Learn key trends to watch in 2020 on the global tech job market: the most popular programming languages, highest-paying technologies, top countries for tech talent, and more.
Top 5 tech skills companies are looking for
Additionally, LinkedIn analyzed its global network to find the top in-demand skills worth learning in 2020.
Top 5 hard skills according to LinkedIn:
2. Cloud Computing
3. Analytical Reasoning
4. Artificial Intelligence
5. UX Design
Top 5 soft skills according to LinkedIn:
5. Emotional Intelligence
React, Spring, ASP.NET, MySQL, Data Analysis, and Laravel are the most popular skills in their respective tech stacks
DevSkiller also analyzed the most popular technologies in various tech stacks according to the number of tests taken.
In the .NET/C# tech stack, ASP.NET is the most popular technology, used in 55% of tests. MVC architecture and Entity Framework are used in 42% and 28% of the tests respectively.
In the SQL tech stack, MySQL is the leader with 37% of the tests, while SQL Server is used in about a third.
In the Python tech stack, Data Analysis and Django are the most popular technologies, followed by NumPy.
The PHP tech stack is not dominated by one resource with Laravel used in 28% of tests. Doctrine, CodeIgniter, Symfony, and PDO are only used in relatively small percentages of all PHP tests.
Most popular technologies in their respective tech stacks
Go, Scala, and PL/SQL are the highest-paying technologies
The analysis by SHL also shows that Go (Golang) is the highest-paying programming language in the US: jobs that require this skill are paying an average of $151,069. Scala comes second with an average annual salary of $143,211.
Highest-paying technologies in the US
While Scala and Golang appear in the UK ranking too, PL/SQL (which stands for “Procedural Language for SQL”) is the skill rewarded by the highest average salary (£70,797).
Highest-paying technologies in the UK
The US is the largest international recruiter
The US, France, and New Zealand have all seen the percentage of their international technical hiring go up. On the other hand, the UK and Germany have both seen their international technical recruitment rate decrease.
Percentage of international technical hiring by country
India, Brazil, and Egypt are the largest sources of tech talent
According to DevSkiller, India, Brazil, and Egypt are becoming increasingly larger sources of overseas candidates, with the US coming in fourth. China is not on the list as there is not enough data for analysis.
When you look at the top countries that the US recruits from, the top three are India, Brazil, and Egypt, followed by Mexico, and Argentina. The time zone proximity of Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina clearly makes developers based there more attractive to US companies.
Top source countries of overseas tech workers and the countries that recruit them
Companies from Israel are the most selective
The analysis by DevSkiller shows that employers are becoming much more selective. Israeli companies are the most selective of all, accepting for consideration only 12% of the developers they test.
Luxembourgian companies, who attract the highest-scoring candidates, are the second most selective. They accept for consideration only 16% of their candidates.
This contrasts with 33% of candidates accepted by companies from New Zealand and South Africa, which are the least selective in the ranking.
Percentage of candidates accepted by the recruiter by country
Here are the key takeaway points:
- React, Spring, ASP.NET, MySQL, Data Analysis, and Laravel are the most popular skills in their respective tech stacks
- Go, Scala, and PL/SQL are the highest-paying technologies
- The US is the largest international recruiter, followed by France, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, and the UK
- India, Brazil, and Egypt are the largest sources of tech talent
- Companies from Israel are the most selective accepting for consideration only 12% of the developers they test
- Companies from New Zealand and South Africa are the least selective accepting for consideration 33% of the developers they test