The typical IT guy is an introvert, spending 1/4 of his income on normal household expenses

(Prague, June 22, 2022) – Contrary to popular belief, today’s IT specialists are not the geeks we know from TV shows. This was revealed in an online survey by Integra EMEA, which surveyed 2,703 developers.

“What is true of the established clichés is the fact that the industry is dominated by men,” says Svatopluk Sýkora, business development manager at the company. Only four percent of the respondents were women.

The average age of programmers is 38, and the median age also matches this value. Although 53% of the respondents described themselves as introverts and only 31% as extroverts (the remaining 16% could not classify themselves), nine out of ten seek company: 59% “go out now and then”, 19% like to go out socially and nine percent have a lot of friends around them and often seek company. Nine per cent prefer solitude and 3.4% prefer the online world.

Efficiency and the ability to think about work are most supported by silence and mental calm, say eleven percent of respondents. Sleep is important to a tenth of them, and eight percent prefer walking and rest. For six percent, sport helps kick in.

After work: hobbies, family and sport

Three-quarters of the survey participants engage in hobbies when they are not working. The second most common activity is looking after the family (69%) followed by sports (65%). One in two are studying in their field of study (57%) and another fifteen percent are doing some other study. Forty-seven percent of respondents travel and eight percent volunteer.

Among sports, hiking (46%), cycling (42%), and swimming (18%) are the leading activities. Next to sports, movies (52%), books (41%), and music along with video gaming (both activities were mentioned by 39% of respondents) are the strongest hobbies. Twenty-nine per cent of ayatollahs cook and fifteen per cent engage in meditation or other spiritual activities.

One in two save money, and most spend on hobbies, bars and entertainment

Even among ayatollahs, most of them spend on household expenses (63%). On the other hand, one in two save and invest (52%).

49% of respondents spend the most on hobbies, 27% give the most on restaurants and bars and 24% on entertainment. Cars are the biggest item for sixteen percent of respondents, and seven percent spend the most on clothes.

Housing and grocery shopping most often account for up to a quarter of income (cited by 43% of respondents), with an equal third spending up to half of their income on running a household. Spending between five and ten percent is reported by 5.2% of respondents, up to fifteen percent by 11% of respondents, and spending between 50-75% is reported by six percent of survey participants, with one percent spending even more.

“A senior developer spends between one hundred and twenty and one hundred and sixty thousand crowns,” says Integra manager Svatopluk Sýkora.

Although these are highly paid professionals, 67% of them think that the current inflation should be an automatic reason to increase their remuneration.

“I had a comical story where a co-worker called me in the car to say he wanted a pay rise, but when I asked him how much he was taking now, he couldn’t remember,” recalls Svatopluk Sýkora. “However, most of my co-workers understand that an inflationary spin would eventually hurt them and are restrained in their demands,” the manager concludes.

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