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Junior Developer / Software Engineer Job Description

Junior Developer / Software Engineer Job Description

A Junior Developer or Software Engineer provides support to the development team who design, maintain, develop and test computer software for a business.

What does a Junior Developer do?

Your Typical Tasks

  • Front-end development - Front-end web development is what you see (design, typography, colours etc) and is the part of the web that users interact with. You will normally code in: HTML, HTML 5, CSS and JavaScript. 
  • Back-end development - Back-end development refers to the part of the software that the users can't see, and makes the machine work. It's the server side of an application and everything that communicates between the database and the browser. Common back-end technologies are: Java, PHP, Ruby, Python, C#, C++, Perl.
  • User research and design - conduct user-research, analyse user requirements to identify either improvements to existing services or areas where new services could be developed and write up technical specifications for new features. 
  • Write and test code - plan write, maintain and test code for applications and platforms adhering to the company's internal coding standards. This will form a large percentage of your day-to-day work.
  • Maintenance - maintain systems by monitoring and correcting software bugs and errors.
  • System integrations - linking and integrating other internal and external software products using APIs.
  • Company comms - work closely with project mangers, graphic designers, UX designers, marketing and product teams and often in a start-up the CEO and CTO.
  • Investigate new technologies - Constantly learning about advances in technology and new developments is a must for a software engineer or developer. 

Your salary and working hours

Junior developers and Software Engineers are usually required to work from the company office as full-time employees or sometimes as contractors on a day rate. That said, the market is increasing for remote work in this field. But irrespective of the setting you will spend most of your time in front of a computer screen. At tech start-ups you can expect to earn a minimum of £25k in London, and often much more!

What skills are important for a Junior Developer?

Your Technical Skills

  • Front-end - HTML, CSS, JavaScript/jQuery.
  • Back-end - PHP, Python, Ruby, Java, C#, C++, Perl. 
  • Databases - MySQL, NoSQL, Oracle.
  • Frameworks - NodeJS, Angularjs, React, .NET, Spring, Django. 
  • CMS - WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, Shopify.
  • Version Control/Git.
  • Responsive Design.

Your Soft Skills

  • A respect for and admiration of the culture, process, and craft of software development.
  • An organised approach to work. 
  • Analytical and good at problem solving.
  • Ability to work-to and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work alone and as a part of a team.
  • Ability to explain complexities in simple language.

Your Career Journey


Junior Developer

Can write simple scripts with a preliminary understanding of an entire application lifecycle and has an understanding of databases and application services (queues, caching, etc.)

0-3 years of experience (usually right out of uni). 


Senior Developer

Can write complex applications with a deep understanding of an entire application lifecycle
and databases and application services (queues, caching, etc.).
Comfortable working on any area of an application, 4-10+ years of experience and will usually earn more than £50k in London.


Lead Developer or Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

The CTO is responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the company and managing all development teams. The CTO works with other senior management to grow the company through the use of tech.

Usually 10+ Years of Experience and can expect to earn £80k+

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