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Hiring For Mobile Engineering Tech Skills Continues Upwards

We’ve noted in the past the explosive growth and demand levels for engineering/tech talent with mobile development experience.


Wanted Analytics brings us the raw data and observations:


study estimates that mobile internet usage will out-pace the number of people that regularly access the internet from a desktop in 2014. That’s just 2 years away! To support this growth, employers are hiring more mobile developers to build apps, mobile-friendly websites, games, and find way to connect with their customers through mobile phones. Today, we looked at what types of high-tech jobs are being recruited with mobile experience, what skills are being required, and how hard-to-fill these jobs are.


During February, more than 19,000 job ads were placed online for mobile developers in the United States, representing an 82% increase compared to February 2011. Hiring demand is also up 295% compared to the same month in 2010, and more than 400% from February 2009. Mobile development requirements are included across all technology occupations, with Software Engineers, Web Developers, Java Developers, Project Managers, and Application Developers as the most common job titles to include these requirements in their ads.


Hiring Demand for Mobile Developers – 4 Year Hiring Trend


Hiring Demand for Mobile Developers 

Source: WANTED Analytics


We expected to see mobile developer skills most in-demand in the Silicon Valley area. However, the New York metropolitan area saw the highest volume of job ads for tech jobs that required mobile skills, with more than 1,800 job ads and growing 87% over the past year. Seattle saw the second highest volume of job ads this this skill set. Rounding out the top 5 metro areas for hiring of mobile developers were San Jose, San Francisco, and Washington (DC). While employers in New York placed the highest number of job ads for this talent pool, one of the highest year-over-year growth areas was Washington, DC where hiring demand increased 102%.


The most demanded mobile development skills required by employers are listed below. If you are recruiting for a mobile developer, do you include these most common skills in your job ads? It’s likely that these are the qualifications that most of your competitors are recruiting for as well.


  1. Java
  2. Android OS
  3. JavaScript
  4. Structured query language (SQL)
  5. HTML
  6. CSS
  7. Linux
  8. XML
  9. Unix
  10. AJAX

The most commonly advertised certifications for mobile developers include:


  1. Project Management Professional (PMP)
  2. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  3. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  4. Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  5. Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)

As hiring demand continues, the talent pool remains limited and companies sourcing for mobile development jobs are likely to find them difficult-to-fill. According to the Hiring Scale™, Recruiters in San Francisco are experiencing some of the most challenging conditions when recruiting candidates with these skills since hiring demand outpaces the local talent pool of qualified candidates. Employers here are likely to compete heavily to attract potential candidates and experience a longer time-to-fill than other areas across the United States. In fact, Recruiters in this area keep job ads online for an average of 7 weeks.


Hiring Scale for Mobile Developers in San Francisco, CA (Hard-to-Fill Location)


Hiring Scale for Mobile Developers in San Francisco, CA 

Source: WANTED Analytics


In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows that the best markets for recruiting these skills are Eugene (Oregon), Champaign (Illinois), and Wichita (Kansas). Lower hiring demand in these areas, coupled with larger talent supply, means that Recruiters are likely to fill job openings in as few as 4.5 weeks, more than 2 weeks faster than the national average. If you find mobile developer job ads hard-to-fill, you may want to place job ads in these areas and try to source potential candidates from these locations. It may help to reduce your time-to-fill and cost-per-hire for open job reqs.


Best Markets to Place Job Ads for Mobile Developers


Best Markets for Recruiting Mobile Developers 

Source: WANTED Analytics

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