[sapug] Plethora of jobs on SEEK for Python programmers in Adelaide.

Chris Foote chris at inetd.com.au
Fri Mar 7 02:46:50 CET 2008


On Thu, 6 Mar 2008, Daryl Tester wrote:

> Well, by plethora I mean 5.  And 3 of them seem to be the same job.

Yep, that's a huge amount, not :-)

I thought it might be interesting to see the proportions for different
languages in different cities for Seek IT Job listings:

|-------------+----------+-------+-----------+--------|
| Search Term | Adelaide | Perth | Melbourne | Sydney |
|-------------+----------+-------+-----------+--------|
| Ruby        |        2 |     1 |        27 |     58 |
| Perl        |        4 |    19 |       157 |    312 |
| Python      |        5 |     5 |        50 |     86 |
| COBOL       |        5 |     4 |        22 |     42 |
| PHP         |        9 |    26 |       174 |    312 |
| Javascript  |       18 |    46 |       287 |    734 |
| ASP         |       20 |    30 |       172 |    336 |
| VB          |       29 |    23 |       100 |    332 |
| C           |       33 |   107 |       234 |    525 |
| C++         |       39 |   122 |       228 |    596 |
| C#          |       53 |   177 |       369 |   1189 |
| .NET        |       54 |   220 |       609 |   1538 |
| Java        |       62 |   125 |       631 |   1517 |
|-------------+----------+-------+-----------+--------|

The dynamic languages don't fare well for job listings.

Here's a stack of guesses to explore as to why this might be the case:

- Existing programmers within organisations are so productive in moving
   to dynamic languages that they haven't needed to employ extra
   programmers even with growth.

- Job satisfaction for existing programmers using dynamic languages
   is higher than when using traditional languages, so there's no need
   for filling replacement positions.

- Dynamic languages aren't popular.

- The popular dynamic languages have an interpreter implementation that
   doesn't lend itself to hiding proprietary code from prying eyes.

- It takes 10 to 20 times more people to produce software when
   not using dynamic languages.

I wonder if someone has done a real study on dynamic language
use for employment.


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