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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 Benchmarks
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+.

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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    — Unique, thriving start-up with modern tech

    Location:
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    Type:
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    Very unique model that started in 2016 and is now live in 22 cities across 5 countries with 28 new site openings this year. Have flexibility on the modern tech – React, Ruby, Elixir, Haskell and more. Flexible/remote working, nice office, team events, travel costs covered. A start-up with sites across the EU and US offer a unique self-service model to people that has revolutionised the industry are on a growth mission looking to hire 5 software engineers. If you’re looking to be part of one of the most exciting start-ups to come out of the UK then this could be a great position for you. What experience you’ll need You will be a polyglot developer and able to switch between languages. Ideally you will have a history of both front-end and back-end development. Experience with JavaScript, ideally modern libraries especially React or TypeScript. If you’ve used Ruby, Elixir, Rust, Python or Haskell that would be a big bonus. CI/CD is handled with CircleCI and Git so experience with those would be good. Ideally have done TDD, documentation etc. Team player an able to work well with others. Agile experience. Flexible with what tech you work with. What you’ll be doing You will be 1 of 5 software engineers joining the team of 4 developers in the Bristol office with others in different locations (total of 8). Whether you are working on the front or back-end you will be working on a variety of fun and exciting projects that are in the pipeline, such as re-building the website, mobile app and working on various models for customers that will improve the future of the business offering. It’s a unique company with a very flexible stance on development, so you must be willing to cross over on languages and pick up new tech where required, ideally you will be able to introduce new tech to benefit the programming within the team who work in 2 week sprints. It’s important that you collaborate on projects with other developers and team members if you are working in the office or remotely. They have brilliant project managers to work with, who take on a lot of the responsibility to give the engineering team more focus on programming and using the tools. What you’ll get in return for your talents The salary on offer is between £30K-£50K with some generous benefits, you get a high spec laptop, flexible working hours with some remote working, dressed down environment with a social atmosphere in the office where there is also a pool table. Your travel costs to work are also covered, they even have a flat in London on the companies expense if you were to go and work on-site there (rare case, and optional if you like). The team likes to get together for drinks and dinner so there is a great chance to bond with the people you work with, you will always be supported in your role by other developers and leaders. This truly is a very exciting start-up to be a part of! What’s next? If you would like to find out more about this role or apply then please get in touch with George – George@adlib-recruitment.co.uk; 01179269530
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    — Help green the planet

    Location:
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    Type:
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    — Latest tech, new team, ethical product

    Location:
    Oxford
    Type:
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