Demand for Web Developer Jobs Rises Sharply
The number of web developer job vacancies is on the rise as businesses start investing in the internet after another round of high profile businesses call in the administrators.
Since HMV and Blockbuster went into administration after years of losing out to online competitors, the number of front end web developer roles spiked a dramatic 50% in a matter of months.
The Mirror also forecast that retail chains would accelerate plans to closing store and focus on online operations instead. This is clearly reflected in the soaring number of web developer vacancies.
Meanwhile, the rise of Smartphones, social networks, internet speeds and digital connectivity has changed the lifestyle of the average person considerably.
In doing so, businesses are being challenged to keep up with constant changes in consumer behaviour or risk being left behind by a rapidly migrating audience.
But will we see another rise and fall for web dev jobs like in 2009?
Based on past trends, rapid soars in job numbers tend to be followed by equally rapid falls a year later. So the rising demand could be short lived.
However, even looking back at stats from 2009 to 2011, the total number of jobs remained higher than at the start of 2009.
Since then, the number of web developer jobs has been growing steadily by approximately 3% year on year.
Meanwhile the number of web designer jobs continues to decline year on year. So while many professionals may have both design and coding skills, the graphs would indicate that web designers are losing out to front end web developers.
To sum up – web developer jobs are on the rise, especially if you’re a front end web developer. And if you’re a web designer, now is the time to learn some code and call yourself a front end web developer instead for better job prospects.
Meanwhile the average web developer salary is £35,000 while the average web designer salary is £30,000. So web development is certainly a more lucrative career path.
Also, the migration of society and business to the Web is accelerating considerably. So web developer jobs to help facilitate this look like a safe career path for the foreseeable future.
(Stats taken from IT Jobs Watch)