The report further found that intermediate developers with four+ years of experience earn between R45,000 and R58,000 in fintech, and between R44,000 and R60,000 in cloud-based engineering.
Developers with niche coding languages, such as Go and Ruby, can command higher salaries. The starting salary for a Ruby developer is R30,000 with developers who have 10+ years of experience earning over R86,000 per month.
Based on a survey of over 3,500 local developers, developers are most keen to work with the Python programming language. Python is one of the prominent languages used for machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). 38% of total responses indicates that Python is the language most local developers want to work with this year.
The most exciting industry in 2021 is AI/cloud technology followed by fintech and cybersecurity. This demonstrates the shift to a more digital world as a result of the pandemic, remote work and rapid digitisation. The other most exciting industries from top to bottom are: Robotics, gaming, e-commerce/D2C, crypto, and agritech.
Developers in cloud-based engineering also feel most confident about their career growth compared to any other industry, another indicator of this up and coming sector.
Stephen van der Heijden, VP of growth at OfferZen, says: “What makes this super interesting is that we also asked developers to rate what they think are the most promising industries. When you see the results, it’s pretty clear that our industry is shifting to the data, cloud computing and AI world, and it’s doing so fast.”
While one in three developers are looking to change jobs in the next 12 months, when asked about the reasons they would choose to stay at their current company, the top three were growth and learning (52%), a healthy work-life balance (51%) and company culture (48%).
When it comes to career growth, developers say the top factors they’re looking for are opportunities to work on challenging projects (56%), learn new languages and frameworks (48%), and access mentoring and coaching (40%).
Younger developers – 80% of those aged between 18 and 20 – said they want to learn a new programming language every few months.