During the second half of 2020 and the first part of 2021, the job market for recruiting a PHP software developer had been mostly stable. However, more recently there has been a notable increase in the number of organizations that are looking to hire good PHP Developers.

New companies which are looking to recruit a web developer or game developer have entered the job market which has created a healthy competition for software engineers and PHP Developers. The PHP market is becoming more diverse than ever and Malta offers a talented Senior PHP developer plenty of career opportunities.

Some organizations have adjusted to the job market by taking action and offering flexible working conditions including offering a remote job appears to have a clear advantage over the others who are not taking these measures.

The market has moved significantly from the traditional LAMP stack to PHP Developers who have extensive knowledge of modern MVC frameworks and experience working in microservices architecture. In Malta the most frequently used PHP MVC framework is Laravel & Lumen.

Symfony is still a very popular framework that is used by a number of teams of software engineers in the Malta PHP Developer market. PHP Developers with proven commercial experience in NoSQL databases are in demand and the majority of technical software managers require PHP Engineers to have a TDD mindset and familiarity with PHP testing tools. In the second half of 2021, there has been a considerable increase in PHP Developers that have experience in building custom themes and plug-ins in WordPress.

Since the start of 2021, there has been some increase in the average PHP developer salary, in Malta. The median salary hasn’t increased significantly due to the capacity that hiring remote-based PHP developers have provided to the job market. There are several job openings for PHP Developers in Malta and it remains a programming language that will offer good future opportunities for an entry-level PHP developer.

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