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How to hire a PHP developer

Looking for a skilled PHP developer to join your team? Here’s some expert guidance on how and where to tap into this talent pool.

What skills to look for when hiring a PHP developer

  • Comprehensive experience writing, analysing and debugging PHP code.
  • Experience working with a popular PHP framework, such as Laravel, Symfony, CodeIgniter or CakePHP
  • A good understanding of PHP web development and object-oriented programming concepts, since PHP is an object-oriented language.
  • Most PHP developers will be working with databases, so proficiency with SQL/MySQL is beneficial.
  • Ability to develop RESTful APIs and integrate them with other systems, and familiarity with third-party APIs.
  • Knowledge of front-end technologies and frameworks such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript and React is a huge plus.

How to interview PHP developers

Here are some of the most common questions you can expect PHP developers to be able to answer:

  • Can you briefly explain your experience with PHP development? What are some of the projects you have worked on?
  • How do you manage errors in PHP? Can you describe your process for debugging?
  • Can you explain the difference between PHP4 and PHP5?
  • What are some common security issues in PHP programming and how do you typically handle them?
  • Can you describe your experience with any PHP frameworks, such as Laravel, Symfony, or CodeIgniter?
  • What is your approach to optimising PHP code for better performance?
  • Can you discuss your experience with integrating PHP with other technologies or databases?
  • How familiar are you with OOP in PHP?
  • Can you explain how you would create a simple dynamic web page using PHP?
  • What is your process for testing PHP code to ensure it works as intended?
  • Can you discuss the importance of session management in PHP development?
  • How have you used PHP in conjunction with front-end technologies like HTML, CSS and JavaScript?
  • What are your strategies for keeping up-to-date with new developments and versions in PHP?
  • Can you describe a situation where you had to troubleshoot a challenging problem in PHP. How did you solve it?
  • Do you have experience in migrating PHP from old version to newer version? If so, how did you approach this?

How much does it cost to hire a PHP developer

PHP developer salaries can vary widely depending on company size, industry, individual experience and skills, as well as type of work. These factors all influence the salary a company will offer to a prospective hire.

That said, check out our detailed breakdown for PHP developer salaries in South Africa.

View our developer salary hub for more salary information, including programming languages, industry and frameworks.

Writing a PHP developer job description

To put together a job description for a PHP developer, check out our guide on creating a role scorecard here, and use our downloadable scorecard template. When it comes to adding required skills to your job description, check out our list of key skills for PHP developers above.

By putting together a good role scorecard, it will be easier to come up with the practical definition of the right person for the role you are trying to fill. You are then ready to set up your public-facing job advert.

What is PHP?

PHP began its journey in 1994 as a simple scripting tool by programmer Rasmus Lerdorf. Modern PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) is mainly used for server-side scripting to develop dynamic and interactive web pages. It’s often used in combination with other technologies like JavaScript, HTML, CSS, AJAX, and various third-party APIs.

Hiring PHP developers from South Africa

It's easier than ever to tap into a global pool of tech talent, and South Africa offers a thriving marketplace of developers. For employers, hiring PHP developers in South Africa provides several advantages:

  • A large talent pool with an estimated 121 000 developers in the country.
  • World-class quality with developers that code in widely-used languages and frameworks, and a growing line-up of successful tech startups.
  • A diverse talent pool that helps to avoid groupthink and drive more profitable businesses.
  • Lower employment costs comparing favourably to more expensive markets like the UK and the Netherlands.‍

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