The power behind the software engineer career


With technology now influencing almost every aspect of our lives, the need for software engineers continues to grow.

What used to seem like a futuristic study, computer science is now a practical and applicable degree. And with demand for software engineers consistently out-weighing the supply of qualified professionals, now is a great time for software engineers to take advantage of the positive job environment and negotiate an outstanding salary.

"Software engineers are always in high demand," said Sean Li, Director at Robert Walters Shanghai. "But if you are a software engineer, how can you make sure you are finding the most exciting roles and negotiating a great salary that reflects the high demand for your skills?"

Rulers of the job empire

With a great significance in the China’s implementation of developing the Greater Bay Area (GBA) as an international innovation and technology hub, there is undoubtedly a huge potential for innovation and technology companies to grow in the GBA and eventually resulting in ample job opportunities for software engineers.

“In a society that thrives on technology, people who are able to transition ideas into technological solutions are in demand now more than ever," continued Sean. "Such demand allows for a variety of options when choosing between which company might be the best fit for their personal and professional development.”

Know your worth

When negotiating your software engineering salary, one thing to keep in mind is the number of negotiables you have. These include equity, vacation time, commuter benefits, health benefits, work schedule and, of course, salary. One of the key trending topics amongst software engineers is the change in traditional work schedules.

Benefits of working with a recruiter

Working with a recruiter as a career partner can provide many advantages. For engineers specifically, in such a candidate driven market, a recruitment consultancy can:

  • help maintain relationships with multiple companies at once
  • provide insight on the current market
  • advise of alternative options if looking to make a career change
"Using a recruiter can provide many advantages for engineers. In such a candidate driven market, a recruiter can help maintain relationships with multiple companies at once, provide insight on the current market, and advise of alternative options if looking to make a career change"


As a recruitment consultancy with offices in Shanghai, Suzhou and Shenzhen that focuses on filling opportunities for tech & transformation companies, Robert Walters has a constant demand for software engineers.

The role we play is that of an advisor and consultant, managing expectations during the negotiation process - we can tell you whether your expectations are too low or too high, giving you the ability to ask the hard questions openly without jeopardizing the opportunity or the professional relationship.

Another great aspect of using a recruiting firm is the representation provided when trying to place you into a role. When speaking to a company, we are the one relaying your applicable skill set and reinstating why you are an ideal candidate. This is more impactful than the traditional route of applying for a job, where you simply send your resume and cover letter (which may look the same as the other hundred in their inbox) and wait to hear back.

“Robert Walters prides itself on establishing personal relationships with both candidates and clients," Sean continued. "Since companies trust our relationship with them and we understand what job profile you are looking for, your resume is easily moved to the top of the pile.”

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