PHP - Workforce & Frameworks
What is PHP? PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely preferred server-side programming language. While it is an open-source as well as a platform-independent programming language, it is also simple to use, and easy to understand and learn. From version 1 in ’95, v2 in ’97, v3 in ’98 and v4 in , PHP saw a steady growth in popularity. With v5 in , the community adopted this server-side language to the point that by , around 80% of the websites across the world, were using PHP to some extent. Of these, % run in PHP v3, % in v4, 76% are still running in v and v7 has around % of the total. The growth of the PHP language as a technology has been impressive and for the last 24 years it’s still one of the most popular languages used by brands like Yahoo, Facebook, Wikipedia, Flickr, WordPress, Friendster, Digg, Source Forge, iStockPhoto, and MailChimp. PHP Workforce Across LinkedIn, there are currently around million developers and programmers with various programming skills worldwide. Of these, around have PHP as a skillset. Critics often argue that PHP is a dying language, yet % of developers worldwide have it in their tech stack. PHP is used by developers across the globe; India %, United States %, United Kingdom %, Canada %, Indonesia %, Ukraine %, Italy %, Spain %, Pakistan % and Netherlands 2%. According to LinkedIn, around % of PHP developers have 1 year of experience in the IT Sector. 12% have yoe (years of experience), % have yoe, 29% have yoe and 22% have over 10yoe. It is very hard to verify whether these developers still actively use PHP. Many may have shifted towards other techs and may not even use PHP. Nevertheless, these figures do enable one to get a grasp of the sheer number of PHP developers across the globe. In Europe, there are around , IT professionals with PHP on their profile with a wide variety of job titles (DevOps, Testers, Designers, Lead, Scrum Masters, Project Managers, Managing roles, etc). , of this subset are Developers or Programmers and are spread across the EU; UK %, Spain %, Italy 8%, France %, Netherlands 7%, Ukraine %, Germany %, Poland %, Romania % and Sweden %. Top Frameworks Used From this total of , IT professionals, around 35, use Symfony % (of which 20, are still devs or programmers). France appears to be the epicentre of Symphony playing host to 16% of all Symphony users. Paris alone encompasses % of the entire subset. Second on the list is Poland hovering around the 10% mark with Spain coming close behind at %. The UK (%), Ukraine (%), Germany (%), The Netherlands (%), Italy (%) and Romania (%) are home to the majority of European Symphony users outside of France and Spain. The laravel framework, which is based on Symphony, is used by approximately 40, or 12% of European PHP professionals. The highest concentration of laravel users is in the UK (14%) with Ukraine coming in second at 11%. The Netherlands is home to % of laravel users, Spain has %, Poland has 5%, Italy has %, Germany has %, Romania has %, France has % with Serbia finishing the list with %. Zend also has a big share of PHP professionals with 24, of % of PHP professionals opting to use the framework. Magento is / was used by 19, people, CodeIgniter 18,, Yii 10,, CakePHP 7,, Slim 2,, Phalcon 1,, Lumen 1, and FuelPHP The numbers are clear evidence that contrary to what many critics argue, PHP is not a dying language and in fact still plays a large role within the IT industry. Looking for a PHP job? See our full list of PHP vacancies here.