Mobile Development Jobs Demand Outstrips Supply; HTML5 Most Popular!
More Smartphones are getting launched by each passing month and their penetration is increasing at fast pace especially in developing countries like India and China.
With growth in Smartphone user base, demand for newer and more varied apps is at all time high. According to a recent report, there were 1.2 billion people worldwide using mobile apps at the end of 2012 and is estimated to grow at 29.8 percent each year, to reach 4.4 billion users by the end of 2017.
Now, with that kind of growth, obviously the demand for mobile development jobs is on the rise. According to Talent Neuron, a web-based talent planning and management platform, mobile development related job postings have doubled in last 2 years, but the supply is growing at merely 13 percent.
The demand for mobile development far exceeds the supply available currently. Talent Neuron study finds that, to cater to this demand, several large organizations are leveraging global talent ‘hotspots’ such as India, China, Israel and Europe.
Interestingly Asia Pacific region has now been looked upon as a hotspot for talent that works on Android platform, while iOS and Blackberry developers are less prevalent in the region.
Among the Mobile development jobs as well, HTML 5 development related jobs are most popular with 149 percent rise in job postings in 2013 alone.
Android development related job postings saw a rise of 146 percent followed by iOS development with witnessed 132 percent rise.
The current demand for mobile development reminds me of Y2K days, when there was extremely high demand of people who could work on legacy systems. Indian developers made hay during that time. It was probably also the biggest turning point for Indian offshore development companies.
Though not exact, the current demand in mobile development is quite similar. The difference however is, large Indian IT companies are not keenly pursuing this space. On the other hand many smaller mobile development outfits are opening up shops to cater to this demand.
Right now probably is the best time to be a mobile app developer!