Tales from the Silicon MilkRoundabout London: job offering stats

In May I attended with Federico an event in London called Silicon Milkroundabout. Silicon Milkroundabout is a startup job fair, en event where startups try to attract developers to hire. It’s just like a common fair, with stands, drinks offered and a lot of printed stuff to bring back home. It’s not a technical event, it is just a marketplace where developers explain what their startups do in order to attract attendees. If you are a developer looking for a job in London this is really a great place to understand how the market works.

After the event we went to a Starbucks in Oxford Circus and we decided to write this post, trying to describe the market demand for developers. This way we hope you should be able to understand if your skills are good to easily find a position in London. Note that we did this stats just looking at the book they gave us entering the fair, so it may be not 100% accurate, we have not used official data.

We made two different stats, the first one splitting the available positions by programming language, the second one by topic.

By language

  • Java: 9
  • .NET: 11
  • PHP: 11
  • Android: 7
  • iOS: 7
  • Python: 15
  • Ruby: 18
  • Javascript: 12
  • C++: 4
  • Flash: 2
  • Perl: 2
  • Erlang: 2

By topic

  • Frontend developer: 63
  • Backend developer: 181
  • Mobile developer: 37
  • Devops: 46
  • Customer care: 1
  • Sales/Marketing: 59
  • Administrator: 20
  • Q&A: 41
  • Designer: 53


A few considerations:

  • We found that mobile developers are not requested singularly, usually one company requires max one android developer and one iOS developer, so not more than one per technology.
  • Ruby developers are almost always required with knowledge of the Ruby on Rails framework.
  • There’s a good demand of skilled frontend developers on emerging framework such as AngularJS, EmberJS Backbone and so on.

I cannot say anything about rates, usually these are based on experience, but it appears not so difficult to find a decent salary on a permanent position. There’s a lot of movement by the way, so don’t expect a job that last forever. The life of a startup could be short, and you should always be prepared to bring your stuff and move to a different home.

About Dario Ghilardi

Dario Ghilardi
Passionate software engineering consultant, aspiring trail runner, traveler. Insanely affected by lifelong learning.

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