Do You Require These Hot Skills in Job Ads for Web Developers?

Web developers have been one of the occupations with the fastest growth in hiring demand over the past year. Now at higher levels than before the recession hit, Recruiters are facing difficulties in filling these jobs due to a difference in supply and demand. The hiring demand is higher than the talent supply. So, we thought we would take a look at hiring demand and the tools, technologies, and certifications most often required of candidates.

During February, Recruiters posted more than 38,000 job ads for Web Developers, a 28% increase compared to February 2011. This is also an increase of 68% versus February 2010, 110% from 2009 and 31% compared to 2008.

Hiring Demand for Web Developers - 4 Year Hiring Trend

Hiring Demand for Web Developers
Source: WANTED Analytics

Part of the difficulty involved in hiring is that many employers are currently sourcing for multiple positions at the same time. For example, the 5 employers with the highest volume of job ads each have over 200 unique Web Developer positions open. They will not only be competing against the 10,000 employers currently sourcing for these openings, but will also compete against themselves to find enough candidates for each opening. Metropolitan areas with higher demand, like New York, Washington (DC), Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Seattle, will see more difficult conditions. According to our Hiring Scale, the volume of job ads in these areas is close to out-numbering the number of qualified Web Developers in these areas.

Hiring Scale for Web Developers in Washington, DC (Hard-to-Fill Location)

Hiring Scale for Web Developers in Washington, DC
Source: WANTED Analytics

What skills are most commonly required for these positions? The tools and technologies that Recruiters most often want candidates to have knowledge and experience with are:

  1. Java
  2. JavaScript
  3. HTML
  4. SQL
  5. CSS
  6. XML
  7. AJAX
  8. ASP
  9. .NET
  10. jQuery
The certifications most required of these candidates are:
  1. IBM Rational Unified Process (RUP) certification
  2. Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
  3. Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)
  4. Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
  5. CSS2 certification
  6. Microsoft Certified IT Professional  (MCITP)
  7. Apple Certified Pro - Final Cut Pro
  8. Sun Certified Java Programmer
  9. Certified Technology Specialist (CTS-G)
  10. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
Are you recruiting for Web Developers? What other skills and certifications are commonly required in job ads? Sign up for a free trial of WANTED Analytics to see how hard-to-fill these jobs are in your area, where to find hidden candidate pools, average salary information, and what your competition is hiring for!