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Revealed: the world’s most desirable coding languages

Go is the most in-demand coding language in the world, according to new analysis by the careers marketplace Hired. Researchers at the firm analysed 170,000 interview requests over several weeks and found that candidates with Go expertise were the most likely to be targeted by employers.

The language ranked first in Paris, second in New York, and third in Silicon Valley and London. Meanwhile, Scala and Ruby were the second and third most desirable languages globally, and TypeScript and Scala ranked first and second in London. TypeScript and Ruby were the most desirable languages in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The report also sheds light on the desirability of different kinds of engineering. Despite many claiming the technology has been over-hyped, engineers specialising in blockchain have enjoyed the biggest surge in demand in recent months. Demand for their skills has risen 517 per cent year-on-year. The average blockchain engineer now earns £116,000 in San Francisco, £69,000 in London and £59,000 in Toronto.

Security engineers are also in high demand. The average salary for a security engineer in San Francisco is £117,000. In London it is £67,000 and in Toronto it’s £59,000, according to Hired’s analysis.

Commenting on the report, Mehul Patel, chief executive of Hired, said he hopes the insight “will fuel thoughtful career conversations among the developer community and provide actionable data that will help software engineers reach their goals”.

Last year, NS Tech commissioned Glassdoor to undertake an analysis of the highest paying tech companies in the UK, revealing that enterprise software giants such as SAP, Salesforce, Dell and Oracle were among the most lucrative companies to work for in Britain.

SAP pays its average employee in the UK £134,000, nearly £50,000 more than its closest rival, Facebook. Regarded in the engineering community as the best paying tech firm in the UK, the social network offers an average base pay of £72,000, with total compensation amounting to £90,000.