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TechSlavs: Level 1 

While doing some research, Ena bumped into this article from Stackoverflow, about their developer survey. For a second she thought – „Why wouldn’t we do something similar in Croatia, or maybe wider?“

Few people came to her mind, she texted them, and the rest is history.

Why are we doing this?

Either you are just starting your career or you are an experienced senior member of the IT community, when considering job opportunities in your country or even wider, which information would be useful? Which factors should I take into consideration when applying for a job or accepting LinkedIn offer from a recruiter? What are the main differences between product-based companies comparing to project-oriented companies? Which technologies this company uses in everyday work? Which benefits would be great for me and which one desired company offers? And last, but not least…How much money can I get due to my previous experience and level of seniority?

Transparency is our key value. We believe that everyone should have information about the market, salary in the industry, perks and benefits, most used technologies, etc. 

Brown, a C-level person from one US company said: “The more detail you can share, the more empowered your employees are,”

This is the reason why we decided to do some research. Education is one of the most important company benefits (we presume, while we do not have accurate data). This research should give us information that we will use for knowledge sharing.

Surveys about average salary had been conducted for years, but we wanted something bigger, something that would affect tech people, recruiters and employers also. That’s why we went beyond borders.

We presume you already know the salary ranges within your industry, don’t you?

The truth is that you probably had no clue or you have only assumptions and approximations. Wouldn’t it be great to know what your peers make so you can use that to leverage a raise? Let’s share what we make and any relevant info to help each other learn our worth!”

By making earnings transparent to the community, industry professionals will have a context to understand their salaries. With accurate information available to everyone across the region, Balkans’ tech talent will have the tools needed to negotiate terms appropriate to their expertise, experience. Whether they are working within some local companies or remotely – we want to make sure that data supports their claims. 

Additionally, and coming from diverse backgrounds – we believe transparency will reveal structural inequalities that result from gender, racial or any other type of discrimination. 

Transparency boosts productivity 

Asking colleagues for help is more effective once pay is transparent. It’s like saying: we’re all in this together. Researchers credit this rise in productivity level to a more accurate assessment of business experts. The result is that communities promoting transparency help peers access the right information more quickly and drive industries forward.

Passion for technology connects us, no matter which job we are doing. Our goal is to build a stronger tech hive. We are curious and believe that everyone is.

It’s like saying: Hey, we are all in this together. 


Connecting the Dots between Tech and Slavs:
Why do we need this community?

Wonder what is the connection between Tech and Slavs?

If you are reading this, I assume you are part of the tech community/tech-savvy, and probably are one of the Slavs.

So, let’s begin with the definitions. 

“Tech” is an abbreviation for technical or technological. The term is used to describe a company, system, or area of work, that does or makes something involving technology. Blockchain, 5G or VR are examples of modern technology.

The term “Slavs” designates an ethnic group of people who share a long-term cultural continuity and who speak a set of related languages known as the Slavic languages. Customarily, Slavs are subdivided into East Slavs (chiefly Russians, Ukrainians, and Belarusians), West Slavs (chiefly Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, and Wends, or Sorbs), and South Slavs (chiefly Serbs, Croats, Bosnians, Slovenes, Macedonians, and Montenegrins).

See the contour of connection between those two terms? Still don’t? 

So, let us explain it to you.

TechSlavs is an idea that came up to us while we were doing some research and one of us bumped into this article from Stackoverflow, about their developer survey. 

We thought – „Why wouldn’t we do something similar in our country, or maybe wider?“

We have decided to explore our IT community. Every year, there are some surveys about salary in the IT world, but they are really scarce. We want to find out more about salaries in the industry, which factors decide salary level, what are perk and benefits in companies and desired ones, which technologies, frameworks or operating system people are using in their everyday work, which technologies or frameworks do they want to work with, what type of company do they prefer to work for and so much more.

Why are we doing this?

Transparency is our key value. We believe that everyone should have information about the market, salary in the industry, perks and benefits, most used technologies, etc. This is the reason why we decided to do some research. Education is one of the most important company benefit (or we believe so). This research should give us data to use for knowledge sharing.

Surveys about average salary had been conducted for years, but we wanted something bigger, something that would affect tech people, recruiters and employers also. That’s why we went beyond borders.

Passion for technology connects us, no matter in which role we are. Our goal is to build a stronger tech hive. We are curious and believe that everyone is.

Connecting the dots? 

If you still have some unanswered questions, write to us! We would like to chat with you 🙂

And of course, we would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes and fill our survey! 

Thank you in advance! 

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