• Employers, Management advice

Prioritising which skills to hire in your tech business can be a challenge, particularly when the industry is constantly evolving. It involves a bit of time and research, but employers should consider what tech is trending now, what is likely to become popular in the future, and which skills are needed to leverage the benefits of that emerging technology and hit your long-term objectives. Selecting the right programming language to hire for your business is a major decision that could impact your business’ bottom-line, it’s not an easy decision and the more you know, the better off you’ll be when it comes to hiring!

Top ten programming languages to look out for


Python has been around for a while but is undergoing a boom due to its uses in Artificial Intelligence and machine learning. It’s easy to learn and easy to use, making it ideal for start-ups and emphasises reliability and efficiency which means it is also attractive to larger organisations.


Versatile, simple to learn and ubiquitous thanks to its use in web development, JavaScript is an extremely popular programming language. In fact, it’s used on around 95% of all websites to add interactive elements such as buttons, animations and games.

It can be used across both desktop and mobile platforms and can be integrated easily with third-party content providers. There’s also a huge community of users and developers who encourage best practice and innovation.


Almost 2.3billion mobile devices run on Android operating systems, making it the most popular mobile OS in the world, and Java is its native programming language. This means that, like JavaScript, there is huge demand for developers who know it.

It is:
• Fast and easy to maintain
• Creates fewer bugs
• Is backwards compatible
• Code doesn’t need to be constantly rewritten whenever a new version is released

All of which adds to its popularity.


C is one of the earliest programming languages and is often considered a good language for those learning the basics of programming. C is also the foundation that many more modern languages, such as Python and PHP are built on. Due to its age, C is not suitable for mobile apps or web development and is more often used to program hardware.


Developed by Microsoft as a faster and more secure version of C, C# (C Sharp), is ideal for applications used on Windows and other Microsoft software as well as mobile devices and video game consoles that use Microsoft’s .NET framework. It is not as flexible as other languages but has a large code library and numerous shared codebases available.


Another extension to C, C++ works best for programming systems that run applications and is used in everything from video games to scientific simulations. Like C#, C++ can be complicated to learn but there are a large number of libraries, codebases and compilers available.


Developed by Google, Go was designed for system-level programming and for applications that process large amounts of data. Go is a relatively new language and has not yet gained widespread use.


Another newer language, R runs on numerous operating systems and is most widely used for statistical analysis. As a result, it is used in many large companies to analyse large data sets and programmers that know R are increasingly in demand.


Swift lives up to its name being quick, as well as having easily readable syntax and can be used for both client and server-side development. Swift was developed by Apple for use by applications for both Mac and iOS 7 and beyond.


PHP is widely used for server-side web development and is the code running content heavy websites like Facebook. PHP has large numbers of tools available to users such as frameworks and libraries which make it easy to use but it has been losing ground to newer languages such as Python.

How to hire software developers

The demand for software developers is high but there is a shortage of talent making competition as fierce as ever. To not lose out on top tech talent, it is crucial you have a developer hiring process that delivers results. Follow the Formula guide and win the war for tech talent:

  • Create specific job listings

Be specific! Spend some time describing what you are developing, what you need the developer to do and what skills you are looking for. The more detailed you can be the better. This will save you time and effort when it comes to finding the right candidate.

  • Assess soft skills too!

People skills, critical thinking, perseverance, and motivation are all key skills for software developers. Assess them at a personal or behavioural interview or use engaging game-based assessments that can be combined with more technical assignments.

  • Create a positive candidate experience

If you make your hiring experience a positive one, candidates, even those who have been unsuccessful, will look at you more favourably, be more likely to recommend you to other candidates and be open for other roles you may have available.

How can we help?

Do you ever wish you had a recruitment specialist who cares as much about your business as you do?

At Formula, we get to know you, your organisation and what you’re trying to achieve in the long-term to make sure we get you there! We source high-quality talent with a view to your current needs, and your long-term strategy. If you’re looking to hire your next programmer and are in need of some recruitment support, get in touch with one of our consultants today.

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