Programming Language Usage

Back in May, I spent an afternoon at Silicon MilkRoundabout. Silicon MilkRoundabout is a recruitment fair for techies. It’s specifically aimed at people who want to work for start-ups around the Old Street area (although they aren’t particularly stringent about sticking to that – for example, the BBC were there).

We were given a booklet containing details of all of the companies who were recruiting. Those details usually included information about the tech stack that the companies used.

Over the weekend, I went through that booklet and listed the programming languages mentioned by the companies. The results speak for themselves.

There were 135 companies at the event. About twenty of them unhelpfully listed their tech stack as “ask us for details”.

Here’s the graph:Usage of Programming Languages by Companies at Silicon MilkRoundabout

Usage of Programming Languages by Companies at Silicon MilkRoundabout

I’ll obviously have some more to say about this over the next few days. But I wanted to get the raw data out there as soon as possible.


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14 responses to “Programming Language Usage”

  1. Ben D Rogers Avatar

    Interesting and not really surprising to see perl down the bottom there (at least it was listed!)

    Was node.js not listed explicitly, or have you included that in the count for javascript?

    1. Dave Cross Avatar

      I was interested in languages, not frameworks. So any mention of “Node” or “Angular” was rolled up into “Javascript”.

  2. Alex Avatar
    Alex

    So which was the Perl company? We weren’t there in May but we have been to 2 Silicon Milkroundabout events (#1 and #5) where we were proudly flying the Perl flag of course 🙂 They are fantastic and I highly recommend them to anybody hiring or looking for work in London.

    1. Dave Cross Avatar

      The only company mentioning Perl in their tech stack was Bossa Studios – http://www.bossastudios.com/.

      1. Alex Avatar
        Alex

        Ah hah, cool. Thanks Dave 🙂

  3. neilbowers Avatar
    neilbowers

    Here’s a recent small survey of 231 job postings, to see what “tech skills” were wanted. Perl has a slightly better standing – about 6% of jobs, by the look of it.

    http://www.talentbuddy.co/blog/top-tech-skills-required-for-entry-level-programming-jobs

  4. John Napiorkowski Avatar

    Not sure if this could be accurate, I’ve worked for companies that used Perl a lot but would not report usage since some managers felt Perl’s negative reputation outside the community would ‘scare off’ recruitment efforts.

    Node is hot right now so no surprise to see JS at the top.

  5. Tony Avatar
    Tony

    I think the only thing that surprised me there was seeing Lua on the list!

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  7. James Cronin Avatar

    We (Venda) were there and proudly mentioned Perl in our materials.

    1. Dave Cross Avatar

      Actually, James, I’m not sure if it was an error or not, but in the booklet your tech stack was listed as “ask us for details”.

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  9. Jozef Avatar

    Do you consider this graph relevant?

    1. Dave Cross Avatar

      That’s certainly an impressive slide over the last few years 🙁

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