Developers on the market are on fire! Those, that have learned how to program and are good at it, are now reaping the fruits of their labor. However, the market need is huge and there are constantly offers for good devs coming up. As in every field, the salary might vary a lot but usually, it is based on the dev’s skill set. What are the must-have and good-to-have skills that guarantee a higher number on the paycheck?
Frontend developer skills
Skills which guarantee a better salary for a frontend developer:
- fluent in English (or at least more than communicative)
This shouldn’t be a surprise! Frankly, shouldn’t be that difficult for a dev while most of the documentation is written in English. As well searching for an answer at Stack Overflow or similar platform requires a quite good knowledge of this language. On the other hand, even if you are good at reading and understanding it semantically, you might need to work on conversational skills. It is becoming more and more common that developers are taking part in business calls with clients or have to discuss the project with the client’s dev team which often is international. Fluent, or at least, more than communicative English, is a huge plus.
- familiar with JS frameworks and libraries
Not only familiar! Knowing React and/or Angular is pretty essential if you want your salary to be higher than basic junior coverage. Looking at the career path for a frontend developer, React/Angular and Redux are advantages worth even few thousand PLN per month (as an addition to basic junior salary). If you add some years of experience and knowledge of Node.js, becoming a senior frontend dev will guarantee you up to 15000 PLN per month. Sounds good, right?
- commercial experience in web app development
Working with clients, no matter if in a software house, startup or as a freelancer, is an advantage. There is a huge difference between knowing how to use tools (in general programming knowledge) and using those skills in a commercial project. Building quality apps for clients is demanding, requires a bunch of soft skills like proper communication, teamwork, being able to work with clear deadlines and/or under pressure and so on. Let’s be honest, the best way to learn it is to get things done by actual doing!
- familiar, at least a bit, with backend technologies
- a team player
Investing time in learning new skills is always a good idea
The more you know and can use this knowledge in a commerce project, the better the salary you can expect! With programming jobs, the best thing is that the code speaks for the developer thus it is not that tricky to estimate it. Gaining skills while working on a project in an environment in which you can constantly improve (e.g. financed external training) is a dreamy-like workplace and make the career path smoother to proceed with. Good developers are in demand, so not only the salary is satisfying but also other benefits come with it. No one, working for a company which respects employees, is surprised by a Multisport card, a possibility of remote work and flexible hours, project bonuses, team parties, chillout room, English classes and so on… you name it - at least, we are not surprised in Merixstudio ;)
If you would like to gain some of the skills we listed or raise them - join Merixstudio's team! We're looking for Frontend developers to hire, check out our job offers.