The developer community website, which provides a community forum for techie types to ask advice on programming challenges, is focusing the first of four reports this year on employment.
This creates a slight issue for employers.
Despite being the fifth most-requested skill in Stack Overflow’s job section, Amazon Web Services (AWS) doesn’t appear on the list at all.
The data was collected by Stack Overflow from user questions, views and answers, by language, IP address, and behaviour from that IP address.
It’s not a foolproof survey. For example, it doesn’t take into account regional variations and somewhere like Canary Wharf has a disproportionate number of finance-based IT roles, which use different languages and tools in areas where, for example, web development is king.
A quick look at Stack Overflow Jobs shows, for example, a head of mobile for the BBC, based in Salford, an example of an employer becoming increasingly less “London-centric”.
It also doesn’t reflect what languages are being used for.
Python scores highly as it is a good first language and is therefore skewed by the education sector – meaning the demand for AWS is actually probably more crucial than Stack Overflow’s research makes out. But, equally, it may create an illusion of Python jobs that simply aren’t there.
It also reflected that the user base was almost entirely (94.1 percent) male, and we’ll be interested to see if that terrible figure has improved any this year.
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