If you have got new, young programmers in your mobile development department, who were students yesterday, you have to solve a difficult problem. What you are going to turn them into? It is undoubtedly, both iOS- and Android-developers are much in demand on the resources market.
It is well known; the demand for iOS- and Android-developers has increased recently and for Symbian-developers has gone down at the same time. It is so because of the fact, the Google Android platform is the most popular one in the world; Apple iOS keeps the second place.
On the one hand it is reasonable to focus on the training of Android-specialists. The demand for them is bigger and the training usually takes less time -- 1.5 year. At the same time it takes 2 years to train an iOS-developer at an average. However, don't forget that the market's requirements are unstable and a good professional usually realizes that it is necessary to work according to the future changes in the sphere of mobile application development. The resources market in the IT-sphere responds to changes on the market of mobile platforms actively. The booming growth of Android-applications' popularity caused increasing number of Android-developers. So, a lot of analysts predict the soon market saturation with such specialists. As a result, it is expected the demand will go down and salary rates for Android-developers will become lower.
On the other hand, in spite of the fact Apple iOS platform keeps the second place today, nowadays the demand for iOS-developers is increasing very rapidly. Many analysts predict the salary rates for iOS-developers will rise perceptibly. It is the result of human desire to look into the future, expecting the increase of gadgets' popularity, which run on iOS.
Rapidly developing smartphones and tablets market will ensure the increasing demand for mobile developers definitely.
So, if you want to be successful in the sphere of mobile software development, watch over the market changes and trends and try to foresee what mobile platform will become the most popular in the future. The things, which are not timely today, often turn into necessity of tomorrow.