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Mobile (iOS, Android) Developer jobs and careers

As an iOS or Android Software Developer, you will write code for applications specifically for use on mobile devices. You will pay special attention to the compatibility of the applications to ensure that they are supported and fully functional and ultimately, it is your responsibility to form interfaces that consistently improve the user experience.

Why consider a career as a Mobile (iOS/Android) Developer?
As a professional Mobile Developer, you can work directly for one company or for an agency. Entering the mobile application development field means that you are setting yourself up for success now and further down the line. As technology inevitably continues to modernise, your role will account for a high percentage of usage in the industry - due to mobile and tablet devices accounting for the majority of internet usage.

Android Development: Your core experience will involve using Java, Android SDK, RESTful API’s, Kotlin, Android UI design principles, patterns and best practices. Generally, you’ll have live apps within the Play store and a natural interest in picking up the latest technologies and development techniques.

You'll be unit testing and proficient with GIT version control. You’ll be translating designs and wireframes into high-quality interfaces and devising the architecture and best approach for Android app development.

You’ll be designing, building and maintaining high performance, reusable and reliable Java code and identifying and fixing bottlenecks, bugs and reviewing any crashes. In addition, you’ll be called upon to attend client meetings and give regular updates on progress and also any industry events.

iOS Development: You’ll be interacting with teams including product developers, electronics engineers, embedded software engineers and Cloud developers to ensure connected solutions are functional, secure and easy to use.  

If experienced, you'll have apps to show from commercial native iOS app development using Objective-C or Swift. You will be a user of TDD / BDD development methodologies and have some experience of writing automated unit and UI tests (e.g. Catch, XCTest & Calabash). You'll be familiar with Atlassian tools including JIRA, Bitbucket & Bamboo and have experience/awareness of iOS build tools (e.g., xcodebuild, fastlane & CocoaPods). 

Typical role titles include
iOS Developer
Android Developer
Mobile Application Developer

Career progression example
Lead iOS Developer
Lead Android Developer
Head of Mobile App Development

Salary and Day Rate Benchmarks
Here, we aim to provide an overall range of day rates and salaries.
There are always factors to consider when assigning a day rate and salary to a role, such as the skill demand, location, complexity, level of responsibility as well as what other benefits are on offer, such as remote working. It’s also worth noting that the ‘number of years’ of experience is not an ideal measure. However, as a general guide, it should provide some ballparks and pointers...

At an entry level, mobile iOS or Android Developer learning professionals on average will be earning between £20k-£30k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £30-£45k and seniors would be looking to earn £45k+.

Day Rates
At an entry-level, for a junior/graduate a typical day rate would be around the £300 mark, at the mid-level around the £350 mark and seniors can expect a day rate of £450+ as a benchmark.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes…

Popular skills required for these roles include:

IOS | Swift | Android | Kotlin | Java | Objective-C | Xcode | Core Data | Cocoapods | Hockey | Fastlane
3rd party SDK’s | TDD, Xamarin, RxJava.

What qualifications does it take?
There are many courses you can take in mobile development and a qualification/degree in computer science or technical discipline can help with some applications.  Most businesses will prefer to see a portfolio of apps available to download in the App Store or on Google Play.


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