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There are a number of programming technologies that developers in the UK and Ireland work with, several of which are in high demand. Over the past five years some of theses technologies have grown rapidly in popularity, which has increased the need to hire developers with the relevant skillsets. As a technical recruiter, it’s crucial that you understand and differentiate between the most important types of developers, as the success of your hiring strategy depends on it.

New data taken from Stack Overflow shows that Angular JS is the most in-demand developer technology in the UK and Ireland. The Javascript framework continues to increase in popularity, and is in highest demand from employers. Also in the top 5 most sought skills; Java, C#, Python and Amazon Web Services (AWS), respectively.

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We analysed open positions posted on Stack Overflow Jobs over a five-year period from January 2012 to December 2016. During this time, demand for Angular JS rapidly grew and far exceeded any other technology type. Computer World UK presents these findings, listing the ten fastest-growing skills for developers in UK and Ireland. These results establish the enduring need for these skills and the continued popularity of Javascript as the most favoured language for web development.

You’re probably thinking, “This is good news for web developers, but what does it mean for me?” There are two reasons why it’s important for all tech recruiters to stay on trend with the top skills for developers. Firstly, to successfully recruit for these desirable skills, you need to know about the different types of developers there are. If you don’t know the difference between developer types, you’re at a high risk of providing a poor candidate experience or hiring the wrong person for the job. Secondly, if you want to stay ahead of the competition, it’s crucial to keep up with ever-changing requirements and industry standards. You need to have a good level of understanding at the beginning of the hiring process to reap success for all parties involved.

No one is expecting you to become a tech expert overnight, but it’s imperative that you have a basic understanding of different technologies, so you can outline the skills and requirements that developers are searching for. The success of your direct communication, job postings, and interviews will depend on it. A lack of knowledge will result in awkward conversations (and potentially a bad reputation for the company you’re recruiting for), poorly constructed job postings, and an unsuccessful interview process - if you even reach that stage. However, if you take the time to understand and build knowledge in tech recruiting, you’ll notice the invaluable impact it has on the overall success of your hiring strategy.  

Identify Gaps in Knowledge

Being able to differentiate between requirements of technical jobs can be difficult, especially if you’re new to the tech recruitment industry. But don’t let this de-motivate you -- even the most proficient recruiters don’t attempt to conceal gaps in knowledge. The more honest you are about your gaps in knowledge, the more responsive developers will be to the technical questions you might ask them. In turn, this will make it easier to contextualise requirements as you progress.

Ask Specific Questions

Hiring a new developer will only be successful if you ask the right questions. You need to fully understand whether the candidate in question has all the skills necessary for the position. This is the time when you want to see how a candidate approaches and implements their thought processes into a project. A strong question is “How would you improve this site?” because it gives you the chance to see how the candidate responds and utilises their wealth of knowledge. “What is the best solution you came up with and why?” is also a good question, because it allows the developer to talk about a specific challenge they’ve tackled. This will allow you to gain insight into something they’ve done well and learn how they leveraged their skills across a variety of contexts or problems.

Work Closely with Your Team of Developers

Your development team is your most valuable resource. Nothing can provide you with better answers to technical questions than going directly to your team. The better the internal communication, the faster your team will succeed.

Keep Reference Material Close By

You can’t be expected to remember everything, and that’s OK. You just need to know where you save it. Having a depository of industry terminology will make it simple for you to go back and reference.  

Knowledge is vital for successful tech recruitment, and familiarising yourself with key information will set you apart from the competition to hire developers in the UK. Following these four tips will not only help you understand the different types of developers and the growing technical demands, but it’ll also help you to continuously strengthen your recruitment strategy from start to finish.

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