Viewing Europe’s tech scene as a homogeneous, singular entity would be misleading.
It is a network of separate, diverse and highly dynamic technology hubs, as vibrant and diverse as the continent itself, stretching from Lisbon to Riga and from Stockholm to Milan.
Many of these hubs are home to global giants like Salesforce, Google, and Apple, as well as some of the most innovative and fastest-growing startups in the world.
Despite fears of a downturn following the UK’s exit from the European Union, London remains the continent’s undisputed technology hub.
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The city continues to breed new unicorns by the dozen, and more than 18,000 new tech companies will be founded there in 2021, a 94 percent increase from 2020, according to consultancy RSM.
Europe’s second largest tech city is Berlin. Some say it’s on track to challenge London and New York in terms of growth and scale.
The large talent pool, relatively low cost of living and proximity to major industrial hubs have made the city a magnet for tech entrepreneurs, with local tech industry leader Berlin Startup Map now estimating that the number of tech startups in the city has peaked at 4,500.
Surprisingly, Paris came in third. Better known for haute cuisine and bureaucracy, the City of Lights may not seem like the ideal location for new tech companies to many, but the French government’s massive investments in recent years have changed that perception. This is where innovation thrives.
According to business support agency Choose Paris Region, three unicorns were born in the region in the first two weeks of 2022, more than any other country in the world.
In addition, the Paris tech hub is now home to more than 8,000 startups along with the world’s largest startup campus, Station F.
Exceptional perks and benefits
Those considering a tech job in Europe can look forward to some very exceptional perks and benefits in addition to very good salaries.
First, however, it is important to remember that these do not allow a direct comparison with those of tech employees in the USA. And there are also some clear regional differences.
The system of socialized health care in Europe means that many medical services are merely top-ups on state systems that are already very good.
The same applies to pensions in many European countries, and workers also have very legal entitlements to holiday, maternity leave, sick leave and other benefits.
That makes the perks all the more valuable, and you don’t have to work for the tech giants to enjoy them.
Headquartered in Amsterdam, CLIQ Digital is a leading digital lifestyle company providing streaming entertainment services to consumers around the world. The company is currently hiring for several positions including a role as a back-end developer based in Paris.
In addition to a salary of up to €60,000, the company offers a teleworking policy that allows employees to work remotely two days a week; subsidized meals; a contribution to transport costs; and 50 percent contribution to private insurance.
The advantages of the German company Hero Software include a company pension scheme, company health insurance, flexible working hours, free and discounted food and beverages, free massages and guaranteed weekend freedom.
And flexibility means flexibility: Employees can decide where and how they want to work, whether in Germany, Portugal or wherever it suits them.
The company currently has several positions to fill, including a senior full-stack engineer with a salary ranging from €60,000 to €75,000.
Telework, company kindergarten, flexible working hours
At the other end of the spectrum is SAP, a true global giant with 10,000 employees. It offers flexible hours and home office arrangements, a company-funded pension plan with employer contributions of up to 12 percent, health insurance, free meals and snacks, a world-class employee ownership program, mental health support, cancer screening, financial wellness enablement sessions, and onsite -Fitness centers and activity classes.
French entertainment company Ankama designs and develops massively multiplayer online role-playing games. The company is currently hiring a backend developer at a salary of €30,000 to €35,000 per year, which may sound low, but it’s located outside of Paris where the cost of living is much lower.
The additional services also make a big difference. These include housing benefit, a company crèche, an employee savings plan, flexible working hours, transport service support and a meal subsidy.
Xtronic, based in Böblingen and Wolfsburg, supports leading manufacturers and suppliers with innovative and customer-specific IT solutions. The extensive range of employee benefits includes flexible and mobile working, international health insurance and an employer-financed pension plan.
In addition, employees can participate in the Xtronic Academy, a tailor-made platform for individual training and career development.
Employees tailor their training and coordinate it with a company-appointed mentor. Several opportunities are currently available, including a cloud data engineer role.
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