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2017’s software trends so far

by kyna-admin on March 2nd, 2017

2017’s software trends so far

Kyna Associates recruits exec and tech professionals for clients including National Accident Helpline, Comparethemarket.com, BGL Group, MasterCard, Wesleyan, Travelex, MasterCard, The OU, Towergate, Bauer Media, Norwich and Peterborough, Ideal Shopping, Saga and tech companies who develop technology for Google and other global leaders.

As we’re over half way through Q1 in 2017, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on what we’ve seen from the software market so far in 2017.

 

C#, Java and JavaScript continue to be the software languages most in demand, with PHP and C++ trailing behind. Whilst many clients and candidates continue to talk about the MEAN stack (Mongo, Express, Angular and Node), most seem to only really be using JavaScript or JavaScript Libraries in conjunction with the other OO languages.

Mobile development for iOS and Android is obviously popular, but many companies have realised that their capable Developers are very capable of learning to programme for Mobile platforms (!) and therefore don’t need pure Mobile specialists.

On the subject of JS libraries, it’s welcoming to see clients considering Front End Developers experienced with JavaScript frameworks and environments such as Node.js, React.js Angular.js and JQuery, and not insisting on the much rarer ‘hard core’ JavaScript Coder as has been the case in recent times. Hopefully the runtime of these frameworks on mobile devices has become more acceptable and less draining.

NoSQL DB’s are now being used by many businesses, opting for Mongo or Cassandra, however as with JavaScript still running alongside OO languages, no one seems to have gone completely NoSql (and may not ever); with clients still having their traditional RDBMS running alongside their NoSQL solution.

After the massive drive towards test automation in 2017 and clients declaring they MUST have SDET’s to replace Manual Testers, this demand seems to have slowed, potentially due to the fact that many Software Developers do not want to write test automation and Software Testers don’t want or have the ability to write code! Whilst the SDET demand does still remain, Software Testers and QA’s with good experience running (and not coding) automation tests using tools such as Selenium, Cucumber and Gherkin are now seen as capable alternatives.

It’s probably now accurate to say that nearly every company creating software has adopted a form of Agile methodology (even if at the very least they’re having a scrum up most days with a white board full of stickies in the office). Scrum is the most popular flavour of Agile, with TDD being adopted by companies with either the resources or the vision or both! XP, P2P and BDD are prevalent but not common.

 

When it comes down to the business of software recruitment, whether it’s for Software Architects, Tech Leads, Senior Software Engineers, or Web Application Developers, SDETs or Test Automation Engineers, client feedback times across the board are consistently out of rhythm to the banging pace of the candidate market. This has left many of the larger clients with empty vacancies whilst smaller new exciting businesses with less process and links in the recruitment chain have been winning the candidate war.

Smaller businesses have also benefitted by the confidence software candidates have in the market. Many software professionals are now prepared to risk taking a role with more influence in a smaller company or start up over a position with a larger established business (where they may receive better benefits as part of their package, but are a much smaller cog in the wheel).

The contractor market for Software Developers is buoyant, with clients even prepared to push start dates back to wait for good permanent software candidates to serve notice and transfer into their new contract careers. The contract Software Tester market is very slow with experienced Software Testers prepared to accept rates under £200 per day!

However as with the SDLC, Software Testers and QA’s will be required at some point, so undoubtedly demand and rates will rise in the next six months (depending on whether external economic forces impact the software project pipeline for UK companies).

We also wait to see how the UK contractor market will be affected by the Governments new legislation which impacts on Personal Service Companies (PSCs) supplying to the public sector.

For further information, advice or guidance on the UK software market, please do not hesitate to contact James Gittins on james.gittins@kynaassociates.com

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