** I’ll preface this by saying that I’m not specifically looking for a new position but I think it is important to be aware of the market that you serve. Even in happy times during my employment, I routinely scan job ads to see the health of the market and to gauge its direction. **
If anecdotal evidence means anything, and sometimes it does… and at the risk of sounding like a teenage girl writing on a myspace page, the PHP job market is literally blasting off! I’ve never seen the market for PHP programmers as strong as it right now in the NYC/Philadelphia region.
While there are lots of PHP jobs in the usual suspects like small start-ups, there also seem to be a number of jobs at established companies and developer shops. I’m also seeing a definite split in PHP jobs where there are both entry level jobs as well as jobs for more experienced people with titles like “Senior PHP Developer” and “PHP Tech Lead.” I can’t remember seeing so many senior PHP positions. The salaries I’m seeing are also at an all time high. Many ads have salary ranges that extend well into 6 figures.
As far as requirements I have seen, there definitely seems to be a shift towards frameworks like Symfony and Zend Framework as well as items specifically mentioning IDEs like Eclipse and Zend Studio. However, I rarely see mention of source code management and unit testing. Hopefully those items were cut from the job ads due to space requirements. 😉
If you are a PHP developer in the area and are highly experienced, get ready to reap the rewards for your hard work. If you are a hiring manager in the area, prepare to shell out more for top talent.
So what is everyone else seeing in their area with regards to PHP developer jobs?