Hiring a PHP Developer can be a challenging task since those programmers can deal with many needs during Web Development. An inexperienced startupper or business owner can become baffled since vast number of related technologies can be used together with PHP language.
Logically, PHP is associated with the backend of Web Applications; however, most PHP Developers know frontend basics and can hold fullstack role.
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The variety of functions that PHP Developers can accomplish is huge. Despite the fact that this language is mostly used to create code for the backend of the web projects and those projects which are server-side-rendered (SSR), developers that know PHP prefer to know a few frontend technologies. Quite often PHP Developers are supercharged with jQuery, VueJS, React, or Angular.
It helps them to connect visual and server side of applications and accomplish fullstack functions in the IT companies. So, applying the backend of the Web Application with PHP opens ample opportunities both for companies and Software Engineers that choose this programming language.
PHP holds the 6th place in the world with about 6 million of active developers according to SlashData analysis. This leads PHP to the popularity and its spreading, which means that selecting of PHP as a core project technology will be a perspective decision for many years as the market is fulfilled with supply and demand, which creates a safety shield for this market share.
Of course backend is the core usage of PHP you can find across CVs and job descriptions nowadays. Usually, this language is stated to show that the developer can or should deal with the server-side of Web Projects.
There is a huge variety of frameworks, CMS, CRM, and databases that PHP can work with, so every employer should mention particular technologies or preferable features that should be known by the developer. That will help to find the best fit for every specific case and project of the company.
When the talk is about the developer, it is not enough to mention just PHP and seek for best propositions. Listing technologies that a developer can use with PHP will show particular experience and raise the trust of a potential employer. This language itself is rather flexible and scalable to be mentioned standalone, so being specific can help both sides of Web Development.
In practice, all these could mean two variants:
As this scripting language appeared in 1995, it has gone a long way to the current state. The latest version has the name PHP 8, which confirms that there were done many improvements to this technology. Changes were related to diverse sides of the language, adjusting its paradigm, principles, philosophy, structure, features, and many others.
Currently, the latest stable PHP version has the number 8.2 and operate on Zend Engine, but there are a some similar language implementations like HHVM, Parrot, or HipHop.
All the diversity of versions and implementations only confirms that PHP is not an totally ideal solution for Web Development, but The PHP Development Team, Zend, and PHP Foundation continue upgrading this programming language. Nowadays, the most common Pros of PHP look like in the following list:
Nevertheless, similar to any other programming languages it has cons as well:
All the pros and cons can be grouped in another way and look differently, but the main features to know were highlighted.
The situation with PHP-related skills is quite common to the whole Software Development, where the developer cannot rely only on one language or technology.
Even though the set of capabilities vary from project to project, there are a few most often mentioned technologies, which are required apart of pure PHP.
The current situation in Web Development forces any level of PHP Developers to widen knowledge far from the pure PHP scripting. Even those who are focused more on the backend of the applications should know basic frontend approaches, all the more so nothings to add about the developers who want to stick with fullstack programming. After analysis of bulk of CVs and Job Descriptions, we make a list of most often mentioned additional technical requirements to PHP Developers:
What is interesting, that is not a full list of possible technologies that may be mentioned with PHP, but this set still lacks many specific components. Actually, the job description may look similar in terms of major skills like frameworks or databases, but with mentioning only one representative from the brackets.
Content Management Systems (CMS) usually accomplish frontend part while delivering functionality to build and customize websites and online platforms according to the needs and requirements. However, they are typically used to create websites that are fulfilled with content like blogging or news. If Web Application should perform more complex tasks (Facebook, LinkedIn, Quora, etc.), it is better to use PHP frameworks, which has wider opportunities to work with data manipulations and processing.
Sometimes, it is hard to draw a strict line between those two concepts, which leads to solutions like Magento, OctoberCMS, CakePHP, or many others that can be called a framework and a CMS same time.
Databases (DB) are among the inevitable parts of any web solution as they are the places to store information. As PHP is a backend oriented language, it is well-adjusted to work with databases, including both SQL and NoSQL approaches of storing data. Although choosing a DB and its type is the matter of a particular project, some tendencies allow listing top-10 of databases, which are most often used with PHP:
All the frameworks are designed to simplify the work via ready-made solutions, and those used in PHP are not an exclusion. PHP frameworks combine the functionality of both libraries and tools for adjusting while providing some other features.
Thus, choosing the best framework may depend on the security, speed requirements, hierarchy model, compatibility with Web Applications, migrating features, size, or even syntax of the source code.
The list of top-10 most popular and often used PHP frameworks is listed below:
Actually, if you fully read the previous information regarding PHP and related technologies, it will help to define the list of requirements to the potential developer. And if last section is skipped, you might be aware of the specifics related to PHP and which set of technologies should have a potential employee. Validating these aspects is always up to the interviewer preferences and should match project requirements.
Even though companies can significantly vary in their sizes, current recommendations are more focused on smaller businesses since the larger company the more possibility company has HR managers with respective skills. So, if you are a founder who is looking for a PHP Developer, you can follow the next steps:
It may still be not an easy task, so feel free to ask our managers about the raised issues. Orange Sputnik operates on the market over 10 years, and our staff has plenty of experience to help you.
According to data from Glassdoor, the highest annual pay of PHP Developer belongs to the US and Switzerland, which are traditionally two leaders in the IT industry in terms of rates. Other preferable locations to live and work from is the Nordics, UK, Israel, and Australia.
However, it also means that all those states are tough places to develop startups, as many funds will be spent on the software part of the project.
In general, annual payments for PHP coders presented on the following chart:
The chart above also shows that there are some primary locations to seek for PHP Developers.
India seems to be a perspective destination as the costs of living in this country is much lower, so developers require less in pay for their work. However, get ready to language barrier and a different cultural mentality.
Another region to look at is Eastern Europe, where life is better than in India but still not that well as in the West European countries. Ukraine and Bulgaria have vast talent pools to find appropriate PHP Developer and don’t worry about the time gap with the rest of the EU.
A more detailed pitstop will be made for our Remote Dedicated PHP Developers, which is one of the best offer on the market of available PHP Developers. Yo can find a trainee PHP coder starting with monthly pay of only about $500. The average pay for Junior PHP Developer will be up to $2000, Medior level is up to $3500, while experienced Senior costs around $5000-6000. All number are after taxes.
All those attractive numbers are facilitated by the huge variety of developers with good English and appropriate Western mentality. On top of it you can add almost a zero-time gap, especially for European businesses, which makes even remote cooperation live and productive.
Orange Sputnik is always open to suggest the best Dedicated Developers Teams for your business. The vast talent pool of Remote Developers and our 10+ years experience ensure the best match precisely for your needs.
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