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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

What IT skills are used with Java?

Yesterday I blogged about The Average wage for Java Developers and the page where I got this information also had some interesting statistics regarding what other skills job adverts had when the word Java was mentioned. The original source of that data can be found on this link.

Below is are the IT skills that are mentioned in the same advert as Java

Java Related IT Skills
Top 20

Over the last 6 months permanent IT job ads across the UK citing Java also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of IT job ads and their proportion against the total number of ads sampled citing Java.
131498 (38.50 %)J2EE
222217 (27.16 %)SQL
321498 (26.28 %)UNIX
421368 (26.12 %)XML
521023 (25.70 %)Oracle
620439 (24.98 %)Finance
718660 (22.81 %)C++
818480 (22.59 %)Banking
916815 (20.55 %)Degree
1014833 (18.13 %)OO
1113380 (16.35 %).NET
1213159 (16.08 %)C#
1311514 (14.07 %)JSP
149895 (12.09 %)HTML
159510 (11.62 %)Sybase
169481 (11.59 %)UML
179222 (11.27 %)Linux
189125 (11.15 %)SQL Server
198823 (10.78 %)Windows
208694 (10.63 %)Front Office


I was slightly surprised J2EE was the top IT skill, I don't really know why but I was sure so many adverts would use that word as it seems slightly on it's way out. The database stuff like SQL and Oracle is very high as you would expect. JSP is quite low down the list and I thought this would be something to do with Ajax but that isn't on the list at all. Disappointingly OO is down to number 10, below Degree. It's interesting that other programming languages feature quite highly.

This set of data also interested me

Java Related IT Skills
By Category

Over the last 6 months permanent IT job ads across the UK citing Java also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of IT job ads and their proportion against the total number of ads sampled citing Java. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.
Application Development
131498 (38.50 %)J2EE
221368 (26.12 %)XML
313380 (16.35 %).NET
411514 (14.07 %)JSP
59895 (12.09 %)HTML
68217 (10.04 %)WebSphere
76583 (8.05 %)Struts
86295 (7.69 %)EJB
96068 (7.42 %)Servlets
105182 (6.33 %)WebServices
114998 (6.11 %)Hibernate
124447 (5.44 %)JDBC
134150 (5.07 %)JMS
143981 (4.87 %)Swing
153931 (4.80 %)XSLT
163445 (4.21 %)SOAP
173329 (4.07 %)CSS
183254 (3.98 %)ASP.NET
192878 (3.52 %)Middleware
202788 (3.41 %)Spring Framework
Application Platforms
16423 (7.85 %)WebLogic
25021 (6.14 %)Tomcat
34257 (5.20 %)JBoss
43865 (4.72 %)Apache
51539 (1.88 %)WebSphere Appl...
61316 (1.61 %)IIS
71284 (1.57 %)MQSeries
8878 (1.07 %)CMS
9635 (0.78 %)WebLogic Portal
10617 (0.75 %)WebSphere MQ
11572 (0.70 %)Documentum
12431 (0.53 %)ColdFusion
13391 (0.48 %)SharePoint
14380 (0.46 %)BizTalk Server
15357 (0.44 %)NetWeaver
16340 (0.42 %)Lotus Notes
17316 (0.39 %)Oracle Workflow
18309 (0.38 %)Oracle Applica...
19216 (0.26 %)ATG Dynamo
20201 (0.25 %)Lotus Domino


it shows that Weblogic is the most popular Application platform (well the most popular mentioned) although Websphere is number 6 application development which would indicate it was perhaps more popular. I was interested that .NET featured so highly with Struts and Servlets still high up there.

Finally it has a section on what development applications. I was very surprised that Junit was above Ant. This data must be a bit old I am thinking because Eclipse is mentioned but there is no sign of NetBeans. Subversion seems to be the most popular version control although CVS isn't mentioned whilst Visual SourceSafe is.

Where are all the Java developers working, mainly in Finance and Banking (if the figures are to be believed)


Development Applications
13746 (4.58 %)JUnit
23487 (4.26 %)Ant
33078 (3.76 %)Eclipse
41206 (1.47 %)ClearCase
5944 (1.15 %)Flash
6676 (0.83 %)Oracle Forms
7639 (0.78 %)Rational Rose
8581 (0.71 %)TestDirector
9577 (0.71 %)WebSphere Stud...
10560 (0.68 %)Visual Studio
11525 (0.64 %)Subversion
12506 (0.62 %)WinRunner
13439 (0.54 %)LoadRunner
14397 (0.49 %)VSS/SourceSafe
15360 (0.44 %)Dreamweaver
16313 (0.38 %)PowerBuilder
17312 (0.38 %)PVCS
18251 (0.31 %)JDeveloper
19241 (0.29 %)QuickTest Pro
20216 (0.26 %)NUnit
General
120439 (24.98 %)Finance
218480 (22.59 %)Banking
38694 (10.63 %)Front Office
48300 (10.15 %)Investment Ban...
53660 (4.47 %)Telecoms
62241 (2.74 %)Electronics
72176 (2.66 %)Education
82012 (2.46 %)Retail
91692 (2.07 %)Insurance
101581 (1.93 %)Back Office
111482 (1.81 %)Pensions
121464 (1.79 %)Government
131372 (1.68 %)Games
141360 (1.66 %)Health
151147 (1.40 %)Financial Inst...
161034 (1.26 %)Marketing
17723 (0.88 %)Publishing
18562 (0.69 %)Billing
19529 (0.65 %)Retail Banking
20500 (0.61 %)Multimedia


So in the end what can you make of it all, Don't trust statistics.


If you like this blog or and fancy something a bit less technical with some laughing thrown in then check out my other blog Amusing IT Stories. Which is a blog about funny and amusing stories from the IT environment and the office. It is a mix of news, office humour, IT stories, links, cartoons and anything that I find funny

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