Here is the second installment of the Fletch Programming Skills Marketability Index or Fletch PSM Index for short.

DISCLAIMER – I do not claim that this index is an exact science and the results should be taken as, maybe, a relative indicator not as an absolute true. Also, because I am still working on this the results may change. You have been warned.

Language Position 10/19/2008 Position Change Count 10/19/2008 Percentile Position 10/12/2008 Count 10/12/2008 Percentile
Java 1 0 3582 35.67 1 2889 34.59
C# 2 0 1672 16.65 2 1369 16.39
Perl 3 0 844 8.4 3 720 8.62
C++ 4 1 713 7.1 5 549 6.57
PHP 5 -1 617 6.14 4 566 6.78
Basic 6 1 547 5.45 7 472 5.65
C 7 -1 527 5.25 6 497 5.95
Cobol 8 1 288 2.87 9 243 2.91
Python 9 -1 271 2.7 8 247 2.96
SAS 10 2 268 2.67 12 187 2.24
Ruby 11 0 235 2.34 11 189 2.26
ActionScript 12 -2 214 2.13 10 221 2.65
ABAP 13 0 136 1.35 13 95 1.14
ADA 14 1 53 0.53 15 31 0.37
Delphi 15 -1 42 0.42 14 34 0.41
Fortran 16 0 21 0.21 16 24 0.29
Lua 17 0 7 0.07 17 9 0.11
LISP 18 0 6 0.06 18 9 0.11

As you may have guessed not much has changed. Delphi is still commanding about 0.4 % of the market while the lion’s share goes to Java and C#.

Just as a reminder: this index is created by running a search for job posts that mention specific languages. These jobs are advertised during the last 7 days. I use the site http://www.Juju.com as a source for data and I try as much as I can to eliminate false positives. This site is restricted to the United States.

Your comments are welcome.

3 Responses to The Fletch PSM Index for Oct. 19 2008

  • Paul Bennett says:

    It would be interesting to be able to compare US results with Europe and possibly Asia

  • Fletch says:

    @Paul

    I would love to expand this index to Europe, Asia and South America. However I do not know which site to use there. I will try to find suitable sites.
    In the meantime I invite you to contribute with site suggestions.

  • Rif says:

    > I will try to find suitable sites.

    You could e.g. use the Monster job site for each country:

    monster.de
    monster.fr
    monster.co.uk
    monster.it
    monsterboard.nl
    monster.be
    monster.es
    monster.pl
    monster.cz

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