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
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+.
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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- SCISYS are a leading an international software and solutions company.
- Enjoying a period of high growth SCISYS were looking to expand their technology team at pace and required an agency that would not only find the right talent, but also support the development of their employer brand.
- To achieve this, we introduced SCISYS to our tech community partners, helping them to raise their profile in the developer community, placing them solidly on the map as an employer of choice for developers and wider technology people.
- Through our consultative approach, we provided market guidance and knowledge, along with a comprehensive resourcing campaign that resulted in the successful hire of several hard to fill vacancies, from Developers to Solution Architects.
“ADLIB have been a huge help throughout a very busy year of growth here at SCISYS. Not only have they supported with live requirements, they have also provided valuable market information throughout the year which has in turn supported with our hiring decisions and future growth plans. We look forward to a continued partnership throughout 2019.”
Mollie Hatton, Recruitment Manager, at SCISYS
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