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How the Front End Developers Skills Gap Is Being Plugged

Published on 5 August in Next Ventures

In 2013, Gartner predicted that:

“By 2015, 4.4 million IT jobs globally will be created to support big data. But there is a challenge. There is not enough talent in the industry… only one third of the IT jobs will be filled”

The front-end developers skills gap is widening. It threatens current progress in the technology sector and has left many front-end developers out of work.

Front end developers have been identified as one of the top five digital skills most in demand in the tech sector. Yet, there is a surplus of vacancies that can’t be filled. There just isn’t the pool of skills to meet the demand. Qualified front-end developers are increasingly finding that their training is falling short of the requirements of employers.

So why the discrepancy between supply and demand?


Why is There a Skills Gap in Front-End Development?

Here’s the problem. There is a gap between the skills that employers want in front-end developers, and the skills that the developers in the job pool can offer.

It’s as simple as that. Front-end developers are being asked for skills above and beyond traditional competency in the likes of JavaScript, HTML, CSS and Python – employers are looking for skills in user experience design and responsive web design, as well as in other areas like digital marketing and Adobe graphic design products.

Is the skills gap a problem? Well, no. Not for the right person. We prefer to see it as a huge opportunity for enterprising and driven individuals with the willingness to learn.


How Is The Skills Gap Being Plugged?

So, what’s the solution?

The front-end development skills gap has been plugged in recent years by temporary resources, freelancers and interns. But there are resources out there now, offering a more permanent solution to the deficit in technical education among front-end web developers.

Individuals taking the initiative to upskill to meet the industry needs will find informative online boot camps designed with them in mind. Online course run by small startups offer the knowledge and skills that schools and universities have failed to – skills that will offer individuals a high market value and the opportunity to make an impact in their field.

CareerFoundry, for example, is Europe’s leading online platform for courses in UX Design and Web Development. Its courses allow you to learn to code from the comfort of your own home and pairs every student with an experienced mentor to help kickstart their career in tech.

Treehouse offers video tutorials, interactive coding challenges and quizzes to help complete beginners learn the fundamentals of web design and web development – including CSS, HTML and Responsive Web design, JavaScript and HTML5.

Thinkful is more tailored to intermediate front-end web developers looking to advance their career. It offers eleven courses in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python iOS, Node.js, jQuery and Git, with quick responding, on-going community support.

If you are a front-end web developer looking for a fulfilling career in the tech sector, then you must be willing to learn, and to take the attitude of a lifelong learner. Innovation is the lifeblood of progress, and if you are to be part of future advances in front-end development, you must be willing to embrace new ways of working. Think outside the box, and stand above the rest with some valuable self-education.

If you want to know more about the skills in most demand by today’s front-end development employees, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We specialise in matching niche large enterprise professionals with the right role for them.


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