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TNW's former West Coast writer in the PNW (Portland, Oregon). Nate loves amplifying developers, and codes in Swift when he's not writing. If TNW's former West Coast writer in the PNW (Portland, Oregon). Nate loves amplifying developers, and codes in Swift when he's not writing. If you need to get in touch, Twitter is your best bet.
According to new data from freelance placement firm Toptal, Swift is the most in-demand developer language.
The study, which compares requests from prospective employers year over year, shows a 600 percent increase in requests for developers who know Swift. Second is HTML, which saw a 267 percent increase.
Here’s Toptal’s top-ten list:
Swift 600 percent
HTML 267 percent
C++ 244 percent
CSS 239 percent
PHP 167 percent
Sass 142 percent
Objective-C 138 percent
Less 137 percent
XML 125 percent
Python 120 percent
Toptal says the data was based on requests from “tens of thousands of companies” looking to hire freelance developers. Interestingly, this data only encompasses freelance developers, not companies looking to hire full-time developers.
It makes a good bit of sense, though. Not only is Swift the most popular language on GitHub, it’s seeing a ton of support from IBM which will lead to Swift finding a home beyond Apple’s platforms.
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