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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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  • 13th May

    Hot Jobs Web Developer (PHP)

    — Green clients, Top Digital Team

    Green conscious digital agency with progressive tech. Big client projects, experienced, passionate team. PHP/Laravel to build websites, portals, interactive quizzes and more. A fantastic opportunity to join one of Somerset’s best digital agencies at their office in Frome building a wide range of digital products for some amazing international clients.  We’re looking for a Web Developer with a weighting towards back-end PHP development to help build websites, landing pages, portals, campaign sites and the odd interactive quiz for businesses trying to reduce their carbon footprint.  The company themselves are working on becoming carbon neutral in a very short space of time, if you’re passionate about coding for a good cause then this one is for you! What skills will you be needing PHP. MVC (They work with Laravel but Symfony or other is fine). CMS (They work with Craft but WordPress, Drupal or other is fine). MySQL. HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript/JQuery/Vue.js. GIT. Any of the following would be great; Twig templates, Composer, NPM, SASS, and testing frameworks If you have any App development capabilities or experience of working with Adobe Creative Cloud that would be amazing. What you’ll be doing This is a key role within the digital team and you’ll be asked to help deliver quality driven web projects for environmentally conscious clients.  They’re keen to hear from developers who are passionate about code and user experience and can think creatively and innovatively to solve problems.  You’ll need good time management skills and proven experience of working a project from creating specs to delivery.  The core part of the role will be to wireframe, develop and deploy new websites adhering to latest web standards and using the latest tools.  You’ll be able to take ownership of projects from a technical perspective and really help the business thrive. What you’ll get in return for your talents You’ll get to work on challenging web projects for some big names and take a lead on development, working directly with clients and in liaison with designers and account managers.  This is a great opportunity to influence the tech stack and work within a fun, sociable team of driven pro’s.  In addition there’s generous holidays, 1-2 days remote working per week, pension, health cash plan, cycle to work scheme, free parking, fun socials and access to training and development opportunities.  It all comes with the added bonus of knowing that the work you do is helping the environment and working towards battling climate change. What’s next? Like the sound of this one?  Send in your CV NOW for immediate consideration or call in for a chat (01179269530).
  • 29th May

    Senior/Principal Ruby Developer

    — Multi-award winning scale-up

    Recent round of sizeable investment.  Opportunity to lead small teams. Work with the latest versions of Ruby and React with best security practices. A rapidly growing tech start-up based in Bristol has recently had a huge amount of investment, and with investment comes growth. They are building out 6 new product teams which will need some senior developers. The company are continuing their high scaling growth and success which you could be part of, having gone from 5 to 100 people within 2 years they’re a very exciting company to join with some excellent staff retention. What experience you’ll need You will have a significant amount of experience with Ruby + Ruby on Rails. You’ll have worked with RESTful APIs with OO design. Experience with AWS. A history of working with high-scale back-end solutions. Some experience using front-end languages, React would be very desirable. Understanding of secure coding would be a bonus. Ability to integrate multiple data sources and databases into one system. Understanding of Git. Familiar with CI. Good communication skills. Ability to pick up and promote new/emerging tech. Agile experience. What you’ll be doing Joining their existing engineering function, you will be running the development within a brand-new product team. Your work will mainly be back-end working with Ruby and Rails, RESTful APIs and OO design, this work supports the needs of the front-end React application so you may be using that from time to time (depending on how much you’d like) whilst deploying everything on to AWS. Within your product teams you will be working alongside a tester/QA engineer, a business analyst, scrum master and project manager, though you will also have other engineers around you. It is important you liaise with your direct team to create the most efficient user-friendly products to align with their current ground-breaking ones. As the team grows you may be expected to mentor junior developers and if you want - possibly move into a leadership role. What you’ll get in return for your talents This is the perfect time to join a successful and growing start-up, with plenty of opportunity to play a key role in the businesses. There’s a real energy within the team and you’ll be able to be part of an environment that values creativity and determination. It’s a friendly and social work place with flexible working in a great location as well as a few days working from home every week. Alongside a salary of £50K-£70K you will get 25 days holiday, company laptop, bonus, table tennis, gaming room with gaming nights, cycle to work scheme, free travel insurance for you and your dependents, a great budget for training as well as a little bit of remote working. What’s next? If you’re interested in this role then send your CV in now or get in touch with George to discuss further (01179269530; 
  • 26th May

    React/Redux Developer

    — Dynamic Content - Animations

    Remote + Bath
    Up to £300 p/day
    React/Redux Developer. Animations/Dynamic Content. Up to £300 p/day. 3-month initial contract opportunity, for a React/Redux Developer to work on an exciting project. You will be developing dynamic content and high quality JavaScript animations. What you'll be doing Working for a digital agency, based between your home office and their Bath offices - remote working, with potential to work onsite depending on lockdown restrictions. What experience you'll need to apply for this role React/Redux (Expert). JavaScript Animations (Expert). Dynamic Content (Expert). SCSS/CSS (Advanced). Online Portfolio (Desirable). What you'll get in return for your experience The daily rate is up to £300 p/day, however, all quotes from suitable candidates will be considered. What's next? Please apply with your most up-to-date CV/portfolio and I will be in touch to discuss further.
  • 21st May

    Software Developer (C# .Net Core)

    — Remote interviews/onboarding!

    £40K - £45K
    Brand-new digital platform. Small team with lots of autonomy. Progressive solutions in a well-reputed agency. I’m helping an established agency in Cheltenham to find a C# .Net Core Developer. The business was featured in the “Econsultancy Top 100 digital agencies” in 2019 and have only continued that success with plans to build out a brand-new digital platform. Their service offering covers strategy, automation, customer experience, development and design, boasting an impressive client base which includes well-reputed NFP’s & healthcare companies. What skills you’ll need Proven background in server-side development using C# .Net Core. Capable of developing Microservices & RESTful APIs.  Understanding of containerisation (Docker), CI/CD (Jenkins, Bamboo) & DevOps ways of working. Awareness of cloud technology, preferably with AWS but Azure also considered.  Appreciation of front-end (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, MVC).  Knowledge of databases, SOLID principles & Git repos.  Ability to work Agile, managing workflow using JIRA.  What you’ll be doing With plans to build a new digital platform with several microservices, you will be back-end focused, developing .Net Core services deployed in Docker, using Swagger to document APIs. It’s expected that you will carry out unit/integration tests whilst reviewing other colleague’s code and refactoring where necessary. You’ll be liaising with internal stakeholders & other third parties, implementing security & data protection measures, assisting on project estimates as well as producing reusable code for future project work. There are other initiatives to involve yourself internally giving this role a lot of variety with good scope for progression. What you’ll get in return for your experience The best thing about this company is the small team & variety; there is constant support & direct mentorship from the Lead Developers and plenty of autonomy around technical direction & strategy. They offer an annual training budget to upskill in areas you’re not as confident, as well as 25 days holiday (plus b’day off!), private medical, car parking on-site and a healthy pension scheme. With a Greenfield platform build due to kick off imminently and remote solutions in place to battle Covid, they’re in a really healthy position to bring somebody else into the team!  What's next? Send your CV to Joe or give us a call to find out more! 
  • 19th May

    Haskell Programmer

    — 3 Months Initial - Remote Working Options

    Remote + Wiltshire
    Up to £45 p/hour
    Haskell Programmer. Rail Systems. Remote Work/Wiltshire. 3-month initial contract opportunity, for a Haskell Programmer to work at a specialist software engineering company, for a large rail company.  What you'll be doing Working with a successful Wiltshire based company as a Haskell Programmer, acting as Functional Programming Lead on a team of Software Engineers. What experience you'll need to apply for this role Haskell Programming (Expert). Embedded Systems (Advanced). Rail Experience (Desirable). What you'll get in return for your experience The rate is up to £45 p/hour - However, all quotes from suitable candidates will be considered.  What's next? Please apply with your most up to date CV and I will be in touch to discuss further.
  • 18th May

    Front End Developer - React, Native

    ££40,000 - ££50,000
    Front End Developer – React, Native A rapidly growing, recently funded SaaS start-up based in Central looking is currently looking for a mid-level React Native Developer to join their agile team and take ownership of their core part of their amazing product. The product is helping to digitise the care sector and they have the ambition of using technology to help thousands of carers, carees, and care homes improve the way that care is delivered. The product is currently being used by over a hundred care homes and thousands of users via an organic and marketing-first approach that will result in rapid uptake in 2020 and beyond! What you’ll be doing Taking the lead on the development of their React Native mobile applications (on both Android & IOS) You’ll have the opportunity to work with a modern tech stack (React, Native, Redux, Firebase, NodeJS, and GitLab) Have an opportunity to develop into a Tech Lead position as the team grows. Interact with the end-users regularly to help shape and improve the product. You’ll be a key member of an early stage start-up and help contribute and shape the culture of the team & company as they grow. Have an opportunity to work with and help some of the most vulnerable people in society while working on a modern tech stack. Who we are looking for Strong Javascript Developer with several years of experience building web & mobile applications using React & React Native TDD & Continuous Integration advocate A degree in Computer Science is a bonus but not a must – attitude is as important as your technical skillset. Proactive individual who can work autonomously within a team Passionate about working for an early-stage start-up who are mission-driven and trying to change an industry in a meaningful way that has not been changed in decades. Please apply with the latest copy of your CV and provide the best number to call you on. If you think you are a great fit for the role then please email me on ADLIB is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
  • 14th May

    Senior Developer (C# / JS)

    — C#.Net, WCF, Modern JavaScript

    £40K - £45K
    Flexible/Remote working options, even after lockdown. Progressive FinTech with unrivalled support structure.  Varied role with both on-going & new products. A progressive FinTech are continuing to bring new products to market and are fully equipped to interview & onboard people remotely. As part of their ongoing success they’re looking for a Senior Developer to focus on their customer-facing web offering. With a quality-driven approach and an established team of techies to integrate into, there’s constant scope for progressing your career and learning new & emerging tech. What skills you’ll need Proven background in C#.Net, including WCF/REST services & MVC. Extensive JavaScript knowledge with at least one modern library (React, Angular, Vue).  Comfortable with HTML5, CSS3.  Ability to adopt a “DevOps” approach, CI/CD, automated builds etc. Awareness of MS Azure and VSTS/AzureDevOps would be preferred. Eye for UI & UX, appreciation for data analysis & multivariate testing.  Agile/Scrum/Lean/Kanban. What you’ll be doing The primary focus for this role is to work at the very front of the business’ range of customer-facing websites. There are a variety of both on-going and brand-new products to be involved in, your expertise will be utilised to discover and improve overall user experience through the use of clean, reusable code. You’ll play a senior role in an Agile team so communication is key; it’s expected that you’ll be comfortable mentoring more junior developers in the team, offering advice on technical direction & strategy where necessary. This team are moving towards a “DevOps” style excellence standard so any expertise you can offer here would be valued highly. What you’ll get in return for your experience Welcoming culture with constant scope for progression with regular salary reviews. They offer flexible/remote working, a healthy work/life balance with 28 days holiday and discounts on various healthcare schemes. Each employee is entitled to annual shares in the business, a group personal pension scheme, free gym membership & a discretionary cash bonus based on both company & personal performance. They’re very well-renowned in the industry and have the support structure to back them, still a great time to be joining them!  What's next? Send your profile to Joe or give us a call to find out more! 
  • 13th May

    JavaScript/React Developer

    — React, React Native, Node

    Near Bath
    Opportunity to work on leading front end tech: React, React Native, Node.js, Typescript, Progressive Web Apps and more. Quality driven with innovative thinking, strong R&D and amazing clients. Friendly, sociable team, fantastic career development. Top digital product specialists based near Bath are looking to take on a talented JavaScript Developer with a keen focus on React to add to their 18 strong development team.  Taking a lead role in the design and build of all front-end components and working to best practice when it comes to software engineering. This is a rare and very exciting opportunity to work for one of the South-West’s best digital development businesses at their beautiful countryside studio near Bath. What skills you'll be needing HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript (React.js). Integration with Web Services / APIs. Keen interest in picking up Flow, Typescript and React Native. Knowledge of OOP design patterns and awareness of JavaScript implementations. Working to Agile methodologies. Knowledge or experience of Node.js, Lambda, Progressive Web Apps, TDD and automated acceptance testing is very desirable. GIT version control. Proven ability to lead end-to-end development projects including design, build, costing, technical documentation as well as passing on knowledge to junior team members. What you'll be doing You’ll be helping this ambitious innovator to deliver outstanding web and mobile apps within multi-disciplinary teams. You will encourage and drive best practise Test/BDD principles along with best practice software engineering standards. They will look to you to help them create amazing, complex and mission critical digital products for some of the world's most recognisable brands.  Although not in a formal capacity, it would be great if you could share your knowledge and experience with junior developers. A key part of the role will be to take ownership of solutions, liaising with clients to simplify complex problems and processes and the creative thinking to turn ideas into reality. What you'll get in return for your talents This role is working for one of the most progressive technical businesses in the South West and you’ll be able to learn cutting edge tech with the freedom and autonomy to introduce the business to any you’ve evaluated yourself.  With a large development team, you’ll feed off the buzz of creativity and innovation here. They’re relatively flexible on level of experience from midweight to lead as long as you have an ingrained passion for technology that extends to open source contribution, reading blogs, personal projects etc and some great examples to show them. Generous salary (£35K-£55K) and holidays, gym membership, pension, electric car scheme, conferences/course access, regular socials, Friday beers and more await. What's next Like the sound of this one?  Send in your CV for more info to Mike(01179 269530).
  • 12th May

    Ruby Developer

    — Creative and skill-stretching projects

    Oxford OR Remote (1 day in office)
    £40K - £60K
    Leading web application development agency with household name clients. Progressive and innovative atmosphere with a great project portfolio. Flexible working arrangements within a collaborative technology team. An Oxfordshire based agency who is one of the market leaders within their space are looking to recruit a talented Ruby Developer to join their committed and passionate team. They work on web apps, single page applications and rich interactivity. All within in a forward-thinking, agile development environment encompassing the latest technologies and processes. What skills you'll need Expert commercial experience of Ruby/RoR, Linux, Heroku and AWS.  Proven knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery. Competencies around testing approaches, using tools like RSpec and Cucumber. In depth exposure to mobile web development, debugging and Native app optimisation. Understanding of databases and object-orientated programming. What you'll be doing Working across the full development lifecycle, you will develop rich interactive apps for a variety of clients across a broad range of industries. You’ll be working on creative technical and functional designs, efficient and logical databases. You'll also participating in code reviews, optimisation and existing product upgrades. As well as developing new solutions from scratch, you will work to always ensuring that output is continuously the best it can be. What you'll get in return for your talents You’ll be rewarded with a plush, vibrant and brand new working environment. Excellent team culture, that has lunches, socials and just a generally inviting and collaborative business. You’ll work on challenging projects that really push your skill. Some of the generous benefits include a great proper pension contribution, travel expenses & opportunities, as well as private health insurance for your family. What’s next? This really is a fantastic opportunity, so if you’re interested please forward your CV to Joe.
  • 8th May

    Full-Stack Developer - C#, JS

    — Growing HealthTech business making a real difference

    £35K - £45K
    Remote working options, even after lockdown. Cloud-native SaaS solutions in the digital care sector.  Rapid progression, exciting growth in a brand-new team.  A leading HealthTech business are going through an exciting period of growth with plans to build a brand-new tech team in Bristol over the next 6 months. With thousands of users across the UK already and a range of successful web & desktop-based products, they’re looking for an adaptable individual to play an integral part in a huge transformation towards developing cloud-native SaaS & PaaS solutions.   What skills you’ll need Full-Stack development expertise with a background in C#.Net &  Comfortable with HTML, CSS & at least one modern JavaScript library (Angular, React, Node). Knowledge of cloud development & architecture, preferably with commercial experience developing cloud applications.  Understanding of WebSockets/WebServices & SQL databases.  Awareness of DevOps principles (CI/CD, IaC, Automation) & Microservice architecture.  Ability to use manual & automated testing tools/techniques.  Agile working expertise. What you’ll be doing Joining a brand-new development team with rapid scope for growth, you’ll play an integral part in the architecture and build of new & existing products, operating across the full stack and offering an eye for functionality, scalability & usability. The product base involves translating code for mobile, desktop & web applications which are developed for cloud infrastructure; they use Azure services primarily & moving to cloud is a massive part of their transformation. With the rapid growth planned there is scope for this role to progress quickly into more of a Lead Developer should that be a route you’d like to follow.  What you’ll get in return for your experience On top of a welcoming culture with constant training & development opportunities, you’ll be entitled to a PluralSight subscription, various discounts & gym memberships through the company. They offer regular salary reviews, annual bonus based on performance, 20 days holiday, on-site parking & much more. There’s also a really rewarding aspect to this role knowing that the effort you put in will make a real-life difference to citizens around the UK everywhere.  What's next? Sound like the role for you? Send your profile to Joe or give us a call to find out more!

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Employer of choice for Developers

  • 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 

Immersive Labs

Expanding their team of Developers at pace

  • Immersive Labs help reduce the risk of attacks via a class leading cyber-learning environment. 
  • As a fast growing business, Immersive Labs needed to work with a recruiter that was able to get to the heart of their culture to deliver hard to find technology expertise. Step forward ADLIB's technology recruitment team. Through our in-depth knowledge of the local candidate market skilled in JavaScript libraries such as React and Ruby on Rails and our ability to find the right personality match, we quickly identified the talent required and all in line with critical business timings.
  • With more and more companies hunting out similar skill sets, a major contributor to the success of the campaign was them being a business with a culture for R&D, cutting edge technology, highly competitive salaries & benefits and the opportunity to be part of a tech-first and people focused culture.

"ADLIB's comprehensive understanding of the local tech market and the challenges faced by quickly growing start-ups has been significant in helping us grow over the last two years"

Greg Craft, Talent Director at Immersive Labs 

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