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A career in PHP Development (backend web development) is broad and can be based in-house; working directly for a business or within an agency environment.

Why consider a career as a PHP Developer?
If you’re an aspiring web developer, PHP is a forward-thinking programming language that is used across a wide range of applications. Upon growing your knowledge and career development as a PHP Programmer, you will have the chance to grow as a senior industry professional. There is a large range of industries that utilise PHP development such as; web design and marketing agencies, corporate businesses, app dev agencies and more.

What a  PHP Developer career or job may entail...
You'll develop in order to create or maintain website features, intranets and/or systems, applications and/ or software (including SAAS) using Javascript, PHP, Laravel/Symfony3/CodeIgnitor etc, MySQL, LAMP admin, GIT, Javascript/JQuery and you would usually require solid HTML and CSS knowledge. 

Typically, you’ll be asked to work alongside Designers, UXers, Project Managers and 3rd party suppliers to develop high quality, intuitive applications. You will constantly evolve your skills, partaking in courses, experimenting with new tech and passing on your knowledge of ever-changing tech trends.

You may work directly with clients or with internal teams to provide estimates, updates and tech consultancy. LAMP server management, support and testing can also play a part alongside new development projects where you’ll be able to help evaluate new technologies, suggesting process/system improvements where possible. 

You may take part in code reviews, optimise and upgrade existing systems as well as creating new products from scratch - always ensuring they are the best they can be. As a PHP Developer, you’d really get the chance to sink your teeth in and make a huge impact on exciting products throughout the whole development cycle.
  
Typical role titles include
Backend PHP Developer
PHP Developer
Senior Developer
Full-Stack Developer
Junior Web Developer
Web Application Developer

Career progression example
Senior PHP Developer
Head of Development
Senior Back-End Developer

Salary Benchmarks
At an entry level, junior/graduate PHP professionals on average will be earning between £20k-£30K. At mid-level you’d be looking to earn £30k-£45K and seniors would be looking to earn £45k+.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes...

Usually, a number of technologies required within the role include:

PHP | MySQL | MVC (Symfony, Laravel, Zend, CodeIgniter, Yii etc) | PHPUnit | CMS (Drupal, WordPress, Craft, Magento etc) | LAMP | Linux | Apache | GIT | HTML | CSS | JavaScript | AJAX | 3rd party API integration.

There are a huge range of courses online to improve skills in these areas such as; Lynda, Udemy and CodeAcademy as well as on the likes of Github and StackOverflow.

What qualifications does it take?
A BSc/MSc degree in IT, computer science or computer engineering is often desirable but by no means essential.

 

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  • 21st Oct

    Technical Lead

    — Award winning Technology scaleup

    Location:
    London
    Type:
    Salary:
    Up to £95,000pa
    Join a leading mobile creative platform.  Award winning technology scale-up.  Fully remote with a 4.5 day working week.  My client have created the market leading mobile creative platform for digital advertising. They put technology at the forefront of what they do - tapping into haptic, touch and augmented reality experiences, to produce engaging and immersive creatives for mobile.They create, distribute and optimise mobile campaigns at scale, allowing global brands to tell their stories in more compelling ways. What you'll be doing:They are looking for a Tech Lead ideally with strong JavaScript experience to join our small but expanding development team. React knowledge would be a distinct advantage but is not a necessity. They are looking for someone who will understand their problems and come up with creative solutions that work within the parameters of their system. They work in a very hands-on way and this role will operate in a split between both hands off management but also hands on coding. You will be responsible for: Helping to lead a team of eager developers building html5 JAM-applications, using Typescript and react on the frontend, and Typescript/Graphql on the backend. Developing and maintaining of backend server systems, DevOps and internal tools that ensure high code quality. Developing and maintaining of bespoke tools used in the creation and delivery of Ad Campaigns. What experience you will need to apply: Bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field. Equivalent work experience (4 years) will also be considered. Strong knowledge of TypeScript, JavaScript, HTML, CSS and Node services. Comfortable in Docker and AWS Solutions (such as Lambda, ECS, Firehose, among others). Experience modeling Database-Schemes in both SQL and NoSQL. What you'll get in return for your experience:My client offer a competitive salary (up to £95,000pa) for this role combined with a great benefits package. One of the main highlights being a 4.5 day working week and a fully flexible work-life balance. Whats next:If you are interested in applying for this role, please click the link to apply and I will be in touch.
  • 21st Oct

    Senior DevOps Engineer

    — Great opportunity to lead DevOps projects from inception to deployment.

    Location:
    London
    Type:
    Salary:
    Up to £95,000pa
    Work on a industry leading AI product.  Great opportunity to lead DevOps projects from inception to deployment.  Excellent benefits package.  My client are on a mission to revolutionise human-machine communication. By teaching machines to understand natural language and hold human-level conversations, they help businesses to transform their customer experience, create revenue, improve operational efficiency and prove ROI quickly.  From day one, their focus has been on creating a voice self-service experiences in any language, regardless of accents or slang. Their main goal is to deliver enterprise-ready voice assistants that match and excel household names.  They are currently looking for a passionate and dedicated Senior DevOps Engineer to join their DevOps team who will help to support their innovative conversational AI products. What you'll be doing: Your responsibilities will involve managing and upgrading cloud infrastructure for their products and the Engineering team. Over the next 12 months, this will include: Building, configuring and maintaining cloud infrastructure for new and existing clients, working with the rest of the team to shape the next generation of conversation products. Configuring and maintaining development infrastructure, working with software engineers to build “DevOps best practice” and efficient processes. Monitoring and updating their infrastructure to ensure it stays secure and scales with the demands of a growing company. Being part of their on-call rota to support our engineering systems.   What experience you will need to apply:   3-5 years of previous commercial Devops experience. Knowledge of AWS Cloud tooling with experience of building modern and secure commercial deployments. Experience with DevOps tools such as Terraform and/or Ansible. Experience in building and maintaining CI/CD pipelines. Experience administering Kubernetes clusters and awareness of Serverless technology. Wider experience with other cloud services such as GCP, Azure.     What you'll get in return for your experience:My client offer a competitive salary (up to £95,000pa) for this role combined with a great benefits package. Some of the highlights include enhanced parental leave, L/D budget, Private health care and Dental as well as many more.  Whats next: If you are interested in applying for this role, please click the link to apply and I will be in touch.      
  • 21st Oct

    DevOps Engineer

    — Join an industry leading AI business

    Location:
    London
    Type:
    Salary:
    Up to £75,000pa
    Work on a industry leading AI product.  Great opportunity to lead DevOps projects from inception to deployment.  Excellent benefits package. My client are on a mission to revolutionise human-machine communication. By teaching machines to understand natural language and hold human-level conversations, they help businesses to transform their customer experience, create revenue, improve operational efficiency and prove ROI quickly. From day one, their focus has been on creating a voice self-service experiences in any language, regardless of accents or slang. Their main goal is to deliver enterprise-ready voice assistants that match and excel household names. They are currently looking for a passionate and dedicated DevOps Engineer to join their DevOps team who will help to support their innovative conversational AI products.What you'll be doing:Your responsibilities will involve managing and upgrading cloud infrastructure for their products and the Engineering team. Over the next 12 months, this will include: Building, configuring and maintaining cloud infrastructure for new and existing clients, working with the rest of the team to shape the next generation of conversation products. Configuring and maintaining development infrastructure, working with software engineers to build “DevOps best practice” and efficient processes. Monitoring and updating their infrastructure to ensure it stays secure and scales with the demands of a growing company. Being part of their on-call rota to support their engineering systems. What experience you will need to apply: 2 years of previous commercial Devops experience. Knowledge of AWS Cloud tooling to enable building of modern, secure deployments. Experience of Devops tools such as Terraform and/or Ansible. Experience in building and maintaining CI/CD pipelines. Experience administering Kubernetes clusters and awareness of Serverless technology. Wider experience with other cloud services such as GCP, Azure. What you'll get in return for your experience:My client offer a competitive salary (up to £75,000pa) for this role combined with a great benefits package. Some of the highlights include enhanced parental leave, L/D budget, Private health care and Dental as well as many more. Whats next:If you are interested in applying for this role, please click the link to apply and I will be in touch.
  • 20th Oct

    iOS Engineer

    — Innovative cyber security business

    Location:
    Cheltenham
    Type:
    Salary:
    £40K - £60K
    Challenging cyber security applications. Swift, Cocoa Touch, Xcode, Xamarin. 3 days remote working, 9 day fortnight, excellent R&D, fun and sociable team. A fast-growing and exciting technology business is looking for an ambitious iOS Engineer to join them to build applications for their household clients across the cyber security and communications security space.  Based near Cheltenham you’ll be joining them on a fully remote basis initially with them looking to offer 3 days remote working once restrictions lift. What skills you’ll need Proven background in mobile development using Swift, Cocoa Touch and Objective-C. Experience of Xamarin would be beneficial. Experience with third party frameworks, offline storage, secure enclave, threading, and performance tuning. Knowledge of scripting languages such as Python or Bash.   Strong working knowledge of UI/UX standards and design principles. Experience with build systems (xcode, msbuild, GNU make etc.) and iOS continuous integration. An understanding of web APIs and network debugging tools (e.g. WireShark, Charles). You will need to be eligible for SC cleanrance.  What you’ll be doing Joining small team of mobile developers your focus will be to develop customised business focussed iOS applications in-line with customer specifications. You will design and build new apps from the UI through to the secure application architecture and will be responsible for their integration with 3rd party and in-house back-end services. You will be encouraged to bring new ideas to the table so staying up to date with the latest iOS enhancements as well as emerging frameworks and languages is a must. Working closely with the Service Delivery and Embedded teams you will play an active role in planning and design sessions, contributing to technical proposals on a regular basis. What you’ll get in return On top of a salary paying between £40-60K depending on exp, you’ll be joining a technology first business with innovation at it’s core. Working with some of the latest tech and tooling within a talented team of developers you’ll be supported with excellent training and progression opportunities. You’ll be offered 2/3 days remote working once things go back to normal, a 9 day fortnight scheme (meaning every other Friday off for all their employees), excellent private healthcare, bonus scheme as well as away days, generous pension and 25 days annual leave and more. What’s next? Sound good? Send your CV to Becca now!
  • 20th Oct

    Technical Lead - Drupal

    — Highly diverse and inclusive digital agency

    Location:
    London
    Type:
    Salary:
    65,000
    Fantastic salary and benefits including life insurance, private medical insurance, numerous discount vouchers, gym membership, personal skill budget and generous holiday allowances, family friendly with flexible and remote working options. Continuous learning and development plans for all staff. Doubled their headcount in the past 12 months. A highly diverse, inclusive, and supportive company delivering websites, products, and systems for huge household names. A full-service digital agency with a special focus on digital transformation, brand strategy, marketing, design, and development. What you’ll be doing Reporting to the CTO, the Technical Lead will be part of a creative and dynamic team working closely with the technical delivery team and Project Managers on a range of projects. You will manage a team of developers, conduct code reviews, and support the growth of the team. 50% of your time you will take a step back off hands on development and focus more on the development strategy, gathering requirements from clients and understanding business needs. What skills you’ll be needing   Previous experience leading a team of developers, running code reviews and mentoring Junior Developers. Fantastic leadership skills with encouraging coaching. Client relationship management experience. Excellent communication skills both written and verbal. A hands-on approach to solving technical challenges. Strong Drupal/Laravel skills HTML, CSS and JavaScript Passion for coding, design, and web service development What you’ll get in return for your talents As well as a fantastic salary, you will be entitled to generous holiday with option to buy more. Life insurance, private medical insurance, full gym membership, shopping vouchers, family friendly, flexible working, remote options. Budget for training and conferences, continuous support, car leasing and cycle to work schemes and mental health and wellbeing support. What’s next? If you like the sound of this role, please apply or send your CV directly to amber@adlib-recruitment.co.uk              
  • 20th Oct

    Senior Full Stack Software Engineer

    — Award winning insurtech business

    Location:
    London/Remote
    Type:
    Salary:
    85000
    Award winning insurtech business   Fantastic salary and benefits including life assurance, private medical insurance, numerous discount vouchers, gym membership, personal skill budget and generous holiday allowances, flexible and remote working options. Continuous learning and development plans for all staff. Constantly evolving products and highly collaborative team. A highly inclusive and supportive company leading the way in the insurtech sector. On a mission to create the best experience for business owners when it comes to buying insurance. Pride themselves on their pioneering software platform and making things simple and easy to use. What you’ll be doing As Senior Software Engineer you will be a hands-on developer and help with the coding of products using appropriate tools and technologies. You will be working collaboratively with cross-functional teams, looking at requirements and bring fresh ideas to the team. Working in an agile environment, you will also play a part in mentoring more junior developers and help with prioritising, be proactive and suggest new and innovative ways of working. What skills you’ll be needing     Previous experience working in a full stack environment. Strong programming skills – Ruby. Good knowledge of JavaScript – React and Node.js. Passionate about software engineering. Experience working in an Agile environment. Great team player with an interest in mentoring junior developers. The ability to communicate well with other teams in the business.     What you’ll get in return for your talents As well as a fantastic salary, you will be entitled to generous holiday with option to buy more (up to 5 days). Life assurance, health cash plan, private medical insurance, full gym membership, shopping vouchers, dental insurance travel insurance, discounts on meals out, cycle to work scheme, summer parties, weekends away, outside of work skills budget, social activities and events. What’s next? If you like the sound of this role, please apply or send your CV directly to amber@adlib-recruitment.co.uk    
  • 20th Oct

    Technical Business Analyst

    — Working in a product focused environment

    Location:
    London
    Type:
    Salary:
    65,000
    Greenfield opportunity with plenty of scope for growth. Flexible working environment with remote/office split. Excellent salary shares and benefits. I am working with an exciting and forward-thinking mobile technology company based in London who have doubled their head count over the past year and are continuing to grow their team due to success with their products. What you’ll be doing As Technical Business Analyst you will be working very closely with the development teams and Product Managers to ensure a speedy and quality service to clients. You will be working within a dedicated squad and take ownership of your product roadmap. Along with supporting the engineering team, you will be working with in an Agile/Scrum environment and working directly with Product Managers scoping user stories and resolving any blockers and helping with product related issues. What experience you’ll need to apply   Previous experience as a Technical Business Analyst working with in a product team. Experience working within Agile/Scrum teams. Well versed with the entire software development lifecycle. Previous experience working with software development teams.  High energy personality and action orientated.  Highly organised with a strong eye for detail.  Excellent communication skills both written and verbal. Ideally have knowledge of or experience within a mobile app team. Excellent problem solver. What you’ll get in return for your experience An excellent salary and extensive benefits package. This includes 33 days holiday, conference/continued learning budgets, gym membership, regular socials, cycle to work scheme, private healthcare and more. My client are also offering flexible working as well as work from home options. What’s next To apply, send your CV to amber@adlib-recruitment.co.uk.    
  • 20th Oct

    Lead Ruby Engineer

    — Pioneering software product

    Location:
    100000
    Type:
    Salary:
    £85000 - £99000
    Fantastic salary and benefits including life assurance, private medical insurance, numerous discount vouchers, gym membership, personal skill budget and generous holiday allowances, flexible and remote working options. Continuous learning and development plans for all staff. Constantly evolving products and highly collaborative team. A highly inclusive and supportive company leading the way in the insuretech sector. My client is on a mission to create the best experience for business owners when it comes to buying insurance. My client pride themselves on their pioneering software platform and making things simple and easy to use. What you’ll be doing As Lead Software Engineer, you will be developing customer focused products and working very closely with the cross functional teams. You will be a hands on developer whilst leading a small team of developers and identifying areas of improvement and highlight any additional mentoring that may be needed. What skills you’ll be needing   Previous experience leading a small team of developers. Strong programming skills in an OOP language – Python, Java, Ruby. Strong communication skills both written and verbal. Ability to liaise with stakeholders of all levels. Encouraging and positive leader. Passionate about technology and development. What you’ll get in return for your talents As well as a fantastic salary, you will be entitled to generous holiday with option to buy more (up to 5 days). Life assurance, health cash plan, private medical insurance, full gym membership, shopping vouchers, dental insurance travel insurance, discounts on melas out, cycle to work scheme, summer parties, weekends away, outside of work skills budget, social activities and events. What’s next? If you like the sound of this role, please apply or send your CV directly to amber@adlib-recruitment.co.uk
  • 19th Oct

    Engineering Lead

    — Growing Sustainability B Corp!

    Location:
    Fully remote
    Type:
    Salary:
    Up to £90,000
    About Do Nation Do Nation helps people to form healthy, environmentally friendly habits. They do this through their online platform where anyone can create a campaign to raise pledges, or make a pledge - to do simple things like cycling to work or wasting less food. A certified B Corp since 2017, winners of numerous awards and a lovely client base that includes: Innocent, Pret, Ellas Kitchen and Pukka Herbs as well as SSE and PWC (to name a few). You’ll be joining Do Nation at a time of high growth having already doubled the team over the last 12 months and grown by about 6 times since our foundation. This role offers a platform for growth and progression, we are keen to talk with people who have a desire to progress to CTO further down the line. What you’ll be doing as our Engineering Lead In this role you’ll be leading our engineering and product teams (currently 8 people), taking responsibility for Do Nation's pledge platform. You'll hire and manage developers, designers and product and project professionals whilst driving our product vision and strategy and help us develop and strengthen our approach to engineering org-wide. You’ll hire, coach and develop a diverse and inclusive team of Do Nationers, drive the strategy and vision for our product, and together with Hermione (our CEO) and our Lead Designer and Product Manager, develop and deliver our product roadmap. You'll work collaboratively with your team and the wider Do Nation team to shape how our tech team operates - you'll help develop our technical practices, embed Sprint and Agile methodologies firmly within the team, lead on our technical documentation process, and more! Importantly you’ll ensure that Do Nation remains an industry leader, delivering a truly scalable, robust platform that enterprises, SMEs, and individuals alike trust and love to use. What experience you’ll need to apply You'll work at a senior level scaling engineering and product teams, ideally with responsibility for B2B SaaS products/production-grade web applications. You have built or are committed to building diverse and inclusive teams, fostering a collaborative environment that is empowering, supportive and challenging. You’ll help your people do their best work. Initially, you will have the curiosity and deep background in product and technology that means you're not afraid to get your hands dirty, coding and working with the team to improve working methodologies and coding efficiencies. You’ll have a track record of managing remote teams that successfully ship high quality products with refined user experiences. Hands-on knowledge of Django & React. You'll have a passion for climate action and will be excited by and aligned with our mission of making sustainable living mainstream. What you’ll get in return for your talents This role offers a competitive salary of between £70,000-£90,000 (DOE) + benefits which include; 31 days holiday (+1 day for each year worked with us). Slow travel holiday bonus Flexible work policy. Annual training budget. 2 volunteer days/year. Regular personal coaching through MoreHappi. Pension contribution (3%/5%). Potential for equity through employee option scheme. Full remote working, long term. What next We have chosen to work with our friends at ADLIB who are managing the recruitment process for Do Nation. As a fellow B Corp, they are well versed in attracting the best candidates that have the right skills and experience, combined with the desire to work for a business driven by purpose and a want to make a positive impact on society and the planet. Apply with your CV or get in touch with Becca to find out more. Please note that any candidates that approach Do Nation directly will be forwarded to ADLIB for consideration. Inclusion and equality Here at Do Nation, equal opportunity runs through every aspect of the business. We are creating an environment where a diverse mix of talented people want to work, do their best and share in our journey for the long term. We’re building a team that represents a variety of perspectives and backgrounds, as we believe that the more inclusive we are, the better and more innovative our work will be. We strive to be a workplace where everyone feels empowered and can be their authentic selves.  
  • 19th Oct

    Senior Developer

    — Humanity-led digital product agency

    Location:
    London
    Type:
    Salary:
    Up to £65,000pa
    Exciting opportunity at a humanity-led digital product agency. Join a business that works on exciting projects with purpose driven clients.  Remote-first business.  My client are a humanity-led digital product agency, specialising in design, full stack development,start-up tech partnerships and digital transformation. They are are looking for a Senior Developer to join their team of talented thinkers, strategists, engineers, designers and project managers - a person who can bring passion and pride, skill and dedication to the team. What you'll be doing:Their team of designers, researchers and developers use agile co-creation methodologies in projects of all shapes and sizes. They partner with their clients to help them solve their business challenges, working with enterprise organisations and start-ups to deliver digital transformation agendas and innovative green-field projects, including: Rich, interactive websites. Highly performing & scalable apps. Enterprise applications. Code component libraries. Development communities. What experience you'll need:They would love to hear from you if you have experience with the following -  Writing meaningful, maintainable and clean code. Have extensive JavaScript use & understanding. Have experience working with React. You are comfortable with Node.js. You are comfortable with full-stack development. You are comfortable presenting your work or the work of your team to the client.  Have a good eye for design detail and finesse. Can communicate technical aspects to non technical people. Are comfortable working with automation and CI. Can proactively contribute to the overall technical direction and strategy of the company.  What you’ll get in return for your experience: a competitive salary with annual reviews. regular 1-2-1s and a chance to discuss your professional development in detail twice a year. a friendly, focused work environment to help you concentrate on what you do best. training budget for conferences and/or online learning. a zone 1 & 2 travelcard for London. a monthly wellness allowance for anything that keeps you healthy and happy. A monthly wellness allowance for gym or anything else that keeps you fit, healthy and happy. a generous company pension. online GP service, mental health and lifestyle support access. regular team activities and company away days - we’ve been white water rafting, camping, sailing, skiing/snowboarding in the Alps! flexible work, taking a ‘remote-first’ approach. What's next:If you are interested in applying for this role, please click the link to apply.
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