Where Are All the Mobile Developers?

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By: Tekla S. Perry

Job search firm Indeed this week released an analysis of the mobile developer market, based on data gathered from the site from May 2018 to May 2019. Indeed researchers found that while the number of job listings for mobile developers increased by 4.93 percent year over year, the number of mobile developers looking for jobs dropped by 32.89 percent for that same period.

Breaking down the numbers, Indeed concluded that demand for Android developers is increasing faster than demand for iOS developers, and was up 10.61 percent compared with 1.79 percent for iOS. Job seeker interest fell at similar rates for both, though, and was down 26.34 percent for Android development jobs and 25.61 percent for iOS development jobs.

As for specific skills sought by employers, the biggest increase was for the programming language Kotlin (with demand up 89.51 percent). The number of employers specifying Android SDK experience in job listings grew 2.81 percent, while those seeking developers skilled in Cocoa dropped 12 percent. Demand for experience with iOS SDK slid 3.6 percent while demand for knowledge of Objective-C fell 3.8 percent. Even with these changes, Indeed indicated, mobile developers with Objective-C skills are still in highest demand, though Kotlin is quickly narrowing the gap [see graph].

Indeed also checked in on pay for mobile developers by analyzing salaries listed in job postings for the past two years. It calculated the average mobile developer salary for this period to be US $102,500, while Android-specific developers earned an average of $120,000 annually and iOS experts earned $110,000 annually.

This article originally appeared in IEEE Spectrum on 23 July 2019.