The .Net market experienced an upward trajectory throughout 2021. The demand for .Net professionals (Developers / Engineers / Architects / Technical Leads) has been consistent. The flexibility of companies in terms of hybrid models and work from home models has also increased to cater for the work-life balance needed for .Net professionals.

Over the last 6 months, the salary bands have increased to cater for the demand for strong technical professionals in the .Net space. With the most commonly sought-after profile being Backend or Full-Stack engineers at both Mid and Senior levels.

The technology stack in highest demand is .NET Core, SQL, Microservices, and MS Azure. With the importance of CI/CD pipeline knowledge becoming more and more important, tools like Azure DevOps, Octopus and Jenkins are of particular interest. Moreover, the emergence of containerisation in .net software development has increased. Docker is the choice of tool for many companies in this area. This has caused software engineering candidates with this stack to command a stronger salary.

Many of the .Net houses now operate in an Agile methodology with teams comprising of a lead (often a Principal Engineer or Technical Lead), 3 to 5 engineers, a Product Owner and a QA automation Engineer. Notable depending on the team structure, the engineers of these teams tend to be full-stack or a combination of backend and frontend experts. Companies that have adopted this tend to hire people with experience in a similar environment and software development structure.

Candidates in the .Net space all share the ambition to improve their knowledge and keep up to date with the latest technologies. Combining this with a drive to work in a collaborative agile culture where they can learn and explore new things, will create an atmosphere that candidates are eager to be a part of. There has also been a notable increase in companies using .net software engineers to contract on a day rate contract basis.


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