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What employers want from developers? Agile, agile, agile

Employers' appetite for agile development skills is rising faster than demand for any other skill.

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

Software Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter
3/2012 3/2011 3/2010 3/2009 3/2008
SQL 20,960 20,046 18,279 17,284 25,402
C 14,201 15,131 15,043 12,871 18,961
C# 13,780 12,783 11,361 8,817 15,098
.NET 12,388 11,648 10,322 8,037 14,537
JAVA 9,856 8,758 7,237 6,140 12,289
SQL SERVER 9,079 8,523 8,414 7,817 13,344
ASP 8,334 7,891 7,777 6,754 11,143
JAVASCRIPT 6,948 6,582 5,365 5,343 7,815
HTML 6,570 6,228 5,268 5,944 6,807
AGILE 6,441 5,767 3,283 N/A N/A

IT Contract job advertising by region Q3 2008 to Q3 2012

Software Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter
3/2012 3/2011 3/2010 3/2009 3/2008
Inner London 1,831 1,541 1,275 989 2,015
Outer London 8,324 7,128 5,913 4,442 9,031
Southern England 6,142 5,313 4,558 3,635 6,319
West & Wales 1,853 1,580 1,372 1,238 2,749
East Midlands 1,054 894 695 605 1,521
West Midlands 727 687 571 617 1,834
North West 642 648 753 763 1,506
North East 518 502 504 559 1,663
Scotland 506 471 456 518 1,019

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