Market Overviews, Job Opportunities and useful info for Rubyists all over Europe | Posts written by Rhys Evans, the founder of www.adrocgroup.co.uk - the UK's leading Ruby on Rails Recruitment Agency | Contact via +44 (0) 208 279 9482 / firstname.lastname@example.org
To introduce myself to those who read this and haven’t spoken
to me before …I’m Rhys Evans, a London based recruiter who’s been helping Rubyists
all over Europe find new challenges since 2007.
I’m pretty active within the London Ruby User Community and
my company, www.AdRocGroup.co.uk are pleased
to be supporting The Scottish Ruby Conf as a Gold Sponsor this year.
I work with a wide range of Ruby on Rails teams based in the
UK & Europe who are constantly looking to hire exceptionally talented
developers, developers who will help them deliver some of the largest Ruby on
Rails projects around to date.
The below is a few
observations/opinions based on things I’ve experienced this year as someone who
spends his days/weeks/years speaking to 100’s of developers/employers in the
Ruby/Ruby on Rails community…..
Please feel free to get in touch
directly with any comments/feedback on this post…………….If you think someone else may benefit from the info – feel
free to re-post/pass it on to them.
To say it’s been a crazy start to the year is the
understatement of the century. (Where do I start?)…………….. Let’s kick off with
The Contract Market
In my opinion, the contract market in London isn’t as
buoyant as it was this time last year…. How can I back up that statement? I
have more contractors calling me for work, than I have employers asking me for contractors….
That’s not to say there isn’t contract work available, there
is…. However with the increase in the number of contractors available, compared
to the employers needing short term resource for project work, the average daily
rates have dropped slightly from c£450 per day to £350-£400 day depending on
you experience, the client, the contract length and flexibility of remote
Don’t panic though – with the new tax year underway, new
budgets amongst our partners being released over the coming weeks and the
shortage of permanently employed Rubyists looking for work in London – they’ll
be a steady increase in demand over the coming months.
The Permanent Market
The job market is crazy….. I’ve never seen such a huge gap
between the demand for Rubyists to join employers on a permanent basis and the
lack of people looking for a new gig. The companies who ARE successfully hiring
experienced Rubyists on a permanent basis seem to have a few things in common. In
addition to salary, they offer:
2.Challenging/complex project work
3.Personal development time
4.Expenses paid industry related events (Bacon
Conf/Scottish Ruby Conf/Euroko etc etc etc)
So if you’re a company hiring, take note of the above – or
you’ll continue to struggle to attract top talent ;)
Permanent salaries are rising, the average salary Rubyists
obtain via us is c£58,000 – up 25% based on the same time last year but in my
opinion, this still is low considering the demand for talent is at an all-time
Why have salaries jumped up 25% on last year? It’s certainly
is due to the sharp increase in demand for talent, but also the fact companies
are more likely to be hiring at a senior level, as opposed to training up
junior developers at the moment.
·80% of the openings with our partners are paying
·30% of the openings with our partners are paying
·The highest salary we have on offer for a
“Senior Developer” is c£80,000 at this moment.
It’s good to see the salaries finally
rising in London; however we’re still way off the salary ranges which are
available in the likes of Barcelona, Hamburg & Berlin. This makes it
difficult for London based companies to attract/compete to hire Rubyists from
other Ruby hubs in Europe.
To wrap things up until my next blog post “The does and
don’ts when looking for a new Ruby job…” - If you want to make contact and discuss the
above, please do – I don’t bite and would appreciate the feedback…… Of course if
you’re actively looking for a new gig…… I’m 99.9% sure I can help put you in
contact with the people you should be speaking to, so again, do get in touch.
I’m interested in speaking to a number of Rubyists regarding
a range of jobs available with various partners who are based London, UK.
Who am I?
I’m Rhys, a recruiter who’s been helping smart/savvy Rubyists
all over Europe find new challenges since 2007. I’m active within the London
Ruby User Community and my company are also pleased to be supporting The
Scottish Ruby Conf this year.
I work with the some of the smartest Rails teams in the UK
& Europe who constantly looking to hire exceptionally talented developers,
developers who will help them deliver some of thelargest Ruby on Rails
projects around to date.
Who I’m interested in speaking with:
·Rubyists - £45,000 - £80,000
·DevOps Engineers (with solid Ruby/Ruby on Rails
experience) - £55,000 to £65,000
·Node.js Developers – up to £65,000
Companies I work with:
·Start up’s who have secured multi-million £/$/€
·A number of SME’s from The Sunday Times Tech
Track 100 list
Here’s what one Rubyist said about his experience in using
me to re-locate from Milan, Italy – to the UK recently:
“Being a Ruby developer I couldn't be any luckier in relying
on Rhys. He is completely professional and in the same time empathetic with who
is looking for a new job. My experience with Rhys was amazing, after an
informal talk with him, he managed to bring my profile to the attention of
those companies who were searching exactly for people with my knowledge and
experience. No waste of time, no endless time waiting for answers. He helped me
with interviews, and even with relocation.”
If you’re interested in making contact and re-locating - get in touch via:
**Please note, that although we do have remote work available
from time to time – the current positions open require you to be based onsite,
in London, UK. Although our partners can help with re-location, they are unable
to sponsor work permits at this stage.**
As I’m sure you’re aware, the job market for Rubyists in
London are as buoyant as ever. Being the 1st recruiter in the UK to
commit 100% of my time in helping employer connect with Rubyists, I’ve always
been busy. However with the huge rise in popularity of Ruby/Rails as primary
language/framework amongst start-ups, SME’s and now global dotcoms - the demand
for talent amongst our existing and new partners has jumped almost 40% compared
to March 2012, with 85% of our openings now paying £55,000+.
With this in mind, I’m looking to touch base with existing
contacts and expand my existing network to speak with people about some of the
projects our partners are working on.
Here is a link to a few positions our partners have
available in London: http://adrocgroup.co.uk/hot-jobs
We also have partners in Dublin, Hamburg and Berlin who are
keen to speak to experienced Rubyists.
If you’re interested in an informal chat about any of the
employers above or want to have a general chat about the Ruby job market,
please feel free to get in touch – if you’re perfectly happy, but know someone
who is interested in looking at their options, please see this link so you can
register for your reward for referring them: http://adrocgroup.co.uk/refer-a-friend
- we’ve paid out over £3000 so far…..and it’s our favourite way to find people
outside of our immediate network.
Connecting Ruby on Rails Developers and employers since 2007.
Sean Williams - Technical Architect “Rhys supplied Rails developers at Gamesys. Proactive, personable with good roots in the ruby community made Rhys a pleasure to work with. I would certainly use Rhys again and can thoroughly recommend him to anyone requiring great candidates.” _________________________________________________________________________________ Gemma Adey – HR Manager “Rhys has played a large part in growing our development team. He understands our business well and I can trust that every candidate we receive would be a good fit for both our roles and company. Rhys he clearly knows the Ruby market well and keeps me updated as we continue to work in partnership.” _________________________________________________________________________________ Lukas Oberhuber - CTO “Rhys has consistently found me excellent developers with tricky to find attributes and qualities.” _________________________________________________________________________________ Adam Smith – Managing Director “Rhys is one of the few recruiters in the area that can sniff out a good Ruby on Rails developer. Many recruiters claim to 'understand' what we need, but few live up to the promise. Rhys seems to get it right every time - placing superb developers who slot smoothly into our existing culture.” _________________________________________________________________________________ Romain Eude – CTO “Whilst sourcing Ruby on Rails for us, Rhys has demonstrated efficiency and reliability in his service and in the candidates he has put forward. He is very dependable, which is a great quality in the recruitment space.”
Stevie Graham - Senior Ruby Developer/International employee #1 @ twilio
“Rhys has worked in the Ruby space for years and knows literally every quality Ruby developer in the UK. If you’re a company looking for quality Ruby developers he will help you find someone you probably wouldn’t find on your own. On top of that he's a great bloke that you can trust, which also sets him apart from other recruiters.
On the other hand if you're looking for work, you should always give Rhys a call.”
Martin Sadler – Senior Ruby Developer /Creator of Workingwithrails.com
“Rhys has been in the Ruby on Rails scene for as long as I can remember.
He is a breath of fresh air compared to many recruitment agents in this field. Very personable, hardworking, and extremely pro-active. If I'm hiring or looking for a new role I wouldn't hesitate to make Rhys my first port of call.”
“I've been in contact with Rhys both as a candidate and as a referee over the last few years, and my experience in that time has been excellent. He is always straight-talking about the roles he's working on, and by understanding the subtleties of what his clients are looking for, only recommends candidates that are actually suitable - a rare thing!
He's friendly, easy to talk to and pragmatic in his approach - focused on getting the right people into the right roles, rather than meeting targets at all costs. Recommended.”
“I've experienced working with Rhys both as a candidate and as client and have had nothing but success. Rhys is honest and understanding recruiter and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to developers and clients.”
_________________________________________________________________________________ Dan Nuttall – Senior Ruby Developer
“Rhys is an example of that rarest of breeds; an honest recruiter. He has a genuine interest in placing you in the most suitable role for you, regardless of whether he will profit from it or not. He is the only agent I actively seek out when I am considering a new role for myself or when recruiting for my own team.” _________________________________________________________________________________
Brent Greef – Senior Ruby Developer
“Rhys is the top Ruby on Rails recruiter that I have worked with. He has a deep understanding of the industry and is really focused on placing people in roles that are really suited to their skillset. He is a great resource for honest information and advice.”