Skills and salary ranges of software development profiles

  • Employability

These profiles are among the most in-demand, accounting for almost half of the job offers available, according to data obtained from based on the analysis of thousands of job offers published on the platform.

According to Fundación Telefónica’s Employment Map, around 9,800 vacancies for software developers were published between December 2023 and March 2024.

Within software development there are three different roles:

Backend developer: the most in demand by companies, requested in 42.6% of job opportunities.

Full stack developer: hybrid profiles, increasingly valued by companies due to their versatility in projects, account for around 30% of offers.

Front-end developer: required in 26% of all job offers.

And how do they differ? Let’s go into detail on each of them to find out the skills most in demand in the offers for these profiles and their average salaries.


Backend developer:

They are architects whose job is to build the infrastructure that allows websites, applications, etc. to function smoothly.

They master programming languages such as Java, this being the most demanded technical skill in the offers of this profile. They are followed by :

  • .NET (from Microsoft and based on C#).
  • Python
  • PHP
  • js

The skills required in each offer may vary depending on the requirements of the project.

Within each programming language, they usually specialise in different frameworks such as Spring (Java), Core (.NET) or Django (Python), among others.

They also have experience in database management, both relational and non-relational, for storing, organising and changing data. SQL Server (the most demanded DB in job offers), DB2, Oracle DB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, etc. Depending on the project, the preferences of the development team and the specific technologies used in the infrastructure, one DB or another will be used.

They should have solid knowledge in API creation and consumption, as well as in web services implementation and should understand security best practices to protect data integrity and prevent threats.

The salary range is, depending on experience, as follows:

  • 0-2 years of experience: 20.000-24.000 € gross/year
  • 2-5 years of experience: €24,000-36,000 gross/year
  • +5 years of experience: 36.000-54.000 € gross/year

Frontend developer:

They are in charge of developing the user interface, designing and building the visible part of a website. Their work is crucial to guarantee an attractive and functional user experience.

The programming language par excellence in frontend is JavaScript with its libraries/frameworks such as Angular, React, TypeScript or Vue.js, ordered according to their demand.

They must have the ability to create optimal interfaces that adapt to different devices and screen sizes, as well as being expert profiles in user and performance testing.

Their salary range is the lowest of the development profiles.

  • 0-2 years of experience: 18.000-22.000 € gross/year
  • 2-5 years of experience: 22.000-33.000 € gross/year
  • +5 years of experience: 36.000-48.000 € gross/year

Full stack profile:

They are able to work on the server side as well as on the client side, i.e. they combine backend and frontend skills.

They must have a broad knowledge of programming languages, both backend and frontend, as well as in frameworks they must be able to deal with the whole development process, such as Node.js or MEAN/MERN Stack.

They must also have solid knowledge of databases, be able to manage the deployment of applications and perform the necessary maintenance.

As this is a more hybrid role, they need to develop their soft skills to be able to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams and understand both user needs and system requirements.

The salary range is, depending on experience, as follows:

  • 0-2 years of experience: 18.000-24.000 € gross/year
  • 2-5 years of experience: 24.000-38.000 € gross/year
  • +5 years of experience: 38.000-52.000 € gross/year

It should be noted that geographical location, experience and market demand are crucial factors influencing salary ranges.

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Skills and salary ranges of software development profiles
Skills and salary ranges of software development profiles