Technologies; DevelopmentDevelopment Director€ 70€ 90
Information Technologies; DevelopmentFront-End Developer€ 55€ 65
Information Technologies; DevelopmentBack-end Developer€ 45€ 50
Information Technologies; DevelopmentMachine Learning Engineer€ 50€ 75
Information Technologies; DevelopmentProduct Manager€ 50€ 60
Information Technologies; DevelopmentProject Manager€ 45€ 60
Information Technologies; SalesSales Director€ 50€ 65
Information Technologies; SalesSales Engineer€ 35€ 45
Information Technologies; ERPSAP Manager€ 55€ 65
Information Technologies; ERPSAP Analyst€ 45€ 55
Information Technologies; SafetyChief Security Officer€ 65€ 85
Information Technologies; SafetyBlockchain Engineer€ 55€ 80
Information Technologies; Data & AnalyticsData & Analytics Manager€ 80€ 90
Information Technologies; Data & AnalyticsInformation Systems Architect€ 60€ 70
Information Technologies; Data & AnalyticsData Analyst€ 45€ 55
Information Technologies; Data & AnalyticsBusiness Intelligence Specialist€ 50€ 55
Information Technologies; Data & AnalyticsBig Data Specialist€ 45€ 65
Information Technologies; Data & AnalyticsData Scientist€ 50€ 70
Sales and Marketing; DigitalE-Comerce Director€ 42€ 55
Sales and Marketing; DigitalPerformance Manager€ 40€ 50
Sales and Marketing; DigitalSocial Media Specialist€ 25€ 35
Sales and Marketing; DigitalSEO / SEM Manager€ 35€ 45
Sales and Marketing; Health CareBusiness Unit Manager€ 70€ 90
Sales and Marketing; Health CareNational Head of Sales€ 50€ 70
Sales and Marketing; Health CareKey Account Manager€ 30€ 45
Sales and Marketing; Health CareSales Representative€ 28€ 35
Sales and Marketing; Health CareMarketing director€ 55€ 70
Sales and Marketing; Health CareProduct Manager€ 35€ 49
Sales and Marketing; MarketingMarketing director€ 55€ 70
Sales and Marketing; MarketingCommunications Director€ 55€ 70
Sales and Marketing; MarketingBrand Manager€ 28€ 40
Sales and Marketing; SalesCommercial director€ 50€ 70
Sales and Marketing; SalesNational Head of Sales€ 45€ 60
Sales and Marketing; SalesExport Director€ 30€ 50

Besides Robert Walters which publishes annually a survey of the remunerations of the most sought after professions in the 32 markets where it operates, Michael Page it also publishes an annual report with average wages in Portugal and the 35 countries where it has an office.

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