When Pascal Rettig, founder of Cykod.com, went in search of Ruby on Rails developers, he came up empty handed. So he resorted to hiring two people and training them in-house. “I always see a lot of ads for those jobs but no one seems to find those types of developers. We couldn’t find anyone. The job market is weak but in this subset, there aren’t enough employees,” he says.
It’s a particular problem for companies in the Web development and design space. ROR is an open source framework for the Ruby programming language, which has been around since the 1990s but has matured in the last six years and reached critical mass. Greg Sterndale, who works at the Boston-based txteagle and belongs to the local Boston Ruby Group, recently conducted a survey and found 56 of the 66 respondents use ROR at their current job. At least 17 said their company is “extremely” likely to hire Ruby on Rails application developers, while another 12 were “quite” likely. “Many companies are looking for talent,” says Sterndale, “but they’re finding a lack of Ruby on Rails labor. Demand is high but supply is low.”
Sterndale acknowledges it’s a relatively new technology. But as executives start to hear about it, they’re seeking those who have the experience to get projects done using it. For many application developers, this seems like a good opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new technology that’s gaining momentum. If you want more informaton on how to get started, go to http://bostonrb.org/
– Sonia R. Lelii