John Dennehy is the founder of Zartis.com, a full stack recruitment company. Hes worked with growing tech companies for twenty years. Here, he shares the 10 tech skills hes seeing most in demand.
Unless youve been living under a rock with no wifi for the past decade youll know that most of the big global tech brands are growing fast in Dublin. Theyve created huge demand for development, sales and support professionals. But scratch beneath the surface of these wooly behemoths and youll find a host of smaller but incredibly successful companies all competing to hire the best people. Heres a short overview of whos looking and for what.
Microsoft has its European HQ in Dublin. It employs thousands and invests hundreds of millions in the city. Its known for its outreach programs and generous support of the local tech community. This results in a large number of developers using Microsofts stack. Good .Net developers are in short supply and high demand, especially with full stack or Sharepoint experience.
Many of the software companies that started in Dublin in the nineties and noughties unsurprisingly relied on Java for heavy lifting. Those that matured and scaled, are constantly looking for talented Java developers. Big data experience, especially Hadoop, is a big benefit.
RUBY AND PYTHON
Ruby developers are true gems and are hard to find. Pythons the same. Both languages have grown hugely in importance especially with newer startups. We expect to see demand for both languages continue to grow significantly resulting in a further salary increases.
Almost every software company is looking for mobile developers. None more so than the company advertising for a Swift developer with ten years experience. Seriously, folks with native skills and a strong portfolio are the most after.
Demand for frontend developers has increased hugely in the past five years. Its not surprising. Mobile has increased the labour input required for frontend design. People have come to expect more from interfaces in terms of usability and aesthetics. The inevitable result is frontend developers being promoted to near the top of the tech food chain. If you know your containers from your factories and can explain the Angular digest cycle there are jobs aplenty for you.
Whos hiring: *.*
Its said that a data scientist is a statistician in San Francisco. Its going the same way in Dublin. Whatever about the title, people who can ask the right questions, use tools to query large data sets, and articular their findings are in big demand. Typically the roles are advertised as data scientists with Matlab, Python and R. Or, the more common garden variety of business intelligence and data analysts.
QA is often the forgotten child of the dev family but successful companies know its true value. The highest demand were seeing at Zartis.com is for QA Managers, performance testers, and automation engineers with Selenium or similar skills.
If somebody could nail a definition of DevOps wed all be much the wiser. What is clear is that were seeing huge demand at Zartis.com for people with DevOps experience and skills. These include release build engineers and folks with Jenkins, Puppet and Chef. If decaying processes and poison queues float your boat youll find lots of hiring managers very interested in talking to you.
UX has finally come of age from a hiring perspective. Companies that truly understand the art are paying a premium, especially for mobile experience.
Apologies to all the product managers, BAs, sys admins, and UI people out there. Our editor slammed us for word count.
If youve got any of the skills above and would like to join a great team, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.