Are .NET Developers Still in Demand?

Over the last few of years, I have seen the demand for .NET Developers rise and fall. One month there are jobs galore then the next month they dry up. Usually coinciding with the emergence of the next programming language that’s about to taking off!

Working alongside developers, primarily contractors with a Microsoft background I have heard a number of different opinions. When the market is slow I hear “C# is just not as in demand as it once was” or “The number of .NET developers are outweighing the number of jobs in Australia”.

Another notable opinion is the belief that there is more demand for developers with skills in other languages and frameworks. Within the last 12 months, there has been a surge in organisations looking programmers who are experienced in Python, PHP, Ruby, JavaScript and NodeJS. With new start-up companies popping up every day a smaller percentage of these are looking for .NET Developers, the preference to look for developers with some of the other languages previously mentioned is more common. Is it any wonder we are seeing many of the graduates in Australia opting to pursue a career in PHP development?

The facts are these. Over 70% of the largest organisations in Australia have either a demand for .NET or Java Developers within their IT team. The majority of the larger enterprises, especially within financial services, still look to hire BOTH. The most common theme we are seeing in the market is organisations looking for Developers not only having a strong background working with the Microsoft framework but also the ability to hire Developers who have added another feather to their hat (with that feather being another newer language).

Technology is ever changing. Demand for new skills won’t go away although the need for .NET developers won’t be drying up either. But the current market does demand a set of languages like C# JavaScript, Angular, Ember, SASS and many more! Would you say this is accurate? What other languages should Microsoft Professionals be focusing on?

This blog was written by Pete Thompson. Pete is Tech Practice Lead in our Sydney office. If you have any comments please feel free to share them below.

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