Most in-demand programming languages: Is Java having a comeback?

The programming language Java, enterprise favorite and Android staple, has seen a surge in interest among employers in the UK and Ireland.

Java was the language that saw the biggest rise in-demand from businesses during the second half of the year in the two countries, according to The Developer Ecosystem report by programming community hub Stack Overflow.

Stack Overflow analysts looked at which programming languages are mentioned most often in UK and Irish job listings on the site, as a way of gauging how sought after languages are among employers.

Web development language JavaScript remains the most in-demand language in the two countries, although Python is increasingly being sought, with it overtaking C# as the third most-requested skill. Stack Overflow attributes this rise to a “surge in development of machine learning and AI in the UK”.