Despite the tremendous growth of the mobile ecosystem, only 17 percent of technology professionals have published a mobile app according to new data issued by IT jobs site Dice.com. Of that group, just 27 percent work on mobile projects on a full-time basis. Among full-time developers, 44 percent prefer to write apps for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone, followed by Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform at 33 percent and Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone at 12 percent. Among developers building mobile apps on a part-time basis, Android is the favorite for 42 percent of respondents, followed by iPhone at 42 percent and Windows Phone at 13 percent.
Employer interest in Android development continues to grow. For every Dice.com job posting in search of developers with iPhone experience, there are 1.4 requests for skilled Android developers. However, iPhone projects continue to offer the greatest financial reward: Developers who indicate a preference for iPhone report earning nine times more income than devs working on Android.
"For tech talent, taking on a mobile app project is a great way to broaden skills in an area that is primed for more growth," writes Dice.com managing director Alice Hill on the company's blog. "Likewise for employers, giving an ‘A' player on your team a mobile project is a great retention tool. The bottom line? Publishing a popular app can be the ticket to a better job whether you are working for an employer or not."
- read this Dice blog entry
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