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Thursday, 18 April 2013
Ruby/Ruby on Rails Development: Brief Job Market Overview 04/2013
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.