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The Technology Recruitment Outlook for the Second Half of 2014

Hot now and hot for the rest of the year

Forecasting for the next six to 12 months predicts areas currently in high demand will remain in high demand. Engineers with experience in big data, data processing and data analytics are still sought-after. Companies are looking for knowledge around Map Reduce (Hadoop) or Spark, NoSQL (including Cassandra, Hbase, MongoDB) and complex systems development using Java, Python or Scala.

SaaS still in high demand

Consumer-facing or Software as a Service (SaaS) developers are in high demand. The two most in-demand languages requested are Python (with Flask, Django or a related framework) and Ruby (on Rails.)

Get experience with cloud operations

Experience developing and deploying to the cloud is becoming almost a hard-to-find skill. Most engineers should work to become comfortable and up-to-date with the many tools, technologies and frameworks for deploying and maintaining your cloud operations. Companies during the next six to 12 months may start to require cloud experience more; though the timeline may look more like 12 to 14 months.

Strong, well-rounded UI Engineers wanted

Top UI engineers are among the employees with the toughest skill sets to find. Companies are looking for experience with JavaScriptMVC and most often with Angular.js, Backbone.js or Ember.js. High-tech companies of all sizes struggle filling this role due to the gap in skills between a web developer developing simple websites and a UI Engineer developing the front end for a dynamic, complex and scalable Web application. Due to the ubiquitous nature of Web and mobile Web applications, demand for these engineers is not going to decrease for the foreseeable future.

Trends we are seeing

Looking forward, Node.js, Scala, and Go are hot topics among engineers. Scala is the most popular in terms of current use in the market. Node.js is the fast-riser, and adoption in the market has grown exponentially during the past six to nine months. Go is the language engineers seem to be the most curious about, but there aren’t yet many examples of commercial adoption.

Mobile remains in high demand

With mobile, like UI engineers, companies struggle to find talented iOS and Android engineers. This has been the case for the past 12 to 18 months and likely isn’t changing anytime soon. Here, companies are looking for examples, or “applications in the wild,” and want engineers who have examples they can point to in the Apple App Store or in Google Play.

What is starting to wane?

C++ isn’t dying, but its use has been slowly declining during the past 10 years. The request for engineers who work on big enterprise systems, utilize a data center and work with long deployment times is declining as well – think Java/J2EE development on WebLogic.

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