What are the Most Sought After Javascript Frameworks?

We’ve crunched our own data, scanned a few other sources, and compiled them into something short and to find the most sought after Javascript frameworks in 2015.

So Much Choice

We recently shared a post from Bitovi that discussed the longevity of Javascript frameworks. The question only arises as a result of the wide array of frameworks emerging, and if frameworks keep changing as frequently as they suggest, what should a Front End Developer have in their arsenal to be fully prepared to take on whatever challenge or role they face in the near future?

Our Non-Scientific Evidence

There can be no doubt as to the core essential nature of Javascript to Front End and other development. As of this morning, we have 32 live jobs requiring Javascript (128 since our records began), with 1458 candidates on hackajob listing it as one of their key skills.

When exploring frameworks, the picture is a little more blurred. From what we’ve found, most roles requiring Javascript, Front End or otherwise, have required knowledge, or an ability to learn and adopt, AngularJS as a framework used to tackle the challenges and opportunities the company faces. As Figure X shows, we currently have 18 jobs live requiring Angular, as compared to 12 for NodeJS and 3 each for BackboneJS and ReactJS. The same pattern can be noted going back to when we started, and likewise with number of candidates. Angular and Node appear to be the most prevailent and the most sought after of the frameworks, which would suggest some staying power in current common usage.

But that doesn’t mean if you don’t know a particular framework, you won’t be discounted from potential opportunities. If you have experience with Javascript, and the ability to learn quickly, for some companies that is more than enough. In conversations we’ve had with companies, aptitude matters more than pre-existing knowledge. So don’t be too disheartened if you don’t know the hottest framework of 2016: if you’re damned good at the fundamentals, learn fast, and adapt fast (and of course, love that team), then at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.

With all our findings though there are always drawbacks that need consideration. Whilst they can act as representative figures of what is demanded by the market right now, perhaps it’s just a reflection of the particular companies we’ve taken on. That is however in itself challenged by the candidate skill set breakdown, and the patterns over time of jobs listed with said frameworks.

Over to You

What frameworks do you use for your projects and your work, and why (don’t worry, your reason can’t be as bad as ours)? What do you think are worth learning going into 2016 and beyond, plus, what would you like to learn and adopt?

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