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What skills do software developers need to be successful?



James Milligan of Hays spoke with several experts in recruiting software developers to find the skills that are key to success.

What technical and non-technical skills do software development professionals need today? How to perpetuate your career? What are the most popular development professions at the moment?

I recently spoke to some of our software development recruiting experts around the world to find the answers to these questions and many more.

Has the demand for software development professionals increased over the past year?

Max Wilcock, senior business manager of software development for Hays Technology in the UK and Ireland, said the need for software developers has never been greater than it has been since the start of the pandemic.

“While some companies have made layoffs and struggled during this time, others have surpassed this challenge by pushing forward deadlines and releasing software as a result of increased demand, for example from technology companies in the industry. health, logistics and software.

Shaun Cheatham, sales manager for Hays US, said demand has increased specifically for permanent hires in the United States. “With all the layoffs and holidays in 2020, companies are trying to regain their core staff base while also trying to meet the competitive demand in the market.”

Edward Fletcher, commercial director of software development for Hays Technology in Australia and New Zealand, has similar experiences in his region. “Many organizations have vacancy logs after they suspended positions during the pandemic, which is now driving increased staff demand,” he said.

“Add in the high number of digital transformations underway and it’s easy to see why the demand for skilled development professionals has grown so dramatically. Additionally, we found that a lack of overseas talent resulting from border closures has led organizations to compete for a smaller domestic talent pool.

What are the most demanded jobs in development right now?

Wilcock said that in the UK and Ireland full stack developers, regardless of technology, are most in demand. “People who can work at the database, back-end or user interface level, and more recently with the cloud (Azure / AWS in particular) and involving DevOps are extremely popular,” he said. he declares. “Different languages ​​are growing in popularity, but JavaScript seems to be king right now. “

Juliann Deegan, commercial director of Hays Technology UK and Ireland, said .Net developers and front-end developers are also in high demand, especially among SMEs.

“I think this reflects the fact that there is a renewed confidence and a desire to move forward on projects that had previously been put on hold.”

Fletcher said full-featured software developers, software developers and mobile developers are in high demand in Australia and New Zealand as organizations seek to improve digital channels for their end customers.

In the US, Cheatham said responsive front-end developers are the most in-demand skills, followed by .Net and Java.

Edmond Pang, regional director of Hays in Shanghai and Suzhou, said the highest demand in Asia is for Java developers, full stack developers and Golang developers.

Olivier Pacaud, national head of IT operations for Hays in France and Luxembourg, said full stack developers are also the most sought after in France, particularly the web stack. “There is also a growing demand for DevOps engineers and data scientists,” he said.

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What soft skills are needed to work in development?

According to Wilcock, the requirement for technicians to have good soft skills is a growing trend.

“Technology is now the number one enabler for many businesses, so it’s important that developers can communicate with the business and create systems that are as user-friendly as possible. “

Fletcher said to this end that he considers strong verbal communication skills, the ability to collaborate with different teams and stakeholders, and good written communication skills to be essential to excel in software development.

Pang added curiosity and problem-solving skills to the list. “We surveyed many Level 1 software developers who may not have immediate solutions to problems, but would go to tech forums to read and look for suggestions from other tech gurus to help them out. to solve a coding problem, ”he said.

“Being a team player is also important. Many of our senior clients are looking for this soft skill because they want developers who are collaborative, and who don’t just want to code in their own way, but in a team sense.

What technical skills are needed to work in development?

Wilcock said that while mastering a language will provide employment in development, the ability and openness to switch between technologies will provide a long career in development.

Deegan agreed, saying it’s hard to narrow down specific tech skills because coding languages ​​are constantly changing.

When I started recruiting for software developers, a developer coded in a specific language ie Java or .Net. But now a developer who can switch languages ​​and who is agile may be more valuable.

In Asia, Pang said full stack and Golang are the most in-demand technical skills. “But there is also a demand for Python Mobile (Flutter / React Native) and Javascript (Angular / React / Vue / Node).”

Pacaud said it was a similar situation in France, with technologies such as Java still in high demand.

“There is also a growing demand for Python and the JavaScript environment with its many frameworks (especially React JS). Finally, Microsoft stacks are still very present, .NetCore in particular.

How Can Software Development Professionals Sustain Their Careers?

As for the future check, recruiters from all walks of life agreed that it was essential to be ready to continue learning new languages.

Wilcock said: “You have to make sure that you move with the technology. If you work in an organization using custom or proprietary languages ​​and frameworks, make sure you are involved in projects with newer and emerging technologies. You can attend meetings to make sure you choose which ones to focus on.

Pang said development talent is scarce in Asia, so acquiring a second Asian language could open up many more opportunities globally. “For example, in mainland China, big tech companies like Baidu, Bytedance, Alibaba and Tencent still welcome developers from overseas. And having the Chinese ability would increase your success rate to land a job with them because you can communicate and work effectively with their local teams, ”he said.

Pacaud said it’s also important to keep an eye on technical developments and new innovations. “You can also be active on Github, Stack Overflow and make sure your LinkedIn profile is optimized to present you and your work in the best possible way,” he said.

By James milligan

James Milligan is the Global Chief Technology Officer at Hays. A version of this article originally appeared on the Hays Tech Blog.



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