Do you need programming skills to be RPA Developer?

RPA software is often promoted as low-code or no-code solution for business process automation. Is that really true? Good way to find out is through job postings and skills required from successful candidates. Let’s see what employers say.

I have analysed job ads published in Poland on from January to June 2019. There were nearly 240 offers, posted by 80 companies, for RPA practitioners. And by practitioners I mean specifically RPA Developers, Architects, Consultants and Managers or Team Leads of RPA teams. Thesis is simple – if there is programming language, or an IT skill closely related to coding, listed in requirements section – position needs programming skills.

Overview of software development skills required from RPA professionals

Firstly, I checked all postings for most popular programming languages and phrases pointing generic programming skills or experience requirement. Secondly, Agile/Scrum – which may indicate structured process of software development. Additionally I looked for ITIL certification to see if RPA may be treated as one of IT processes.

Here is the outcome. Click Programming / Agile / ITIL to toggle results.

Overview of most commonly required programming languages across all RPA practitioners roles, below.
*Generic means job posting required any programming language, coding experience, etc.


Over 80% of RPA Developer positions posted required some programming skills or experience, 56% of which was VBA. Around 70% of RPA Architects and RPA Managers should have Agile/Scrum experience. ITIL is not that popular, however ITIL certification was listed in 13% of managerial positions. In few words – according to employers, RPA needs coding.

8th Open Conference – Service Process Improvement Network

If you’re interested in RPA, RPA labour market and you’d like to hear more interesting facts, please enroll yourself to SPIN 8th Open Conference – Robotics and Machine Learning in the office. I’ll be there presenting broader analysis of RPA job market, including who recruits most and where, which software is most popular amongst employers and many more.

For the 1st day, participation is free. Be quick – number of seats is limited!

Conference details

Poland, Kraków, 18-20 September 2019
I’ll be there on 19th of Sep, around 13:57,

See you there!

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