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Software Engineer with 20 years experience

What salary can I expect in Stockholm or Malmo?

SunShadowz
post 16.May.2018, 05:45 PM
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I currently live in the UK and I'm thinking about moving to Sweden to live and work. I am a software engineer, with about 20 years of C and C++ development experience.

I am considering looking for software engineering jobs in Stockholm and Malmo.

Before I start my job hunting, I have a few questions.
1. What could I expect my gross monthly salary (pre tax salary) to be?
2. Would I be asking for too much if I was expecting a monthly salary of 60,000 SEK in Stockholm or Malmo?
3. Are salaries negotiable once an offer is made?
4. How do Swedish employers perceive prospective employees who negotiate the salary offer?
5. What benefits are commonly offered?

Thanks,
SS
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yet another brit
post 16.May.2018, 08:52 PM
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1. What could I expect my gross monthly salary (pre tax salary) to be?

Isn't this the same as the next question?

2. Would I be asking for too much if I was expecting a monthly salary of 60,000 SEK in Stockholm or Malmo?

With wanted specialist skills and lots of productive experience - that is in range but at the top. If you will be managing a team it is fine, managing a major project or department, then you could ask for more.

3. Are salaries negotiable once an offer is made?
4. How do Swedish employers perceive prospective employees who negotiate the salary offer?


They view them fine, especially at the upper end of the skill sets. In fact, salary is often negotiated after or alongside the job offer. The conversation will be something like "OK, so we want to offer you a job. Now, lets talk salary".

5. What benefits are commonly offered?

Reduced tax for a few years as a foreign specialist (this is adjudged by the tax office not the employer, but get it talked about up front). Non-contrib pension; more likely to be defined contribution than final salary these days but still v good by UK terms. Some minor-ish benefits about healthcare insurance (it isn't BUPA), gym access etc. If you are a manager or senior specialist, maybe a company car. Depending on the company and level, short-term and long-term incentive programs (options, shares, bonus etc. V heavily taxed though).



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SunShadowz
post 17.May.2018, 10:39 PM
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Thanks. That is really informative. I was talking to a friend who lived in Sweden some time back and he told me that wages in Sweden are limited/controlled due to the union. I just checked with him today, and he said that the wages depend on the title and jobscope (as that is what the union looks at).

He used to be in HR in Sweden about 2 years ago. Based on what I understood, if I was going in for a team lead or senior developer position, my salary would probably not exceed 48,000 SEK (he said this based on some calculations he did). He also mentioned that age and experience does not necessarily mean higher wages (is this true? - I find it hard to believe). The job field, title, and job responsibilities determine the range of the salary.

So,does 48,000 SEK sound acceptable/normal for a person going into a lead technical role (not manager) with 20 years of experience as a software engineer (assuming I applied for such a job) ?
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Temp
post 18.May.2018, 05:34 AM
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Joined: 14.Jun.2006

http://www.lonestatistik.se/loner.asp/yrke...ruingenjor-9020

(Mjukvaruingenjor = software engineer)

Medellön Medianlön Medelålder Erfarenhet
41.604 kr 40.500 kr 34,4 år 9,2 år



Or if you want to check out other IT related jobs, http://www.lonestatistik.se/loner.asp/yrke...ori/Data-IT-101

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