What are the top software developer skills in 2020 and in high demand in the global job market?
During the past 10 years, the Software Engineering industry has been undergoing significantly rapid changes.
According to EDC, in 2019, 26.4 million people globally were engaged in programming, and by 2023 it is expected that the number of software developers will exceed 27.7 million people.
In this article, we will cover the latest job market news in Software Development and how it affects trends in hard and soft skills that are requested in this industry.
Essential skills types in Software Development career
In general, each software developer needs to have 3 main directions of the skillset:
👉 Some fundamental knowledge related to the professional field. For example, to become a machine learning engineer, you must have strong math skills.
👉 Basic skills in related fields. For example, Design, UX, Back-end development, project management for Front-end Web Developer. This kind of knowledge helps you communicate effectively with colleagues.
👉 Personal qualities (soft skills) in areas such as leadership, emotional intelligence, self-control, mentoring, etc. They are necessary to be able to express your ideas and work results clearly, build trusting relationships with your teammates, managers, and subordinates. Soft skills also help to cope with your own and team failures and build informal relationships.
TOP software engineering jobs that companies are looking for
During the last 3 months, the trends on the job market have changed significantly. But the demand for software engineering job offers remains on a high level.
Among 19 specialties currently available on MeetFrank, Software Engineering roles take 57% of the total.
Besides, some of them lie in the top 10 job offers with the highest number of applicants.
Based on the number of job offers and applicants in the MeetFrank app, the most popular software engineering job openingis .NET Software Engineer followed by Full-Stack Developer and Front-End Developer. 🚀
Most in-demand Software Engineering hard skills in 2020
By looking at the job market changes’ speed now and beyond, it is obvious that if you want to be in a safe place, you need to maximize your marketability via pursuing a mostly demanded skill-set. What software developer skills should you focus on now?
We analyzed the job market for programmers and prepared a list of most sought hard skills globally.
If you want to start your career in software development, one of the most common questions you may ask yourself would be “What is the top best programming language to know?”. Here is the most up to date list 👇
Despite current trends, there isn’t a right or wrong programming language choice. You need to pick the one or two that suit the specific field you want to work in today. See the examples below:
Soft skills as a secret weapon
Employers and recruiters have long been saying that software development professionals can no longer succeed with technical skills alone.
Today, the classic techie should have “flexible” skills. According to a McKinsey poll, it is high-tech industries that are most in need of them. One-third of the respondents indicated that the most problematic areas in terms of soft skills in 2021 would be data analytics, IT, mobile, web design. Here are TOP 4 essential soft skills every software professional needs to consider in his career.
It may sound weird to you, but communication is one of the core skills in the software development world.
This skill is highly needed for self-presentation on interviews, writing documentation for libraries and frameworks, teamwork, and writing emails, or slack messages to coworkers. You need to be able to hear, convincingly argue, be customer-oriented, and tuned in to the result.
This skill involves the management of emotions, stress, and energy, the ability to reflect and give feedback properly. It also includes time management.
For productive work, it is essential to control the processes in the head. You should learn the systemic, creative, structural, logical, and design types of thinking. The ability to collect and analyze information to correctly conclude will not hinder as well.
Leadership is especially important for team managers and senior roles. This skill includes an ability to plan, set tasks for employees correctly, motivate them, control, and give appropriate feedback on time. Managing people is not about making subordinates do what you want. This skill is about the ability to inspire and help others reach their highest potential. Therefore, the manager’s expertise is super crucial for those planning career growth.
The most important software developer skill is the willingness to learn continually.
This is relevant for all professions. But for programmers, if they want to be in demand, it is crucial to keep abreast of technological development.
Interested in challenging yourself in one of the most popular Software Engineering positions? Check these ones out and apply via the MeetFrank app!
Having a reputation for punching above its weight when it comes to things digital and tech, the Estonian tech sector has been experiencing a solid-paced rise during the last five years.
But how does that affect the local job market?
Here are some of the takeaway facts we found out about Estonia’s job market:
The country has risen to the 20th position in Europe in terms of the total investment into startups while having the second smallest population after Luxembourg
With its 123 million worth of investments into deep tech in 2014-2019, Estonia ranks 18th in Europe, placing it on the second place among Eastern European countries, right behind Poland that has 29 times bigger population
Software engineers and IT talent are currently among the most in-demand workers with the lowest level of competition
Salaries of Estonia’s tech jobs are behind the European average but way above the national average
Estonia’s tech sector in numbers
The tiger reference 🐯 in the title of this article is not a literary gimmick (not totally at least), as it’s referencing to the Tiger Leap project – one of the revolutionary initiatives launched by the Estonian government in 1990’s and 2000’s that paved way digital information technology. These programs played a fundamental role in the buildup of state information infrastructure and education.
It is also most likely one of the factors that have led to the considerable success of Estonia’s tech sector, that is currently growing at a fast pace and attracted a strong € 250 million worth of investments in 2019. The country is proud of its 4 unicorns, having currently more per capita than any other country in the world: Skype, Playtech, Transferwise and Bolt.
All this makes for good country promotion material, but what’s actually happening at the work market?
Top 6 jobs Estonian tech companies are hiring for
As with the rest of Europe, software engineering job offers are currently at the top in Estonia with 49% of the job offers. The share of applications submitted for software engineering jobs is significantly lower – 37% – meaning that the applicants enjoy a low competition rate. And are in high demand!
IT & System administrators are the second-highest in need and also with a low ratio of applicant numbers. Creative fields like design and marketing & PR are among the last in the top 6, with a negative ratio of the share of applications, indicating high competition.
Competitiveness for the top 6 roles
Among the six jobs with the highest share of offers in MeetFrank, creative and performance-oriented fields like design, sales & business development, marketing & PR & media see the biggest competition for the job offers in Estonia.
On average 26 people apply for design job offers published in MeetFrank, which is the highest in Estonia but far behind the European average of the same field – 41. Also similarly to the European average, IT fields are lower in terms of competition as, software engineering has 10, Data & Analytics has 9 and IT & Sysadmin has 7 candidates per offer.
What are the salaries for tech jobs in the Estonian job market?
Although slightly behind the European average, it can be said that salaries offered in the tech sector in Estonia are relatively higher than those of the rest of the country.
Also, the payment is slightly more egalitarian in Estonia between the average payments in different fields as the tech/IT jobs are not that far ahead of the others than the European average is. IT & System administrators are the most well-paid among the most popular jobs, followed closely by project management, sales & business development and software engineering, while creative fields like design and marketing are earning about a fifth less.
As you scroll up, you will see that high demand creates high salaries: As software engineers are one of the most sought-after experts in Estonia, it also reflects in their salary level.
It’s a fairly common knowledge that Estonian tech companies are also looking towards other European markets when it comes to finding top talent.
How popular is relocation among Estonian tech companies and job-seekers?
Are companies and job-seekers open to relocating?
It turns out workers currently based in Estonia are, on average slightly less interested in relocation than the European average. This is the case for software engineering and sales & business development job seekers.
A curious case is IT & system administration, that has the highest % of interest for relocation (25%) while the field has the highest salaries of all top jobs in Estonia and the lowest level of competition. This is over 4 times higher than the European average (6%) for the role.
Sales & business development and data & analytics people are the most content in Estonia, with only 11% and 12%, respectively, interested in relocating.
Top 5 countries with applications to relocate to work in Estonia
We know that around 25% of Estonian job-seekers are open to relocation.
But what about the other way around? Do people from other countries want to relocate to Estonia? The job-seekers in the MeetFrank platform seem to be willing enough.
Although Lithuania has an emerging tech scene of its own and the average payment is close to Estonia, it is surprisingly the country with the highest rate of readiness to relocate to Estonia. That is most likely due to geographic proximity.
Estonia’s northern neighbor Finland follows second and Ukraine, currently the country with the biggest migration to Estonia in general, comes third.
Top skills required in tech-related roles
Let’s take a look at which skills make you most likely to get hired in the Estonian job market. At least in the MeetFrank app!
Business development, project management, sales management, English and also Estonian are expected from sales & business development managers, while English is also the highest sought-after skill for customer support.
IT & Sysadmin candidates are currently most valued for their system administration and DevOps skills, while content marketing is the top skill expected from marketing & PR candidates. The most in-demand skill for designers is UI & visual design.
Top 10 Estonian companies, voted by job-seekers
In the MeetFrank app, the most applied-to companies are the tech unicorns.
Out of the four unicorns ever be been nurtured in Estonia, two are hiring at MeetFrank being they are the country’s most popular companies. These are the low-cost money transfer service Transferwise and the ride-hailing platform Bolt (formerly known as Taxify).
The third is the mobile banking app Monese and fourth Veriff, offering safer face recognition service – one of the features that are vital for Estonia’s E-Residency project.Starship, founded by Ahti Heinla (one of the founders of the mythical Skype) is now working on packaging robots with Starship that is also currently hiring across people in Estonia and several locations in the US.
MeetFrank is also regularly used by non-startups and /-tech companies, as indicated by the presence of two Swedish companies: the packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions, and paper production giant Stora Enso and commercial bank SEB.
In a nut-shell
Estonia’s tech labour market, although comparatively small, is experiencing fast growth and offers a bunch of interesting companies to work for.
Several of them have recently grown to become international success stories such as Transferwise and Bolt, with many others boasting the potential to become the country’s next unicorns.
The average payment in the tech sector is slightly below the European average, but so are the prices in the country’s capital Tallinn, where most of the companies are hiring. The city embraces several tech hubs, a thriving startup community, having made it to the league of Europe’s top cities in terms of tech development and financing.
Finland is home to world leading mobile gaming companies, Supercell, Rovio and Fingersoft. The market grew by 5.9% in 2016 and set a record high turnover the same year, generating more than $2.9 billion. The sub-sector experienced a compound average growth rate of 45% from 2004 to 2015. Crazy.
The larger IT industry is also very strong. The sector employs 6.8% of the country’s entire workforce, the highest figures in the EU for 2017. Turnover in the sector was $14 billion in the same year, a growth of 8% over 2016.
Our data also shows that offers on MeetFrank for software development jobs in Finland have increased by 49% over 2018.
And all of this is set to improve in the coming years. The government has allocated more than $450 million to the industry, including direct capital funding and regional grants. This funding has been directed to support various digital projects slated to run between 2018 and 2022.
The country is pulling out all the stops in its bid to ensure that Finland becomes the premier digital destination. A four-year $226 million program called “AI Business” has also been developed to fund Finnish businesses. The program, slated to run from 2018 to 2022, aims to provide international networks and support services to Finland’s businesses.
Who do employers want to hire?
Companies seem to have a clear strategy in their recruitment for software development jobs in Finland. They display a strong preference for experienced employees, particularly those that can fit into senior level roles.
Mid-level and lead roles are also receiving a lot of attention, constituting more than half of the total offers for software development jobs in Finland.
It seems there is less of a need for junior and entry roles at the moment, although that may change in the future.
There was very low activity in the recruitment drive for executives. This indicates greater stability in executive functions and lower turnover. Companies are not expected to build out their teams with 11 captains anyway. So, this is as expected.
Average salaries for software development jobs in Finland
Data from the MeetFrank platform on average salaries for software development jobs in Finland is structured along three tracks. We considered the data for average salaries per seniority, average overall and average per month.
The average per seniority indicates a continued trend of high wages in Finland. Entry level employees earned an average of €4,359 a month, more than a majority of their peers in other jobs and other countries earn, at lead or senior level.
Employees in junior roles earned pretty much the same amount though at €4360, giving no allowance for the greater experience a junior would have.
Mid-level and senior developers earned €4,861 and €5,090 respectively while lead developers earned €5,206. In an interesting quirk, executives earned less than senior developers, making €4,979 on average.
For overall salaries in offers on MeetFrank, we calculated the total average for 2019. Developers earned a minimum average of €3,113 per month, blowing away their colleagues in other countries, while the maximum average was €5,018.
The highest salary offered for a software development job in Finland was an unreal €10,600. Yeah, you have permission to drool at that one.
The monthly averages for January to July 2019 also indicated the high salaries earned by software developers in Finland. The average for January was €4,286 while February’s was €4,139. Although there was a decrease to €3,655 in March, salaries recovered pretty nicely to €4,137 in April.
Again, we observed that the summer lull that usually affects other job tracks didn’t really show up here. Between May to July 2019, the lowest average recorded was €3,951 in May and the highest, €4,085 in July.
Top 5 in-demand skills for software development jobs in Finland
Software development relies on pure skill, and employers require candidates to have quite a few of these skills. Working from our data on offers for software development jobs in Finland, we spooled the top 5 in-demand skills for employers.
Skill up to this level, and you can look forward to your own significant payday.
Where people want to work and companies that fit the bill
MeetFrank users in Finland want to work for startups, fintech and The Next Big Thing – quite a forward-looking approach, we must say.
Companies that are a perfect fit include Visma, Hunomics, Loiston, Neverthink and Appgyver. Take a closer look at these companies on MeetFrank to see if they tick all the boxes for you.
For companies actively hiring software developers in Finland, Bitfactor, Visma, BON Games and Digia Oyj are amongst the top 10.
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Lithuania is a top European hub for IT and software development. The country hosts13 of the 20 largest IT companies in the Baltic states and is a veritable trove for software development jobs.
Its population is mightily tech savvy, and its insane internet speeds set the country up as nirvana for creatives. Quite simply, Lithuania is a software developer’s dream.
And when you want to know what’s hot for software development jobs in Lithuania, where do you go? That’s right. You scoot on over to MeetFrank.
We happen to have the hottest stats and data on software development jobs in Lithuania right here for your pleasure. Shall we dig in?
Software development jobs in Lithuania: The broad overview
The Lithuanian IT and software development sector is big. The sector employs31,500 IT specialists, with 10,600 students in dedicated IT schools and up to 2,500 graduating annually. The country has made loads of investment in its info tech sector and this has set it apart as one of the best digital destinations in the world.
Lithuania’s biggest strength lies in its youthful and tech savvy labor force. One of the most versatile IT labor forces in Europe, the country’s work force is grounded in a wide variety of digital competencies.
Lithuania israted 1st globally for digital / technological skills availability and is 3rd globally in mobile app creation. It has an open and inclusive work environment and ranks 1st in the EU for share of women scientists and engineers.
The country also has reliable digital infrastructure and is rated 5th globally in fulfilling business needs. With internet speeds blazing away at 65 mb/s, it has the fastest public WiFi in the world, also considered the most affordable internet in Europe.
The country has over 98% 4G broadband coverage and is already laying down 5G networks. 5G was launched in the country in 2018 with record speeds of 1.8 gb/s.
Whew! We need to catch our breath after that.
According to Lithuania’s 2019 business services report, the country’s global business services sub-sectorgrew by 13% in 2018, laying the foundation for a fantastic 2019.
Our data also revealed that offers on MeetFrank for software development jobs in Lithuania grew by 37% in the first 6 months of 2019.
Hiring trends for software development jobs in Lithuania
Lithuania has a highly skilled IT workforce, one of the best skilled in the EU. Employers are also aware of this and will make offers consonant with those skills.
MeetFrank data showed that employers made a lot of offers for software developers with skills for mid-level and senior roles. In fact, offers for these two levels were 2nd and 1st respectively, within the first 6 months of 2019.
Offers for lead roles were 3rd overall, while entry, junior and executive roles received the least attention. There was quite a distance between offers for senior, mid-level and lead roles, compared to the other roles.
Average salaries for software development jobs in Lithuania
The salaries per seniority do not entirely reflect this disparity in offers per role though. Entry and junior employees earned an average of €2,113 and €2,372 per month respectively. This makes sense, considering that candidates in these roles would be the least skilled members of the team.
Employees in mid-level roles earned almost €1,000 more, at €3,233 per month, on average. Senior team members earned €3425 and those in lead roles earned a close €3520.
The close spread between average salaries for these roles does not seem to indicate much difference in the skills and responsibilities of individuals in the roles.
Executives earned the most on average, with a monthly salary of €3,990. This is consistent with their role as team leaders and directors of strategy.
The general averages for minimum and maximum gross salaries did not display any close spread though. The average minimum between January and July 2019 was €1,499 while the average maximum was €3,281.
The highest salary offered on the platform was almost double the average maximum though, at €6,000.
Monthly averages were a lot closer than that though. January started out with an average of €2,194 while February’s average was €2,068. The highest for the half year was posted in July, at €2,844.
There’s one intriguing aspect to the data though. Generally, summer months witness a reduction in general average salaries offered. This is often due to reduced recruitment activity during the period.
The period was better than usual for software development jobs in Lithuania though. From the high point of €2,579 in March, salaries were barely lower in May as the average of €2,383 showed. June was even better with €2,518. Intriguing eh? Seems there wasn’t much of a summer break in Lithuania this year.
Most wanted skills for software development jobs in Lithuania
Out of a total of 106 rated skills, competencies in backend and full-stack development were required by employers 8% of the time.
The top three skills provide all the insight you need if you’re wondering what skills are required to earn big. In order to make north of €4,000 per month, you need to be proficient in full-stack development, backend development and speak some pretty good Java.
Preferences of candidates and companies doing the most
Our data shows that Lithuanian users of MeetFrank want to work for startups, the coolest offices (don’t we all) and from remote workspaces. Companies that fit the bill include Baltic Amadeus, Rokkex and Kilo.Health.
Kilo.Health is a particularly interesting option. If you’re looking for a cool place to work, a company with a tagline that reads “rebels, weirdos, super socials or ultra silent ninjas – join our digital squad” should tick every box.
The company is a digital health startup with over 5 years in the industry. It runs 10 different products in the health industry including web applications, diet planners, customisable meal recipe generators etc. These “digital ninjas” are definitely out to kick off some beautiful disruption.Check them out here on MeetFrank.
A truckload of companies are currently hiring for software development jobs in Lithuania. The top ten amongst them include Cognizant Technology Solutions Lithuania, Auriga Baltics, Rokkex and ORCA Alliance. You can find everything you want to know about them on MeetFrank.
It’s safe to say that the environment for software development jobs in Lithuania is positively bubbly. There’s plenty to take in everywhere you look, and things seem set to only get better.
MeetFrank helps you find access all the data, all the juicy bits and the hot trends you need on software development jobs in Lithuania, or any jobs for that matter.
The platform is made for both talent and recruiters, with its single aim being to democratise the job market. We want to make job hunting and hiring easy as you please.
Estonia is no lightweight when it comes to the IT and software development sector. Generally regarded as the most startup-saturated country in Europe, Estonia is home to some pretty big tech names, including Transferwise, Skype and Bolt.
Considering the bubbly info tech background, it should come as no surprise that there’s quite a hotbed for software development jobs in Estonia. And as our data on MeetFrank shows, offers for these jobs have grown in 2019.
More companies on MeetFrank are looking to hire top talent for software development jobs in Estonia. From what we’ve found, there’s quite a bit you need to know if you’ll set yourself up for the best possible offer.
So, you want to know the best companies that offer remote workspaces? The perfect mix of skills you need to earn high? You’ll get all those answers and more here from the stats we have on the hottest trends for software development jobs in Estonia.
How big is the industry for IT and software development jobs in Estonia?
Okay, in case you didn’t get this before, Estonia is craaaazzy about IT. Really, how many countries have you seen come up with a 25-year IT-development plan as a key policy strategy?
Estonia did more than create a policy though, they stuck by their guns. IT is taught in the country fromprimary school onwards and the country’s universities collaborate closely with industry. This ensures massive technology transfer and equips its workforce with critical professional knowledge and practical experience.
Estonia also developedx-road, its very own private and public sector database that supports government e-services. It is a secure network of government services that all citizens and most residents have access to.
When you have this sort of deliberate application, the results are predictable. The country’s IT and software sector contributes 7.4% of its GDP, with a yearly€3.6 billion turnover. The sector has produced 4 unicorns – businesses with more than $1 billion market value – and is #1 in Europe for activity and competitiveness.
Everybody wants a piece of Estonian ICT, with countries such as Finland and Namibia entrusting their government e-solutions to x-road. Currently, 128 countries use Estonian ICT and are loving every minute of it.
MeetFrank data indicates that compared to last 6 months of 2018, there are 35% more software development jobs on MeetFrank in 2019. This is an indicator of the growth of the platform and the increased opportunities for the best jobs in the Estonian software development sector in 2019.
What roles are employers most interested in filling?
According to our data on offers for software development jobs in Estonia for 2019, employers are most interested in senior developers. Out of the total offers on the platform between January to July 2019, 367 were made to developers in senior roles.
Mid-level developers were almost in similar demand, coming in second at 337, with offer for lead developers following close.
Entry roles attracted the least offers, barely entering into double figures, with only 15 offers recorded on the platform. Although there were more than 6 times more offers for junior developers, the figures indicate a continuing general trend.
Employers are showing quite a preference for experienced hands over candidates in lower cadre roles. This might be a signal for candidates to skill-up and obtain critical experience before hunkering down for the perfect job search.
How well do software development jobs in Estonia pay?
Quite well actually. For our track on average salaries per seniority, we found that entry roles averaged around €2,440 per month. Mid-level roles attracted €1,000 more at €3440 per month.
The highest paid employees were executives with an average monthly salary of €4,234, reinforcing the enhanced roles they’ll be expected to play in companies.
Our data on the general averages for software jobs in Estonia makes for more interesting reading though. At the lower end of the scale, the average minimum salary recorded on MeetFrank was €1,934 and at the other end, the average maximum was €3,617.
Blowing the caps off both averages though was the highest offer recorded. Some lucky person (hey it’s 2019, gender neutrality is woke) took home a surreal monthly check of €8,800.
As far as overall averages from month to month went, the figures were a lot closer. The lowest monthly average for the year was recorded in February, at €2,546 while the highest was €3,005, recorded in the month of July.
Most in-demand skills for software development jobs in Estonia
There are a great many skills and competencies required in software development jobs. In fact, more than you would expect.
From our data, a total of 106 different skills were required by employers across the first 6 months of 2019. Yes, 106.
Frontend development skills were required 6% of the time and Java was required for 5% of offers.
Considering the wide spread of required competencies, we were interested in finding what skills you would need to make the most buck for your metaphorical bang.
Turns out you need backend development, full-stack development and Java skills to earn far north of €2,500. Essentially, you need to possess at least the top 19% of required skills to stand a chance at making your dream salary.
Who do MeetFrank users want to work for?
Considering the stock that Estonia places on IT and software development, it’s not hard to see why the preferences of our Estonian users lie where they do. Most of our users in Estonia want to work for a startup, remotely or in Fintech.
There are quite a few opportunities in these areas too.Estonia is a cashless society with over 99% of its financial transactions occurring digitally. Blockchain and Electronic ID are in wide use and the country boasts over 80 Fintech companies including TransferWise and Guardtime.
Companies that fit the bill for these users include Monese, Bigbank, Swedbank and your friendly neighborhood MeetFrank.
Bigbank is also one of the top 10 companies currently hiring for software development jobs in Estonia. Others include Nortal, Derivco and Pocopay.
So, any of these companies catch your fancy? Check them out onMeetFrank to get a better idea of what they offer and how you may fit in.
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