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Our niche is technical experts who specialise in IT and digital projects, across multiple platforms and technology stacks. From front end, server side and full stack developers, plus those building native apps, to tech architects, business intelligence, testing and QA experts, not to mention DevOps, tech PMs and tech directors. 

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Frequently asked questions

What does a front end developer do?

A front end developer is responsible for building the user-facing part of a website, app or software programme.

They use a combination of HTML, CSS and JavaScript to implement a design and engineer the parts the user sees and interacts with.

There are lots of programming languages and frameworks used in front-end development, including React, React Native Angular.js, Vue.js and Node.js.

What are employers looking for on a front end developer’s CV?

Most look at your technical skills first. Highlight the core languages, tools and frameworks you specialise in and give an overview of previous projects.

If you’re a front-end developer who boasts a ‘good eye for design’, producing a clean and visually striking CV will help back this up.   

What is the typical contract day rate for a front end developer?

Contractors should have solid experience and on this basis can charge £350 a day and above.

The rates available will vary widely based on the scope of the project, and the skills and responsibilities required.

Mid-weight |  £350 - £450

Senior |  £450 - £550 

Lead |  £550+

What is the typical permanent salary for a front end developer?

Experience, responsibilities, skills, JavaScript ability and the industry you’re in will all impact on your salary.

Different employers expect different things from a front-end developer. A mid-level developer in one company might be managing junior team members. Another might only have management responsibilities at senior level. Meanwhile, one company might see four years’ experience as mid-level; another might consider this senior-level.

A front end developer can expect to earn:​

Junior |  £20,000 - 35,000

Mid-weight | £35,000 - 50,000

Senior |  £50,000 - 65,000

Lead |  £65,000 +

What does a back end developer do?

A back end web developer is responsible for building the server-side part of a website, app or software programme. Back-end developers use programming languages like Java, Node, PHP, Python and C# to build an application. They will use tools like NoSQL, Postgres, MySQL and SQL Server to manage data and deliver it to the user. 

What are employers looking for on a back end developer’s CV?

It is important to talk about the core languages, tools and frameworks you have worked with. But what employers are really interested in is the context of how you’ve used these technologies in your previous projects, and your experience in solving different kinds of problems.​

Software development requires great attention to detail, so make sure your spelling, grammar and formatting are all correct and consistent.

What is the typical permanent salary for a back end developer?

There are lots of factors that will influence your salary, including experience, the technical stack you’re using, and the industry you’re in. It’s also worth noting that different companies measure back end developers in different ways. For example, one company might see four years’ experience as a mid-level; another might consider this senior-level.

As a guide, a back end developer can expect to earn:

Junior |  £25,000 - 35,000

Mid-weight | £35,000 - 55,000

Senior |  £55,000 - 70,000

Lead |  £70,000 +

What is the typical contract day rate for a back end developer?

Contractors should have solid experience and on this basis can charge £350 a day and above.

The rates available will vary widely based on the scope of the project, and the skills and responsibilities required.

Mid-weight |  £350 - £450

Senior |  £450 - £550

Lead |  £550+

Do I need a qualification to become a developer?

There are no qualifications required to be a developer. Natural ability, good communication skills and work experience will be what most employers look for.

However, there are some companies that may favour candidates with a formal education in subjects like computer science or software engineering.