Top ten best paid jobs in Lithuania in 2016

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The biggest pay packets (€1,000 to €3,500 per month before tax) are offered to IT specialists like .NET developers, Front End developers, Java engineers, and PHP developers.

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However, other professions are expected to feel the tide of rising wages in the country in 2016. Raimonda Tatarėlytė, marketing director at the job hunting service CV Market, said that most employers advertising at the website are looking for sales and transport managers, development project managers.

There is also a relatively high demand for .NET developers, accountants, finance controllers, sales assistants, software architects, and engineers.

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Department and company directors can command remuneration between €1,000 and €2,500 a month while heads of sales and department managers can expect to make between €1,200 and €2,000, as can long-distance drivers at €2,000 a month before tax.

Other high-paying positions include construction or development project managers (€1,200-€1,800), chief accountants, expedition and logistics heads (€1,000-€1,500).

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At the bottom of the top-ten best paid professions are sales managers, engineers and electrical engineers, and accountants (€800-€1,200).

2007 is not coming back

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The lists of most sought-after and best-paid professionals differs little from last year, says Nerijus Mačiulis, Swedbank chief economist.

“There does not seem to be any major break in the labour market, the most popular professions remain the same as does the offered pay,” Mačiulis told DELFI. Programmers and IT specialists remain on top.

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However, as unemployment in the country drops, many other employees will have a better hand in negotiating with their employers, he said.

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“This depends a lot, however, on profession and industry sector,” Mačiulis said. “We can hardly speak of any leverage that non-skilled workers can have, say, in retail or transport. A software developer meanwhile has absolutely different leverage.”

Non-skilled workers in Lithuania remain easy to replace, he said. “We are not yet back in the year 2007, when youth with virtually no experience or education could go into construction and expect to make LTL 5,000 (€1,500) doing uncomplicated tasks.”

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