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Software created more than 3,000 jobs in Bulgaria

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The software business has created more than 3,000 jobs in the past three years, and nearly 100 new companies were created in 2014.

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George Zahariev, member of the Managing Board of the Bulgarian Association of Software Companies (BASCOM), said that during the presentation of the annual analysis "Barometer of the Bulgarian IT industry".

The software business is highest-sector of the economy, there are paid four times higher wages than the national average. In 2015, the average salary is 3358 lev growth in gross monthly wage was 8%, it decreased slightly from previous levels over 10% due to the increase in the minimum income, said Zahariev.

An interesting parallel was made with the standard of life of a programmer in the country and in the UK. It turns out, taking into account the prices and conditions in each country, a programmer in Bulgaria can buy such things as his counterpart of the island nation.

At the same time business account 25 million. Lev paid more taxes compared to last year. The amount is 238 mln. Levs

Jobs at over 17 000 in 2015 and their number is growing annually by between 6% and 10%. Over 90% of jobs are occupied by young people under the age of 35. One third of IT experts are women. All members of BASCOM involved in the inquiry, 80% expect to increase staff and create new jobs next year.

A major problem for the industry continues to be a shortage of skilled professionals not only in the field of IT.

In 2015, the industry expects revenue in the sector to reach 1.6 billion. Lev, an increase of 11% compared with the previous year. Sustained double-digit growth at times exceed the GDP growth of the country, experts said. The software business reached nearly 2% of GDP.

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