PHP development bucking the trend in the IT jobs market
Demand for IT professionals with PHP (Hypertext Pre-Processor) development skills has withstood the economic slowdown much better than the demand for candidates with Microsoft .NET development skills.
IT recruitment company CV Screen’s latest IT Jobs index. Analysis shows that although demand for PHP skills has fallen by 19 per cent over the last 12 months, demand for .NET has dropped by 49 per cent over the same period.
“There is still significantly more demand for .NET skills, but over the last 12 months we have seen a shift towards Open Source technologies,” says CV Screen director Matthew Iveson.
"One of the main reasons for this shift is the significant associated costs of .NET compared to PHP,” Iveson adds. “This cost differential is also highlighted by our IT Salary Survey which shows that on average a PHP developer in the UK earns £29,577, compared to £34,881 for a .NET developer.”
“We are noticing that more and more companies are looking at redeveloping and optimising their website and the cheapest way of doing this is with PHP,” continues Iveson. “We would anticipate that given that .NET is typically used by larger organisations who are holding off on new projects, that PHP will continue to gain market share.”