The fastest growing technical keywords in posted jobs between January and April 2017 were "Agile" (+4.5 percent), "Scala" (+3.5 percent), "Docker" (+3 percent), "Testing" (+2.7 percent), and "Jenkins" (+2.3 percent)
Developers were one of the most in-demand positions in the Robert Half UK Salary Guide 2017. They can now expect a salary of between £44,500 and £69,500, a growth of 2.9 percent.
Skills in Tableau, QlikView and Power BI are all in high-demand for front-end development, as are the three components of Microsoft’s SQL Server: Integration Services (SSIS), Analysis Services (SSAS), and Reporting Services (SSRS).
Clients of Robert Half are increasingly seeking employees who can adapt to the rapid rate at which the most-used programming languages are changing.
"We are also seeing a lot of demand for candidates with a broad blend of skills across multiple technologies," says Owen. "As opposed to being an expert in Java or an expert in PHP we're seeing many customers are looking for a blend of multiple programming languages."
The average permanent salary for web developers has slipped slightly according to the Tech Cities report, from £41,990 in the previous quarter to £41,578 in this one. The average day rate for contractors also dropped from £38 to £332, although it had increased by 0.91 percent since this time last year.
The shortage in development skills was a particular problem for small businesses in the Harvey Nash CIO survey, 26 percent of whom said they were suffering from a lack of it, although the shortage had dropped overall from being reported by 27 percent of respondents in each of the previous two years to 25 percent in 2017