Saturday, 16 August 2008

The Lisp job market

The IT Jobs Watch website does an excellent job of trending aspects of the UK job market for programmers over time for different programming languages, including Lisp. The results are very interesting:

  • Demand for Lisp programmers remains constant at a level only recently reached by other functional languages such as OCaml and Haskell.
  • Typical salaries for Lisp programmers has increased dramatically over the past four years, from only £32k in 2004 to £57k now.

Moreover, the range of salaries for Lisp developers is substantially higher than all mainstream languages: £53-61k compared to only £38-45k for C# and £42-52k for Java. As we predicted last year, this trend is driven by employers using programming language diversity as a way to identify superior candidates and this trend is driving more and more young developers to better their programming abilities and job prospects by learning advanced languages like Lisp.

We believe this trend will continue for several years to come.