If you are thinking about building a team or are a developer and are thinking about skilling up and were wondering what the trends were in todays CMS jobs market, I think you’ll be interested in this excellent UK based resource which provides CMS job trends from data gathered over the last couple of months and compares it to the same period a year ago. The data presented in this post is from 3 months until 11th September 2009.

The salient points about the CMS jobs trends for me are :

CMS Jobs demand

The total number of permanent jobs is down from 2086 to 1152, however the proportion of jobs is up from 7.7% to 10.42% since last year. The graph below shows the demand trend from May 2004 showing a steady increase.

CMS jobs demand trend from 2004 to Sept 2009

CMS jobs demand trend from 2004 to Sept 2009

Salaries

The average salary is down by 7% from £35,000 to £32,500 which appears to be the lowest average since these records bagan in May 2004. The range of salaries has also narrowed with the 90% percentile now around the mid £40k’s, more evidence that now is the best time to hire.

CMS jobs salary trend from 2004 to 2009

CMS jobs salary trend from 2004 to 2009

The salary histogram below shows the most of the jobs are concentrated between £25k – £40k, hiring developers isn’t going to be cheap, however this range also provides developers with salary progression in line with their experience. There is the usual “long tail” of salaries upwards from £50k showing only a small number of senior opportunities available.

CMS jobs salary Histogram

CMS jobs salary Histogram

Application Platform

The table below lists the applications platforms mentioned in a CMS jobs over 6 months period until 11th September. The list is a mix of java/.Net/LAMP technologies and Commercial and Open Source software. There is a large number of .Net platforms e.g. Episerver, Sitecore, Umbraco and Immediacy joined by Open Source LAMP based ones notably Drupal & Joomla.

CMS application platforms

Application development

No suprises that the table below shows that web interface development and .Net dominate the skills required for CMS development.

CMS application development

CMS application development

Your thoughts?

What does these trends mean to you?

As a developer or an agency would you join the ranks of those providing services on the most popular application platforms or concentrate on what you knew, irrespective of what the market was looking for? As for salaries, would the drop in average salaries influence you in anyway?

As a CMS buyer would you factor in a particular application platforms market presence and the number of skilled developers and agencies that specialised in it? Would you rule out a CMS if it didn’t have a large base of developers or partners?

It is going to be interesting to see what these trends might be like in a year or two’s time and whether todays major players are still in demand tomorrow.