Programming Languages: Vacancies increase by 4% as JavaScript tops the wish list for recruiters

JOBLIFT ANALYSES THE DEMAND FOR PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES IN JOB VACANCIES OVER THE LAST 24 MONTHS
London, 27th July 2018 – The importance of teaching children coding and programming has been catapulted into the spotlight in recent times. Toys, including Harry Potter wands and Robotics Engineer Barbie, are aiming to prepare young people for a new type of workplace and workforce. Job search platform Joblift found that these skills are becoming increasingly crucial in the world of work, with 7% of all job vacancies in the last 12 months requesting programming expertise.
MORE THAN 1 IN 10 POSTINGS DEMAND SENIORITY WITH 1/3 OF ALL VACANCIES OFFERING A £50k+ SALARY
According to Joblift, 7% of the 9,674,785 job advertisements posted in the United Kingdom in the last 12 months, specifically asked for candidates with experience with programming languages (716,631 vacancies). These vacancies increased by an average of 4% each month, double the rate of the UK’s job market as a whole. Of these programming job vacancies, 76,538 requested potential employees to hold at least five years of experience. While programmers in general earn, on average, around £42,000, 33% – of the 292,508 vacancies which stated a salary – advertised an annual wage of at least £50,000.
WHAT RECRUITERS WANT: JAVASCRIPT ASKED FOR IN MORE THAN DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF VACANCIES THAN PYTHON 
While programming jobs as a whole were relatively stable, there were significant disparities from one language to another. CodeAcademy recently stated that, when it comes to consumers choosing which language to learn, Python is by far the most popular. However, for employers looking to recruit, candidates who were skilled in JavaScript were the most in-demand. JavaScript was mentioned in 42% of vacancies, ahead of second place Java (30%), and C# (25%) which ranked in third place. Following these, Python was mentioned in 19% of job ads, with PHP rounding off the top five with 13% mentions. With less than 1% of all mentions, Lua, Haskell and Groovy were the least requested programming languages in job advertisements. Visual Basic (1% of mentions), and Objective-C (2% of mentions) followed these.
PYTHON SHOWS THE HIGHEST INCREASE IN MENTIONS WHILE MATLAB’S INCREASE STAGNATES
In terms of potential contenders to the most popular programming language crown; job vacancies requesting candidates with Python skills have increased by an average of 9% each month in the last year – the highest rate of any language analysed. PowerShell and Scala, follow Python, both increasing by an average of 6% each month. With a 5% average monthly increase, vacancies scouting potential employees with PHP and C++ skills rank round up the top five. On the other hand, with less than 1% average monthly increase, MATLAB was the least requested programming language, closely followed by Visual Basic (1% monthly increase). Groovy, Perl, and Objective-C all increased by an average of 3% each month, just under the 4% average increase in programming language jobs in general.
About Joblift
Joblift is a job search platform providing candidates with the most intuitive and frictionless experience during the recruiting process. By applying the latest machine learning techniques and big data-based algorithms Joblift offers the optimal match between employer and job seeker. Currently active in the US, the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands, Joblift cooperates with over 4,000 partners to incorporate over 10 million vacancies on their platform. Joblift is a highly energetic and entrepreneurial team led by the experienced founders Lukas Erlebach (CEO), Alexander Rausch (COO) and Denis Bauer (CTO), who most recently held C-Level positions at companies such as Zalando, Amorelie, hear.com and Microsoft.

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