Tech in Focus: Full Stack Engineers – November

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We’ve placed 18 Full Stack Engineers in Contracting & Permanent positions throughout November with some of Australia’s most attractive teams & projects.

A special shoutout to Lead Dev, Jamie Strauss who always goes above and beyond.

Here’s what the Full Stack candidate market is saying.

ML targets Costs

As companies look to reduce operating costs, ML & AI discussions are rising.

Engineers are increasingly being asked about their Business logic simplification and workflow automation skills.

Demand for Engineers with ML / AI skills is therefore rising.

Which is an interesting business case since ‘cutting costs’ hasn’t been an in vogue practice for many tech companies over the past 2 years… and now that ML & AI accessibility + performance is at a solid level, we may be amidst a fresh development in workforce replacement.

What Full Stack candidates want to work on, right now

  • High profile, public facing applications 
  • Decentralised space, commonly Blockchain technology
  • “Purpose-Tech” (or at least a strongly Purpose-driven company) 

Where Full Stack candidates don’t want to work at the moment

  • Anything Government related (huge layoffs across Government Services & Contracts)
  • Startups / Scaleups (companies need to work harder on their Candidate attraction strategy due to recent headline valuations)
  • Crypto platforms 

Full Stack Developers thoughts on:

Managers asking for “Cloud and / or Infrastructure experience”

  • This signals Infrastructure ambiguity. Teams often settle with mediocre infrastructure because they haven’t experienced high quality, robust infrastructure.
  • You can get pretty far as a ‘developer in infrastructure’ by being hand held by cloud companies (via their managed services) – but this leads to poor infrastructure outcomes 
  • A few Engineers noted the recent Optus and Medibank leaks. “Both data leaks are insanely stupid edge case infra issues and a competent devops engineer would have stopped this.” Ouch!
  • And, on the dreaded “ / “ in a Job Description
    • Candidates know that squashing two roles into one will get a great payroll result, though an unclear role and ultimately a mediocre technical result (therefore reversing the original payroll advantage).

Front-End Trends

Micro-frontends are a new pattern where web application User Interfaces are composed from semi-independent fragments that can be built by different teams using different technologies. 

  • Enterprise companies are demanding these skills, and Top-tier candidates are quickly upskilling their Micro-frontend chops.

In a few short years Tailwind Css​ has become the emerging framework standard. “It has been the greatest change in frontend work since Bootstrap and jQuery before that.”

It seems once Engineers have used it they aren’t interested in going back to CSS.

Svelte is gaining popularity, mainly because of its speed!

Go and Rust also steadily continue their rise.

In the Clouds

AWS seems that it is no longer the first choice for companies who are trying to “go cloud.”

AWS may restructure their products by industry/cases instead of currently just listing what kind of services it has.Google Cloud will continue to rise in popularity, but it really depends whether a group of engineers can do a better job of ‘learning the markets’. 

This is echoed in last month’s What DevOps Engineers Want article.

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Hope it helps!

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