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This article was published on March 1, 2016

    Data shows demand for developers who know Swift has skyrocketed

    Data shows demand for developers who know Swift has skyrocketed
    Nate Swanner
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    Nate Swanner

    Former Reporter, TNW

    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.