JavaScript development: A candidate-short market full of opportunity

The need for experienced JavaScript professionals is now at its highest but the lack of specialists looking for permanent roles is creating a problem for organisations needing in-house development.

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Headhunting is on the increase, and employers are struggling to keep their best staff with competitors offering larger salaries and better packages.

(PRWEB UK) 5 March 2014

JavaScript has been around since the late 1990’s, however recently it has seen meteoric rise due to its ability to deliver rich dynamic web content, while being relatively lightweight and easy to use. While the technology itself has continued to grow, the need for experienced JavaScript professionals is now at its highest but the lack of specialists looking for permanent roles is creating a problem for organisations needing in-house development.

Chris Heilmann, Lead Developer and Trainer at Yahoo! UK says: “The usage of JavaScript has moved away from a fringe knowledge matter to a mainstream web development skill over the last few years. Right now you would be hard pushed to get a job as a web developer without JavaScript skills”

Stephen Charrot is a Recruitment Consultant at Huntress Group, experts in the technology field for nearly 14 years. Charrot’s main focus is Front End Development and he’s apprehensive about the challenges facing the JavaScript market in 2014, particularly where his candidates are concerned. One of the main issues he’s experiencing is a shortage of specific skillsets in the JavaScript candidate network.

“These are interesting times,” says Charrot. “We are seeing a major growth in the Front End Development industry but there’s a lack of exceptional candidates willing to take on permanent roles, leaving employers offering more to those who satisfy their business needs. Headhunting is on the increase, and employers are struggling to keep their best staff with competitors offering larger salaries and better packages.”

These days, the best jobs don’t always appear on job boards, and permanent roles are becoming harder to fill, as the misconception is that contract roles are more lucrative. However in today’s current marketplace, salaries for permanent staff are actually on the rise, making it a better time than ever to consider a change.

Many IT professionals aren’t aware a more rewarding career can be just a few conversations away. If you are an experienced Front End Developer, especially one with extensive JavaScript skills, take advantage of this market; contact Stephen to discuss where he can take your future.

To discuss your career options, contact Stephen Charrot via email: stephen.charrot(at)huntressgroup(dot)com, via LinkedIn uk.linkedin.com/pub/steve-charrot/35/818/221 or call him directly on +44 (0)207 759 7804.


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