Big drop in developer job postings

With the midway point of 2020 fast approaching, and the world in the midst of perhaps the largest shift in employment in my lifetime, it seems like an appropriate time time to take a peek at how software job trends are looking through the lens of Ask HN: Who is hiring?, a regular, monthly collection of software development job postings. The summary posts on usually focus on specific technologies that are gaining or losing adoption, but first let's look at how Covid-19 is affecting this specific job board.

Big drop in developer job postings >>

Another year on top for React

Just as it did last year, React completed the full calendar 2019 as the top tech in Ask HN: Who is hiring? extending its win streak to 31 months. React has been trending down in recent months and December marks its lowest share of the year, at just over 25% of postings. But, the runner up, Python, still has a long way to go to catch up.

Another year on top for React >>

GraphQL Reaches Top 20

GraphQL continues a fast rise that mirrors what popular JavaScript frameworks have done. November marks GraphQL's first time in the top 20 of techologies mentioned on the Hacker News "Who is Hiring?" thread. GraphQL was first mentioned in September, 2015 and joins TypeScript as one of the newest entries in the Top 20 over the past year.

GraphQL Reaches Top 20 >>

No sign of React Falling Back

Fall hiring season was in full swing in October's "Ask HN: Who is hiring?" thread with the usual technologies in demand. React ran away with the top spot again, showing no sign of weakness as it beat Python by 8 percentage points and won for the 29th month in a row.

No sign of React Falling Back >>

React reaches 30% of all posts (September 2019)

React continues on the path towards software ubiquity as it cracks the 30% barrier. That means 30% of the job postings on September's "Ask HN: Who is hiring?" thread mentioned React. Not since Septepmber, 2014 when JavaScript cracked 30% has there been a technology mentioned so frequently.

React reaches 30% of all posts (September 2019) >>

TypeScript reaches the Top 10 (August 2019)

While React won again, its 27th month in a row, TypeScript looks like August's top story, as it cracks the Top 10 for the first time. TypeScript reached the Top 20 last September and continued to climb over the past twelve months. TypeScript appears to have gotten swept up in React's ecosystem as developers use TypeScript to create React apps. TypeScript is even the 3rd most popular programming language overall now, jumping over the Go Programming Languge.

TypeScript reaches the Top 10 >>

Don't worry, React is still dominating

Welcome back! Hacker News Hiring Trends returns from a Spring Break to get caught up on 2019 technology trends. It may come as a surprise, but React is still on top, running its win streak past 2 years. React first won in June 2017 and has been on top ever since. No other technology has enjoyed such a string of success in the 8 year history of "Who is hiring".

Don't worry, React is still dominating >>

PostgreSQL vs MySQL no longer close

With React's incredible rise and dominance, this month marks 22 wins in a row, it becomes an interesting challenge to find other trends in the rankings. One such trend worth mentioning is the database battles. A few years ago, the competition between PostgreSQL and MySQL was close with each going back and forth. Sometime around 2015, PostgreSQL began to consistently beat MySQL and fast forward to 2019, it's no longer close with PostgreSQL opening a 10% lead over MySQL this month.

PostgreSQL vs MySQL no longer close >>


These charts show what's popular and trending in programming languages, frameworks and technologies used to develop modern software applications as indicated by Hacker News activity. Using the HN Search API and a dictionary of software terms, all of the the comments (job postings) in the "whoishiring" submissions from April 2011 to the latest month were processed to count the number of times each software term was mentioned.

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