Agile software development expertise will be in higher demand than HTML skills by the end of the year as recruiters increasingly look for staff with experience using the software development methodology.
According to the latest figures from CWJobs, if demand for Agile development skills from recruiters continues at its current trajectory it will soon overtake demand for HTML skills and become one of the most desired skills.
The methodology is relatively new and many businesses are only beginning to use it. CWJobs has only been monitoring it since the third quarter (Q3) of 2010.
According to CWJobs’ figures, there were 6,441 Agile software development permanent roles advertised in Q3 of 2012. This is compared with 5,767 in the same period last year and 3,283 in 2010.
“With Agile continuing to be recognised by businesses as the most efficient and effective development methodology, it is set to overtake HTML as a CV prerequisite by the end of the year,” said CWJobs.
The top five most requested skills are SQL, C, C#, .Net and Java. Demand for these has held firm for the past five years, despite the emergence new languages and techniques (see table).
“In such a fast-moving industry, it’s surprising to see such sustainability from skillsets. These skills are no longer showing the rapid growth demonstrated by Agile, so I’d expect to see some movement over the next few years,” said CWJobs website director, Richard Nott.
IT permanent software skills advertised: Q3 2008-Q3 2012
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