Welcome to the second instalment of Data Dabbling — our fortnightly peek at some of the really cool data and insight we’ve been playing around with recently.
Today we take a brief glimpse at one of the fastest growing occupations within one of the fastest growing sectors: Programmers and software development professionals. According to our data, the numbers of people employed in this occupation has grown by almost 60,000 from 2007-2017 — a rise of 32% — and our projections show that it is likely to continue growing into the future, by around 13,500 jobs from 2017-2022 (5% growth).
According to the Standard Occupation Classification description, Programmers and software development professionals:
“Design, develop, test, implement and maintain software systems in order to meet the specifications and business objectives of the information system; they also design and develop specialist software e.g. for computer games.”
That’s fine as a starter, but let’s face it, it doesn’t tell us very much about specific requirements of the job. All the more so since it is not only the type of occupation which can mean different things to different employers, but also the skills components of the job are constantly having to change to keep pace with the dynamic nature of the digital sector.
To find out more, let’s dig into our Job Postings Analytics data to identify what actual skills are being demanded by employers. The following chart shows the Top 20 skills that employers across the country in 2018 say they are looking for when hiring for this position:
But in a dynamic occupation such as this, it’s also especially important to see how the skills component is changing over time. We can do this by comparing the top skills demanded by employers in 2018 (actually November 2017 – October 2018), with those demanded in 2016. The following graph shows the Top 20 skills in terms of percentage growth (we’ve also included the actual total posting numbers for 2018):
It is clear that skills such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Machine Learning are all big growth skills, having all doubled in demand in that time. But the big emerging story is the fact that there is a lot more cloud application development, as well as the rise of data science in terms of machine learning.
If you’d like to find out about how we can help you understand the changing skills demands for any job, whether nationally or in your area, get in touch.