The recruiting environment for software development professionals including the .NET professionals has been quite good according to the jobs site Dice. IT teams are in great demand since they play pivotal roles in supporting companies'goals. Investment in technology has increased too which refers to the increasing demand on software professionals.
Hiring managers have searched for .NET developers and professionals along with SharePoint developers in the last quarter. The need of .Net developers has increased since last year as companies are willing to increase their IT spending to reach their goals.
New York showed tremendous need of technology jobs including jobs for software professionals and topped the list of top cities for getting technology jobs. The demand has risen nearly five percent compared to last year in the city. The Washington DC/Baltimore metro were a close second while Silicon Valley, Chicago and Los Angeles were part of the top five according to the recent Dice report.
There is a great deal of analysis going on the relative shortage of .NET developers and Java developers in the US. According to a report released last September, the shortage of .NET developers has affected companies in all US states. The problem with the shrinking number of .NET developers is partly attributed to the fact that most professionals are concerned whether they will be able to move out to different platforms in the near future after they specialize in .NET application development. It is not easy for .NET engineers to branch out to multiple platforms, according to analysts. Additionally, software development professionals are concerned about the money gap since .NET developers are getting paid less that their Java counterparts on an average.
Matching up with IT professionals in the US, UK and Ireland also displayed a strong demand of IT professionals in their cities. The need for software professionals is particularly high in Ireland in different domains including .Net, Java and C++. Specialists of any of these languages are always in demand in these places.
Most financial services and insurance companies are opting to hire software professionals and also willing to increase their IT spending for the year to accommodate them, according to recent surveys.
Those candidates who are specialized in software development in one of the languages are in demand for their skill sets such as Java, .NET and C++ and most of them even command a hike of more than 5-10% when they are changing jobs in Ireland.
Project managers for .NET development are also in demand albeit in contract roles. There is a high preference amongst companies to hire project managers particularly this year. Recent surveys indicate that .Net developers in UK earn salaries of between €47,000 and €66,000 annually this year which is a slight difference from the previous year where the upper limit was about €60,000.
General software developers are also in high demand although the salary range is a bit on the lower side compared to specialists. The future is expected to be bright for the .NET developers throughout 2012 and continued business is expected to pour in for the professionals.