23rd March 2016 • Rob Fairbrother
Examining the diversity of programming opportunities within the defence sector: helping the UK to stay safe and successful in the cyber age.
Programming. Recently dubbed the “core skill of the 21st century” – and who can dispute it? Wherever you look industries are crying out for individuals who possess programming knowledge, particularly those who are proficient with the more recent Microsoft stack functions such as Azure and MVC.
Java has become the language of the minute with many tasks focussing around Agile methodologies and Spring Frameworks. Owing to demands from the National Defence space, back-end Java knowledge has become the most sought after experience a modern day developer can have and any change around this front is highly unlikely for the foreseeable future.
In our “current situation of crisis”, it is small wonder that our defence sectors are increasingly looking to programmers to assume the challenging but vital roles protecting our national interests from malicious intentions.
Drawing upon a diverse range of skills, the defence sector is highly demanding – employing over 100,000 people in high value, technical jobs.
Working to aggressive deadlines on projects which have real impact on the lives of others, those working within the defence sector can expect to benefit from a collaborative working environment which enables them to solve complex solutions using sophisticated technology; developing new technical solutions at the very heart of our National Security. With such a high demand for skilled workers, the defence industry has a higher than average proportion of engineers and scientists, with upward trends in the qualification levels set to continue.
Naturally, working on projects of such high significance, those operating within the industry are highly valued. With excellent job security, some of the best retirement packages around, and 25+ days of holiday, those who join this diverse, exciting industry also benefit from some pretty sizeable bonuses and other additional perks.
Furthermore, working within an industry which values difference and contribution, those employed by defence contractors are able to avoid the “age trap”, as the emphasis within the sector for greater “anticipation of skills needed” has led to a “rebalancing of the age pyramid”.
Being part of a range of projects with varying size and scope, programmers within the defence sector are consistently exposed to new and interesting challenges. Developing new possibilities for intelligence and informing national security, military operations and law enforcement activities, programming professionals are at the crux of our ongoing national defence strategy – helping the UK to stay successful (and safe) in the Cyber age. Typically, programming roles within the defence industry promote the wellbeing of our economy and ensure we remain secure.