Strong communication skills are of particular importance with the majority of companies introducing remote working which has hindered the ease of ad hoc communication. Strong Native JS skills, alongside a modern Framework/Library reign supreme, with React and Angular (4+) remaining the most popular. Vue, Node and in some cases, Ember are also being used but less so than React and Angular.
There is a growing interest in candidates that have experience with other sought-after tools and technologies such as GraphQL for building APIs, having an understanding of Cloud Providers, DevOps, and Testing Best Practices are all coming into play for a Frontend Software Engineer.
The contracting market has experienced a growth spurt as organisations are able to use it as a way to grow without the challenge of requiring approval for a perm hire. Candidates continue to be more diligent and attentive when it comes to the organisations they select to interview with. Utilities, Telecoms, eLearning, Environmental, Healthcare, and Finance continue to be the most stable sectors for candidates seeking new opportunities. Organisations that have successfully continued their recruitment plans throughout 2020 are also seen as viable options for candidates.
A noticeable trend of organisations linking programs and teams together to encourage diverse and inclusive hiring has grown substantially. Companies are interested in being involved in conferences and forums to learn how to improve diversity in the workplace.