The new must-have skill for developers isn’t one of the dozens of new programming languages that have emerged recently - it’s agile development.
Demand for agile development skills is rising faster than that for any other dev skill, according to CWJobs.co.uk's analysis of adverts for software roles.
Demand for agile skills will overtake that for HTML by the end of the year if current trends continue, the figures show.
Agile software development simplifies the planning stage and splits large projects up into iterations where workable products are delivered throughout, rather than at the end of the project. It also emphasises user feedback at every stage of the programme, not just at the beginning and the end.
While demand for agile continues to grow, the rest of the top 10 skills in demand have remained unchanged over the past four years. The top five most requested skills have remained as SQL, C, C#, .NET and Java.
The number of developer roles posted in Q3 2012 is still 21 per cent below the level it was in 2008, before the international credit crisis got under way. Vacancies in the North of England continue to decline but have increased in London and the South East.
The full figures are:
IT permanent software skills advertised - Q3 2008 to Q3 2012
IT Contract job advertising by region Q3 2008 to Q3 2012
|West & Wales||1,853||1,580||1,372||1,238||2,749|
Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.