Step into the future of hiring trends for app developers in 2017.
Every year we see many technological changes with the inclusion of new devices. According to Forbes, “IDC forecasted that 87% of connected devices sales by 2017 will be Tablets And Smartphones.” The tablets and large screen smartphones are rapidly redefining the market.
With changing technology, developers need to keep up with the upcoming trends.
The year 2016 has witnessed some amazing developments in mobile technology such as iPhone 6 and 6 plus, iPhone SE, iOS 10 SDK, Internet of Things, the rise of wearable technologies, to name a few examples.
What else is coming in this new year? Predictions and promises are common to see by the end of the year. But, what trends make the actual difference?
The mobile app development industry has been observing a high demand for mobile apps. With the increasing demand of mobile apps, the industry is growing exponentially.
However, the number of app developers seems to be growing linearly. To meet the ongoing demand for the mobile apps, the existing development teams are already overburdened. So, either you have to wait for the competent developers or compromise with the quality. But, there is a way for everything.
According to Gartner’s report, in this coming year companies will increasingly adopt Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD). It will bridge the app gap. With RMAD platforms, app development and deployment would become easier and faster. It will speed up the process of building applications for mobile platforms by using code-free programming tools.
RMAD helps businesses to quickly build good internal apps to address specific business issues cost-effectively. This apart, the enterprises can also use this tool to build both internal as well as customer-facing apps easily.
Recently, U.S. CIOs have revealed hiring plans and challenges for the first half of 2017. It shows stable tech hiring; security and system upgrades will stay top of mind.
There are many other technological changes that are going to impact the trends in hiring app developers in 2017. Here I am going to discuss the top 5 hiring trends for app developers in 2017. Let’s have a look.
1. Skills in demand for the future
With the expanding technological advances, the demand for efficiency in the production and innovation of mobile app development increases.
Keeping up with these demands and the technological changes, it’s important to find out which skills will be required for an app developer to take the lead. Skill requirements are becoming broader and more stringent. To predict the technical changes in the coming year, you have to understand the skill sets required for app development.
Skills required for the future workforce
- Scripting languages
- Test-driven development
- Test automation and Continuous Integration & Deployment
- Mobile app security
- Robotic applications
- mHealth app development
- Big Data Application Development
- Apps to facilitate mobile payments
- Experience in RMAD
- Cloud-based development
- Enterprise app development
- Understanding of IoT and Wearables
- Swift Programming Language of Apple
- Beacon technology for iOS
A few of the mobile app development trends will continue in 2017. Mobile app security issues, mobile IoT, cross-platform mobile application development, and making mobile apps SEO relevant are a few to name. So, the skills above-mentioned are a must for hiring developers.
A survey conducted by TEKsystems on IT leaders to name the skills they expect to be the most difficult to find next year. The report says “programmers and developers (42%), networking (29%), security (28%), and architects (28%).” Source
2. Trending app category
What kind of apps will be popular and become most downloaded in the app stores in the coming year?
Gartner’s top prediction for the year 2017 is that the demand for enterprise mobile apps will soar. Therefore, the developers may target enterprises more than consumers.
There are five top app categories for enterprise-specific apps which include enterprise, business & productivity tools, utilities, communication & social networking, and education & reference. Whereas three of these categories utilities, education & reference, business & productivity tools – overlap with consumer specific apps, games and entertainment are the two other trending app categories that fall under consumer apps.
A few other app categories that will take off in the future are the augmented and virtual reality apps, video apps, self-tracking apps, search apps, etc. A lot of future application could be driven by the cloud. IoT has already taken the center stage and will continue with the same pace. The ability to adapt themselves to respond the challenges in the most efficient way is what you need to look for in an app developer.
3. Location-based hiring
Have you ever focused on a location in the recruiting space?
Location matters more than anything while hiring an app developer. It’s because candidates are on the go for job hunting.
In 2017, you will get to see a greater emphasis on recruiting agencies for the app development. Hiring dedicated developers is already trending. In this scenario, you need to know hiring location-based candidates.
“A global app vendor with over 20,000 employees may charge $44 per hour for design, $33 per hour to develop the app and $29 per hour to test the app, Forrester said. A smaller company—one with less than 20,000 global workers—prices the build on a different scale and has hourly charges of $71, $60 and $56, respectively.
The location is something else to be factored into the equation. Offshore rates are around 33% to 55% of onsite or local alternatives, but mobile app development is not just about where you are, the report said. Developers in cities where the cost of living or working is high—London, San Francisco, New York—will charge up to three times more for a project purely because they live in a region that is expensive.” Source
4. Domain-specific awareness
Demand for domain-specific capabilities and niche technology skills is high.
This is a hiring trend with strong momentum, which is expected to continue in 2017. The trend is to hire people with domain-specific knowledge in mobile app development. Identifying and qualifying right candidates will be based on their ability to adapt the organizational necessity. This is a smart move to recognize the development skills of an app developer.
Organizations have already started assessing candidates on adaptability and awareness during recruitment. It will continue in 2017 as well.
According to Centaur partner’s prediction, Cloud based app market will escalate at a 30 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018. So, you can have cloud-hosted apps for your app development, which would enable integration and sync of data on multiple devices.
Integrating mobile app technology with cloud compatibility has many powerful benefits. Here are a few of them:-
- It has the ability to sync all of our devices
- It can shrink the size of mobile apps while managing memory and bandwidth issues
5. Interview process for app developers
Some preferred to go for the regular hiring process. Others started with social media talent hunting like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to find the perfect fit for the organization. A few companies followed the same old campus selection. Many other startups came up with the most innovative ideas for getting the right fit. The employee referral program also came into play more efficiently.
But, how would you recruit the right person for the first time?
Finding and hiring an app developer isn’t that tough, though. But, finding the right one for your requirement can be tricky. The year 2017 would see many other trends for hiring app developers in the recruitment space. Will your business boom in this new year? Will the advancing recruitment trends will help you keep ahead of the pack?
One of the biggest trends taking off that is companies recruiting contingent workers. Most of the companies are choosing to rent rather than hire the talent.
“Standout job ads also play a huge part in recruiting talent in 2017 as the competition to attract quality candidates increases said by Billy Smith, Managing Director at FGS Recruitment.”
Leveraging HR technology tools and sites will help understand better whether a candidate will fit the right skill for the preferred role. In 2017, Data will enhance the human-centric aspect to recruitment, rather than eliminate it said by Angela Bortolussi, the partner at Recruiting Social.
According to Forrester Research and report, ”outsourcing an app build was increasingly prevalent among decision makers.” One-third of all projects are handed over to outsourcing teams for the development. Their survey says, 38% of people that they interviewed preferred hiring a specialist development firm or agency for the development. The firms are being chosen according to the skills and expertise they offer.
However, there is one point where the app idea owner would think about whether to in-house or hire an agency. It’s the cost of development. As noted above, the cost of development varies by location. This apart, the cost also depends on the type of work (its complexity) and how much budget you have decided for the development.
We also conducted a survey by asking a few important questions on hiring trends for app developers in 2017 to a few renowned people in app development industry. Here are a few responses to the questions:
“Which technology you feel will be prominent during 2017?
What would be the game changer for app developers in 2017?
Know how to handle data and how to understand the business problem your company is trying to solve with data. Go beyond being a developer and become a business consultant that shows your organization how to use data they’re collecting to solve business problems.
One line to define an app developer which you would like to hire?
Able to empathize with the end users.
One line to define a developer who will be outdated in 2017?
One who is unable or unwilling to adapt to changes which are inevitable.
Cross-Platform or native will be the choice of 2017?
Cross-platform – the future of web applications is they will ultimately integrate across all devices providing a consistently excellent user experience (UX).
With the advent of DevOps, and every business being a technology business, developers are in a unique position to become a much more important part of the organization. Don’t be shy. Figure out where you can add value – even if it’s just documenting someone else’s work (you’re learning while adding value).The more you embrace DevOps and data, the more valuable you will become since they’re the future of IT.”
Principal Consultant, Insights From Analytics
Here is another response from Hiren Patel who is a Marketing Manager in iMOBDEV Technologies PVT. LTD
“We live in the era of technology where we hear about the technological advancements or any version update on a regular basis. It is the efforts of our technological giants that have made a remarkable contribution in bringing the best software or products available for common people.
Changes are only constant in nature. So, according to us, the most prominent technology during 2017 would be AR and VR technology.
Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR): Everyone among us are aware of the success story of a mobile game-”Pokemon Go” a game powered by “Augmented Reality”. Besides it, there are many other games that are powered by the Virtual Reality and have laid a successful contribution in entertaining the game-players. So, this gives us the clear perception about rising trends of AR and VR technology in an upcoming year.
As we all know, mobile applications are now boosting the world of technology exponentially. Today, the mobile app development is playing a major role in the market because of increased competition among the mobile app developers.
So, according to us, some of the prominent mobile app development trends that will prove to be the game changer for our app developers in an upcoming year are:
Use of wearables : Wearables are the smart electronic devices having attached microcontrollers that can be worned by the people in order to track the activities without human intervention. They prove to be very useful for business also.
Use of Apple watch apps: Apple watches are gaining more popularity than any other smartwatches in terms of customer satisfaction thus making the lives of people simpler.
Virtual reality and Augmented Reality apps: The use of VR and AR technology is not just limited to games and entertainment. They are being implemented in healthcare also for treating health disorders. Also, they are being implemented for creating travel apps and various sales tools.
Mobile Payments: The number of mobile users is growing rapidly. Nowadays, mobiles are being used frequently for online shopping as well as online payments. So, mobile payments are going to be really the game changer for app developers in an upcoming year.
We would like to hire an app developer who completely fits to our “PICS”rule.
P– Passionate- Should be passionate and more focussed towards the work.
I– Integrity-Should be able to complete the things in a reliable way.
C– Company Fit- Should be cultural fit in the workplace.
S– Smart candidate- Must be capable enough to handle the complex situations easily.
According to us, developers never become obsolete or outdated. They keep on learning the latest technologies and software development methodologies.
Before developing any type of application, the first question that comes in our mind is to choose a platform in which the application is to be developed. As there are a number of platforms available for developing the applications like iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows. In order to increase the market share of any business, it is necessary to choose a right platform.
As we all know that, the use of mobile technology is emerging day by day. So, according to us, Cross-Platform will be the choice of 2017 as it allows developers to focus on multiple mobile platforms through a single code.”
Some of the reasons to why Cross-Platform is better option are as follows:
1.Reduced Technical Barriers.
2.Greater reach to targeted audience.
4.Lower Development Costs
Thanks & regards,
iMOBDEV Technologies PVT. LTD
These are some trends to put a bit of awareness behind how to hire an app developer, the right one. Continuing on the note of trends and technological changes, hiring expectations have increased. Riktam focuses and implements these hiring trends to recruit the best and the right fit for all.
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It’s important to consider the trends for hiring an app developer as the success of it depends on this person. Let’s play a waiting game to see which hiring app developers methodology trends in 2017. If you have anything to share with us for adding hiring trends for app developers in 2017, feel free to contact us.