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Postby evse82 » Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:51 am

Hey guys,

I'm a Greek born in Australia with dual citizenship and am looking at making the move to Cyprus since the rest of my family are there and we have now been apart for 8 years.

I work in IT, mostly retail background looking after all support including networking/projects etc.

Would anyone here have an idea on whether I'd have a tough time finding a similar role in Cyprus or the salary I could expect to get? My sister lives in Nicosia so that would be my first choice but I don't mind travelling an hour to get to work etc... (we do that no matter what in Melbourne :p )

I keep reading up that Cyprus just skimmed through a recession in the last quarter so I'm really scared making the move without knowing what will happen to me job wise... I don't want to be a bum watching 'How it's made' on discovery channel for the next year :)

Thanks!
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Re: IT Salaries and Market conditions in Cyprus

Postby Sotos » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:26 am

evse82 wrote:Would anyone here have an idea on whether I'd have a tough time finding a similar role in Cyprus or the salary I could expect to get?


The salary you will get in Cyprus will almost certainly be lower, possibly much lower. Better stay where you are for now ;)
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Re: IT Salaries and Market conditions in Cyprus

Postby CBBB » Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:26 am

There are IT jobs around, but there are a hell of a lot of people chasing them. You will very often see jobs advertised that suggest they are looking for someone with vast experience, when what they really want is someone with a degree and 1 years experience.

That is another thing, if you don't have at least a first degree (a Masters would be a lot better), forget it!
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Re: IT Salaries and Market conditions in Cyprus

Postby evse82 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:17 am

Thanks for the feedback guys. Yeah, I have come to terms with a lower salary in Cyprus which doesn't bother me (providing I can live a decent lifestyle still) I'm just worrying that salaries might be less than say 1500 a month which would start to pose a problem for me since I'll still be making loan repayments in Australia. I have an advanced diploma in Computer Systems Engineering if that would help my chances.

In the end of the day it's looking like the move to Cyprus for my family is inevitable (which is definately a good thing). I'm just very worried about not finding work at all and struggling there.
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Re: IT Salaries and Market conditions in Cyprus

Postby SheldonCooper » Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:12 pm

I think you'll find that plenty of salaried employees in Cyprus earn less than E1,500 a month (particularly young people); I guess at a minimum you'd earn at least 3 times this figure in Melbourne if not considerably more. Have you considered an extended visit so that you can get a feel for how things are in the field you're interested in working in?
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Re: IT Salaries and Market conditions in Cyprus

Postby evse82 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:01 am

I have thought of an extended visit, that's my goal in the next month. We have decided that my wife stays back in Melbourne and I head to Cyprus to try and get work. If I can't get a position or make ends meet within 3 months i'll be returning to Melbourne. I just really don't want this to happen. Making the move was a big decision and when we made it, we then realised it wouldn't be as easy as we thought.

I'm on a very average salary in Melbourne (for IT anyway) which is about E2800 a month my friends do earn a fair bit more than me. Money doesn't mean everything to me and I'd rather work in a role/company that I enjoy more. In all honesty if I could get something over E2000 in Cyprus I'd be happy. I'd just need to budget a bit better since I pay my parents home loan which is about E1000 a month alone.

I'm now just thinking this would be tough to achieve. Plus I'm starting to worry that I may not even get a job in this timeframe. We'd still rather be with our family though so I have to make it happen :)
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Re: IT Salaries and Market conditions in Cyprus

Postby SKI-preo » Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:32 am

ΓΙΕ ΜΟΥ, είσαι ηλίθιος μείνε tjame πού είσαι. They'll confuse you for a charlie and in 6 weeks you'll be all working in a cabaret so you can buy your tickets back to Melbourne. :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QQQPmni8Rs
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Re: IT Salaries and Market conditions in Cyprus

Postby SheldonCooper » Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:00 am

evse82 wrote:I have thought of an extended visit, that's my goal in the next month. We have decided that my wife stays back in Melbourne and I head to Cyprus to try and get work. If I can't get a position or make ends meet within 3 months i'll be returning to Melbourne. I just really don't want this to happen. Making the move was a big decision and when we made it, we then realised it wouldn't be as easy as we thought.

I'm on a very average salary in Melbourne (for IT anyway) which is about E2800 a month my friends do earn a fair bit more than me. Money doesn't mean everything to me and I'd rather work in a role/company that I enjoy more. In all honesty if I could get something over E2000 in Cyprus I'd be happy. I'd just need to budget a bit better since I pay my parents home loan which is about E1000 a month alone.

I'm now just thinking this would be tough to achieve. Plus I'm starting to worry that I may not even get a job in this timeframe. We'd still rather be with our family though so I have to make it happen :)

It sounds like you're going to have your work cut out for you, good luck with it!
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Re: IT Salaries and Market conditions in Cyprus

Postby SheldonCooper » Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:24 am

SKI-preo wrote:They'll confuse you for a charlie and in 6 weeks you'll be all working in a cabaret so you can buy your tickets back to Melbourne. :D


Is "cabaret" a euphemism for something??
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Re: IT Salaries and Market conditions in Cyprus

Postby Get Real! » Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:01 pm

evse82 wrote:I work in IT, mostly retail background looking after all support including networking/projects etc.

Some points for you to consider…

1. There are far too many IT people here! Pretty much everyone who has used a computer for a year thinks they are IT and offer their services to friends and relatives!

2. Qualifications that matter in Australia such as the MCSE, MCSA, CCNA, etc, etc are unheard of here and offer no advantage except for the A+ which is well known!

3. There are no specializations such as Systems Engineer, Comp Tech, Systems Support, Software Support, etc in Cyprus… but a “Super Tech” that does it all or pretends to anyway.

4. Most of us IT professionals who came from abroad have ended up working for ourselves out of disappointment from the poor industry structure and lack of professionalism.
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