French regions are constantly looking for full stack and DevOps developers

In its observatory, the Grande Ecole du Numrique reports on a growing need for IT skills in the French regions. It features 40 of the most attractive professions, including full-stack developers, DevOps and digital business developers.

The certified training network Grande Ecole du Numérique (GEN) has published its observatory on “digital skills needs in the French regions”. We find the 12 metropolitan regions and the different skills sought for each of them. In its report, GEN prioritized the 40 most in-demand skills with, unsurprisingly, full-stack developers and DevOps profiles number 1 and 2 respectively. The Île-de-France region is the first region in demand for IT profiles, followed by the regions of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (AURA) and Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur (PACA).

The top 15 most in-demand IT jobs have evolved with the pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has played a key role in adapting businesses, and more generally, regions, to digital. The resulting professions were highly sought after from the early months of the pandemic and have become valuable to businesses over time. The GEN notes that these are now “digital professions that are accessible without academic requirements”. It is the DevOps profession that has undergone the biggest change in France, from the 3rd to the 2nd position of the most sought after professions by recruiters. Likewise, the professions of data analyst, digital business developer, and UX/UI designer are experiencing remarkable growth between 2020 and 2021. Recruitment applications for digital business developers, also known as the company’s “Bizdev,” have increased by more than 30%.

The top 15 also includes full-stack developer occupations – first in 2020 and 2021 – as well as project manager, product owner, back-end developer and front-end developer, community manager, mobile developer, graphic designer/computer graphic designer, network installer telecom, scrum master and administrator digital communication. In the regions, we find full-stack developers (a total of 6,289 vacancies to be filled in France), DevOps (4,695) and digital business developers (4,156) described as the most tense professions.

Needs related to regional activities

As mentioned above, Île-de-France is still at the top of the search for new digital profiles. “First economic region, at the forefront of research for innovation, it concentrates most jobs and digital establishments, as well as a very dynamic ecosystem of startups,” the GEN analyzes. It concerns the professions: full stack developers (2,494 vacancies), data analysts (802 functions) and project managers (250 functions). Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the second richest region in France, is very attached to digital technology and has seen a number of startups and projects grow in this area, which testifies to its attractiveness. “Digital represents 4% of jobs in this sector, with more than 4,000 start-ups and 10,000 jobs at stake,” GEN estimates in its report. The region has made the development of the digital ecosystem one of its priorities, in particular the creation of the Digital Region Campus in the Lyon metropolitan area. It ranks 2nd, after Ile-de-France, for DevOps recruitment (517 vacancies) and front-end developers (264 positions).

Hauts-de-France ranks third after Ile-de-France and Auvergne-Rhône Alpes in the search for “web & digital project managers” (188 vacancies) and “data analysts” profiles (145 posts). This region has 10 incubators, 15 clusters and 8 competitive clusters in its territory. For its part, the Pays de la Loire stands out with a high demand for system and network technician profiles (139 vacancies). This is certainly due to the emergence of connected electricity networks in the Vendée and the many digital companies in the metropolis of Nantes. The Grand-Est region has also made digital a pillar of its development, especially in the field of networks and telecom. There is a strong need for telecom technicians in this region (76 vacancies in September compared to 57 in New Aquitaine and 46 in Occitanie).

Some regions are catching up

Occitanie is committed to developing competitive clusters outside the agglomerations of Toulouse and Montpellier. One of the most sought after professions are the professions of graphic designer/computer graphic designer (108 vacancies), or even mobile developer (93 vacancies). The trio from Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Center Val-de-Loire and Normandy stands out for its search for profiles for community manager (126 positions) and data analysts (100 positions).

These regions are pushing for digital transformation by supporting citizens and structuring the offer of mediation and digital inclusion, innovation in public services. In the case of regions with a concentrated population and partly “poorly connected” areas, the regions prioritize e-health, the multiplication of all-in-one service platforms for residents. These areas also remain awaiting the fiber and resorption of the white areas.

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