What is your area of recruitment speciality?
What is your background?
Before SWP, I was a retail manager. I worked in Vodafone, and then Blacktie, a formal wear company, American golf, and then I started here. It is important to know your subject inside and out, and this is what I did when I started working with Software Placements. It was a tough learning curve when I began in August 2015, with a lot of learning and getting up to speed to know what was relevant for the PHP vertical. It took weeks to figure it out, it was like learning a new language.
What areas are in demand now?
How do you assess who is a strong candidate?
There are main three frameworks in demand, Angular, React, and Ember, in approximately the following breakdown 60%, 30%, 10%. The clients generally want someone who has used one or the other of these frameworks. There are also some developers who only want to work with one framework, and it can be the same for some clients, so if you haven’t got the relevant experience you are at a disadvantage.
Where do you see it going in the future?
What percentage of your candidates are found in Ireland or overseas?
Most are from overseas, and some Irish guys from overseas, but mostly abroad, Russia, Italy, Canada, France, Spain. Ireland is already a competitive market and developers are in demand. Fortunately, Ireland is an appealing choice for people to move to.
What tips do you have for people to future proof their career?
You can’t be standing still. You should keep an eye on the frameworks and libraries. If your company isn’t using them, such as angular and react, then you need to upskill yourself up in these languages as you will need them. It’s possible you may even need to take a pay cut, to work with the right language, or try to find a way to work with the cutting-edge technologies.